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Blue Ridge

From 143 member  reviews
Members say: Great acting, Absorbing, Disappointing, Intense, Confusing

About the show

Set in Southern Appalachia, Atlantic's world-premiere is a pitch-dark comedy about heartbreak, hell-raising, and healing. More…

In "Blue Ridge" a progressive high-school teacher with a rage problem retaliates against her unscrupulous boss and is sentenced to six months at a church-sponsored halfway house, where she attends to everyone's recovery but her own.


Member Reviews (143)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great acting, Absorbing, Disappointing, Intense, Confusing

72
Disappointing, Great acting, Cliched, Inconsequential

See it if u want to see a wonderful cast, esp. the always wondrous Ireland, portray broken people dealing w/recovery, insecurity & socialization.

Don't see it if you want to avoid a play that is as flawed as the residents & caretakers of this halfway house; you need a play with a point & a purpose.

75
Great acting, Relevant, Intelligent

See it if you're interested in plays about people trying to work through recovery, or want to see a great performance by Marin Ireland

Don't see it if you're looking for a play without flawed or troubled characters or prefer to see something more cheery.

85
Absorbing, Great acting, Edgy, Masterful, Riveting

See it if an interesting play about interesting characters makes you want to venture out to experience live theater.

Don't see it if riveting performances by theater veterans just doesn't interest you into journeying to a theater.

Also OMG! Marin Ireland's BLEW ME AWAY with her performance as the characte... Read more Read less

85
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Intelligent, Resonant

See it if Clever writing, interesting and unexpected plot, great acting, uncomfortable subject but surprising twists.

Don't see it if The subject​ matter is complicated--if you have issues with addiction and trust, this may be hard on you.

94
Intense, Riveting, Must see, Real, Emotional

See it if Great actors depicting heartwrenching characters dealing with trauma, purpose, and the ties that bind

Don't see it if You want a happy play (although there are plenty of laughs), a traditional narrative, or want to avoid themes of abuse (in many forms).

Also This play felt emotionally raw, honest, and powerful. Ireland was rive... Read more Read less

72
Absorbing, Entertaining, Disappointing, Great acting, Indulgent

See it if You’re interested in life’s mistakes, atoning, repeating mistakes, great acting, cliched characters, and less than developed characters.

Don't see it if You want a fully fleshed out story or characters, want to remember what you laughed so much at (I couldn’t, but it was really funny), or...

77
Funny, Great acting

See it if Some stellar performances esp Ireland and Kendall. Witty and funny dialogue. Fast paced.

Don't see it if Three meltdowns in one play are too many for you - especially when they come out of the blue.

Also Lead overwhelmed the other characters leaving them rather underwritten... Read more Read less

72
Absorbing, Great acting, Cliched, Slow, Confusing

See it if you like the actors and prioritize good dialogue over good plotting

Don't see it if you want a plot-driven play with clear motivations, actions and consequences that has a legible central theme

71
Disappointing, Cliched, Well-acted

See it if You like dramas of stressed out people in recovery dealing with their demons and each other. Excellent cast, standout Marin Ireland.

Don't see it if You don't care for navel-gazing, 12-step programs, fast talking Southerners and drama queens.

Also Very disappointed in this one. I never realized people in West Virgini... Read more Read less

86
Absorbing, Clever, Refreshing, Great acting

See it if witty thoughtful dramas.

Don't see it if recovery issues are triggers for you.

75
Too true blue

See it if Marin Ireland is always worth watching. Cozy neighborhood theater conveniently downtown.

Don't see it if Depressing characters and hillbilly accents are a turn off.

Also It's all about the female lead. Throw in some two dimensional characte... Read more Read less

74
Absorbing, Great acting, Funny, Intelligent

See it if you love Marin Ireland. She, along with the rest of the cast, is fantastic.

Don't see it if don't want to do a deep dive into mental health issues.

75
Great acting, Cliched, Intense

See it if you are interested in seeing new works produced by a strong and talented cast

Don't see it if if you are turned off by stories about mental health issues and addicitions

79
Great first act

See it if you are a Marin Ireland fan (I am). Another brilliant performance.

Don't see it if you prefer that the entire play hangs together and is consistent. Pretty soon into the second act, the play falls apart.

78
Absorbing, Funny, Confusing

See it if A brilliant performance by Marin Ireland. Fast paced show that explores gender roles.

Don't see it if If offended by sexual talk, swearing.

Also At intermission I was so pumped and thought this was a terrific show. ... Read more Read less

80
Great acting, Intense, Confusing, Ambitious

See it if You like complex plots about people in recovery where grasping the underlying meanings of things are not always clear. Acting is superb.

Don't see it if You like straightforward plots with clearly drawn characters. But you will miss a great turn by Marin Ireland.

70
Great acting, Intense, Relevant

See it if you like realism & plays with slow builds, where no one is necessarily right & it's up to you to decide if you think anyone is wrong.

Don't see it if you only enjoy lighthearted musicals & comedies (though there are moments of lightness & comedy in this!) or dislike plays about addiction.

82
Great acting, Great writing, Relevant, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if you are interested in seeing people struggling to better themselves. Surprisingly funny moments. Touching. Great acting.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy single set plays that have a single dominant theme of rehab that runs strongly throughout.

70
Thought-provoking

See it if Interesting look at selfishness, forgiveness, rehab, power with fine performances particularly Ireland.

Don't see it if Scenes often have what seems like all talking at once. Dialect often tough to pick up. Big reveal was so what due to the way it was revealed

73
Ambitious, Intelligent, Intense, Confusing

See it if For new voices in writing about real life and actors who inhabit the challenges of playing it real

Don't see it if Stories of anger, hurt, and flawed humanity are not your thing. These are hard characters to like or watch.

80
Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing, Intelligent

See it if you want a play about people in pain that subtly challenges what you think about feminism and racism without beating you up with dogma

Don't see it if you don't like sad, intense plays; you prefer perfect political correctness

83
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Edgy

See it if Great acting from a well balanced Cast and good writing appeal to you

Don't see it if You have no sympathy for people fighting their own personal demons

70
Great acting, Slow, Resonant, Disappointing

See it if Great acting of dysfunctunal characters. Revelant today with youth.

Don't see it if Long play, painful issues, dysfunctual characters, no plot, lots PTS

95
Funny, Great acting, Great writing, Relevant, Intense

See it if you believe Marin Ireland is walking in the footsteps of Meryl Streep. You like tight ensemble acting & intelligent, emotional scripts.

Don't see it if rapid-fire, overlapping & charged dialogue, 12-step process, single set dramedy at the ever reliable Atlantic is just not enough for you?

Also Soooooo satisfying. Just say "Marin Ireland" & I am there. Her charact... Read more Read less

92
Great acting, Great writing, Intense, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if you like well-written, well-acted play about people going through rehab, but laced with humor as well as interpersonal conflict

Don't see it if you are out off by language or behavior or if you want a neat, fully upbeat conclusion


January 7th, 2019
"Ms. Ireland pours such mesmerizing energy and inventiveness into Alison’s wrecking-ball antics that you almost forget that this charming, dangerous woman doesn’t quite track as a credibly motivated character. And as the show’s tone veers from anxious comedy into psychodrama, with each of the cha...
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January 7th, 2019
"A devastating examination of how even smart, strong women can be deformed by a society that raises them to please...Director Magar ably steers the show through various modes, from biting dark humor to emotional outbursts and quiet confessions. Although the script and the accents sometimes wander...
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January 8th, 2019
“Rosebrock’s muscular, roiling new play...luminously acted...under the swift, sure hand of Magar...In its early stages, Rosebrock’s play nimbly balances on a knife edge between weird, excitingly uncomfortable comedy and deep, hideous pain...’Blue Ridge’ deals courageously in hard, sad human truth...
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January 7th, 2019
"Under the diffuse staging of Magar, the actors attempt to make the most of their poorly defined characters. Their herculean efforts mainly go for naught, although Beltran brings a swaggering charm and Ireland is superb as the clearly damaged Alison. The actress delivers a riveting, emotionally i...
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