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Blue Ridge

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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)


Great acting, Absorbing, Disappointing, Intense, Confusing
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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

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

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

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

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

Absorbing, Great acting, Ambitious, Flawed

See it if you want to see yet another great performance by Marin Ireland, as well as a terrific cast. The characters are well-drawn.

Don't see it if you don't want a play that attempts to take a deep dive into mental health issues, but concludes in a seemingly tacked-on, unsatisfying way.

Great acting, Resonant, Intense, Lacking, Relevant

See it if You love Marin Ireland.

Don't see it if You have to shell out $$$$ for a ticket.

Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Confusing

See it if YOu like Marin Ireland, this is a showcase for her incredible acting. Also, great interplay of character dialogue. Lots of issues raised.

Don't see it if YOu want a clear understanding of the characters and their choices. Or if you need to have a clear message from the playwright.

Well observed, Humorous, Intriguing

See it if You like dramedy and the challenge of troubled individuals working to be less troubled

Don't see it if Intimate dramas of human struggle, both intrapersonal and interpersonal, does not appeal to you

Also It does feel like I liked this work more than a lot of people. I think... Read more Read less

Disappointing, Indulgent

See it if you don't mind seeing a talented cast wasted in a banal story line.

Don't see it if you have something better to do with your time

Depiction of the charcters in this dishonest play approaches uncomfortable condescension ...

See it if you want to see some good acting-but not from Marin Ireland.I found her performance irritating, fussy, mannered, full of fury but empty.

Don't see it if you value your time & know that there is so much better theatre out there to experience.

Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Intense, Hilarious

See it if u wanna see a play that's not city-centric, liberal-centric or the people you may expect to see/hear on stage in whole-hearted performances

Don't see it if u're not into intense dramas centering female stories, dealing with violence, white privilege, + sexism or you don't like when ppl talk fast

Absorbing, Cliched, Edgy, Great acting, Intelligent

See it if Examines conflict in a half way house. Marin Ireland and Peter Mark Kendall give excellent performances.

Don't see it if Don't care for rehab and fractured people. Bible verses and 12 step lingo. Southern drawls and melt downs.

Great acting, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if you enjoy a good story told well by an excellent cast.

Don't see it if you are looking for a lavish production.

Also I grew up in the Blue Ridge Mountains and found the accents very well ... Read more Read less

Relevant, Disappointing, Quirky

See it if looking for a show on a relevant topic of recovery

Don't see it if you need a more even show

Great acting

See it if Rate the play 70-75, the performances 80-85. Worth seeing even though not a totally satisfying experience.

Don't see it if Unsympathetic protagonists & unresolved endings don't appeal.. If you can't get past the play's weaknesses to enjoy the acting.

Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking

See it if You enjoy great ensemble acting. Although the play contained both humor and rage, the acting elevated the script

Don't see it if Plays about rage or addiction will bother you. Or if Ireland isn't starring.

Absorbing, Great acting, Confusing, Edgy

See it if You could leave the theater feeling these actors gave it their all with finely nuanced performances.

Don't see it if But when you reflect back at the unfolding conflict that erupts in the play, you say to yourself, "was much to do about nothing".

Banal, Confusing, Disappointing, Excruciating

See it if You are such a Marin Ireland fan that you must see and will enjoy everything she is in (as I thought I was — I was wrong).

Don't see it if Halfway through the first act, the story, the staging, the acting led me to conclude that I wouldn’t make it past the intermission.

Also Sorry but I left at intermission — if it got better during the second ... Read more Read less

Enchanting, Great acting, Hilarious, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if you enjoy theater that explores deeply fraught themes with humor and empathy, and an incredible performance by Marin Ireland.

Don't see it if you have no interest in themes of mental illness.

Great acting, Absorbing, Edgy, Entertaining, Riveting

See it if Fresh smart writing and GREAT acting that refuses to do the expected and cliched.

Don't see it if you need a perfect script.

Great acting, Relevant, Resonant, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if you enjoy heartfelt dramas about mental illness. You like seeing real people onstage.

Don't see it if you want just entertainment. This is realism at its finest.

Absorbing, Intense, Profound

See it if Fan of Marlin Ireland. Great acting performances by cast. The play was very intense.

Don't see it if Offended by sexual discussions and cursing. Unresolved ending. Don't like to witness emotional blow-ups out of the blue.

Also The play is slow-moving.

Relevant, Intense, Great acting, Edgy, Raunchy

See it if You enjoy a deep theatrical story with a current thought provoking topic (mental health), intense acting, diverse cast, intimate moments.

Don't see it if You're not into old theatre references, dark stories, sexual scenes, Bible or church references, introspection or sadness.

Good performances, Wordless moments, Fast-paced, Rooted, Human

See it if you wanna see a group of characters struggling to challenge, better themselves in a structured, communal environment. #yesselfcare

Don't see it if People displaying self-injurious, explosive behavior triggers you/ if you soley deal in rainbows and butterflies

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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