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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)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great acting, Absorbing, Disappointing, Intense, Confusing
72
Avg Score

100
Absorbing, Edgy, Intense, Quirky, Refreshing

See it if You love excellent unexpected writing and are looking for fresh, new female voices in directing and writing. It’s so honest and unforgiving.

Don't see it if Overly bombastic acting isn’t your thing, or you don’t like quiet shows with slow builds and gently ambiguous endings.

71
Absorbing, Dizzying, Great acting

See it if you want to see Marin Ireland and other solid actors, who all put in great performances.

Don't see it if you get frustrated by plays that try to tackle too much at once, without enough time to develop it all.

80
Absorbing, Ambitious, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if Holds your interest with believable characters. If you have any interest in mental illness this play explores many of theissues

Don't see it if You have a hearing problem; many lines got swallowed & lost. Theendingisconfusng

70
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Confusing, Intense

See it if you enjoy new shows with fresh, contemporary writing and great acting.

Don't see it if you don't like simple theatre. The show is overwhelmingly "human", with no big spectacle.

89
Thought-provoking, Riveting, Great acting, Hard to take but real, Absorbing

See it if You are open to understanding how Christian culture and healing culture can get twisted up and poisoned

Don't see it if If you are defensive about healing culture, audience members near me were appalled by what they saw as offensive take on group therapy

100
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Must see

See it if Amazing breathtaking performances and very well written! A MUST see but closes soon!

Don't see it if No reason not to see this one.

89
Ambitious, Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Funny

See it if Original work with well thought out characters who are diverse and interesting to watch. A drama with dark humor.

Don't see it if Cannot think of why you would not want to see it. However, it can be a dark at times, but is very insightful

During previews
65
Weak script, Pointless, Great acting, Looong, Unfocused

See it if you love Marin Ireland. As always, her performance (even w subpar material) is strong. Act I engages, Act II doesn't. Script needs work!

Don't see it if you want a plot. Endless issues: addictn, male dominance, religion, friendship, educatn, racism, etc! Little achieved in 2+hrs. Disappnting!

During previews
78
Great acting, Great writing, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if At times funny, at times riveting, always interesting, never boring. Great storytelling full of pathos, drama, ​and introspection.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy cerebral plays and prefer actions. Issues of addiction, recovery and neurosis are not your thing.

Also This was a really good show. I'm confounded by the bad reviews most of... Read more Read less

During previews
78
Entertaining, Great acting

See it if Great performances and a well constructed story. Some great scenes with lots of drama. Really liked the characters.

Don't see it if You aren't interested in stories with characters who are dealing with, substance abuse, mental health and recovery.

During previews
64
Banal, Disappointing, Indulgent

See it if If you want a play about rehab. Some good acting.

Don't see it if A really well written play. Writing goes in and out in this one. Abrupt ending.

During previews
90
Intense, Thought-provoking, Masterful, Complex, Deep

See it if Complex characters in a halfway house struggle with layers of issues as they bounce off each other. Fascinating writing & acting.

Don't see it if There is an element of intentional confusion, as the characters are trying to understand themselves, and you are also trying to understand.

Also My son and I didn’t figure out the full motivation for the main charac... Read more Read less

During previews
82
Ambitious, Great acting, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Intense

See it if Rosebrock's rugged drama of damaged souls in recovery requires perseverence as relationships are set up Strong cast led by masterful Marin

Don't see it if Rapid, over-lapping Altmanesque dialogue w/ heavy Southern accents can be tough Knowledge of 12 Step recovery programs helpful TKO ending

During previews
80
Powerful, Brilliantly played, Deeply moving, Implausible, Inconsistent

See it if you are interested in a serious exploration of how people try to go forth from various kinds of life-changing trauma.

Don't see it if you require a fully believable plot or characters who act plausibly for the most part.

Also There are many powerful pieces to “BLUE RIDGE.” I wish I could score i... Read more Read less

During previews
83
Absorbing, Confusing, Great acting, Quirky

See it if An 85% and an 80%. Marin Ireland can do no wrong. Spectacular as usual. Rage rage rage. A different scenario to explore.

Don't see it if Re: remarks by previous reviewers : voice projection seems to be improved but for one or two short scenes. One basic set.

During previews
74
Ambitious, Banal, Confusing, Great acting, Thought-provoking

See it if you're a fan of Ireland, enjoy addiction stories about clients & caregivers, appreciate slow revealing of reasons for characters' behavior

Don't see it if don't like or can't relate to addiction stories, can't tolerate difficult behavior not being overtly explained or misbehavior by clergy

During previews
89
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Funny, Intense

See it if Faith-based halfway house in the Blue Ridge Mountains foments conflicts for woman raging against The Man.Excellent cast.Healing thread(2:15)

Don't see it if If a therapeutic journey or "Jesus Take the Wheel" is foreign, then this dramedy will be a closed door. Marin's neurotic tics. Like "group".

Also Carrie Underwood's "Before He Cheats" adds backstory.

During previews
66
Throw together a bunch of misfits including a destructive "queen bee" in an appalachian halfway house and see what happens; play, like characters, is an unguided missile

See it if effective acting by all principals; explosive climax; shows how 1 manipulative, egocentric individual can destabilize a community

Don't see it if can’t figure out point of play; various acting styles don't mesh including Marin Ireland as amazing, frenetic wrecking ball

During previews
80
Great acting, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Complex

See it if you want a complex portrait of a group of people looking for help and how their journeys intersect in both beneficial and problematic ways.

Don't see it if you're looking for an escape or a perfect ending tied up in a bow.

During previews
70
Funny, Entertaining, Great acting, Too long

See it if About alcohol and drugs, mental health in a recovery home struggles and dealing with living each day with their recovery.

Don't see it if You have a problem with faith and some bible readings.

Also The acting was good. It was too long. Loved the southern accents.

During previews
69
Intelligent, Disappointing, Forgettable

See it if you like stories about flawed adults working through their issues.

Don't see it if you're looking for something exciting or different. If you see a lot of theatre, this may be too "middle of the road" for you.

During previews
79
Great acting, Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Relevant, Intelligent

See it if Engrossing story & insightful conversation about sexism's effect on both men & women. Also Mental illness, drug abuse, anger management, etc

Don't see it if Hard to hear some of the dialogue & not just because of the heavy southern accents, people also spoke very quickly. Bland set & lighting.

Also I was impressed by all of the actors. The logistics and setup of this ... Read more Read less

During previews
72
Great acting, Disappointing, Intense, Slow, Unmemorable

See it if You’d be interested in seeing a new playwright’s work that’s set in an interesting, unlikely locale — a halfway house.

Don't see it if You think this is going to be a “pitch-black comedy” as it’s being billed. It’s a heavy drama with some comic relief, at best.

During previews
70
Ambitious, Great acting, Edgy, Good potential, Interesting

See it if you're interested in the possible behavior and psychology of people in distress and how they might relate to each other in a 1/2 way house.

Don't see it if Too many topics & loose ends. The play starts off well but second act, though intense, falls apart. Some characters need more development.

Also The play is in serious need of editing. No reason to be this long and ... Read more Read less

During previews
71
Great staging

See it if You want to see a play about a bunch of messed people living in a halfway house

Don't see it if Do you like your plays to have a good person that you can root for. There are no good characters in this play

Also I have learned over the years that there are plays I enjoy and plays I... Read more Read less


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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