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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

During previews
75
Ambitious, Great acting, Slow, Cliched, Disappointing

See it if You enjoy watching plays about people in therapy. This takes place in a rehab facility with all the usual suspects. Marin Iin Ireland

Don't see it if You are easily depressed by the problems of others. You do not like a slow moving story with a predictable ending. Too long.

Also My favorite part of this play is the performance of Kyle Beltran. I ha... Read more Read less

During previews
65
Not quite ready for prime time

See it if You like to see new original plays at any stage.

Don't see it if You want a well thought out play with a good beginning middle and end.

During previews
77
Absorbing, Great acting, Confusing, Intelligent, Intense

See it if you want to see a very well-acted ensemble piece about the residents of a church-operated halfway house in western North Carolina.

Don't see it if you don't like plays about people in recovery, don't like bible-study groups or complex characters.

Also The play is just good enough that I wish it were better. At its best m... Read more Read less

During previews
89
Great acting, Thought-provoking, Layered insightful drama

See it if Teacher with anger mgmt issues disrupts half-way house, is discharged early, then finds she must still deal with deeper underlying issues

Don't see it if You have trouble with rapid, overlapping lines. Don’t be distracted by Bible or Christianity; the drama works on a deeper personal level.

Also In 12-Step Recovery progams, it is often the case that deeper problems... Read more Read less

During previews
89
Great acting, Great writing, Thought-provoking

See it if you like shows about relationships.Look at life in a halfway house is very well done.Held my interest for 2+ hours.Marin Ireland is perfect

Don't see it if you only like musicals or are afraid to look at women's issues.This totally captures what it is like to be a woman in a man's world.

During previews
46
Charmless, Unengaging, Banal, Slow, In desperate need of editing

See it if you like Gilmore Girls dialogue; chattery, banal small talk moving at a snail’s pace; have a shallow interest in 12 step programs.

Don't see it if you want something to happen already. Something. Anything. All-star talent wasted on immature playwrighting.

Also Extremely lame version of Duncan Macmillan's People, Places & Things. ... Read more Read less

During previews
80
Disruptive rage-a-holic upends appalachian rehab.. incisive, talky

See it if Marin Ireland is a force of nature as a bitter, manipulative rehab newbie. A raw look at damaged souls trying to heal. Sexism & racism, too

Don't see it if A bit hard to get all of the dialogue as they often talk over each other -- in Southern accents. Recovery program in a religious setting.

Also Kyle Beltran is also fine.

During previews
54
Disappointing, Great acting, Slow, Pointless, Muddy

See it if You like complex characters, you dont mind your actors visibly working hard. You like stories of recovery, what is friendship, transference.

Don't see it if You dont like cyphers as characters. YOu dont like dangling plot lines with insufficient rooting in either this world or theirs.

Also Again, a fail. I could never actually figure out what I was supposed t... Read more Read less

During previews
69
Confusing, Ambitious, Disappointing, Thought-provoking, Great acting

See it if the interactions of the residents of a halfway house, the issues that they have. A wonderful Marin Ireland with rage issues.

Don't see it if don't want group dynamics or a play where so much is thrown in that it just becomes confusing; want to hear all the lines

Also This was early in previews but sound was off so hard to hear some line... Read more Read less

During previews
85
Ambitious, Resonant, Relevant, Great acting, Thought-provoking

See it if you’d enjoy a complex interpersonal drama with lights-out performances from a talented cast.

Don't see it if you want a light, fluffy evening’s entertainment.

Also I chose this because it boasts two of the best actresses on the New Yo... Read more Read less

During previews
76
Lots of potential, Strong themes & acting, Intense, Entertaining

See it if A plot set in a halfway house, where redemption can mean getting back to outside life or working through the underlying issues.

Don't see it if Still in need of editing & some pivotal characters are not yet fully realized. Somewhat cynical use of feminism.

During previews
70
Great acting, Ambitious, Confusing, Disappointing, Overrated

See it if you want to see some incredible performances in a play that is all over the place and needs a lot of rewriting and clarification.

Don't see it if you want a play that is still a work in progress.

During previews
47
Disappointing, Excruciating, Slow

See it if you are a marin ireland fan.

Don't see it if you want originality. Two hours and fifteen minutes of characters in a halfway house. Not my cup of tea. Silly thin plot.

Also Some characters unintelligible. Coincidences occur that would not norm... Read more Read less

During previews
75
Absorbing, Profound, Quirky, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if Set in a faith based residential rehab. A fine ensemble with various addictions, some psychological rather than drug involved.

Don't see it if Do not see if you prefer light drama or musicals.

During previews
82
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent

See it if you want a play that focuses on what motivates people to act in outrageous ways. Characters are like people, neither all good nor all bad.

Don't see it if you don't like complex characters or are troubled by religious Christians.

During previews
58
Confusing, Pretentious, Disappointing, Thought-provoking, Too long

See it if you like analyzing psychological dynamics and personalities among a group of troubled people attempting to cope with their demons.

Don't see it if you find it difficult to comprehend extremely fast talking rural accents & dislike analyzing abstruse psychological patterns.

During previews
78
Character study, Relevant

See it if You’d like a character study play of 5 people at a halfway house, the baggage they bring and the drama that ensues.

Don't see it if You want character growth. Have they learned anything from their stay? Not really.

During previews
67
Confusing, Disappointing, Some good acting

See it if you want to explore case studies and interactions of people in a halfway house working out their problems.

Don't see it if you want to see a finished, cohesive play. For me, it just didn't hold together. There are some fine, moving moments.

Also The accents and overlapping conversations and some staging choices mad... Read more Read less

During previews
74
Great acting, Intense

See it if great acting (Marin Ireland is wonderful) for the pushed-aside peoples

Don't see it if want any answers versus focusing on the characters

During previews
67
Confusing, Cliched, Intense, Thought-provoking, Overwritten

See it if You like to see new works in their development, even if they seem uncertain about their own raison d'etre

Don't see it if You have had enough people talking their way through rehab with no real purpose or direction

Also Actors were giving it their all. I hate to be too down on new plays in... Read more Read less

During previews
63
Confusing, Disappointing, Kept me wondering

See it if I go to see Beltrain when he is on stage. He was good as always, but the story line was not clear. Enjoyed being there, but no thumbs up.

Don't see it if You want some clarity of plot line. This was vague. And it was quite difficult to understand the lead actress, speech to fast and muffled.

During previews
80
Interpersonal relations, Good acting, Well structured play, Talky, Missed a lot

See it if You like character-driven dramas that lay relationships bare.

Don't see it if Fast-paced, often overlapping dialogue will disrupt your understanding.

Also Thoughtful play about how group dynamics, and personal lives, can be d... Read more Read less

During previews
60
Cliched, Confusing, Disappointing, Good acting

See it if you love a put-upon Marin Ireland without makeup play about the human struggle

Don't see it if you're expecting a full play or dislike plays about addiction.

During previews
78
Entertaining, Great acting, Confusing

See it if You, like I, enjoy drama among damaged people trying to make life work. This features the always rewarding work of Marin Ireland.

Don't see it if You can't handle sometimes unclear text. Even if you hear the text clearly, there is still likely to be a lack of clarity in what happens.

During previews
63
Disappointing, Confusing, Slow

See it if you want to see for yourself why so many others rated this play as "so-so". Indeed life is tough in an Appalachian half-way house!

Don't see it if you want a night of entertainment.


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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