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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.