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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
88
Absorbing, Edgy, Relevant, Intelligent, Intense

See it if dark, poignant stories driven by fraught interpersonal dynamics appeal. Worth seeing for Marin Ireland alone—she's compelling, mesmerizing.

Don't see it if averse to group therapy setting & interaction. Damaged, abused souls are revealed, but w/ hope, determination, compassion, humor & dignity.

During previews
87
Absorbing, Confusing, Great acting, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if You like a diverse cast of 6, who all can act. Great staging. Humor mixed in with despair, anger, and anguish. I was excited to see this and

Don't see it if Was thrilled to get discounted seats. I love Kristolyn Lloyd and have seen her at least in 3 pieces prior. However, I was confused as to why

Also The synopsis of the show was barely touched upon. There was some menti... Read more Read less

During previews
65
Disappointing, Intense

See it if You like plays that explore rehabilitation and want to learn more how halfway houses work

Don't see it if If pschodramas that end abruptly with the stage going black drives you bonkers

During previews
51
Ambitious, Banal, Disappointing, Indulgent, Slow

See it if you can understand actors speaking in deep southern accents at lightening speed.

Don't see it if you expect to see a well written and directed play about young people and their struggles.

During previews
60
Disappointing, Quirky, Slow, Great acting

See it if you want to see great acting trying it's best to improve a poorly written script

Don't see it if you like well written scripts that move you. First Act not much happens - Second Act - what? Deep accents hard to hear the dialogue

During previews
93
Sexy, Funny, Layered, Great acting, Great writing

See it if you want to see a brilliantly crafted piece about group therapy, addiction, recovery and conflict with magnificent acting and a tight script

Don't see it if you dislike anything to do with mental health issues and recovery, or don't have an open mind about sex, religion and the AA 12 step program

Also To begin, Marin Ireland (Alison) is magnificent. It was the strength o... Read more Read less

During previews
92
Absorbing, Great acting, Hilarious, Resonant, Riveting

See it if You can wait for the reveal, u enjoy quick intense dialouge, u enjoy the idea of damaged, imperfect people in seach of their better selves

Don't see it if You want something that's easily explained or has simple good and evil characters, or if you want some happy go lucky

Also The plot involves our collective struggle to conquer demons, survive a... Read more Read less

During previews
67
Cliched, Confusing, Disappointing, Intense, Overrated

See it if you are interested in halfway houses and twelve step programs

Don't see it if you like to understand the dialogue. Actors who mumble and heavy accents made it difficult to understand what was happening.

During previews
74
Great acting, Great staging, Intelligent, Intense

See it if you want to see a unique play with a fresh voice

Don't see it if You are invested in the play but don't like it when the ending reduces the main character who was so much more interesting prior to the last

During previews
69
Clever, Great acting

See it if Very slow play with some good performances. More character driven than plot driven. Worth seeing.

Don't see it if You don't like slow plays...Takes a while before some drama happens.

During previews
73
Great ensemble

See it if You like new plays big on character and realistic portrayals of addiction and anger management

Don't see it if You like fast paced plot heavy plays.

Also Great performances by the entire ensemble. First Act hums along, but t... Read more Read less

During previews
65
Disappointing

See it if I really cannot think of a reason to see this show. It isn't horrible, but it isn't very good. The story does not touch you as it should.

Don't see it if you aren't a subscriber to The Atlantic Theater or if too many biblical quotes are not your thing.

Also The play has some very funny lines. But the script itself has no beaut... Read more Read less

During previews
65
Disappointing, Great acting, Pointless, Ending?

See it if Like character studies.

Don't see it if want to get some meaning out of it. Understand the murky ending.

During previews
60
No clear protagonist, Play is about a therapy group, Focus as vague as title, Marin ireland great as usual, Cast makes most of weak material

See it if You enjoy seeing plays with good actors making the most of weak material. Point of the play is very unclear. If you are fan of Marin Ireland

Don't see it if You need characters to root for, plot-driven focused text not a lot of filler. You don't like Marin Ireland or plays about group therapy.

During previews
78
Relevant, Great acting, Slow burn., Hard to hear.

See it if You like a character study and don't need a lot of plot. You like Marin Ireland and good acting.

Don't see it if You prefer plot. You want to be able to hear the lines!

Also After the first act, I wondered where the show was going, but the seco... Read more Read less

During previews
80
Edgy, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Must see

See it if Marin Ireland is amazing . . . the cast and writing and characters are impressive.

Don't see it if You do not like anything that may be controversial.

During previews
15
Confusing, Disappointing, Overrated

See it if you like plays about people sitting around talking with no conflict or dramatic tension. Excellent hearing. The actors mumble. It's slow.

Don't see it if You have hearing problems, like plays with a plot and characters you care about.

During previews
70
Great acting, Excruciating, Slow

See it if You haven’t had your fill of addiction plays.

Don't see it if You want to see something interesting and unpredictable. If you liked “People, Places, and Things”, you won’t like this.

Also This was such a waste of tremendous talent. Spoiler alert-something ha... Read more Read less

During previews
65
Ambitious, Confusing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Disappointing

See it if you want to see good acting.

Don't see it if you want to see a play with a satisfying ending. I have no idea what happened.

Also The play is in need of much clarification. We need much more informati... Read more Read less

During previews
90
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Thought-provoking, Uneventful

See it if you enjoy simple, honest plays about people who are lost in a moment. It's about experience, not events. Very realistic, moving, and timely.

Don't see it if you seek razzle dazzle, or need the play to be about major events. It poses more questions that it answers about complex people.

During previews
77
Resonant

See it if You like small plays about people over coming their darkness and past.

Don't see it if You like be laugh a minute comedies.

Also I didn’t love the ending, it’s a bit of a let down. But I enjoyed the ... Read more Read less

During previews
65
Great acting, Confusing, Oddly-conceived set

See it if you're up for a 2-hour character study, with some characters being better fleshed out than others.

Don't see it if you have high expectations in the plot department. The most interesting bits are in the backstories of these characters.

Also Abby Rosebrock's play certainly has good intentions. Putting a handful... Read more Read less

During previews
89
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Resonant

See it if you enjoy explorations of why we sabotage our lives and how everyone tries to heal themselves and fill the holes in their lives differently.

Don't see it if you don't like anything to do with rehab or people struggling to put their lives back together. But be aware that it has humorous moments.

Also The whole cast is wonderful but Marin Ireland again delivers a devasta... Read more Read less

During previews
72
Confusing, Entertaining, Great acting, Fluffy

See it if you're interested in a play about a southern halfway house, looking to see a comedic drama

Don't see it if you don't like it when characters speak really fast, don't like long expositions before something actually happens

Also There are a lot of good things happening in the show: great acting, in... Read more Read less

During previews
78
Relevant, Slow, Excruciating, Intense

See it if You enjoy stories of people trying to straighten out their lives, ie. in rehab., or in the case of this play, in a half way house.

Don't see it if You would have a hard time understaning strong, southern accents, need to see fast moving plays, or do not like conflicts between people.

Also This play was about two and one-half hours long, including an intermis... 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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