Breitwisch Farm
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Breitwisch Farm
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Breitwisch Farm NYC Reviews and Tickets

79%
(34 Reviews)
Positive
88%
Mixed
0%
Negative
12%
Members say
Great acting, Absorbing, Relevant, Great writing, Resonant

About the Show

In homage to Chekhov's 'The Cherry Orchard,' this ensemble play examines the disappearing middle class in the swing state of Wisconsin.

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Member Reviews (34)

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81
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great acting, Intelligent, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy a thinking-person's exercise with talented performers on current issues with a plot from an earlier playwright.

Don't see it if you cannot endure sitting on a folding chair for two hours or do not like actors whizzing by you within reach.

40
I expected rough around the edges but not this dull and derivative

See it if you want to not care for a solid 2.5 hrs before hearing a surprisingly spirited rallying cry on DACA at the very end

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86
Absorbing, Ambitious, Good writing, Good acting, Intelligent

See it if you'd like to see a well-written new play that grapples with important issues. The acting was good. Well worth your time.

Don't see it if you prefer fully staged productions rather than minimalist sets. You dislike plays that deal with political issues. Read more

81
Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if You like terrific family dramas and modern Chekhov adaptations. This one works really well - great writing and acting.

Don't see it if You dislike small, intimate venues with somewhat difficult sight lines, or cannot tolerate a few untranslated passages in another language.

45
Cliched, Banal, Disappointing, Slow

See it if Unsympathetic, cliche characters. Weak script. Amateurish production.

Don't see it if ... you don't have a friend in the production.

86
Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if The minimalist staging brought front and center the acting abilities of the performers. They had a wonderful score by Jeremy J. Kamps

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85
Great acting, Relevant, Ambitious

See it if you want an eerily accurate portrayal of rural Wisconsin and the associated politics/relationships.

Don't see it if you're looking for something light. Read more

80
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Great staging, Quirky

See it if You want to see something deconstructed and great acting

Don't see it if You prefer linear plays

Critic Reviews (5)

The New York Times
March 11th, 2018

"Smart, complex but overloaded...It’s an ambitious play with an impressive cast, but the choppily edited text needs the kinds of clarifying that the pared-down yet occasionally clunky staging doesn’t provide...What’s largely, sorely missing is the sound of that place. Not missing from Kamps’s script...but missing from Quinn’s production. In a play that’s as much about home and belonging as this one, what people sound like matters."
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TheaterScene.net
March 7th, 2018

"Overloaded though engaging examination of the American heartland...Kamps tenderly delineates his eight characters with biographical details, strong character traits and lots of conflict...Expressive dialogue...Less successful in crafting a compelling plot...All quite Chekhovian but lacking in finesse. The didactic elements and the personal revelations aren't well integrated...Nevertheless Quinn’s work with the cast results in a true sense of an ensemble with everyone connected and believable."
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Theatre is Easy
March 7th, 2018

"Ambitiously monumental in its scope...The entire ensemble is simply incredible. The ease with which the members of the cast connect, and the nuanced portrayal of each of their characters, charges this family saga with electrifying truth...Quinn tries his best to make his actors move and change the axis of the action throughout each scene, but the staging requires further polishing. The imperfections of it, however, don't obscure the overall quality of this timely play."
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Stage Buddy
March 8th, 2018

"What makes the Chekhovian element so useful to Kamps is its tendency not to polarize good and evil or weakness and strength...Director Ryan Quinn has mounted the play imaginatively, on a deep, narrow, largely bare stage surrounded by audience on three sides. The cast is young and energetic. Not all the players are the ideal age for their characters, but they work well together and are, by and large, a talented lot."
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L
March 8th, 2018

"Fascinating...An unblinking spontaneous combustion of drama...A searing, no-holds-barred saga of life in the real 'real America'...The violent plot twist may seem heavy handed...The performances of this young, energetic cast are superb...By the conclusion of Kamps' play–which is no less than stunning–we really care about what happens to these residents of Goose Creek, Wisconsin...More than a slice of life, consider this should-be classic play to be a slice of the new American pie."
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