Already closed | 2h 10m | Soho/Tribeca

Breitwisch Farm

From 34 member  reviews
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. More…

It’s the era of Tea Partiers, undocumented “Dreamers,” organic farming and fracking — and they all collide in a small community where being nice and rooting for the Packers are bond. The personal meets the partisan, community meets capitalism and local meets global at Breitwisch Farm.

2h 10m | Already closed | Town Stages (Soho/Tribeca)

Member Reviews (34)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great acting, Absorbing, Relevant, Great writing, Resonant
79
Avg Score

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

Don't see it if good intentions aren’t enough; the play must be at least remotely entertaining

Also Weirdly enough, I can see this being a passable screenplay since it re... Read more Read less

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.

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.

Also There are major plot holes/mistakes. An annulment wouldn't permit marr... Read more Read less

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

Don't see it if you enjoy more elaborate stage shows

Also to work with. The acting was superb; each character was rendered as an... Read more Read less

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.

Also As someone who grew up in Wisconsin near a lot of farms, holy shit did... Read more Read less

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

74
Great staging, Great writing, Relevant, Provoking

See it if You want to see a relevant subject developed in a very creative way by talented artists.

Don't see it if You only like big productions.

83
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Profound, Relevant

See it if you like Chekhov, want to know how Trump got elected, love great acting, the old school family dramas.

Don't see it if long family dramas aren't your thing, you don't like adaptations of Chekhov, you want lasers or verse or musicals in your plays.

89
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if you like great character portrayals and story. great performance space well staged. great ensemble group of actors.

Don't see it if you only like musicals.

46
Indulgent, Slow, Ambitious, Messy

See it if You don't mind shows that wander for a while before getting to a point

Don't see it if You are looking for a thought-provoking, tight production

Also I had high hopes for this show, but it grabbed WAY too many eggs to pu... Read more Read less

90
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great staging, Great acting

See it if you're up for a clever blend of OUR TOWN and THE CHERRY ORCHARD while speaking directly to the social climate of the day

Don't see it if You're looking for an over-the-top spectacle - though the stagecraft is inventive

95
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Ambitious, Great writing

See it if You enjoy plays that grapple with current issues in a thoughtful and insightful way.

Don't see it if You only like big productions, musicals, or light material.

Also This play was a fascinating commentary on the current state of America... Read more Read less

100
Clever, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You like complex, layered exploration of important current issues with outstanding ensemble acting

Don't see it if you only like feel good musicals

0
Cliched, Banal, Great acting, Excruciating

See it if You are not from the Midwest or have never been, and enjoy depictions of the Midwest as racist, uneducated, and ridden with substance abuse

Don't see it if You're from the Midwest, or don't buy into the false narrative of left-wing politics

90
Ambitious, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Resonant

See it if want to see nuanced characters brought to life on stage.

Don't see it if small intimate theaters aren't for you.

90
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Relevant, Resonant

See it if You're paying attention.

Don't see it if You just don't care about the world around you.

Also A wonderful work, beautiful acting.

100
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Edgy, Thought-provoking

See it if you can.

Don't see it if you want to regret missing it.

90
Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant, Profound, Resonant

See it if You enjoy sparse, symbolic, topical theatre that opens up a number of issues we face in today's society, and leaves you feeling moved.

Don't see it if You enjoy a lot of flashy song and dance without a lot of substance, or don't care to think about where you stand on some current events.

91
Great acting, Great staging, Relevant, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to see a show provoking real conversation all while not hitting you on the head with the subject matter. See it if you love subtly.

Don't see it if you are not a fan of seeing a relating to diversity or women speaking up for themselves.

100
Absorbing, Funny, Great writing, Relevant, Must see

See it if You are interested in a well-written, humorous, and well-acted and produced commentary on contemporary American society.

Don't see it if You don't want to be challenged intellectually or have an aversion to different American truths.

100
Absorbing, Great acting, Resonant, Intelligent, Great writing

See it if You care about the earth, immigration policy, like strong female characters, want to be pulled into an alternate reality for awhile.

Don't see it if You don't like good writing or genuine, heartfelt art.

94
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Moving, Subtlely complex

See it if you want to be moved by a piece that is so relevant to the current state of various cultural issues affecting the U.S.

Don't see it if you hate life, or can't stay seated / still for more than an hour at a time.

100
Absorbing, Great acting, Exquisite

See it if You want to see some of the city's best actors beautifully take on a new work (that feels especially timely) in a really cool downtown space

Don't see it if n/a


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 scr...
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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 fi...
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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 t...
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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 ...
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