Two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist Gina Gionfriddo brings her signature style of dark humor back to the Vineyard in this sharp comedy of lost souls grappling with the costs of love, money, and the American Dream. More…
It’s Halloween night, and Miranda is desperate for a way out. She’s drowning in debt, may be falling for the man who pays her bills, and is on the run from her date who has threatened to kill her. When Graham and his fiancée, Tanya, offer her a safe haven, a door opens for all of them…but is the promise of a better life a treat or a trick? Featuring Tony winner Frank Wood and Amber Tamblyn in her stage debut.
See it if you want interesting issues raised (the role of money in relationships/society) and are willing to have the discussion terribly muddied.
Don't see it if you want a coherent plot and consistent characters. The dialogue drags. For the Vineyard's stage, unsuitable.
See it if You want a clever, fun character piece in a tight one act show. Amber Tamblyn was fantastic. Easy show to digest and enjoy.
Don't see it if You don't like funny character plays. or plays about our inner dysfunction.
See it if like a play where each character asks Why Am I doing this? Vineyard is always a great place to see theater. The cast gets it.
Don't see it if a bit fluffy at times.. relations between Moms and children arise from the blue
See it if you're an Amber Tamblyn fan or a fan of such stale topics as single-motherhood, working-class debt & mommy issues (w/o any new insights).
Don't see it if you seek an engrossing, amusing or thought-provoking production. This contrived, unevenly acted, half-baked play has none of those qualities
See it if Gionfriddo's take on modern women's economic/sexual choices loosely based on Trollope novel Teaming with ideas yet nothing seems to cohere
Don't see it if Overly long & slow build up hinders early compassion for characters; sluggish direction by DuBois Action picks up with Frank Wood's entrance
See it if you've like Gionfriddo's past work, enjoy quirky characters including a great turn by Amber Tamblyn, as well as thoughts on women and money
Don't see it if you want to be gripped immediately by a play, have no patience with odd characters, can't stand excessive stage yelling and tantrums
See it if You like the "hot mess" trope. You want to see great turn by Frank Wood. You like funny one-liners.
Don't see it if You want coherent character motivations: it was hard to figure out why they continued to stay in the situation.
See it if you enjoy stories about dysfunctional relationships or people who are downtrodden.
Don't see it if you're looking for a pick-me-up or likeable characters. There are some laughs in this, but the focus is really on life's harsh realities.
See it if You'd be interested in a play about the plight of lower middle class white people trying to dig out of debt and deal with their lives.
Don't see it if You're not interested in another dramedy featuring whiny, down-on-their-luck characters.
See it if You are a fan of Amber Tamblyn. You like plays about relationships, letting go, and moving on.
Don't see it if Sexual situations or talk disturb you. You dislike addiction problems in plays. You prefer "normal" relationships.
See it if you enjoy a good ensemble doing their best with a somewhat ridiculous plot; can a person like Miranda actually exist?
Don't see it if you are annoyed by simpering, whiny characters whose lives are unbelievable; Amber Tamblyn does an admirable job despite the role.
See it if you want to see the latest work of a playwright with two Pulitzer nominations or if you want to see the NY theatrical debut of Amber Tamblyn
Don't see it if want a well-structured play with a clear focus.
See it if you want to see a great comedic performance by Amber Tamblyn who plays a drunk prostitute and unravels more and more throughout the night.
Don't see it if you're looking for something serious or profound. It's a good dark comedy, but the strength lies a lot in the strong performances by cast.
See it if you enjoy examining unusual romantic relationships seen from different perspectives and watching interactions between unique personalities.
Don't see it if you prefer well developed characters and a strong, well weaved story line and do not particularly enjoy stories about dysfunctional people.
See it if just a lite fun play-nite is enough for you. Dramedy, w/so-so resolution. Bit unfinished, although I don't get why it was panned by so many.
Don't see it if you want high-drama. Amber's NY stage debut is excellent & worth seeing. Yes, she DOES steal the show (felt like role was written that way).
See it if you are interested in the desperate measures of some very self indulgent characters.
Don't see it if you like a fast moving show with a clear message.
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Don't see it if You crave story where something interesting happens. You're disinterested in the archetypes of Madonna, Whore, and Reason.
See it if you want to see a 90 minute play about characters who are in debt and use men to help them and one who cant let his mother's memories go.
Don't see it if you don't like characters that are weak, selfish and just totally unlikable or who you can care about.
See it if If you like solid plays that have a great ensemble of actors that examine deep seated feelings of loss and difficult relationships
Don't see it if If you want lighthearted plays that won't challenge your own state of mind
See it if You'd enjoy a well acted and highly entertaining dark comedy about dysfunctional relationships.
Don't see it if You are tired of plays about dysfunctional relationships.
See it if you welcome frank, non-PC discussion of relationships between men/women and anyone/money or anyone/parent, and effects of them on choices.
Don't see it if you prefer large scale or musical/dance productions, light themes with minimal introspection, literary or historical subjects or linear plot
See it if you're game to mull challenges we face when trying to start over and pursuing second chances; committed cast and great turn by Amber Tamblyn
Don't see it if you want something light; you're sensitive to parental loss; you're easily irritated by scenario of being stuck or lacking self-awareness