Already closed | 1h 30m | West Village

Collective Rage: A Play in Five Betties

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Members say: Funny, Great acting, Clever, Quirky, Entertaining

About the show

In MCC's unpredictable new comedy, five women collide at the intersection of rage, love, and the “thea-tah,” provoking each other to take a look in the mirror and face the person they didn’t know they could be.  More…

Meet five different women named Betty: one rich, one lonely, one charismatic, one lovelorn, and one who keeps working on her truck. Oh, and one has decided to stage a production of that play-within-a-play by…that old English guy, what's his name? This New York premiere invites us all to be a little braver, live a little louder, laugh a little harder, and unleash our inner Betty.

1h 30m | Already closed | Lucille Lortel Theatre (West Village)

Member Reviews (194)

MEMBERS SAY:

Funny, Great acting, Clever, Quirky, Entertaining
78
Avg Score

90
Funny, Intelligent, Relevant, Quirky, Great acting

See it if You like quirky, raw, HONEST storytelling with some fierce actors all hitting every note. Very timely, topical and sincere.

Don't see it if You’re homophobic or misogynistic...I mean...you’re exactly who SHOULD see this...but you’d hate it.

Also Not exactly sure why but this play pushed a lot of the same buttons th... Read more Read less

85
Quirky, Surprising, Delightful, Silly, Romantic

See it if Betty Betty Betty Betty & Betty seek their identities while developing an absurd play. Much talk of pussy. Creative and fun. Made me happy.

Don't see it if You won’t like a crazy chick relationship play about growth, love & self esteem. You won’t enjoy a mix of straight, lesbian & bi Betties.

80
Ambitious, Clever, Raunchy, Thought-provoking, Slow

See it if Vulgar, profane & gender outrageous, Silverman's black comedy about second-wave feminism calls up its triumphs & missteps Fine ensemble work

Don't see it if Raunchy & explicit sexual sitauations may put-off (or bore) some Repetitious structure slows plot momentum but Donahue's staging covers well

81
Crazy mixture of fierce feminist and lesbian politics + transformative power of theater played by 5 actresses all named betty: unlike anything you've seen before

See it if series of short, explosive often hilarious scenes; outrageous set; creative rethinking Midsummer Night's Dream as lesbian-based tale

Don't see it if all over the place; characters by design cartoon-like; you don't find vagina-centric play amusing/I do

70
Series of feminist vignettes, Some parts funny, Absurdist, Some parts tedious.

See it if OK w 5 diverse women "exploring" their identities (literally, for 1) & finding their voice. Avant-garde, occasionally touching, gender-fluid

Don't see it if Feminist manifesto w repeated use of word "pussy" not your thing. Some interesting ideas re loneliness/love, some good actors, but it's odd.

Also There was a straight couple on a first date sitting next to me. Boy, w... Read more Read less

66
Too preachy on women's rage.

See it if You appreciate women's stories about sex and rage.

Don't see it if You want more in depth story telling.

79
Clever, Disappointing, Funny, Great acting, Great staging

See it if you like quirky plays.This is a fun look at gay issues.However,it never really explores them or moves you.It's cute &fun, but didn't teach

Don't see it if you are homophobic.Or if you are looking for a show about lesbian issues that will move you or help you understand. It's fun and cute, but.

30
Puerile, Disappointing, Excruciating, Boring, Sad

See it if you haven't had enough of the feminist rant depicted on stage in the last few years, or if you are a fan of Lea De Laria.

Don't see it if you expect some takeaway from time spent in the theatre other than a headache and leg cramps.

Also This is the kind of foolishness that was prevalent on off-off Broadway... Read more Read less

81
Clever, Great acting, Funny, Thought-provoking, Raunchy

See it if You want to ponder the complexity of being a woman today, through the insights of 5 masterful actresses

Don't see it if You are a misogynist or looking for a play to escape reality

90
F..k yeah!, Funny, Serious, Smart

See it if You are in for a funny investigation of female angst of several varieties. It may play like fluff, but it is not fluff.

Don't see it if You are immune to the charms of a serious look at contemporary anomie, presented with surprise and fun.

60
Intense, Indulgent, Funny, Confusing, Ambitious

See it if there ever wasn't a reason to see Dana Delany on stage. She is at her best in this role.

Don't see it if you were hoping to see Lea Delaria play something other and a big old butch lesbian.

Also I love the play's concept of having five very different actresses play... Read more Read less

91
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Relevant, Raunchy

See it if you want to see five excellent actors and great staging in a play examining women's roles (sexual and societal) in today's society.

Don't see it if you are put off by a frank discussion of genitalia (meow!) and LGBTQ issues.

80
Funny, Great acting, Hilarious, Raunchy, Quirky

See it if you want a really good laugh. The actors are great!

Don't see it if you don't like raunchy productions - this is really raunchy, but very funny

85
Edgy, Intense, Innovative

See it if new writers with insightful points of view on complex interpersonal and political topics are exciting for you. Great acting and direction.

Don't see it if brazen, sexy, demanding women are more than you can cope with

65
Confusing

See it if you like absurdist plays. Some good points made in between the craziness. Add 10 points if you are a in tune with women's issues.

Don't see it if wan't a play to make it's points in a more traditional way.

99
Clever, Entertaining, Hilarious, Quirky, Raunchy

See it if you want to see 5 extraordinary women in a fast paced piece that deals with sexuality uniquely

Don't see it if you don't like plays written about lesbians; you are offended by the colloquial word for the female genitalia repeated countless times

66
Disappointing, Great acting, Indulgent

See it if You like Great acting and slapstick comedy about women’s sexuality and queer identity with a bittersweet edge

Don't see it if You want an insightful layered nuanced perspective

81
Refreshing, Quirky, Raunchy, Great acting, Funny

See it if Quirky enjoyable show that leaves you thinking, as the 5 betties do, about what they really want to change. Strong acting, unusual vignettes

Don't see it if You don’t like female empowerment in non traditional ways or don’t enjoy a play within a play, but it’s so fun. Lots to ponder.

89
Absorbing, Ambitious, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting

See it if Are open to an unexpected journey in this innovative and unique theatrical experience.

Don't see it if You easily get offended by cursing, and you are uncomfortable with sexual subjects or lesbian scenes.

83
Quite clever, Very well acted, Great staging, Indulgent, Quirky

See it if you want to laugh. Dialogue and action are often outrageous but clever.

Don't see it if unless you are prepared to hear 'locker room talk' throughout the play.

95
Refreshing, Relevant, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Great staging

See it if you are in the mood for a quirky, but relevant play that is both hilarious and poignant.

Don't see it if you are easily offended but some explicit language or you are not in the mood for boundary pushing theatre.

85
Absorbing, Clever, Fluffy, Refreshing

See it if You want a feminist play with a very talented cast.

Don't see it if You want something straightforward or one that tells a story that’s been told before.

78
Ambitious, Edgy, Funny, Raunchy

See it if you want to check out something edgy/stylized but not too avant garde. Solid performances by all five actresses. Some very funny lines.

Don't see it if all five women being named Betty will be way too confusing for you. Or if you are sensitive to explicit language and sexual discussions.

89
Funny, Great acting, Quirky, Thought-provoking, Gender queer

See it if You want to see great performances by actors you know, like comedies that push limits without following a traditional plot

Don't see it if Uncomfortable with gender and sexual fluidity, get offended by the word p*ssy, it's used a lot.

Also While ALL the actors bring their A game, Ana Vllafañe is Hilarious

79
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Quirky, Interesting staging

See it if You would like to see a play performed in a very interesting manner by talented individuals.

Don't see it if Like your plays performed on a regularly decorated stage.


September 12th, 2018
“If you’re wondering whether you’ll enjoy the revolution, Silverman’s 'Collective Rage' makes an excellent (and hilarious) test case...For all its political and aesthetic cred, the production is entirely a delight...A trenchant and snappy production; even the props get laughs. The best revolution...
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September 12th, 2018
“It’s not that ‘Collective Rage’ is a very bad play...it’s a very normal one...The show’s five actors are its saving grace...Donahue does confident, compassionate work with his ensemble — pushing the comedy but retaining the characters’ humanity — and he and his designers keep the show swift and ...
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September 12th, 2018
“Forced and repetitious. As demonstrated by the cutesy subtitle, the playwright seems tickled to death with her own cleverness...There are some funny lines...But the unfocused work adds up to much less than the sum of its parts...The actresses throw themselves into their roles with admirable fear...
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September 12th, 2018
“With touches of absurdity, this play...can feel thin and representative at times, but the journey remains a wacky romp underpinned with emotion...Donahue’s colorful production is mostly zippy...The director embraces the play’s unpredictability...With moments of hilarity and poignancy, 'Collectiv...
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