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Continuity

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

About the show

MTC's world premiere by Bess Wohl ("Small Mouth Sounds") asks “How do we keep going when hope can seem as fictional as a Hollywood ending?” and also, “What’s for lunch?” More…

A sheet of ice sits in the desert of New Mexico. A mad eco-terrorist plants a bomb in order to save humankind. A beleaguered film crew tries to get in one last shot before losing the light. In "Continuity," storytelling and science collide with comic and devastating consequences.


Member Reviews (59)

MEMBERS SAY:

Funny, Relevant, Entertaining, Clever, Great acting
76
Avg Score

73
Well written, Funny, Interesting, Entertaining

See it if you like light comedies with some touching scenes. It's fun, cute and creative.

Don't see it if You prefer straight plays.

Also The use of the "consultant" was severely cliched, jarring, misguided a... Read more Read less

77
Relevant, Great acting, Entertaining, Funny

See it if You enjoy "behind the scenes" stories about the film industry. Very funny. Realistic performances from the cast.

Don't see it if There are some parts that drag the show down. The scientist is a bit boring but I think that is the point.

80
Clever, Quirky, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Funny

See it if Fresh 3 level satire about Hollywood movie making, humans bumbling through life, and impending environmental doom. Funny yet somber.

Don't see it if You don’t enjoy complex satire. There is a lot packed into it. Some long winded parts. Pessimistic, nihilistic philosophy.

60
Indulgent, Resonant, Quirky, Disappointing, Cliched

See it if Wohl's climate change treatise told via making of Hollywood action flick is at best scattershot funny but unusually banal Evocative set

Don't see it if Chavkin tries all sorts of directorial tricks to enliven eco-drama but to no avail Actors struggle with stereotypes; Hurt comes off best

74
Tries to turn farce about making a movie about climate change into a serious discussion of its existential implications; only succeeds in part

See it if satirizes vanity of "Hollywood" actors, moviemaking; clearly shows how much movies get wrong about global warming/yes we're doomed

Don't see it if meh storytelling; does not weave serious science organically into the play; has feel of play cobbled together

Also Multiple uses of "continuity" in play: stands for (i) the film-making ... Read more Read less

73
Sudsy, Cliched, Relevant, Great staging, Ambitious

See it if Sudsy indie location shoot stirs up catastrosphic climate change and spoilt-child behaviours in soapy re-shoots.Femme dir directs femme dir.

Don't see it if Like watching ice melt. Re-freeze. Then melt again. Film sets are notoriously tedious with set-ups & re-shoots & delays. Not "Postcards."

Also Continuity refers to how film sequences match."Please don't sit on the... Read more Read less

95
Funny and smart, Entertaining, Delightful, Clever, Absorbing

See it if you want to see a very highly entertaining play that is also making you think about climate change/global warming.

Don't see it if you don't want to leave the theatre thinking about climate change/global warming.

Also Another gem from the pen of Bess Wohl ("Small Mouth Sounds"). The Cast... Read more Read less

74
Topical, Relevant, Clever, Good ensemble, Entertaining

See it if you have ever been involved in the film industry you will recognize the personalities and interactions. Good acting and some funny bits.

Don't see it if Second half slows down considerably & the shenanigans get tiresome. Ending is too heavy & earnest for the timbre of the rest of the play.

80
Quirky, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Entertaining, Clever

See it if you enjoy light hearted and sometimes silly comedy with a relevant message tacked on; a show which doesn't take itself too seriously

Don't see it if you prefer dramas, dysfunctional family plots, etc. This show was a bit different than the usual fare. Not great, but entertaining

76
Relevant, Entertaining, Funny

See it if you're interested in a farce about filmmaking or issues of climate change. Comedy works much better than serious elements.

Don't see it if you're looking for a play communicating fresh new ideas, or are expecting more than entertainment value.

70
Great staging, Funny, Preachy ending, Clunky, Disappointing

See it if you are concerned about climate change--and if you aren't then you should be!This also has some very funny "in" jokes for theater folks.

Don't see it if you want a well thought out discussion of climate change that isn't preachy.And bring a sweater.The theater is very cold...on purpose.

70
Thought-provoking, Quirky, Great staging, Disappointing, Ambitious

See it if You enjoy a comedy about the making of a movie about the environment .

Don't see it if You dislike plays about the environment that are a result of bad moviemaking

70
Disappointing, Great staging

See it if You enjoy multiple storylines centered around a movie production.

Don't see it if Too many subplotlines in this to be clever. The "movie" became annoying.

83
Relevant, Great staging, Great acting, Hilarious, Clever

See it if you want very funny play that tackles serious topics of climate, relationships, and power. Humorous re-takes of film are very engaging.

Don't see it if you want pure comedy or pure drama. This blends both quite well, although the relationship sections can drag a bit.

70
Doomsday message, Uneven pacing, Uneven tone, Slow, Relevant

See it if you like up-to-the-minute references and are open to a mostly comedic approach to climate change.

Don't see it if you want 'continuity' of message, tone, and pacing.

Also Seems like the play is still finding itself. Does the playwright reall... Read more Read less

78
Clever, Funny, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if you are ready for a thought-provoking look at how humans think & fail to think about climate change. Lots of humor mixed in!

Don't see it if You prefer musical comedies or don't care about climate change

82
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Funny, Entertaining

See it if you want to see a funny comedy that takes place on a movie set that involves many takes of the same scene. Climate change is the focus.

Don't see it if you do not like silly plays. There are some deep thoughts in the play at its core but it is surrounded by ludicrous Hollywood moments.

78
Ambitious, Preachy, Funny

See it if you want to see a different approach to the perils of global warming

Don't see it if you prefer musicals; you like more traditional comedies; you've heard enough about global warning

86
Thought-provoking, Hilarious, Great acting, Great directing, Great writing

See it if you love what small theater can do; powerful message and powerful humor combined; several great plot twists

Don't see it if you are already complete stressed out about climate change, I guess; there's a serious message here, despite the laughter

Also A really well done and surprising play. Had no idea what to expect and... Read more Read less

78
Relevant, Funny, Entertaining, Clever

See it if a lighthearted and funny look at climate concerns; the backdrop of filming a movie is creative and engaging

Don't see it if you're wanting a serious-minded show or if you're bothered by over-the-top/campy humor

70
Indulgent, Quirky, Great acting, Funny, Ambitious

See it if You enjoy theater and you want to hear about climate issues

Don't see it if You don't want to be lectured via theater

70
Slow, Great staging, Confusing, Great acting

See it if you like seeing good actors

Don't see it if you're expecting something profound... i felt like it was a jumble of ideas...couldn't quite decide what it was

60
Entertaining, Unnecessary, Cliched

See it if you will absolutely go to every green-cause related theater event, in the mood for a light, entertaining evening of a familiar story line.

Don't see it if you'd rather avoid artificial setups, "message" plays, cardboard characters and so-so acting, this play is predictable in the worst way.

76
Edgy, Absorbing

See it if Confusion play that wants to talk about big issues. There's a lot going on here..some funny moments.

Don't see it if Repetitive at times...100 minutes no intermission..

73
Funny, Clever

See it if A play that’s part climate wake up call , part Hollywood satire appeals to you.

Don't see it if You want breezy comedy.

Also There’s a lot to like. It’s smart enough not to linger too long on eit... Read more Read less


May 21st, 2019
“’Continuity’ never convincingly weds its airy approach to its heavy subject...The approach is almost whimsical, as if Wohl were setting a trap whose bait is comedy...The themes of the play never cohere except in the title...The comedy wilts and the drama, with no stageable crisis, fizzles...You’...
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May 21st, 2019
“Wohl’s smart, funny, and deeply sad new eco-drama...Wohl’s dialogue is sharp and sprightly, confident and fluid through both the casual banter and the leaps into big emotions and ideas...Wohl nimbly avoids speechifying...People stay people—messy and maddening and well-intentioned—rather than bec...
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May 21st, 2019
"Mixing tired satirical japes with dire warnings about climate change, 'Continuity,' would have benefited from being truer to its title...The playwright doesn't stray too far from stereotype with most of these characters...None of it makes much of an impact...Wohl rarely rises above the level of ...
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May 21st, 2019
“This world premiere is only intermittently engaging, and never fully realizes the grand philosophical statement that its more heavy-handed lines of dialogue seem to be making...Wohl appears to be in such a rush to get her points across that she creates a soapbox instead of a drama. Despite the e...
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