Closed 1h 40m
Continuity
Midtown W
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Continuity NYC Reviews and Tickets

76%
(59 Reviews)
Positive
86%
Mixed
14%
Negative
0%
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?”

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73
Well written, Funny, Interesting, Entertaining

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

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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.

Critic Reviews (14)

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’re left with little to do but admire Wohl’s clever connections and end-time puns...Only near the end of its 100 minutes does ‘Continuity’ find a way to weave its main strands together.”
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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 becoming mouthpieces. Director Rachel Chavkin leans into the humor just enough, keeping the action swift and the escalating comedy of errors on Maria’s set buoyant and amusing.”
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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 cliché with this disappointing effort...Chavkin fails to enliven the tired material, and the actors mainly seem as adrift as the characters they're portraying."
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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 efforts of the all-around excellent cast to make these characters come off as human beings, ‘Continuity’ aims at worthy targets but barely grazes any.”
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May 21st, 2019

“Full of provocative and philosophical ideas, it is as funny as it is smart...Chavkin's direction perfectly modulates the silliness of the film production, the underlying sadness and disappointment of the characters, and the urgency of the central issue about global warming...The performers work superbly as an ensemble...A few of the scenes go on a bit too long, and some of the character revelations could use further exploration...Still...this is a play that continues to resonate."
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May 21st, 2019

“A light comedy that concludes with a dark message...An amusing look at the egocentricities and expensive follies of moviemaking. The playwright has a serious issue to communicate, however...Modest in scale and moderately entertaining as an easygoing showbiz comedy, ‘Continuity’ manages to become thoughtful in its disconsolate conclusion. The production has been neatly staged by Rachel Chavkin...Under Chavkin’s guidance, the actors provide effective performances."
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May 22nd, 2019

“The play unfolds over six takes of the same scene...Film shoots are slow but under the helm of Chavkin the play clocks in at a brisk 100 minutes, and with mounting tension. Chavkin, hones on the emotions as well as the bickering artists' humor...While the play has choppy segments and little new information about the problem of climate control or movie making, ‘Continuity’ is entertaining, serious and with laugh-out-loud moments.”
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C
May 21st, 2019

"Wohl is smart enough to realize no one needs yet another play about the idiocy of Tinseltown, and adding the climate change aspect of 'Continuity' is definitely inspired. But for the audience to really get her points, she has decided to have everything spelled out for us in black-and-white by the movie's 'science advisor,' Larry, brilliantly embodied by...Baxer. His arguments, some surprising, others not so, are well-taken, but I do wish Wohl had found a more subtle way of expressing them."
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May 21st, 2019

“The plot sound far more interesting than it turns out to be...The play offers no new information about climate change to justify itself; nor does it contain anything but tired cliches about the absurdities of Hollywood moviemaking. Adding a feminist twist for today’s milieu doesn’t improve it. I would love to know what talented director Chavkin saw in this material that made her want to undertake it...It was a fitfully entertaining, but ultimately disappointing evening.”
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June 5th, 2019

“Chavkin illuminates the wit of Wohl’s text, leading this superb cast of actors to deliver a suite of impressive performances in the intimacy of a black box space with immersive sound design...The layers of meaning juxtaposing the foreground action and its background significance are intelligently expressed without blunt preening or too much opacity. At once thought-provoking and hilarious, ‘Continuity’ is everything a ‘political’ play should be.”
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May 21st, 2019

“Thoughtful and hilarious...Wohl continually manages to upend our expectations — both about the movie-within-a-play and about the dynamics among these classic Hollywood ‘types’...Chavkin directs ‘Continuity’ with a fine balance between artificiality and realism, consistent with Wohl’s script — which has iceberg-like depths beneath all its surface pleasures.”
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May 22nd, 2019

"Ms. Wohl has a gift for wickedly weaving in big themes and ideas into seemingly pedestrian premises. In 'Continuity,' she skillfully accomplishes this in several subtle but unexpected revelations that change how the audience observes the proceedings, and by extension, their own lives. Unfortunately, the playwright is less successful at creating fully believable characters."
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May 28th, 2019

"It's a funny, sad essay on climate change. The metaphor of a chaotic film set...is a brilliant stand in for the Earth's rapid decline and our inability to affect meaningful change on Earth...This dark comedy provides many laughs, especially if you have ever been on a film set...All of the actors are wonderful...I learned a lot and I am inspired to learn more, hopefully I will take action."
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B
May 21st, 2019

"While the characters Wohl has created may fall into Hollywood stereotypes at first glance, they are able to break out of these molds to become fully dimensional characters that captures the audience's attention, and their heart...The cast are able to seamlessly merge the collision of science and storytelling that are at the heart of 'Continuity' with both hilarious and heartbreaking results. Refreshing, engaging, thought-provoking, and more relevant than ever, 'Continuity' is not to be missed."
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