Continuity
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Continuity
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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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Member Reviews (59)

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815 Reviews | 889 Followers
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. Read more

791 Reviews | 1003 Followers
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.

691 Reviews | 212 Followers
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.

687 Reviews | 113 Followers
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

593 Reviews | 264 Followers
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 Read more

567 Reviews | 146 Followers
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." Read more

488 Reviews | 125 Followers
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.

456 Reviews | 256 Followers
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. Read more

Critic Reviews (14)

The New York Times
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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New York Magazine / Vulture
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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The Hollywood Reporter
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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Theatermania
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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Talkin' Broadway
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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New York Stage Review
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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CurtainUp
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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