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Corsicana NYC Reviews and Tickets

(102 Ratings)
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Great acting, Slow, Disappointing, Ambitious, Quirky

Will Arbery returns to Playwrights Horizons after 2019's acclaimed Heroes of the Fourth Turning.

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247 Reviews | 61 Followers
Real theatrical gem, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you like to see 4 stellar actors portray people, who are "viewed as different", look for happiness & have to give sooooo much to others!

Don't see it if No reason not to see it. Yes, it is slow, but it was so real I had the feeling I am sitting in their living room with them: a real gem! Read more

446 Reviews | 81 Followers
Funny, Cathartic, Moving

See it if no reason not to.

Don't see it if no reason not to. Read more

122 Reviews | 13 Followers
Thought-provoking, Great staging, Great acting, Exquisite, Absorbing

See it if You enjoy engaging stories with characters who are dealing with loss but are slowly finding their way and with each other, often humorously.

Don't see it if You only like traditional comedies with easy punchlines and not a lot of depth.

90 Reviews | 29 Followers
Must see, Great staging, Great acting, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if You want to be surprised by this most unexpected show about grief, recovery, and the makers and recipients of art. This is a profound work.

Don't see it if You need an intense plot. This play evokes an evocative landscape of feelings among beautifully flawed humans of different stripes. Read more

55 Reviews | 4 Followers
Clever, Absorbing, Enchanting

See it if You appreciate the potential of small theatre

Don't see it if You are looking for big shows.

721 Reviews | 253 Followers
Quirky, Funny, Engrossing, Great writing, Great acting

See it if You’re itching for a well-acted play by a new American playwright who has a knack for enthralling dialogue & compelling stories.

Don't see it if You dislike character studies and/or very “small” plays with few characters, no set, and simple stories that aren’t plot-heavy.

93 Reviews | 7 Followers
Intense, Intelligent, Ambitious, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if Anyone who likes intelligent well written, beautifully acted plays. Great production One of the best plays this year

Don't see it if Not willing to pay attention to deep, intellectual long plays

66 Reviews | 11 Followers
Intelligent, Profound, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if You have some patience and are willing to do a little bit of work as an audience member

Don't see it if You’re looking for a spoon feeding or a show that demands nothing of you.

Critic Reviews (18)

The New York Times
June 22nd, 2022

"Arbery seems to have written 'Corsicana' with his internal censors set to their lowest setting, as if he were hoping to make music the way his characters do: for themselves and, as Ginny puts it, 'with the door closed.' The tune may be strange and leggy and long, and you have no idea whether it’s funny or sad, but it feels like happiness to overhear it."
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New York Theatre Guide
June 22nd, 2022

"For anyone who appreciates a found family trope and wants to see it delivered naturally, humanely, and beautifully, 'Corsicana' provides enough heart to fill the entire state of Texas. When you hear the song they create, which they vow 'no one's ever gonna hear,' you'll feel like a part of the family, too."
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New York Magazine / Vulture
June 23rd, 2022

"After a perfect first hour, some late-play exchanges seem almost unedited, with monologues that wrench at the carefully considered preceding act. I am still grateful, though, that where 'Plano' snuck slyly away from my conscious attention, this play — serious, lopsided, occasionally beautiful — chooses to stick and stay."
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The Wall Street Journal
June 23rd, 2022

"The play begins to feel attenuated, although the characters are drawn with compassion. Snippets of minor drama—an estrangement between Ginny and Lot when she impulsively says she loves him, and he doesn’t know how to react; Justice’s discovery that she, in fact, loves Lot—occasionally roll across the stage like tumbleweeds. But Mr. Arbery slices life too thinly here."
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June 22nd, 2022

"Theatergoers looking for a straightforward plot driven by a thesis will be disappointed by 'Corsicana,' a play that brings you in but refuses to do all the work for you once you're there. ... But with its embrace of the wonderous and unknown, 'Corsicana' makes one thing clear: It's OK to not have all the answers."
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Lighting & Sound America
June 23rd, 2022

Corsicana conjures four solitary souls posed, like tumbleweeds, against a stark, minimally furnished stage; because Arbery is such a fine writer, each character is an intriguing enigma, but for a dauntingly long time we wait for something meaningful to happen among them. It finally does, but so late and in such scattered fashion that satisfaction is not guaranteed. Whether you think Sam Gold's production, which recalls the mumblecore films of the early twenty-first century, is beautifully understated or merely suffering from iron-poor blood, Corsicana is challenging, and not always in a good way.
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Talkin' Broadway
June 22nd, 2022

"'Corsicana' is about caretaking, and the caretaking we witness onstage can be touching, as when Ginny counsels Justice on romantic possibilities with a wisdom and exactitude we wouldn't have thought she had in her. But there's also a lot of small talk, God talk, needless repetition, and some truly terrible songs."
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New York Stage Review
June 22nd, 2022

"The problem is that the delivery system in 'Corsicana' isn’t particularly efficient, squandering the overall impact with its discursive dialogue, excessive length and unwillingness to articulate its themes."
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