Dark Disabled Stories
Ends Apr 09 1h 0m
Dark Disabled Stories

Dark Disabled Stories NYC Reviews and Tickets

(29 Reviews)
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Thought-provoking, Clever, Entertaining, Absorbing, Ambitious

About the Show

Writer/performer Ryan J. Haddad makes his off-Broadway playwriting debut with a funny and bold play.

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Member Reviews (29)

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509 Reviews | 73 Followers
Enlightening how accessiblity matters

See it if Autobiographical vignettes from their disabled queer people of color lives looking for emotional/sexual connections in an inaccessible world

Don't see it if Challenging humor about intersectional lives with disabilities, explicit queer sex talk, collection of stories instead of one plot. Read more

434 Reviews | 77 Followers
Frank talk and observations, Three actor 75 minutes, Personal and intimate, Entertaining & enlightening, Outstanding model of theatre accessibility

See it if You are interested in first person accounts of navigating the world with a disability. Appreciate accessibility in theatre.

Don't see it if Are offended by frank talk about bodily functions, sexuality, awkward situations. Read more

323 Reviews | 60 Followers
Heartbreaking, Thought-provoking, Entertaining

See it if you want to see caring stories that will make you laugh and then want to cry. Do not miss this.

Don't see it if you are homophobic. If that's the case screw you.

313 Reviews | 73 Followers
Captivating, Great staging, Awareness-raising, Innovative, Accessible

See it if you love shows that open you up on a personal level to the human complexities faced by being gay and disabled in NYC. So creative!

Don't see it if Not for you if you are prudish about salty language, some graphic sex descriptions, and negative (and hilarious) comments about the MTA.

279 Reviews | 23 Followers

See it if You like solo-ish shows where the performers recant dark stories from their past.

Don't see it if You want a structured play. Read more

199 Reviews | 43 Followers
Quirky, Intense, Great writing, Funny, Ambitious

See it if you are interested in seeing the world from the perspective of horny gay disabled men in NYC.

Don't see it if you do not like rather graphic discussion of sex. Read more

149 Reviews | 39 Followers
Thought-provoking, Edgy, Funny, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if You want a play w/heart makes u laugh & entertains while making u think about disabled people navigating life in an inaccessible world.

Don't see it if You prefer linear plot structure. You don’t enjoy plays dealing w/ disabled or queer people. You’re offended by explicit sexual descriptions Read more

134 Reviews | 23 Followers
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Must see, Edgy, Absorbing

See it if You like humor & real stories. Everyone should see this to understand the extent that this world is set up for the able-bodied.

Don't see it if These are vignettes around several themes but is not a narrative linear story, if that is what you are looking for. Read more

Critic Reviews (11)

The New York Times
March 9th, 2023

CRITIC’S PICK: "Haddad - he will change the way you think about disability — and prompt you to think of accessibility as something that can deepen a dramatic experience when it’s built into the architecture of the piece."
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Time Out New York
March 9th, 2023

"The show does feel a bit short. Is it greedy to want a few more vignettes to let us spend more time with these dynamic performers? Here’s hoping these Stories are just Haddad’s first volume."
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New York Theatre Guide
March 11th, 2023

“Jordan Fein’s skillful direction balances the laughter with a well-paced dosing of the grim truth — New York City, like the world, is not built for disabled people. Media often represents the disabled experience as monolithic, but ‘Dark Disabled Stories’ includes a variety of lenses.”
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March 9th, 2023

" 'Dark Disabled Stories' offers a model of how to do theater better, in ways that are more accommodating, accessible, and accepting of all people and bodies."
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Lighting & Sound America
March 10th, 2023

“You can check any sentimental notions at the door of this eye-opening, often hilarious, and sometimes scathing exercise…This collection of first-person accounts features surtitles, sign language by the Deaf actor Dickie Hearts, and audio description by Alejandra Ospina, who uses a wheelchair. Although most of Dark Disabled Stories is devoted to Haddad's pitiless stories of navigating the indifferent world of the abled, his co-stars weigh in, too, on everything from taking the subway to picking up a sexual partner; as they make blazingly clear, even the simplest activity can require considerable guts and nerve.”
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Talkin' Broadway
March 9th, 2023

"Most of 'Dark Disabled Stories' ultimately centers on people not listening and not recognizing each other's humanity. The show depicts this vividly in a worthwhile 75 minutes in the theatre."
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New York Stage Review
March 10th, 2023

“Haddad does have a gift for finding the light – the humor – lurking in the ‘dark.’”
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Front Row Center
March 10th, 2023

“The play is a compilation of humorous and honest stories about constantly confronting an obstacle, both physical and emotional, in a world not built to accommodate who you are.”
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