The US premiere of Amelia Bullmore's dramedy is a thoughtful exploration of friendship's impact on life, and life's impact on friendship. More…
Three 18-year old women join forces. Life is fun. Living is intense. Together they feel unassailable. 'Di and Viv and Rose' charts the steady but sometimes chaotic progression of their lives and their ultimately enduring bonds. Their varied journeys take their toll on the characters, forcing them apart, and stretching their relationships with each other to the breaking point.
"No special effects — just special writing and acting...I was expecting a frothier evening, a comedy. I did laugh, a lot. But I also fumbled for tissues when the girls made me weep...The playwright underscores the import of our rites of passage with the artful casualness that defines her prose...It’s a very big play on a very short run in a very small house. If you can get a ticket, I can promise you two hours of fresh, original theater in 'Di and Viv and Rose.'" Full Review
"'Di and Viv and Rose' is a clever, comical and honest play...Twenty-seven years in the course of 130 minutes should feel like too much, but there is no doubt in this script and no doubt in the performances, by actresses who shine spectacularly through each year...To say it is refreshing to see a show where the female friendship is the focus is an understatement, especially one done so well, so believably and so uncompromisingly...What results for us to see is a triumph in storytelling." Full Review
"All three actors bring us crystal clear, minutely well observed, contrasting characterizations that set up the engine of the play…Bullmore gives them witty but entirely plausible dialogue as they define themselves and each other...It’s a contemporary coming-of-age story from a purely female perspective that we so rarely get on stage…Look–we laugh and cry, we think about life...If not one for the ages, it’s a pretty darn good night in the theater." Full Review
"A bit saccharine…There are a lot of group hugs and late-night dance parties...While months or even years pass between some scenes, all we get to see is what seems like yet another big conflict landing in these poor girls’ laps…But regardless of the structure, Levine, Pierson, and Roth have a chemistry that is undeniable. They bring nuance and passion to the characters and all those hugs and heart-to-hearts read true in their capable hands and Bullmore’s fun, contemporary voice." Full Review
"Melodramatic...Directed by Leta Tremblay, the production is slow moving. Sadly, it just flat-lined, lacking any semblance of dramatic peaks and valleys. While the play felt lived in, the pacing called attention to the unnecessary beats…There is breathtaking chemistry and trust on stage. As a unit, the trio kept the story tight. You care about the girls as a trio. But when you hold a magnifying glass up at each individual story arc, they don’t seem to resonate." Full Review
See it if You want to see 3 amazing women pull off convincing, pitch-perfect performances in a tight & skillfully written play spanning life & time.
Don't see it if You don't like plays about women, friendship or real life, if you don't like British accents or well-crafted conversation on stage or ideas
See it if You are an Amelia Bullmore fan (or a Brit drama/comedy fan in general,) and if you appreciate intelligently written dramady
Don't see it if the run continues in its present space: the chairs are EXCRUCIATING to sit on; or if you plan to see soon, bring yourself some cushions.
See it if you enjoy shows depicting the lives of contemporary young women who grow up and mature before our eyes; compelling and unique individuals.
Don't see it if you are not interested in the trials and tribulations of young women; like only musicals; can't sit for more than 90 minutes.
See it if you enjoy coming of age stories, in this case dealing with serious female issues honestly and directly.
Don't see it if you do not like open talk about sexuality, do not like casual staging changes, or would not enjoy an all female cast.
See it if Women coming of age, starting in England in the 80's. Actors are stellar and in a tiny space they do amazing things w/ props & furniture.
Don't see it if you're not up for emotional rollercoaster w/ feminist themes. Too long & way too much happens for believability, but it resonated with me.
See it if You enjoy slice of life, coming of age, stories and stories about the creation of friendship. Funny and poignant, good acting and creative.
Don't see it if Not a great space and perhaps a little long. A couple moments that didn't fit were off putting when surrounded by good acting and story.
See it if A great sophomoric-esque take on friendship and it's lasting effects on our lives. Good writing and a solid beginning for good actors.
Don't see it if It's a bit too slow and lengthy. Could be more effective if it was more precise. Not for somebody who wants a feel good time.
See it if you want to see three young actors who try hard, but the overstuffed, overlong play doesn't work. Comedy jolts into tragedy. Bad plotting.
Don't see it if you have other options. Much time wasted on set changes. Uncomfortable chairs. Bad sight lines. Script needs cutting.
See it if Wife says one of the ebst (95) goes into thoughts of 3 differnet gals and gets into their heads
Don't see it if Youu care little re: major problems for women (My 75 balanced the 95)..a. 25 year span re: Feminism lesbianism, parental problems etc etc
See it if /for tale of deep relationship forged by 3 widely divergent women; movingly deals with rape, family dysfunction, thwarted ambition
Don't see it if /since the 3 friends (lesbian-radicalfeminist-earthmother) are stereotyped; post-college scenes often don't work; poor sightlines
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