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Di and Viv and Rose

Members say: Great acting, Absorbing, Entertaining, Relevant, Ambitious
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Critics
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5 reviews
Members
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21 reviews
 

The US premiere of Amelia Bullmore's dramedy is a thoughtful exploration of friendship's impact on life, and life's impact on friendship.

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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.

 

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Reviews (26)

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74
Avg Score

90
Front Row Center

"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

45
Theater In The Now

"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

90
Theatre is Easy

"'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

70
New York Theatre 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

80
Plays to See

"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

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76
Avg Score

80
Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if You like an overbearing roommate, always, thinking she is right.

Don't see it if Don't like what to be told what to do. One person is always in charge.

76
Ambitious, Great acting, Disjointed, Episodic, Lovely message about friendhip & acceptance

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.

80
Ambitious, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Entertaining

See it if Your in the mood for a good drama, with some lighthearted fun moments inbetween.

Don't see it if Your not into female driven shows.

76
Funny, Absorbing, Clever, Intense, Relevant

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.

45
Cliched, Well acted, Too long, Unconvincing, Unpolished production

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.

61
Funny, Quirky, Disappointing, Slow

See it if You've got a lot of interest in women's issues. They get there with this but it's slow and nothing new.

Don't see it if You're looking for something new or ground breaking.

98
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant, Great writing

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

89
Absorbing, Delightful, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Entertaining

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.

71
Ambitious, Slow, Reflective

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.

80
Intense, Thought-provoking, Relevant

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.

79
Ambitious, Clever, Enchanting, Entertaining

See it if You like well written and acted characters

Don't see it if Expect more realistic staging

100
Absorbing, Delightful, Great acting, Must see, Great writing

See it if I loved it. I laughed and cried and just loved it. I would recommended to everyone!!!

Don't see it if Just loved it!

70
Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Cliched, Good acting

See it if You are nostalgic for young women's take on 80s England.

Don't see it if you can't stomach watching talk of sexual assault onstage.

49
Quirky, Banal, Disappointing, Cliched, Slow

See it if You enjoy silly, juvenile productions

Don't see it if You have better things to do. But seriously--It has some serious, possibly upsetting themes. Acting is very uneven.

90
Great acting, Quirky, Entertaining

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.

96
Delightful, Enchanting, Quirky

See it if You like shows about female friendship, support parity in the theater, want to see great acting.

Don't see it if You only like musicals.

95
Funny, Enchanting, Great acting, Relevant

See it if you love feminism, friendship, and in the mood to laugh and cry

Don't see it if just go see it!

95
Clever, Great acting, Must see, Great writing, Entertaining

See it if You enjoy good theatreThe casting was terrific .

Don't see it if You are looking for light comedy

70
During previews
Ambitious, Enchanting, Great acting

See it if You like plays about friendships that span many years.

Don't see it if You don't like plays about womenn and their friendships.

85
During previews
Original, Clever, Intelligent, Relevant

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

65
During previews
Ambitious attempt to tell tale of "womance" among 3 college friends while showing difficulty of feminist choices exceeds grasp

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