Downstate (Playwrights Horizons)
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Downstate (Playwrights Horizons)
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Downstate (Playwrights Horizons) NYC Reviews and Tickets

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(229 Reviews)
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Mixed
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Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Thought-provoking, Intense

A victim of abuse confronts his abuser, living out his days in a group home, after serving jailtime.

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Member Reviews (229)

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1015 Reviews | 420 Followers
95
Intelligent, Riveting, Great acting, Great writing, Intense

See it if You like smart topical plays that don’t talk down to you but quite the opposite, may show you sides to a topic that you’ve never considered.

Don't see it if You don’t like to be challenged. If you want a fluffy piece of theatre that doesn’t make you uncomfortable in any way or make you think.

716 Reviews | 219 Followers
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Great acting, Disturbing, Relevant, Raunchy, Intense

See it if Victim confronts abuser in a houseful of abusers. No one wins. You can't get satisfaction from someone else. Good characters & acting.

Don't see it if With such great show-scores, I felt I had to see it despite the subject matter. But it was unpleasant, and I didn't learn much.

715 Reviews | 108 Followers
87
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Intense, Great writing, Great acting

See it if you like a drama with great acting and writing about predators of children and a meeting of a victim with his abuser.

Don't see it if you don't like talk of child abuse and discussions involving rape and sodomy. Do not bring the kids. Read more

655 Reviews | 129 Followers
95
Edgy, Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Intense

See it if Well written dealing with abuser living in a group home.

Don't see it if strong subject matter sexual abuse, suicide, not for everyone.

543 Reviews | 133 Followers
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Profound, Intense, Great acting, Disturbing, Riveting

See it if U want a glimpse into the minds & actions of sexual abusers living in a group home - mind boggling to watch the tension increase into act 2

Don't see it if You don't care to see what sexual abuse can due to the abuser and/or the abused.

520 Reviews | 107 Followers
98
Must see, Masterful, Great writing, Great acting, Brave

See it if You want to see the best piece of theater in the last five years. There isn’t anything even close to this that’s playing right now

Don't see it if If you are close minded and don’t think that “bad” people have a story to tell Read more

479 Reviews | 262 Followers
98
Great writing, The finest play currently playing in nyc, Great performances by an ensemble cast, Intelligent, Absorbing

See it if you like intelligent, thought-provoking theatre. A great play performed by an excellent ensemble cast.

Don't see it if you prefer lighter fare like musicals.

418 Reviews | 256 Followers
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Thought-provoking, Disturbing, Great staging, Great writing, Great acting

See it if A brilliant play that takes place in a halfway house for sex offenders; guilt, accountability, self-deception, legal system failures

Don't see it if Triggered by graphic descriptions of sexual acts involving minors. Read more

Critic Reviews (17)

The New York Times
November 15th, 2022

"Bruce Norris’s “Downstate” is the kind of play that takes over your body gradually. Its tension seeps into your limbs, settles tautly in your solar plexus and does not leave. Out on the street after the performance, your every synapse remains on high alert."
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Time Out New York
December 21st, 2022

" 'Downstate' is in no way a paean to pedophilia, but it prompts us to examine our vengeance, and that’s a lot to ask. It is touching in ways that make us uncomfortable to be touched...Brace yourself, and see it."
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New York Magazine / Vulture
November 15th, 2022

" 'Downstate' wants to make you sit in discomfort as long as possible and see what lies on the other side."
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The Wall Street Journal
November 17th, 2022

"Engaged viewers may find themselves feeling that their moral compass has gone haywire...it’s not the violent denouement that is likely to remain with you, but the infinite shades of gray that Mr. Norris infuses into the play."
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The Observer
November 22nd, 2022

" 'Downstate' is a difficult play about difficult subject matter...but the play seeks to do something different, more complicated and morally challenging."
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The Washington Post
November 23rd, 2022

"Take a deep breath and try to ruminate calmly on the position playwright Bruce Norris takes in his scintillating new play...'Downstate' is proof positive that you can love a play that turns you inside out."
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New York Post
November 15th, 2022

"Norris has written a complex and compassionate play, but not a preachy or judgmental one. The audience is never pushed to forgive or condemn, but rather to evaluate."
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Theatermania
November 15th, 2022

"It powerfully reclaims the stage as a home for dangerous ideas, a place where the thoughts we would rather ignore confront us — not with startling moral clarity, but sublime doubt."
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