Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Colin Woodell star in Christopher Shinn's intimate and compassionate play, where a young widow receives an unexpected visit from the twin brother of her deceased husband. More…
Set in a spare Manhattan apartment,"Dying City" explores the human fallout of global events, including the Iraq War and the terrorist attacks of 9/11, through the interwoven stories of three characters in this 2008 Pulitzer finalist.
See it if You want to see a great story.
Don't see it if You need the bells and whistles of Broadway or you don't like depressing. It is a great story, with minimal sets and it is sad.
See it if you like two-handers with strong performances, political/relevant and slightly cerebral comedic dramas. CW: discussion of suicide, PTSD
Don't see it if you want something light, a surprising set, or something full of heart more than intellect
See it if you like intense, serious drama. Looks at male-female relationship, love, war, fidelity, death. Great acting.
Don't see it if you want something fast-paced. This is deliberate (a bit slow occasionally) storytelling. Need to let the plot points unfold.
See it if You are interested in simple one act play with very complex characters who are not necessarily sympathetic or heroic.
Don't see it if You want to see a happy ending. Also, this play leaves some questions unanswered which may be unsatisfying for some audiences.
See it if You like plays about relationships, secrets, betrayals. Like twisted endings
Don't see it if You don't like plays with flashbacks. You don't like plays that deal with war and death. You want something light and uplifting
See it if You like two-handers or shows about layered relationships or two young actors working hard with a problematic, somewhat contrived script.
Don't see it if You struggle with a time-toggling premise. You are impatient with a less-than-perfect, over-stuffed script.
See it if You enjoy angst-ridden two-handers. These people are hellaciously horrible to one another. Deservedly so. Perversely, I wanted them to marry
Don't see it if You’ve wondered if your therapist talks about you to family and friends. This will confirm your fear in the most disturbing way
See it if Unsettling works with unsympathetic characters don’t scare you. You appreciate thoughtful pieces examining serious issues.
Don't see it if You are expecting light theatre. Three despondent, damaged characters hurt and hurt each other (an actress and an actor playing twins.)
See it if An intimate piece centering around a woman, her husband and his twin brother. Deals with heavy themes, war, abuse, psychological scars.
Don't see it if You don’t like intense two handers. If you are looking for a coherent or meaningful piece.
See it if you like this playwright, you're interested in the challenges of relationships, or you'd like to see an actor play two different characters.
Don't see it if you only want to see well-developed works.
See it if detective-like story of death of husband/brother in Iraq; shows how brutalities in personal lives linked to war/Abu Ghraib
Don't see it if not interesting/don't care about characters; static/dull performance by ME Winstead as wife; how was this finalist 4 Pulitzer?
See it if You have nothing better to see
Don't see it if Very draggy and if you had not read about it you would not understand what was going on. For example. If I had not read it I would have had
Also I would have had no idea that the two men were identical twins
See it if you are a Second Stage subscription ticket holder...otherwise you are not missing much by skipping this production.
Don't see it if you want to see a play that can hold your interest for 90 min.
See it if You like two-character dramas that deal with loss and don’t mind slow pacing.
Don't see it if You like comedies or plays that involve action and not just dialogue. This play is very slow moving.
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