New York | In Previews: Opens Jun 04

Dying City

From 17 member reviews
Members say: Slow, Great acting, Disappointing, Absorbing, Thought-provoking

About the show

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.

During previews
Thought-provoking, Intense, Great acting, Entertaining, Absorbing

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.

During previews
Masterful, Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing, Ambitious

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

Also This play was a 2008 Pulitzer Prize Finalist and it holds up well. It ... Read more Read less

During previews
A little slow, Serious, Thought-provoking, Intense, Great acting

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.

During previews
Resonant, Slow, Intelligent, Great writing, Absorbing

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.

During previews
Sad, Funny, Slow, Uneven script, Good acting

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

Also This wasn't amazing but it wasn't bad either. It kept me engaged yet a... Read more Read less

During previews
Some good acting, Ambitious, Slow, Traumatic-twins-time-toggle, Contrived

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.

During previews
Quirky, Slow, Cliched, Dated

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

Also It’s just not a great play. The characters are one-dimensional and it’... Read more Read less

During previews
Bleak, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Unlikable, Confounding

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.)

Also It’s easy to see why Show Score members have rated Dying City so low. ... Read more Read less

During previews
Slow, Quirky

See it if You are interested in the aftermath of war on individuals.

Don't see it if The plot wanders. There's not enough differentiation between the characters. Need editing.

During previews
Confusing, Absorbing, Great acting

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.

Also This is a well acted and polished production. Although I was engaged i... Read more Read less

During previews
Cold, Acting challenge, Two-hander, Slow, Disappointing

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.

Also This means to be devastating, but for me it wasn't even close. There's... Read more Read less

During previews
Overrated, Slow, Disappointing

See it if you are a fan of Mary Elizabeth Winstead or Colin Woddell.

Don't see it if you enjoy well-acted and inspiring stories.

Also very disappointed by acting and set design after reading raving NYT re... Read more Read less

During previews

See it if you like Second Stage productions and Christopher Shinn's work. I found it to be slow and tedious.

Don't see it if you do not believe in the war, do not like themes involving dysfunctional families or homophobia.

During previews
You keep asking yourself, did i miss the point or is this a pointless play? not good questions to ask as playgoer

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?

During previews
Slow, Disappointing

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

During previews
Slow, Lifeless

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.

Also Disjointed...This play was very slow and felt like a puzzle that was a... Read more Read less

During previews
Disappointing, Relevant, Excruciating, Overrated, Slow

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.

Also I know Christopher Shinn is a playwright the critics live, but I just ... Read more Read less

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