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Dying For It

From 3 member  reviews
Members say: Slow, Edgy, Absorbing, Relevant, Quirky

About the show

Atlantic Theatre Company presents this with adaptation of the Russian absurdist farce 'The Suicide' about a suicidal man's journey to martyrdom. More…

'Dying for It' is the story of Semyon, a man down on his luck and out of options. When he decides to throw in the towel and kill himself, a deluge of sympathetic visitors descends upon him, determined to make him a martyr for their many causes. Swept up in the firestorm of attention, Semyon does take matters into his own hands, but not quite in the fashion that everyone expects. An outrageous satire on the hypocrisy and illogic of Soviet life, this play was banned by Stalin before it ever saw the light of day.


Member Reviews (3)

MEMBERS SAY:

Slow, Edgy, Absorbing, Relevant, Quirky
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Avg Score

40
Edgy, Disappointing, Slow, Episodic, Unpleasant

See it if you're fascinated by all things Russian. I found the play unengaging and not funny (as was intended).

Don't see it if you insist on great acting. DFI had oddly stiff performances...don't know whether to blame the material or director (or both!)

Also I'm catching up on plays I saw before joining Show Score. It's fun to ... Read more Read less

65
Clever, Quirky, Edgy, Dated, Slow

See it if You enjoy plays that point out the absurdity of society.

Don't see it if Talk of suicide makes you uncomfortable

73
Absorbing, Excruciating, Intelligent, Slow, Relevant

See it if You enjoy dark comedy and can tolerate deeply flawed self interested characters

Don't see it if You want to see likable or heroic characters

Also “Dying for It” is an adaptation by Moira Buffini of The Suicide by NIK... Read more Read less


January 8th, 2015
"Although Ms. Buffini’s version has been given a handsome staging directed by Neil Pepe, this bleakly comic portrait of desperate lives in Soviet Russia feels wheezy and labored, ultimately about as much fun as a winter holiday in Siberia."
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January 8th, 2015
"Dying for It may be a one-joke affair, but it’s a great big cosmic joke, and the Atlantic Theater Company’s first-rate cast and crew find ingenious ways to keep you hooked until the final, sobering punch line. Will you die laughing? It’s very possible."
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January 8th, 2015
"There’s something fundamentally unaligned about the humor, which wants to be rollicking but for all its smarts is flippant and sour, built on intellectual paradoxes."
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January 8th, 2015
"There’s something fundamentally unaligned about the humor, which wants to be rollicking but for all its smarts is flippant and sour, built on intellectual paradoxes."
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