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Dying For It

Members say: Slow, Clever, Edgy, Dated, Intelligent
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13 reviews
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Atlantic Theatre Company presents this with adaptation of the Russian absurdist farce 'The Suicide' about a suicidal man's journey to martyrdom.

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'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.

 

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Reviews (15)

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The New York Times

"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." Full Review

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Theatermania

"But if the original Russian is as good as Moira Buffini's English version, Dying for It, we can safely say that Soviet audiences missed out....It manages to walk the thin line between comedy and tragedy for a full two hours, making us laugh at one moment and feel incredibly guilty about it the next." Full Review

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Theatermania

"But if the original Russian is as good as Moira Buffini's English version, Dying for It, we can safely say that Soviet audiences missed out....It manages to walk the thin line between comedy and tragedy for a full two hours, making us laugh at one moment and feel incredibly guilty about it the next." Full Review

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Time Out New York

"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." Full Review

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New York Post

"The pace is sluggish, and the cast struggles with the stilted, period-ish dialogue.” Full Review

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The Hollywood Reporter

"The main character's suicide can't come soon enough" Full Review

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Front Row Center

"This is a play that is begging to be a slapstick comedy but ends up with one foot in that pool and one out." Full Review

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New York Magazine / Vulture

"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." Full Review

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New York Magazine / Vulture

"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." Full Review

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New York Daily News

"The original play was so biting about the can’t-win ridiculousness of Soviet life that it was banned by Stalin. The decades have substantially defanged the satire. And director Neil Pepe’s staging never quite explodes into the “riotous farce” promised in promotional materials." Full Review

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Let's Talk Off-Broadway

"Dying For It is an all-out, hilarious satire of life under the rigid Soviet regime with vivid characters and a fascinating turn of plot — but it’s not all funny...An all-star cast fills out the ever-surprising array of characters who, while standing for something beyond themselves are all are vividly individualized." Full Review

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Edge New York

"Buffini's jokes aren't always as spot-on as you would hope, with some strained moments that are more reminiscent of a failed sitcom than a black comedy. The play has its moments, and the elements for a really comedic show are there. I'm just waiting for the real punchline. " Full Review

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Edge New York

"Buffini's jokes aren't always as spot-on as you would hope, with some strained moments that are more reminiscent of a failed sitcom than a black comedy. The play has its moments, and the elements for a really comedic show are there. I'm just waiting for the real punchline. " Full Review

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Absorbing, Intelligent, Relevant, Excruciating, Slow

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

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Clever, Edgy, Quirky, Slow, Dated

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

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