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Dying For It
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Dying For It NYC Reviews and Tickets

59%
(3 Reviews)
Positive
34%
Mixed
33%
Negative
33%
Members say
Slow, Edgy, Quirky, Absorbing, Disappointing

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.

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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!) Read more

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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

Critic Reviews (13)

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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January 8th, 2015

"The main character's suicide can't come soon enough"
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January 8th, 2015

"The pace is sluggish, and the cast struggles with the stilted, period-ish dialogue.”
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January 8th, 2015

"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."
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January 8th, 2015

"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."
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January 8th, 2015

"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."
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January 9th, 2015

"This is a play that is begging to be a slapstick comedy but ends up with one foot in that pool and one out."
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January 12th, 2015

"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. "
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January 12th, 2015

"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. "
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December 16th, 2014

"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."
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