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The Edge of Our Bodies

From 32 member  reviews
Members say: Disappointing, Great acting, Absorbing, Slow, Indulgent

About the show

This unique coming of age solo show follows 16-year-old Bernadette, an aspiring young short story writer, as she journeys through New York City and teeters on the verge of adulthood. More…

Written by Pulitzer Prize finalist Adam Rapp, 'The Edge of Our Bodies'  examines our teenage years, at times uncertain, always full of yearning, and empowered by devastating events.


Member Reviews (32)

MEMBERS SAY:

Disappointing, Great acting, Absorbing, Slow, Indulgent
68
Avg Score

56
Slow, Raunchy, Indulgent, Excruciating, Disappointing

See it if You enjoy plays that are basically monologues. You are familiar with Jean Genet’s The Maids, and are interested in its influences !

Don't see it if A very bright spotlight set so that it shines in your eyes will be intolerable ! I found the set and blocking of this play amateurish !

72
Absorbing, Disappointing, Slow

See it if you are interested in a solo show about a teenager trying to connect and find some excitement in her life in desperate and unhealthy ways.

Don't see it if you don’t like solo shows or were hoping for something more thrilling or insightful. The stage design was dark and noir, but story was not.

82
Clever

See it if You enjoy the writing of the greatest playwright ever.

Don't see it if You are expecting a normal Adam rapp type show. This is a solo show

Also I am The wrong person to ask about an Adam Rapp play. In my mind the g... Read more Read less

70
Excellent acting, Red lights everywhere, Short story as monologue, Solo show with janitor interuptus, Seen thru a scrim

See it if solo shows, monologues & short story form, small space further separated by scrim, how will she keep this going for 80 minutes, intrigue you

Don't see it if one hander [with janitor interuptus] exploring short story form as a monologue, strobes, bare bulb lighting, would drive you crazy

67
Dizzying, Edgy, Great acting, Intense

See it if Watching a young woman fall through the cracks both physically and emotionally while a mesh curtain separates her from the audience .

Don't see it if Do not see if you are sensitive to experiencing intensity of life’s struggles.This is not light entertainment.

40
Confusing, Disappointing

See it if You want to see every Rapp play regardless. You are fine with peculiar staging, odd plot and implausible monologue.

Don't see it if You have high expectations for an Adam Rapp work.

Also This was my 19th Rapp play, and while they were not all great, they ha... Read more Read less

71
Great writing, Ambitious, Great acting, Slow

See it if You like dark, confusing solo shows with great acting and an absorbing story.

Don't see it if You are looking for something light, or don't like solo shows and minimalistic productions.

60
Absorbing, Enchanting, Great acting, Intense, Indulgent

See it if You want to see a powerhouse performance in a one-person show. You enjoy dark coming of age stories such as Catcher in the Rye.

Don't see it if You do not enjoy one-person shows. You are not a Catcher in the Rye fan.

Also I was a little conflicted about this production. ... Read more Read less

60
Great acting, Confusing, Disappointing, Overrated, Slow

See it if you want to see a greatly acted solo performance of a very confusing show. You don't mind being bored and confused for over an hour.

Don't see it if you want to see a show that makes sense, one you can figure out, one that is fast paced.

Also The show was well-acted, but very confusing Without some background, y... Read more Read less

90
Absorbing, Great acting

See it if You want to watch a fabulous actress carry an absorbing, dark and deliciously penned tale.

Don't see it if You want something especially theatrical - this could easily be an audiobook.

79
Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Great acting

See it if Great acting about deep issues

Don't see it if If you aren’t interested in emotions.

75
Clever, Entertaining, Quirky, Raunchy

See it if You liked Catcher in the Rye; this is mostly a gender-flopped that, even down to an awkward hotel room sex scene.

Don't see it if You don't like unreliable narrators, Catcher in the Rye, or teenagers who think they're sophisticated and grown.

68
Disappointing, Indulgent

See it if like solo person theatre. The actress works hard and it's much appreciated. However, I found the piece a little self-indulgent.

Don't see it if you prefer only BIG productions. The theatre is quite small and you feel like you are in the play.

50
Slow, Indulgent, Disappointing

See it if you like one-person shows (except for a tiny appearance by a second person) that tell rather than showing the story.

Don't see it if you want dramatic action.

Also I was excited to go to another Adam Rapp play. I've been a fan. But I ... Read more Read less

92
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Must see

See it if Very well written early Rapp that is at times lyrical and poetic

Don't see it if basically a one women show but it pulls it off beautifully.

70
Ambitious, Disappointing, Quirky

See it if You are a fan of Catcher in the Rye.

Don't see it if You have a little patience for teenagers.

69
Great acting, Disappointing, Odd

See it if The well acted telling of a nicely written, edgy story passes for theater. Esp. Teen age girl reliving dark, dysfunctional, adult incidents.

Don't see it if You're looking for a well directed, nicely staged play. Having a short story dramatically recited and performed by one actor isn't enough.

During previews
94
Exhilarating, Innovative, Edgy, Dizzying, Intense

See it if you like challenges to the traditional play that are based in an appreciation of what theater has historically done & might again do.

Don't see it if you are expecting standard, dialogue-based drama—though there’s a bit of that too.

Also For its writing, acting & design this production is exhilarating. A 16... Read more Read less

During previews
75
Thrilling, Absorbing, Masterful acting, Quirky and intense

See it if Like theatre 2 be mysterious, ponderable, eccentric, untraditional & dark. Not 4 all, but if you like good storytelling, this one's for you.

Don't see it if Want linear plot or everything answered. Don't want to be challenged, don't like story of a disaffected teen who spins an edgy tale.

During previews
72
Entertaining, Great writing, One woman, Monologue

See it if Rapp’s story follows an aspiring writer/performer as she develops her persona, describing the impact of behavior, alcohol, time and cancer.

Don't see it if You are expecting it to be more of a play with acting than a monologue that’s mostly talking. You don’t like one-handers.

During previews
60
Fine acting, Disappointing, Nothing new, Well written, Not a "play"

See it if you like a fairly well written story about a young woman attempting to survive and deal with pressures & situations in present day society.

Don't see it if you expect to see a traditional "play" and not a short story told in a monologue, which is what this performance is.

During previews
67
Ambitious, Great acting, Great staging, Poor direction

See it if really well acted and you some of the elments of Rapp at his best

Don't see it if the director fails to bring out the central point.

Also The director makes the girl the focus, while a character that never ap... Read more Read less

During previews
50
Great acting, Disappointing, Slow, Quirky

See it if If you’re a fan of Adam Rapp and enjoy his quirky plays

Don't see it if you want to see a well thought out play. This more of a one person monologue.

Also There was a very bright red light, coming from a box on stage, that fl... Read more Read less

During previews
72
Great writing, Slow, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if You love language and coming of age stories.

Don't see it if You don’t like 1 women monologues with no frills for 80 minutes

During previews
70
Absorbing, Excellent acting, Intense

See it if Dark monologue read from her diary by 16 year old New England private school student who seems to be confined in a mysterious sound studio.

Don't see it if You don't like monologues.


April 11th, 2018
"A coming-of-age tale, we're meant to believe. Yet from its first moments it seems a retro variation on another theme entirely: a familiar male pipe dream revolving around a girl...It's a head-scratcher to be staging it post-#MeToo...Mr. Rapp, who absolutely can do better tosses in some reference...
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April 10th, 2018
"Malloy is alone on stage for almost the whole play, skillfully walking a fine line between brainy sophistication and adolescent longing...An impressive feat of acting on Malloy's part...Rapp plants seeds in the script's early scenes that lead to later dramatic reveals but draw more attention to ...
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April 10th, 2018
"An aching look at the depth of the human heart...However, despite an inventive, looming production, the piece itself never stops resembling a short story that Rapp decided to turn into a play but forgot to make theatrical...A descriptive story whose conceit works against the theatricality Rapp i...
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April 12th, 2018
"This is a coming of age story like no other. The show stars Carolyn Molloy who performs Rapp's well-crafted dialogue superbly...Carolyn Molloy delivers a compelling performance as Bernie, the dramatic teen who is trying to make sense of the world around her...'The Edge of Our Bodies' is a refres...
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