The Edge of Our Bodies
Closed 1h 25m
The Edge of Our Bodies
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The Edge of Our Bodies NYC Reviews and Tickets

68%
(32 Reviews)
Positive
53%
Mixed
38%
Negative
9%
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.

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Member Reviews (32)

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494 Reviews | 103 Followers
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 Read more

463 Reviews | 128 Followers
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 !

454 Reviews | 127 Followers
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

402 Reviews | 86 Followers
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.

361 Reviews | 80 Followers
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.

353 Reviews | 87 Followers
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. Read more

266 Reviews | 60 Followers
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. Read more

265 Reviews | 52 Followers
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.

Critic Reviews (17)

The New York Times
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 references to Jean Genet's 'The Maids', and toward the end reframes events with a dramatic device. I'm still not buying it."
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Time Out New York
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 the playwright than to the character he's created; despite some genuinely affecting and haunting moments, 'The Edge of Our Bodies' feels like a theatrical stunt-the kind a girl like Bernie would love."
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Theatermania
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 is forcing upon it...Might not register very well as a play, but Molloy, Stone, and this production find their way into it from the inside out, and create something indelibly human in the process."
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BroadwayWorld
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 refreshingly honest show that is relatable for people of all ages."
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Lighting & Sound America
April 11th, 2018

"Whatever one thinks of 'The Edge of Our Bodies' -- and, despite some baffling theatrics, it contains a great deal of beautiful writing -- it is a golden chance to make the acquaintance of Carolyn Molloy...She seizes the stage with her first sentence and retains her grip until the stark finale...The only thing separating 'The Edge of Our Bodies' from a literary reading is a baffling pair of devices...Even when one wants to resist Rapp's writing, it is nearly impossible."
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TheaterScene.net
April 13th, 2018

"Jacqueline Stone, who also directed the Chicago production in 2016, has allowed Molloy to use the same reading voice throughout which eventually becomes tiresome. Part of the time Bernadette's story sounds like something remembered in recollection, part of the time she sounds like she is living it at that moment. Which is it? Having told us that she wants to be a short story writer, is this her first completed short story?"
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Theatre is Easy
April 12th, 2018

"Rapp’s play is driven by an exquisite text and has a remarkable actor in the passenger seat...Beautiful. The text is exquisite and breathtaking...Essentially a live reading of a really good short story...Molloy is compelling, achieving theatre magic when she describes her encounter involving Marc...For a moment I forgot that the show is primarily a solo performance...Never self-indulgent or ostentatious, shedding just enough light to illuminate what he wants us to notice behind a thin veil."
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Front Row Center
April 11th, 2018

"The audience had a hard time figuring out what was going on...We knew the character was telling us about an event in her life. But the trappings were so inscrutable, we spent more time trying to figure out the context then concentrating on her voyage...An uphill battle for Carolyn Molloy who did a terrific job of imbuing Bernadette with vitality and authenticity...By the end, I was confused and, frankly, mad. I felt I had been subjected to a test that had been set up for me to fail."
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