The Same
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The Same NYC Reviews and Tickets

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(9 Reviews)
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Great acting, Confusing, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Intelligent

Drama by Tony winner Enda Walsh featuring two of Ireland’s most celebrated theater actors.

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Member Reviews (9)

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465 Reviews | 256 Followers
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Indulgent, Not one of enda walsh's better plays, Disappointing, Confusing, Banal

See it if you enjoy perplexing dramas. Also, if you want to leave the theatre with many loose ends not tied up.

Don't see it if you do not enjoy perplexing dramas. I would love to see the two actresses in something that would really show off their talent.

410 Reviews | 74 Followers
80
Confusing, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if like Walsh's absurdist plays, even more confusing than his others, with 2 characters in a puzzling relationship; thought-provoking dialogue

Don't see it if don't like enigmatic plays with no plot, want easy answers, don't want immersive seating - reception area style seats spread around the room Read more

414 Reviews | 69 Followers
77
Ambitious, Confusing, Intelligent, Great acting

See it if you're an Enda Walsh fan and want to see some great Irish actors.

Don't see it if you expect to really understand what is happening.

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353 Reviews | 60 Followers
79
Captivating and apt set & lighting, Non-linear and difficult to follow, 50 minutes in an intimate setting, Mental illness on graphic display, Excellent acting duo

See it if Like excellent acting. Are interested in issues of mental health and illness. Like intimate, in-the-round immersive theatre.

Don't see it if Want audience anonymity. Need linearity and clarity. Aren't bothered by an intimate representation of mental illness.

255 Reviews | 45 Followers
74
Confusing, Immersive, Ambitious

See it if It's an intense, immersive, strongly acted two-character short play about the confrontation of two women who may be the same person.

Don't see it if No plot, staged intimately in your face, with conversatonal fragments rather than dialogue. Read more

199 Reviews | 42 Followers
86
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Thought-provoking

See it if you enjoy the work of Edna Walsh & want to see a production that excels in direction, design and acting.

Don't see it if you don't want to be frustrated by Walsh's purposefully confusing (yet still wholly engaging) piece.

117 Reviews | 25 Followers
82
Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if Is the pass present, or is the present pass, and are we the same? Enda wrote for 2 great Irish sisters/actors (esp. Eileen) in 47 minutes.

Don't see it if You only like linear play and don’t like immersive theatre settings.

112 Reviews | 14 Followers
79
Thought-provoking, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent

See it if To experience all genre of theatre, to be challenged, think, wonder and piece together the story being told.

Don't see it if don’t like the above or dislike immersive theatre. This story doesn’t come to conclusion and everyone lived happily ever after. You decide.

Critic Reviews (3)

The New York Times
February 23rd, 2022

"The set design, by Owen Boss, is immersive...It’s novel to sit among the action, with one Lisa or another shuffling past your seat, though ultimately the effect doesn’t support its execution. Kiernan’s direction, however, imbues the production with an unsettling feeling...The success of the play’s Gemini effect is in large part because of the actresses’ talents...Walsh’s script, however, doesn’t leave as lasting an impression."
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Time Out New York
February 21st, 2022

"4/5 stars...Director Pat Kiernan keeps the action popping with brief interludes of music and video, but in the absence of the more spectacular elements of such recent Walsh works as 'Medicine,' 'Arlington' and 'Ballyturk,' 'The Same' keeps you engrossed mainly through the quality of its writing and its high-wire performances. It packs a lot of emotion and enigma into under 50 minutes—just the right length to keep us at once drawn in and too close for comfort."
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Lighting & Sound America
February 22nd, 2022

"It may cheer up some that 'The Same' is a markedly different proposition from the typical Walsh festival of high-pitched acting and assaultive effects. For this brief, tightly focused two-hander, the playwright goes all Harold Pinter on us, lowering his authorial voice and wrapping his tale in multiple layers of mystery. Even as a change of pace, however, it is probably best enjoyed by his fans; for others, it may function as a compendium of the Irish theatre's more questionable elements."
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