Eric Bogosian's 1+1
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Eric Bogosian's 1+1

Eric Bogosian's 1+1 NYC Reviews and Tickets

(57 Reviews)
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Great acting, Absorbing, Entertaining, Relevant, Intense

About the Show

An actress is lured into a lewd business and finds her fate is no longer in her own hands.

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Member Reviews (57)

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1033 Reviews | 425 Followers
Ambitious, Slow, Entertaining, Cliched, Dated

See it if You like overly dramatic attempts at making a point. LOTS of short scenes for the ADD crowd…keeps moving-they do a lot with a minimal set.

Don't see it if You’re looking for some real substance. This isn’t bad but there is just so much of it that I found unbelievable. Like a bad 80’s cop show.

525 Reviews | 108 Followers
Bad costumes, Better than expected

See it if You enjoy bare-bones blackbox theater. They get the absolute most out of the tools they had to work with.

Don't see it if You are looking to compare some thing that you might see on Broadway or even off Broadway Read more

499 Reviews | 133 Followers
Intense, 3 hander / eric b. does not appear, Bare boned, Fast paced, High energy

See it if like minimalism, storytelling that focuses on the characters, excellent pacing & acting, simple white drop is enuf 2 let U know where U are

Don't see it if minimalism offends U along with sex drugs & rock & roll, avoid Bogosian's take on Hollywood strivers, if triggered by con games

436 Reviews | 268 Followers
Unpersuasive, Disappointing, Cliched

See it if interested in seeing anything written by Bogosian. Familiar story of the downfall of a naive young woman new to Hollywood. Sex, drugs

Don't see it if you expect a new take on the old story. Far from Bogosians best work. 2nd act somewhat better than slow 1st act. Bare bones set.

476 Reviews | 119 Followers
Extremely dark 1st act, Triggering, Strange 1st act staging, Great acting

See it if you want to see what should be promoted as 2 short 1 Acts. The first is very good, but almost unwatchable because of it's evil.

Don't see it if triggered by sexual interactions and psychological abuse between 3 toxic individuals. You would be hard pressed to "survive" the 1st Act. Read more

374 Reviews | 92 Followers
Dated, Spare, Edgy, Ambitious, Great cast, performances

See it if You're up for a dated if well performed meditation on exploitation, redemption, responsibility and blame—sometimes it takes two.

Don't see it if You're offended or triggered by the subjects of sleaze, drugs, sex or internet porn—even though this is a pretty PG-rated version. Read more

325 Reviews | 128 Followers
Edgy, Good acting, Dated

See it if you want to spend an evening with 2 truly unpleasant characters and watch them interact with terrible results. No set, some good acting.

Don't see it if depictions of sexual activity and drug-taking might disburb you. If you're hoping for a happy ending, you might be disappointed. Spoiler?

315 Reviews | 56 Followers
Disappointing, Unnecessary, Dated, Banal

See it if It's the 1960s and you have a teenage daughter you want to warn about the dangers of drugs and men.

Don't see it if Is there another Eric Bogosian who wrote this cliche play? Silly & predictable-2 people getting high on drugs & money w/tragic consequences

Critic Reviews (4)

The New York Times
March 3rd, 2023

"Despite the play’s overload of clichés, it’s possible to imagine a production of '1 + 1' that takes into account the dramatic shift in public consciousness about gendered power dynamics over the past 15 years"
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Talkin' Broadway
March 1st, 2023

“The play itself relies on familiar views of Hollywood as a haven for predatory men and easily victimized women...1 + 1 has many of the ingredients of scintillating drama: sex, drugs, money, and Hollywood glamour. Unfortunately, in this production the elements don't add up.”
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March 12th, 2023

Eric Bogosian’s latest play to reach New York is his 2008 "1+1" which feels like a made for television movie written without taking into consideration the #MeToo movement that has occurred since then. While its Hollywood milieu of pornography, drugs, and easy money exists, this seems like a rather simplistic view of it all. Director Matt Okin, founder of The Black Box theater company of Englewood, N.J., has done the actors no service allowing for a kind of soap opera acting. The minimalist production values undercut the discussion of the perks and glitz of the film world.
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New York Theater
March 2nd, 2023

a 1930s-like melodrama updated to the Internet Age about a woman’s descent after being betrayed by a scheming photographer,.. It doesn’t feel worth enumerating all the gaps in storytelling and in logic in “1+1,” especially in Act II, which takes place five years later, and presents a series of developments and revelations that largely feel imposed by the writer rather than springing believably from the characters.
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