Escaped Alone
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Escaped Alone
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Escaped Alone NYC Reviews and Tickets

77%
(42 Ratings)
Positive
88%
Mixed
5%
Negative
7%
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Great acting, Thought-provoking, Clever, Confusing, Funny

About the Show

BAM presents the US premiere of Caryl Churchill's comically black look at the apocalypse, as four women chatting in a sunny backyard are interrupted by a series of bizarre disaster reports.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (42)

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100 Reviews | 15 Followers
100
Genius, mind blowing, all round great talent

See it if u want 2 c Ms. Churchill's sublime use of language & magnificent storytelling soar with great acting, theatrical technique & direction

Don't see it if u r afraid 2 think/don't appreciate great writing/ don't want the privilege of seeing actresses in the evening of life perform impeccably

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105 Reviews | 38 Followers
90
Clever, Dizzying, Great acting, Great staging

See it if you want to see an outstanding production of a great play. The set is superb and the acting is uniformly excellent.

Don't see it if you like more classical narrative driven plays. There is actually plenty of narrative here but it's all in characters' side remarks rather

58 Reviews | 36 Followers
90
Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Profound, Resonant

See it if u are fan of Caryl Churchill this is up there with her best; u like her mix of puzzling and profound; like theater that takes u 2 new places

Don't see it if you don't like theater that is sometimes confusing, plotless, surreal or if you feel all's right with the world - this playwright does not.

71 Reviews | 37 Followers
90
Great acting, Intense, Intelligent, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if you enjoy dark humor and excellent writing.

Don't see it if you're looking for a show with a large cast, get lost in overlapping dialogue, or prefer feel-good shows.

238 Reviews | 45 Followers
90
Riveting, Masterful, Great writing, Great staging, Edgy

See it if experimental theater is your cup of tea, especially plays which expose what's troublingly bubbling right below the surface of convention.

Don't see it if you don't live in Brooklyn combined with a dislike of public transit or paying for parking.

761 Reviews | 167 Followers
89
Absorbing, Clever, Funny, Great acting, Harrowing

See it if you follow Caryl Churchill, enjoy quirky yet serious comedy mixed with dystopian points of view,

Don't see it if you don't enjoy talk of the end of the world or funny but banal talk of four women in a backyard

58 Reviews | 33 Followers
89
Ambitious, Dizzying, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Funny

See it if For something thought provoking and even challenging, the play is very entertaining. And quick--over in 50 minutes.

Don't see it if You like linear plays. This one doesn't tell you what to think as it leaps back and forth from a garden to dystopic scenarios.

73 Reviews | 25 Followers
88
Great acting, Great writing, Masterful, Profound

See it if you are willing to listen attentively to a beautiful, strange and complex text. You enjoy dark humor and non traditional plays.

Don't see it if you need to make sense of everything in a show; you expect a story-line.

Critic Reviews (24)

The New York Times
February 16th, 2017

"A short and wondrous play that plumbs the depths of 21st-century terrors, large and small...Has the effect of a restorative tonic, and you may find a new bounce in your step as you leave it...No one in theater these days is better at exploding and reassembling traditional modes of language and storytelling...This magnificent writer’s latest variation on that form reaffirms such tales’ power to warm us even as they warn of the unspeakable dangers in the wide, dark world beyond."
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Time Out New York
February 16th, 2017

"Interruption and suspension are the texture of Caryl Churchill's latest play; the themes, appropriately enough, are loneliness and the end of the world. But 'Escaped Alone' still manages to be a floating, bewitching experience. It is gravely intended, but somehow nothing in it registers as weight...The atmosphere manages to stay light as a soap bubble, but Churchill's implications are devastating."
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New York Magazine / Vulture
February 16th, 2017

"The life Churchill depicts is as bleak as the form she employs is brilliant. In both, her economy is breathtaking; pretty much all that happens over the course of an hour is that four late-middle-aged English women sit yakking away a summer afternoon, or several afternoons, in a fenced-in backyard. It’s more than enough to gut you...Though some of this is quite funny, Churchill never condescends to her characters, nor does the superb cast."
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BroadwayWorld
February 22nd, 2017

"Under James MacDonald's direction, the ensemble members are initially delightful, with their characters' complexities gradually seeping out though finely nuanced performances...Clocking in at less than an hour, Churchill proposes ideas and leaves audience members with sufficient post-theatre time to devise conclusions."
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CurtainUp
February 18th, 2017

"‘Escaped Alone’ is elliptical, even cryptic, on the page. Macdonald and the four actors find rich meaning and vast emotion in the interstices of the playwright's lines....The play, at least as performed by the extraordinary Royal Court cast, is a Rorschach image ready to reflect any horrors or injustices festering in a spectator's imagination on a particular day as he or she contemplates this stunning production."
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Theatre is Easy
February 21st, 2017

"While the writing in 'Escaped Alone' is certainly gut-wrenching in its simplicity and precision, it is also deeply funny...It’s her skill with language that allows for so many interpretations...What makes the production so powerful is that director James Macdonald, along with his singular cast of four incredible actors, manages to bring Churchill's script to life in the clearest way possible."
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Theater Pizzazz
February 19th, 2017

"The remarkable Caryl Churchill is offering her most devastating prophesy yet on the future of our planet. Called 'Escaped Alone,' it’s her latest, deadliest play...It’s one that creeps up on you, grabs you by the throat, and chokes you...A stellar quartet of veteran British stage and screen actresses lend both disarming comfort and frightening credibility to Churchill’s vision."
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Front Mezz Junkies
February 18th, 2017

“A captivating exploration of friendship, isolation and catastrophe and even with its short running time, it is indeed satisfying…The piece holds us tightly. In the lighter moments we join in their backyard reverie, but it is in the darker moments where the richness in their vulnerability, defenselessness, and ruination are the most thrilling to witness...When Mrs. Jarrett finally bids adieu, we also must say our goodbyes. It’s joyous in that moment, and we owe that to the delicious work of all."
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