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Escaped Alone

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Members say: 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. More…

Three old friends and a neighbor. A summer of afternoons in the backyard. Lingering sunshine and inevitable darkness. Caryl Churchill, one of Britain’s most celebrated living playwrights, returns to BAM for the first time in 15 years with this humorous and profoundly unsettling daydream. 'Escaped Alone' is doomsday in a teapot, a calmly revolutionary vision of looming collapse.

Member Reviews (42)


Great acting, Thought-provoking, Clever, Confusing, Funny
Avg Score

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

Absorbing, Dizzying, Edgy, Great acting, Great staging

See it if you are a fan of the absurd. This post apocalyptic piece is smooth and polished but can be confusing. Churchill at her best.

Don't see it if stream of conciousness, absurdism is not your cup of tea

Clever concept, Overly slick production, Edgy, Disturbing yet funny

See it if What is this world and the place it may become - a future that we cause or that we deserve? No one is completely honest or sane. Anxiety...

Don't see it if ...rules in this sunny nightmare. But the production is overly stagy, the actors spin out stale roles that do not carry to the balcony. Meh.

Confusing, Clever, Intense, Startling, Short

See it if you like talky, experimental plays; hidden pasts; character breakdowns; Huis Clos; or dire dystopian sketches.

Don't see it if you want a clean narrative or plot; a traditional play structure.

Also I sort of wish more shows ran under an hour. But despite the short for... Read more Read less

Dark, Clever, Confusing

See it if You love Caryl, obviously. You're willing to grasp joyfully for the text, hope to get as much as possible. It is very dark, and funny too.

Don't see it if You are not willing to work. It is hard to catch the meaning in an hour of sentence fragments in heavy British accent.

Confusing, Quirky, Funny

See it if you like shows that you can enjoy by letting them just wash over you and not sweating the somewhat confusing details.

Don't see it if you prefer a straightforward linear story with character arcs.

Thought-provoking, Funny, Entertaining

See it if divinely creative, challenging playwriting is important to you; insightful, clever, demanding, subtle, superb actors.

Don't see it if you are looking for an easy well-made play that doesn't ask you to think.

Also A really exceptional 50 minutes of beautifully produced, directed, des... Read more Read less

Great acting, Entertaining, Intelligent, Relevant, Resonant

See it if you like post-apocalyptic looks at humanity; it's really entertaining and thought provoking; excellent acting; but it is only an hour long

Don't see it if you want alot of action and plot; and want more than an hour show.

Thought-provoking, Head-scratching, Kept my attention, Great acting, Great set

See it if You like Caryl Churchill's suburban/dystopian sensibility, edgy structure, and want to leave the theater trying to figure out what it meant

Don't see it if Want a robust plot with story arc and character development. The depths are shallow. At times the actors' rhythm seemed off.

Absorbing, Ambitious, Confusing, Great acting, Great writing

See it if You're ready for a challenge. It's a super short play that is elliptical and confusing but also funny, moving, and daring.

Don't see it if You have no patience for this sort of thing. If you hate Samuel Beckett's work or want a clean and clear storyline.

Delightful, Funny, Great staging, Great acting, Profound

See it if After the "absurdist" non-connected dialogue starting off, I found the play very rewarding, if dark, perhaps even bleak. 4 superb perfs.

Don't see it if The joyful surprise was seeing Linda Bassett (Nurse Crane on CALL THE MIDWIFE) in person. I must get the script to read & recall.

Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Ambitious, Great acting

See it if You like or enjoy explorations in internal dynamics rather than straightforward plot.

Don't see it if You want a play that leads you through the normal developments and dramatic curves. This is out there and thought provoking in the abstract

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.

Ambitious, Great acting, Great staging, Thought-provoking, Intense

See it if You are looking for a play that mixes visions of an apocalyptic world with more ordinary but still unsettling issues.

Don't see it if You are not ready for a very intense 50 minutes play in which every word counts. Even in its " lighter " moments total attention is required

Clever, Great acting, Great writing, Must see, Subtle

See it if you want to leave trying to figure out what exactly the author was trying to provoke you to think, think about

Don't see it if If you want a longer play. It's a quick hour or so.

Great acting, Confusing, Thought-provoking

See it if you love Caryl Churhill. It has her twisted sense of reality. It is only an hour, although unclear but thought me.

Don't see it if you like a lot of action. 4 women sit in lawn chairs for most of it... just sit in lawn chairs and talk and at one point sing a bit.

Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting

See it if Part post-apocalyptic tale (think Station Eleven); part chattering old folks in the garden. Funny, visual, memorable.

Don't see it if Probably a little half-baked. But charmingly so. Volume a little low, so I'd check about listening devices if hard of hearing.


See it if you are willing to spend 48 minutes watching good acting within the narrow range permitted by the poor, mercifully short script

Don't see it if you do not want to hear post-apocalyptic, silly meanderings layered into a boring, meaningless chat between four women in a garden

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

Great acting, Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining

See it if you're interested in a play that deals with everyday worries and post-apocalyptic possibilities but is quite funny.

Don't see it if a 50 minute play about the above is not your cup of tea.

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

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.

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.

Ambitious, Confusing, Great acting, Slow, Overrated

See it if You love Caryl Churchill, and don't mind very talky plays with no action that are absurdist

Don't see it if You like plays with a strong narrative and compelling characters

Also The scenes in the garden were somewhat entertaining, but the interrupt... Read more Read less

Pointless, incoherent drivel, The excellent acting, set and lighting do not offset the deficiencies of the script, It is wildly overrated and apparently benefits from critics' groupthink!

See it if you think good acting and a slightly novel structure (monologues repeatedly interrupting 4-player dialog) can offset a dull, insipid script

Don't see it if you think a 48-minute play should make at least some sense, have at least some meaning, or be at least slightly thought-provoking

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 s...
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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 weigh...
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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 backya...
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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 tim...
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