Evanston Salt Costs Climbing
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Evanston Salt Costs Climbing
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Evanston Salt Costs Climbing NYC Reviews and Tickets

69%
(81 Reviews)
Positive
68%
Mixed
18%
Negative
14%
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Ambitious, Great acting, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Clever

Will Arbery's new play about salt truck drivers in an eerie Illinois.

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Member Reviews (81)

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543 Reviews | 133 Followers
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Disturbing, Touching, Unique, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if The set and how it is used is amazing as is the acting; small town, small lives, personal problems and nowhere to go with them for relief.

Don't see it if If you're looking for a joyous play this is not for you. It is deep with a sense of dread throughout, yet lots of comradery and some laughs.

520 Reviews | 107 Followers
88
Great writing, Intelligent, Masterful, Must see, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to see another masterpiece by Will Arbery. A great drama about real life people

Don't see it if You are looking for a light piece of theater or if you are not willing to work for the reward at the end of the rainbow. Read more

459 Reviews | 117 Followers
80
Great staging, Great writing, Perhaps the best pandemic play, Difficult, Ambitious

See it if you want to see perhaps the best play about the pandemic and are willing to do the work to understand it. (It may take multiple viewings)

Don't see it if you want simply to be entertained. This play requires a major effort by audience members to understand it. Read more

474 Reviews | 68 Followers
80
Weird, Great acting

See it if Ken Leung's amazing! Very neurotic townies each processing climate crisis and change in their own way. Loneliness, sense doom, overwhelm.

Don't see it if Climate change doom/depression, experimental theater bits, weird characters, profanity aren't your thing. 1 hour 50 minutes; no intermission Read more

469 Reviews | 54 Followers
80
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great acting

See it if great acting in a play that is relevant today. focus on characters.

Don't see it if want a big story - this is essentially just about these people.

381 Reviews | 72 Followers
83
Poetic, Thought-provoking, Whimsical, Insightful

See it if you love Arbery’s work and are open to experimentation with the bounds of realism.

Don't see it if you have to be able to draw neat lines through linear narratives.

311 Reviews | 59 Followers
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Unique, Thought-provoking, Quirky, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if you want super talented actors & are willing to be patient with a unique piece about the mundane getting destroyed by society--funny AND sad

Don't see it if you aren't ready for a very sad piece--plus there is lots of discussion/obsession about suicide. And you aren't into High absurdism.

308 Reviews | 56 Followers
80
Great acting, Funny, Engrossing

See it if You can find value in a character driven existentialist drama with lots of humor. Don't be put off by the title!

Don't see it if You need a traditional plot. Read more

Critic Reviews (8)

The New York Times
November 16th, 2022

“ 'Evanston' has moments of grace and sympathy, mostly owing to the conviction of its performers. Each goes all-in on the characters’ failings, neuroses and flashes of generosity."
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Variety
November 17th, 2022

"It’s perfect — dreadful and hilarious — considering this brilliant, 95-minute, one-act tragicomedy takes place over three recent Illinois winters, all rushing toward the climate apocalypse."
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Theatermania
November 16th, 2022

"By the end, we feel almost as though we're in a different play altogether as a character mysteriously disappears and we witness fantastical twists of plot that might have seemed ingenious on paper but that don't fare well onstage."
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Lighting & Sound America
November 17th, 2022

For all the alarm on display, not much happens in Evanston Salt Costs Climbing. Arbery deserves credit for getting at the profoundly upsetting issue of ecological disaster, tying it to a more general sense that society is drifting, aimlessly, toward ruin. But his play ends up chasing its own tail, pursuing the same points repeatedly, to diminishing effect. By the time Jane Jr. once again asks, "Do you think there's something underneath everything that wants us to die?" the thought has lost its power to provoke. This, I suspect, is not what the playwright intends
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Talkin' Broadway
November 16th, 2022

"In Will Arbery's strange and wonderful play 'Evanston Salt Costs Climbing,' the impending doom of climate change, economic precariousness, and urban decay are not merely abstract concerns.They are dark and stultifying forces that can make even time go out of whack."
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TheaterScene.net
November 25th, 2022

Will Arbery’s "Evanston Salt Costs Climbing" (set in the city in which the author received his Master of Fine Arts Degree in 2015) is a perplexing experience as it shifts from realism to absurdism to surrealism. Its worthy topic of ecology and climate change notwithstanding, the play’s repetitiousness and unprepared-for events are frustrating as well as the missing backstories. While it begins interestingly enough, it very quickly turns tedious and inexplicable. A noble experiment, "Evanston Salt Costs Climbing" is either for the select few or needs a rewrite or second draft.
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Front Row Center
November 24th, 2022

"There is anxiety, pressing against the rib cage, and grief that renders a body immobile, and the plain, dead weight of existential dread...these forces are lassoed into a lively and captivating 100 minutes of theater, even when time itself becomes unmoored."
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Off Off Online
November 17th, 2022

It adds up to an imaginative blend of workplace drama, climate-change allegory and existential plaint. Well, imaginative or exhaustingly offbeat—one’s perceptions may vary, and they might affect your appreciation for the play.
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