Signature Theatre presents the world premiere of Obie winner Branden Jacobs-Jenkins' new drama, a modern riff on one of the oldest plays in the English language. More…
Directed by Lila Neugebauer, this exploration of the 15th-century morality play 'Everyman' follows Everybody (chosen from the cast by lottery at each performance) as he or she travels down a road toward life's greatest mystery.
See it if Medieval morality play redone as a 4th-wall breaking comedy. Questions about how death gives meaning to life are presented brightly.
Don't see it if You would not enjoy characters that represent abstract ideas. You want something deeper. This is a light fun time.
See it if you want to see a new version re:" the meaning of life" There are some nice lighting effects and set design.
Don't see it if if you wish to avoid a dark, dark play fear of death fear of the unknown etc. Note; playbills distributed after the performance
See it if you follow the playwright, curious how the morality play "Everyman" is adapted for modern audiences, seeing actors switch roles each night
Don't see it if you expect a lot of meat in your story, have forgotten a lot about "Everyman," not interested in archetype characters,
See it if you think you've seen it all. You've likely never seen a show quite like this. The method of storytelling is fresh and not formulaic.
Don't see it if you don't like to be preached to (heavy moral here about how to live life) or have a bad neck (the action happens all around you).
See it if you want to see a Playwriting 101 project (that should have received an "F") given a full-blown production.
Don't see it if you have admired some of Jacobs-Jenkins past work like "An Octoroon," or "Gloria."
See it if You like unique staging and a new take on a 15th century morality play about death. Do we have to die alone? Interesting characters appear.
Don't see it if You like formula drama and want your ancient plays performed as written. Do not like the lead actor chosen at random before the play begins.
See it if you want to see the latest effort of one of our most talented young playwrights and if you like gimmicks, e.g. random assignment of roles.
Don't see it if you don't like symbolic characters, meta-theatrical devices and crave something that appeals more to the emotions than the intellect.
See it if you want to see a fresh and bold play based on an old morality story that will make you ponder, laugh, and be overall entertained.
Don't see it if you hate unconventional staging which forces a lot of head turning and self-referential/meta elements. Preachy depending on interpretation.
See it if you want to experience the work of playwright Jenkins. He's a genius and should be heard though not his best play.
Don't see it if you are looking for a conventional play. This is not for you.
See it if an unusual play based on 19th cent. mortality play, where man is in dialogue with actors playing concepts such as Friendship & Stuff
Don't see it if didactic although sometimes dialogues are often in humorous skit-like form but sometimes long-winded; you are expecting quality of Octoroon
See it if you're young and haven't fully developed your thoughts about what living, and dying, is all about.
Don't see it if Your philosophy of life is intact and you're not impressed with gimmickry on stage.
See it if You enjoy the options beyond the traditional, the proscenium staged straight plays. This is exciting for a while in its playing with forms.
Don't see it if You know what a play is, that is what you paid for, and that is what you want. Stop with all this running around breaking the fourth wall.
See it if You are willing to feel a bit at sea at first. You like more experimental forms of theater. You too ponder death and how we get there.
Don't see it if You like clear story lines, characters with real everyday names. In this play they curtain only opens for the last few minutes. What gives
See it if you must, but I suggest that you tear up your tickets, then burn them, and then bury the ashes somewhere out of site and mind.
Don't see it if love the theater. Seeing it will darken your soul FOREVER!!!
See it if Unique concept of having actors pick from lottery balls to determine who will play the main role at each performance.Cast excels.
Don't see it if You prefer traditional plot.Action often took place all over the venue,making it necessary for audience to turn around to view the actors
See it if Appreciate non traditional staging and casting. You are interested in morality plays and tales. Are excited Byrne element of chance.
Don't see it if You are afraid of the dark or surprising lighting effects. You need a linear of predictable play. Bothered by thoughts of death.
See it if You enjoy being comically entertained during the show and are willing to think a bit afterward
Don't see it if You want to walk out of show and think you've "seen" everything the show offers without additional thought required.
See it if You want to see one of the great upcoming playwrights exercise his writing chops in a thoughtful provoking play
Don't see it if you are looking for a laugh riot comedy
See it if you like to see plays that take really large swings and writers who know how to make messiness entertaining (instead of stultifying)
Don't see it if you don't have tolerance for imperfection in the pursuit of originality. You can't bear gimmicks, even when expertly deployed.
See it if You're up to be challenged by new, ambitious work with a few flaws among the great stuff. Wonderful performances and great set.
Don't see it if You don't like overtly preachy moralistic tales, you're looking for a conventional plot and character development, you can't forgive flaws
See it if You're in the mood for something that is less of a story and more of a thoughtful meditation on life.
Don't see it if You're easily distracted or have trouble listening as much as watching. There are several scenes in pitch black so you need to pay attention
See it if you like BJJ; you want to see an experimental, challenging reworking of a very old theme: how to live while facing death.
Don't see it if you like only traditional, predictable theater. The staging is unusual and mostly very successful, but the show is overlong.
See it if you'd like to see a successful attempt of an experimental theater concept.
Don't see it if you wouldnt enjoy twisting your upper body from your seat to keep up with the action.
See it if You enjoy your play like a choose-your-own-adventure book! How incredible for the cast & audience to have a different experience each show!
Don't see it if You aren't willing to listen, pay close attention to detail and allow your self to be a part of the experience of Everybody.
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