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Fade

From 115 member  reviews
Members say: Relevant, Entertaining, Great acting, Funny, Thought-provoking

About the show

Primary Stages presents the NY premiere of this comedy about the burgeoning friendship between Lucia and Abel, two Latinos working at a ruthless Hollywood studio. More…

Lucia is a tenacious novelist, newly hired to write for a TV detective series and struggling to find her place among a team of domineering white male co-workers. Abel is one of the studio’s janitors, compassionate to Lucia’s difficulties, and generous with his opinions and personal anecdotes. As their bond grows, Abel’s stories quickly blur with those Lucia is writing for the show, and they find themselves in the center of their own not-quite-made-for-TV drama. Written by Tanya Saracho, co-producer of ABC's 'How to Get Away with Murder.'


Member Reviews (115)

MEMBERS SAY:

Relevant, Entertaining, Great acting, Funny, Thought-provoking
77
Avg Score

79
Absorbing, Ambitious, Funny, Slow, Relevant

See it if you like office comedies that deal with serious issues like class attitudes & minority treatment, as well as friendships on the job

Don't see it if you don't like two-handers, occasionally thick accents and use of Spanish, reminders of the pressures and manipulations of work

75
Intelligent, Relevant, Ambitious, Slow, Resonant

See it if you are interested in the process by which TV shows are created from the writer's point of view.

Don't see it if you dislike social messages in comedy. Although the characters are Latinos, they could be Irish or Jewish; ambition is a cruel human trait.

80
Great acting, Great writing, Entertaining, Cliched, Talented playwright

See it if You like an easy to follow plot, are interested in Latinx culture, family drama, the TV industry, challenges to make ends meet.

Don't see it if You expect a great classic, Like changing sets and large casts, Do not like soap operas.

Also Tanya Saracho,the playwright, writes about what she knows best, her ow... Read more Read less

70
Slow, Unimpressive, Predictable, Disappointing, Heavy handed

See it if you want to see good acting, a relevant topic without surprises.

Don't see it if you want an exciting night at the theater with a story that has more depth. The play starts off with promise but fizzles out.

75
Intelligent, Relevant, Resonant, Slow, Cliched

See it if You want to see a predictable story set in a different context . Well intentioned.

Don't see it if You are bothered by bilingual actors who don't translate everything .

70
Serious, Grating, Worthy

See it if You are willing to tolerate an annoying protagonist to see a study of race and more importantly class in personal interaction.

Don't see it if You don't care or are blind to such things. And besides, the run is over.

55
Disappointing, Cliched

See it if You want to give new playwrights a chance and TV sitcom on stage doesn't bore you. Actors that are way better than the script are ok for you

Don't see it if Stereotypes that add no new insights is what you expect. Predictable script and outcomes annoy you.

85
Clever, Great acting, Intelligent, Refreshing, Relevant

See it if You like 2-character plays that explore the Latino experience. You like thought-provoking theater. You love good acting.

Don't see it if You don't appreciate insight into a culture that isn't yours. You don't enjoy interactions between two characters only.

75
Funny, Absorbing, Sharp, Witty

See it if how race and class impacts opportunities and ambitions for Latinos

Don't see it if ethnic humor and sensitivities

70
Entertaining, Disappointing, Cliched

See it if A great set and fine acting do not compensate for cliched script

Don't see it if You prefer more that two actors

80
Funny, Clever, Relevant, Great staging

See it if you like plays of other cultures, are interested in how television shows are created, enjoy character driven plays

Don't see it if you are looking for big splashy production

Also Great to see another culture represented in a funny and relevant play ... Read more Read less

82
Ambitious, Great acting, Clever

See it if You appreciate an evolving relationship that doesn't depend stereotypes . Also, f you are a Mexican...the ones in the audience LOVED it.

Don't see it if you get annoyed when you can't understand a language, and therefore wont get, some of the laughs.

50
Insipid, Disappointing, Superficial, Predictable, Ambitious

See it if you are open to light fare about a serious current subject.

Don't see it if you want to see a serious exploration of a topical social dilemma involving class, power and race.

75
Predictable but enjoyable

See it if You want to see a predictable but enjoyable show - elevated by the male lead's performance

Don't see it if You want a challenging, thought-provoking play

90
Absorbing, Profound, Relevant, Clever, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to see great actors convey a story with a fresh take on class and race relations; you enjoy productions on an intimate stage

Don't see it if you don't enjoy 2-person plays; the subject matter of race in America right now is not interesting to you

73
Entertaining, Somewhat predictable, Engaging

See it if you want to see a well-acted two- hander with "Latino" characters in an office setting, where there are interesting dynamics at play.

Don't see it if you absolutely need a play with a great deal of action, dislike potty mouth dialogue and can't tolerate some plot predictability.

89
Resonant, Refreshing, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great acting

See it if you like intimate two-handers; powerful yet accessible depictions of class, privilege & power & its impact on our everyday relationships

Don't see it if you believe success is "self-made", or you don't want to question your role in the world, whichever side of the aisle you sit on.

100
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting

See it if you want to see a relevant play about striving and discrimination against latinos.The acting is excellent and the ending is not surprising.

Don't see it if You don't want to relate to the characters.

80
Absorbing, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Clever, Slow

See it if you are interested in social and racial dynamics and enjoy crafted dialogue

Don't see it if you are looking for a thrill of a fluffy break from reality

75
Intelligent, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if You like slowly-building storylines with a small cast.

Don't see it if You don't have patience for a slowly-building storyline.

Also The acting was very good.

98
Clever, Great writing, Great acting, Insipid, Riveting

See it if Like feminist issues and incredible plot

Don't see it if You don't like plays

69
Great acting, Entertaining, Slow

See it if You want to see a diverse story about two Latinos living in the US. The final image of this play is epic -great design and direction.

Don't see it if You don't want to sit through 75% of the play before something goes wrong and things get interesting.

Also The climax of this play would have been an interesting place to start ... Read more Read less

95
Absorbing, Relevant, Refreshing, Profound, Must see

See it if you want to experience a deeply moving piece of art told through perspectives that aren't often heard.

Don't see it if you aren't interested in watching a two- hander

80
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Intelligent, Refreshing

See it if a witty, thought provoking play about sexual office politics

Don't see it if you want to see how women have to deal with the insensitive treatment of male co-workers

84
Funny, Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if Good off Broadway two person show...

Don't see it if You don't like small cast and small theater...


February 8th, 2017
"A fizzy if somewhat formulaic two-character drama...Under Ruiz’s precise direction, their early interactions are calculatedly awkward...Saracho’s dialogue is witty rather than wincing. Less happily, she has a slightly lurid taste in narrative and a habit of asking characters to behave in certain...
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February 8th, 2017
"If the premise sounds like a sitcom pitch, at least playwright Tanya Saracho supplies plenty of wit and attitude...Saracho has a keen ear for delusions or hypocrisies...Despite Saracho’s smart, fluid dialogue and the tight staging by Ruiz, 'Fade' suffers from two-hander structural monotony: She’...
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February 8th, 2017
"It’s a wheel-spinner of a play that sets out to address issues of culture, class and the price of ambition, but ends up being as contrived as a telenovela...Saracho seems confined here by the structure of a two-character one-act, especially on subjects she clearly knows well...There might have b...
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February 9th, 2017
"Funny, sharply written...This one-act two-hander begins in flash-card scenes that seem sitcom-ready, but Lucia and Eddie’s later duets have real punch and sting. The crisp staging by Jerry Ruiz rolls with the jagged pacing deftly. Dow and Martinez are terrific, his long, slow burn a foil to her ...
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