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Fade

Members say: Relevant, Entertaining, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Funny
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Critics
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19 reviews
Members
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115 reviews
 

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.

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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.'

 

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Reviews (134)

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60
New York Theater

"'Fade' is well acted, and Saracho’s script touches on several worthwhile issues that seem based on her own experience...But by the end of the play, 'Fade' feels slighter and more obvious than it could have been...Her observations are nothing new, and, given what’s going on in the country now, it’s frankly hard to muster much outrage about the behind-the-scenes of television. If the TV industry is meant as a metaphor for the country as a whole, it feels an inadequate one." Full Review

60
Theatre's Leiter Side

"'Fade’s' treatment of identity, sexual, and office politics, as well as class warfare, is the mildly spicy flavoring of a play that actually could be about people of any ethnicity...Stuffed with one-liners (including two limp ones alluding to Trump) that too infrequently raise chuckles (or require you know Spanish to comprehend), the highly episodic ‘Fade’ shifts back and forth from fast-paced comedy to serious dilemmas, stumbling now and then to maintain consistent believability." Full Review

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WNYC

"Playwright Tanya Saracho has big ambitions here: 'Fade' is built around issues of race and class and immigration. She herself is a TV writer and the early scenes have a delicious, insider quality that smack of the autobiographical...But the dialogue can veer into lecturing, which is hard to take from the irritating Lucia...As the play goes on, and the scenes become interminably long, it becomes less and less credible or engaging." Full Review

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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.

50
Ambitious, Disappointing, Insipid, Predictable, Superficial

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.

69
Great acting, Slow, Entertaining

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

65
Funny, Relevant, Disappointing, Cliched

See it if You don't mind a very familiar tale with a Mexican twist.

Don't see it if You aren't fond of stories done many times before but now with the characters being people of color.

50
Relevant, Banal, Disappointing, Cliched, Slow

See it if You like contemporary plays. It's a relevant premise and the first 30 minutes were promising.

Don't see it if You like unexpected plots or strong acting. The show drags and unfortunately the acting isn't strong enough to move the show along.

65
During previews
Slow, Repetitive, Talky, Polished production, Script needs work

See it if you're interested in the TV writing world. Or in the Hispanic experience. There are important issues exposed, but not fully addressed.

Don't see it if you want insights. Why make us care about a character only to make her unworthy? What's the message? Muddled treatment of racism.

Also The playwright makes her two characters bigoted toward each other. Why... Read more Read less

55
During previews
Insubstantial

See it if For a few mildly funny jokes. One sort of well rounded character (female) one seriously underdeveloped one. Predictable ending.

Don't see it if U want a play that really looks at race & class issues. Starts out well but devolves quickly into-ironically-a TV/lightweight film scenario

Also For a play that's allegedly an indictment of stereotyping, the episode... Read more Read less

65
During previews
Relevant, Cliched, Overrated, Fluffy, Conventional

See it if inter-office and racial politics interest you.

Don't see it if you're expecting a thorough exploration of racial dynamics.

65
During previews
Great acting, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Slow

See it if You want to know Hispanic or Latino experiences. A show that deals with power dynamics within class and race issues. Great acting!

Don't see it if You want to see funny plays. In addition, although the story is good, the pace is way too slow...sometimes makes me impatient.

55
During previews
Funny, Disappointing, Great staging

See it if you want to see a well paced two hander that effectively represents lantinx identity.

Don't see it if If you want a play that delves into deeper issues of race and ethnic identity.

Also Sadly there were parts of the play that felt added in last minute to p... Read more Read less

56
During previews
Great acting, Quirky, Predictable, Typical la stereotyping and bashing

See it if you enjoy a witty two person show. Particularly - see it if the easy LA stereotypes make you laugh uproariously.

Don't see it if you want something surprising or if you want some real discussion about stereotypes (in this case Hispanics) in the US.

69
During previews
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Resonant, Slow, Hackneyed

See it if you like two- hander plays with good actors that have socially relevant content.

Don't see it if you are looking for a night of light fare.

Also Although the playwright has something to say, the message is repeated ... Read more Read less

52
During previews
Disappointing, Cliched, Slow

See it if you like simple, not thought provoking clunky play

Don't see it if you want to think about racial inequality presented in a new way. THIS shows doesn't show anything new or interesting.

69
During previews
Relevant, Slow, Entertaining

See it if You're interested in a fresh, contemporary take on race.

Don't see it if You're not interested in stories about the entertainment industry.

55
During previews
Intelligent, Indulgent, Great staging, Predictable yet well written

See it if You're into portrayal of latinx issues framed in the context of the television world.

Don't see it if You're not a fan of predictable plots and issues surrounding diversity.

Also This is dumb, but Lucia the young writer made several comments about t... Read more Read less