Already closed | 1h 35m | West Village

FEAR

From 133 member  reviews
Members say: Great acting, Absorbing, Intense, Thought-provoking, Entertaining

About the show

This world premiere psychological drama centers around a little girl’s disappearance. The cast features Obi Abili (“Billions,” Irish Rep’s "The Emperor Jones") and Enrico Colantoni (“Veronica Mars”). More…

From the show:

FEAR follows a little girl’s disappearance as it prompts a tense confrontation among a plumber, college professor and teenage boy. In this psychological drama, three neighbors discover how far they are willing to go to defend the values that define them.

1h 35m | Already closed | Lucille Lortel Theatre (West Village)

Member Reviews (133)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great acting, Absorbing, Intense, Thought-provoking, Entertaining
75
Avg Score

70
Mildly disappointing, Improbable, Uneven, Thought-provoking, Absorbing

See it if you want to see a decently acted, contrived, suspenseful 3-hander that is less about fear & more about mistrust, paranoia & truth-telling.

Don't see it if u can't suspend disbelief & overlook the manifold plot holes that strain credulity in order to focus on the politics at the play's center.

64
Banal, Confusing, Slow, Indulgent, Disappointing

See it if Hard working actors & an evocative set design can't breathe life into this flat, cliched stew of class resentments & jerry-rigged mayhem

Don't see it if The "fear" is manufactured w/one-dimensional characters: blue-collar conservative vs urban progressive, much sound & fury signifying nothing

69
Suspenseless, Illogical, Unbelievable, Moribund, Disappointing

See it if You’re a fan of the cast, interested in new 80-minute plays, enjoy stories about class & age assumptions, mysteries about missing girl

Don't see it if Can’t deal with stories about missing 5-year old girl, suspicious teenager, rough bullying & violence, people behaving stupidly,

63
Banal

See it if You enjoy shows that "tell" rather than "show". You enjoy hearing of people/events being told to you, rather than shown.

Don't see it if You prefer a bit more action & less talk.

Also Ridiculous statement by professor how he didn't want to do anything ab... Read more Read less

76
Often compelling, Disappointing, Great set, Great staging, Good acting

See it if you enjoy short plays, comic psychological thrillers and good acting; entertaining, absorbing, yet somehow doesn't completely gel.

Don't see it if contrived; manipulative; easy way out ending; could have used one more draft before going public - has real potential.

84
Great set, Great staging, Great acting

See it if You want to see a well written and incredibly believable story that will keep you on the edge of your seat

Don't see it if You are the type of person that will feel you got short changed because this play is only 70 minutes

Also I was very sad to see theater was only about 20% filled. Based on the ... Read more Read less

51
Slow, Overrated, Indulgent, Disappointing, Ambitious

See it if You really want to see Enrico Colantoni n an intimate setting. I'm a big fan of his work.

Don't see it if You want to feel fear or suspense. At no time did I feel the stakes were high enough to justify any of the decisions they made.

70
Disappointing, Good acting, Good set, Contrived, Unrealized potential

See it if a promising set up & good acting create what could be a provocative piece about how contrasting class & socio-economic ideologies play out..

Don't see it if in the case of a missing young girl. Too many inconsistencies​, unlikely scenarios, & red herrings to make it thoroughly believable.

79
Ambitious, Cliched, Relevant, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if The 3 actors give superb performances in a small play with big ideas that can become a bit preachy. Terrific set & staging.

Don't see it if You are looking for fluff this will not be for you.

79
Riveting, Edgy, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if A well acted mystery which keeps you on the edge of your seat. An interesting 80 minutes.

Don't see it if Do not see if you prefer light dramas or musicals.

89
Great writing, Intense, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You want to see three very good performers in a very well written play. You like to see performances about relevant issues.

Don't see it if You want something really light and fluffy. You don't want to enjoy a great performance.

85
Great acting, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Absorbing

See it if you like a taut psychological drama about the nature of how people act in a time of fear. There's even a moral if you pay attention.

Don't see it if you only like musical or big productions.

70
Interesting, Unrealistic at times, Great acting, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if you like superb acting, issues of contrasting moral attitudes, class & human emotions, good character development & dialog.

Don't see it if you have a problem with some unrealistic situations in a very realistic play.

89
Thought-provoking, Resonant, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting

See it if you enjoy mystery drama exploring causes and effects of personal experience, lifestyle, and values on perception of and responses to fear

Don't see it if you can’t sit 80 minutes of intense conflict/violence without interval, or prefer large cast, theatre, sets, multiple acts, comedy, musical

Also Some aspects of the plot development are predictable, but the ultimate... Read more Read less

71
Interesting, Thought-provoking, Some good acting, Edgy

See it if you want to see a talky three-character mystery. Who done it? And who done the other thing? And why? Certainly 3 interesting characters.

Don't see it if you like a straight-forward plot structure with clear motivations and resolutions.

86
Refreshing, Riveting, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if Intriguing drama that will have you guessing.

Don't see it if Intense drama with some violence.

65
Confusing human behavior, Intense, Cliched

See it if you like morality stories of who is right vs who is wrong.

Don't see it if you're not a fan of suspense or torture.

73
Disappointing, Absorbing, Suspensful, Good acting

See it if you like psychological mysteries. Shows shifting perspectives of 3 characters. If you don't mind an ending that's not neatly tied up.

Don't see it if you want to be more certain of the conclusion. This felt like a work in progress to me--would love to see it more developed.

71
"bad cop/good cop" predictability, Talky talky talky, Contrived, Intense, Good acting

See it if you'd like to see a short play about "vigilante justice"; good acting but very fast talking & the resolution felt like an afterthought

Don't see it if you'd rather not spend time at a play that is mostly shouting accusation. Lots of interesting bits of back story are left undeveloped

Also The premise of the story is not without merit, but it seems drawn out ... Read more Read less

80
Profound, Intelligent, Absorbing, Great acting, Clever

See it if If you want to see a show that will make you think long after it's done. To see great acting by great actors. You'll question many things.

Don't see it if You want something fluffy or light, this "ain't" it. If you want strictly comedy, this isn't it either. Some light moments, but it's a drama

75
Great staging, Disappointing, Intense, Relevant, Absorbing

See it if You like a talented cast of 3 actors, who’s acting is pretty strong, with a decent script, and great staging. There’s a good mix of “basic-

Don't see it if Ness” with pretentiousness. Strong language, both eloquently, as well as, graphically. Mild violence. If sirens or child abduction triggers

Also You, then this is not for you. I’m not sure 🤔 if this was intentional ... Read more Read less

82
Thought-provoking, Riveting, Entertaining, Clever

See it if You like dramas about people. Over the course of the play all of their differences fade into similarities. Very intense 80 min

Don't see it if You do not like dramas

83
Intense, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you enjoy really good drama tinged with humor. All three actors were superb

Don't see it if you're looking for light-hearted fluff

71
Slow, Intense, Great acting, Disappointing, Banal

See it if You want to see wonderful actors in a play about a small town incident

Don't see it if If you want to see a new, meaningful drama where you identify with the characters.

80
A tense psychological puzzler that keeps you guessing on the edge of your seat., Intense, Edgy, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You enjoy a show that keeps you guessing about who done it, who's the good guy, who's the bad and makes you think about how fear motivates.

Don't see it if If you're looking for something light and breezy that merely entertains, this will be too much for you.


October 29th, 2019
"3 Men in a Shed, 1 Missing Girl on Their Minds: A tepid thriller from Matt Williams leaves too much time to ponder the holes in its plot."
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October 24th, 2019
"Enrico Colantoni of 'Veronica Mars' and Obi Abili of 'Billions' star in this thriller by Matt Williams, creator of the long-running sitcoms 'Roseanne' and 'Home Improvement.'"
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November 7th, 2019
"'Fear' would be an ugly, disturbing thriller if only it were remotely convincing. The playwright, Matt Williams, sets out to graft a classic stage-shocker format onto today's rancid political divisions, and the sutures are all too visible."
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October 30th, 2019
"There is certainly enough in the new thriller by Matt Williams to keep you intrigued and guessing for its short 90-minute run time. But there's not enough for a great play...Williams also tries to do too much to make the play politically relevant."
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