FEAR NYC Reviews and Tickets

76%
(133 Reviews)
Positive
83%
Mixed
13%
Negative
4%
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”).

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Member Reviews (133)

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MJK
677 Reviews | 186 Followers
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.

677 Reviews | 150 Followers
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,

687 Reviews | 113 Followers
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

502 Reviews | 127 Followers
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.

488 Reviews | 103 Followers
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 Read more

470 Reviews | 112 Followers
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. Read more

431 Reviews | 93 Followers
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.

375 Reviews | 228 Followers
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.

Critic Reviews (8)

The New York Times
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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The Hollywood Reporter
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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Lighting & Sound America
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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Theatre is Easy
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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T
November 17th, 2019

"Perhaps the most problematic element...is that it is flooded with too many sources of fear that tend to diminish the fear that might actually be present during the action of the play...The twists and turns are trite and calculated."
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New York Theater
October 30th, 2019

"Requires a vigorous suspension of disbelief. Yet, if you can get over that hurdle, it offers three good actors constantly playing with our perspective - not only about who did what but such issues as moral relativism, class tensions, and…fear"
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Broadway Blog
October 31st, 2019

"As much a scenery-chewing competition as it is a suspenser…As the drama veers toward its climax, twists and turns designed to shock appear, making us—if we’re still paying attention—question the nature of truth. The truth is, I’m afraid, that they come too late to save 'Fear' from itself."
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Off Off Online
October 25th, 2019

"'Fear'…is propelled by mystery and frayed nerves…The story of a missing girl in a suburban New Jersey neighborhood becomes about class and cultural conflict. There are riveting sequences in Fear, but Williams seemingly doesn't trust the audience to figure out his themes and ideas, instead telegraphing them with a heavy hand."
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