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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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

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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