Fefu and Her Friends
Fefu and Her Friends
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Fefu and Her Friends NYC Reviews and Tickets

81%
(47 Reviews)
Positive
89%
Mixed
7%
Negative
4%
Members say
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great staging, Great acting, Intelligent

About the Show

In this modern classic by María Irene Fornés, a group of articulate, idiosyncratic women gather in Fefu’s New England country house in 1935 to rehearse for a charity event.

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Member Reviews (47)

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741 Reviews | 121 Followers
87
Edgy, Relevant, Intelligent, Ambitious, Delightful

See it if literally stepping into theater history excites you. An early experiment in interactive performance has been updated with multi-ethnic cast

Don't see it if you expect to nap in your seat. They make you get up to see three small scenes in intimate spaces! You leave with a lot to think about.

612 Reviews | 269 Followers
77
Can see why "fefu" is so highly acclaimed but rarely produced as it is a chilling feminist protest but not easy to digest

See it if shows women in 1935 terrified by men, w gun-toting Fefu @ center; scene of friend in bed voicing her paralyzing fears makes u shudder

Don't see it if u don't like strange plotless avant garde plays; some characters extraneous; rotating diff parts of audience 2 see diff scenes a distraction

409 Reviews | 74 Followers
89
Thought-provoking, Great staging, Great acting, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if 8 intelligent but very different women gather to discuss their roles in a charity event, chatting & philosophizing with some surprising*

Don't see it if Want more of a plot and don't like avant-garde, surrealistic works or if movement is difficult.** Read more

407 Reviews | 67 Followers
79
Quirky, Indulgent, Great staging, Dizzying, Ambitious

See it if you enjoy a piece of avant garde theater that is as near to a normal play that one can get, great characters, costumes

Don't see it if a linear play that requires you to stay in your seat is what you prefer

399 Reviews | 45 Followers
85
Confusing, Great acting, Great staging, Edgy, Absorbing

See it if a more access Fornes play that is never done. all actors were excellent. staging is great and fun. audience is very much into this

Don't see it if like a simple definitive narrative. need to know the full story. some things are never answered.

307 Reviews | 68 Followers
85
Exquisite, Clever, Absorbing, Ambitious, Oh the costumes! the music! the musical chairs!

See it if Why would you want to miss seeing this amazing avantgarde genius' show resurrected for 2019 in a fascinating​ dollhouse performance?

Don't see it if It's a wonderful cubic- no hexagonal show inverted and turned inside out and flipped around-- yet still tied up in a beautiful giftbox. Read more

255 Reviews | 45 Followers
75
Impenetrable monologues, Not for everyone, Avant-garde from the 70's, Intriguing

See it if You have curiosity about this rarely staged classic of the 70's underground.

Don't see it if You like plots, fully realized characters, staying in your seat, naturalism, and coherence. Read more

246 Reviews | 57 Followers
75
Immersive, Empathy for characters, Non-linear, Avant-garde, Influential

See it if you are interested in Fornes and her influence on experimental playwriting and feminist thought. You can see the "mother of the Avant-Garde"

Don't see it if you want to stay in your seat in the audience and watch a linear play. Not for those who want action rather than talky and intimate stories.

Critic Reviews (9)

TheaterScene.net
November 30th, 2019

"While Fefu and Her Friends' is considered a feminist statement, in performance the play seems not to be very revealing about women or their positions other than the fact that the cast is entirely female."
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Theatre is Easy
November 25th, 2019

"There are laughs, and love affairs, and a water fight, and a hunting gun, and much discourse on art. It feels like a Goethe tale that passes the Bechdel test… a thought-provoking triumph for director Lileana Blain-Cruz and the many personalities she and the ensemble have detailed."
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The New York Times
November 24th, 2019

"The Many Unusual Stages of ‘Fefu and Her Friends’: Read and studied for decades, a key work of the American avant-garde finally returns in a major New York revival."
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Time Out New York
November 24th, 2019

4/5 Stars "A play can be like a symphony, rapturous in a way that surpasses logic. María Irene Fornés's ingenious Fefu and Her Friends is such a work, and this revival from director Lileana Blain-Cruz is nothing short of exquisite."
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New York Magazine / Vulture
November 25th, 2019

"The Wild Invention of 'Fefu and Her Friends,' and the (Latest!) Rewrite of 'A Bright Room Called Day'"
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Theatermania
November 26th, 2019

"'Fefu and Her Friends': Can Misogyny Exist in a Play Without Any Men?: Theatre for a New Audience stages the first off-Broadway revival of María Irene Fornés's masterwork."
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Lighting & Sound America
November 27th, 2019

"An evening of glitteringly arranged social chaos, in which high comedy keeps company with many darker undertones. Even at its most enigmatic, the richly allusive text provokes with its intimations regarding women, privilege, power, and sexuality."
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New York Stage Review
November 24th, 2019

3/5 Stars "Maria Irene Fornés' 1977 play is an absorbing and thoughtful if somewhat enigmatic work, still distinguished by its unorthodox structure."
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