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Fiercely Independent

From 52 member  reviews
Members say: Slow, Disappointing, Great acting, Relevant, Thought-provoking

About the show

In this new play, a couple sequesters themselves away from technology in an attempt to save their floundering marriage. More…

Julie and Robert have been married for 4 years. They are not getting along. They decide to spend 24 hours together in a hotel room with no television, no cellphones, no internet or computers and see if they can work things out.

Member Reviews (52)


Slow, Disappointing, Great acting, Relevant, Thought-provoking
Avg Score

Excruciating, Disappointing, Cliched, Banal

See it if You want a play about a troubled married couple locked aeay for 24 hrs.

Don't see it if If you want a quality well written play. Slow, and boring.

Fine acting, Mundane, Inconsequential, Realistic, Dull

See it if u want the marital equivalent of watching paint dry: See an unhappy couple play a card game, order room service, dance a bit, whine & bicker

Don't see it if you expect the insight, drama, tension or psychological study of the Bergman film Scenes From a Marriage (which was an obvious influence).

Also Let's get one thing clear from the start: The playwright, Kathleen K. ... Read more Read less

Bland, Long, Nebulous, Undramatic, Ineffective

See it if tuning into fragments of a long, failed self-help therapy session for a failed marriage might somehow benefit you.

Don't see it if you can skip listening to 75 minutes of a couple bickering over—well, it’s not clear what they’re bickering over.

Also Devoting several minutes of stage time to a couple playing a movie tri... Read more Read less

Romantic, Relevant, Refreshing, Clever

See it if good acting 75 minutes subway right there interesting solution to major problem

Don't see it if subject needs additional input 75 minutes seats too tight esp. for the legs

Relevant, Disappointing, Banal, Cliched, Slow

See it if for the good actors doing their best with a script that needs work.

Don't see it if you want a fully thought out story line - leaves much to wonder about as characters need further development.

By end of this ultimately disappointing play, many in audience may be asking for a divorce from the playwright

See it if intriguing situation: troubled couple spends 24 hrs in hotel 2 determine whether 2 stay together; 1st 30 mins dramatic back & forth

Don't see it if cliche-ish Husband/Wife complaints; after 30 mins play fails 2 build tension/ present insights into couple's diffs, so ending is, so what?

Wanted more information, Conflict, Slow

See it if Couple spend 24hours together to see if they want to stay together.

Don't see it if Its like been in a the therapy session. Not told the enough information about the couple, just that they are not happy with each other.

Uninventive script, Cliched, Lacks depth, Slow

See it if The actors are good & keep the play moving as best they can; topic is interesting and would have been more involving with a better script.

Don't see it if you want real insight into the breakdown of a marriage; I was not able to grasp what the actual problem was/why is Julie the injured party?

Also I found myself finishing the actors' lines before they were spoken due... Read more Read less

Relevant, Intense, Great acting, Depressing, Realistic

See it if Plays about marital highs and lows and how that is played out interest you. The fact that there is no back story is OK with you.

Don't see it if You don’t connect with plays about intimate relationships. You are wanting to see a comedy about relationships a la Neil Simon.

Boring, Slow, Disappointing, Banal, Ambitious

See it if You know one of the actors and want to support or are really interested in watching people "trying" to save their marriage. Solid acting.

Don't see it if You want a story that is new or interesting. I was watching a hotel room where nothing happens. No twist, nothing. Banal characters

Resonant, Indulgent, Excruciating, Ambitious

See it if you enjoy painfully watching a relationship deteriorate

Don't see it if you would prefer to be doing anything else

Relevant, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if You want to see a play about a couple that are having marital problems and what happens when they unplug and try to resolve their issues.

Don't see it if You are not interested in plays about couples and their issues. You don't want to hear some relevant dialogue delivered excellently.

Also This couple had some issues and they had an idea of how to fix or at l... Read more Read less

Mediocre, Cliched, Ambitious, Slow, Intelligent

See it if U want to see some decent acting & won't mind a weak plot. Dialogue was actually pretty good at times, but play goes nowhere.

Don't see it if u're expecting an action-driven plot.

Absorbing, Intense, Great writing, Great acting

See it if enjoy two very good actors portraying a couple trying to get their marriage back on track

Don't see it if you want everything to come up smelling like roses

Great acting, Insipid, Intelligent, Slow, Thought-provoking

See it if To see two good actors on stage, see a show about dimise of a relationship, to support small venue theatre, to see thought provoking show

Don't see it if you are not interested in relationship/marriage topic, you don't want to travel downtown, you expect elaborate set

Also While I did enjoy it, I also felt that the dialogue was repetitive. Ju... Read more Read less

Good acting, liked premise, Thought-provoking, Slow

See it if I liked the idea of a couple unplugging to talk and try to resolve things. The acting was good and there were some recognizable arguments

Don't see it if You need the play to go somewhere once you’ve invested the time listening to the characters.

Generic characters with no depth, Fiercely bland, Slow, Banal

See it if like to see a married couple try to fix their marriage, without revealing anything about themselves. Who are they?

Don't see it if prefer characters you learn about, and who learn something about themselves.

Broken marriage plot, Fine acting, Shallow & soulless & slow, Tedious, Disappointing

See it if you believe a tattered marriage can be repaired in a 75-min drama; your misery loves company; you're showing support for someone in the cast

Don't see it if you expect a fresh take on the topic; tiresome, shallow dialogue brings on a headache; you read "Tony winner" & assumed she won for writing

Also 75 mins inside a suffocating script. We wait for a big reveal that nev... Read more Read less

Slow, Thought-provoking, Intense

See it if You want to see a very accurate portrait of the end of a relationship. It's short and well written/acted, but intense.

Don't see it if It's intense & feels like watching 2 real people tear each other down & try to build each other up on stage in front of you. It's not light.

Slow, Intense, Excruciating, Great acting

See it if You like to see a couple use an unconventional method to resolve a crumbling marriage. Good acting but plot is a bit thin.

Don't see it if You don't like to see bickering married couples

Also I must say I left the theater thinking that it took 90 minutes for the... Read more Read less

Good premise, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Disappointing, Cliched

See it if you're looking for something with a lot of conflict, both between and within characters

Don't see it if you're looking for something polished - the premise is good, but the writing resorts to cliches at pivotal moments.

Slow, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Uneven, Interesting

See it if you like shows that explore relationships. The acting is good, but the script is uneven.

Don't see it if you want a tight story and an ending that flows from the action.

Also The play held my interest, but I felt there was a lot to the backstory... Read more Read less

Thought-provoking, Slow

See it if You want to see a play about the slow dissolution of a marriage.

Don't see it if You don’t.

Cliched, Nothing new, Disappointing

See it if you like plays about relationships that cover the same old issues - there's nothing "fierce" about this play.

Don't see it if you don't want to listen to other people's problems for 90 minutes and/or feel squished into your seat in a smelly, cold theater.

Cliched, Disappointing, Indulgent, Slow

See it if you want to be reminded why your relationship didn't work

Don't see it if you're expecting good writing and a thought-provoking theatrical experience; better to see Scenes from a Marriage

March 12th, 2019
"So well written, so well acted and is overall an experience that people are not likely to forget. I loved every captivating minute of it. This is a rare kind of show that does not have a message or agenda, and does not seek to sway our opinions about relationships in any way; it is not meant to ...
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March 12th, 2019
"Let's talk about the talent: Gallogly and Smith are, in a word, fantastic in 'Fiercely Independent.' They listen to each other intently, their responses are spontaneous and natural, and their chemistry is evident. Even when they're not speaking, their inner dialogues are continuous and their int...
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March 7th, 2019
"Caitlin Gallogly and Christopher M. Smith bring a strong sense of realism to their roles...However, neither actor can overcome the limited storytelling provided in the script...Rather than getting an engaging deep dive into a frayed loving relationship we get a tsunami of tedious bickering...Cai...
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March 7th, 2019
"It’s not clear what relation the title of this play has to do with its content. There is nothing fierce about it...The story of incompatibility and confusion starts nowhere and ends pretty much in the same place...As Robert and Julie, Smith and Gallogly work very hard to create some sort of heat...
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