Fiercely Independent
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Fiercely Independent

Fiercely Independent NYC Reviews and Tickets

(52 Ratings)
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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.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (52)

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332 Reviews | 45 Followers
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

78 Reviews | 5 Followers
Thought-provoking, Intense, Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You like dramas about marital issues with great acting.

Don't see it if You like light fare and don’t like dramas about marital relationships.

506 Reviews | 1003 Followers
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

332 Reviews | 41 Followers
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. Read more

259 Reviews | 39 Followers
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.

738 Reviews | 144 Followers
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.

296 Reviews | 92 Followers
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.

601 Reviews | 146 Followers
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? Read more

Critic Reviews (7)

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 change, but compels us to simply watch and feel (with every emotion we can muster) - to attempt to understand the agony of a relationship on the brink of falling apart."
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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 intents are crystal clear. Gallogly and Smith are by turns playfully fun and painfully electric."
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Theater Pizzazz
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...Caitlin Gallogly’s layered performance is the best reason to see this world premiere of 'Fiercely Independent.' The work itself would benefit from a little therapy."
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Front Row Center
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, but in addition to lacking ferocity, the narrative lacks arc...Of course, the script does neither actor any favors...A play that talks a lot but says nothing."
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March 9th, 2019

"A mundane drama of marital discord. Something of a defanged Strindberg exercise, with its venom drained and its character insights and local color washed away…As the mercifully brief, 70-minute play advances, the actors-attractive, capable, and worthy of better material (she especially)-do their best to wring some life from their clichéd lines and situations. Johnson, acting as her own director…is unable to inject tension or a sense of dramatic progress into the action."
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The Theatre Times
March 10th, 2019

"Johnson has striven for simple dialogue that spares the audience the excitement of major fireworks. For a play about the end of a marriage, there’s awfully few arguments and not much verbal conflict. The animosity simmers in the moments of silence, not in explosive confrontation...I’m not sure it makes for good theater...Without any dramatic highs or lows, however strategic the mundanity might be, the play strides a little too close to regular life."
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Washington Square News
March 7th, 2019

“In this highly naturalistic play, written and directed by Tony-winner Johnson, Julie and Robert attempt to save their marriage...Gallogly and Smith are both remarkable performers...It is easy, at times, to get ahead of the story. The story largely follows a predictable trajectory...The patterns of their arguments become easily traceable and the dialogue is nevertheless smart, naturalistic and occasionally hilarious."
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