Set in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, the Public Theater's new drama breaks the boundaries of time and narrative to explore the astonishing things we create in the face of devastation. More…
A disillusioned do-gooder named Kate meets Jaap, a charismatic European making a film about the 1911 fire that burned Coney Island’s Dreamland amusement park to ashes. Desperate for something to live for, Kate buys a ticket on the thrill ride of Jaap’s passion. The only trick is to keep the roller coaster from running off the rails before it destroys them all.
See it if Jones' captivating performance goes a long way to ease the tedium of this messy, enervating drama w/ Beltran a cipher & Gjokaj a gifted user
Don't see it if Groff's roller coaster of a script Is all dips & turns but no thrills Too many forced metaphors & unexplored themes leave one exhausted
See it if you're interested in Coney Island history & the creative process in making movies, honest look at how someone can be scammed and rise again
Don't see it if Coney Island, making movies and misbegotten love affairs don't interest you, don't like stories that hint at denouement out of sequence
See it if you appreciate great acting and like stories about vulnerability, deception, or creativity. Pace is good and only 90 minutes.
Don't see it if you don't like shows that require your imagination. I could see why some found it confusing since characters describe movie you don't see.
See it if you're cool w/90min of dreaming vs reality; letting go of inhibition vs honoring responsibility. Show grows on you w/palpable performances.
Don't see it if a handsome con-artist slithering his way around & thru everyone's heart & wallet will easily piss you off. Great acting; NOT to be missed.
See it if you like non-traditional format, simply wonderful acting and people trying to find their place in the word, their passion & relationships.
Don't see it if you have to struggle to understand the themes, some slow and tedious parts and dislike characters who labor with what they want out of life.
See it if Fire, destruction of Coney Island, watery devastation of Hurricane Sandy. How do we react, recover from total wipe out? How do we recover
Don't see it if You want a fluffy show, clear story, straight timeline.
See it if You are interested in some of the history of Coney Island. However, this play was confusing and incoherent.
Don't see it if You don’t enjoy watching an abusive relationship. Hard to believe someone with 2 masters degrees would be taken in with such ease.
Also This play was too predictable and cliched for me to appreciate it.
See it if You remember Sandy. You like Brooklyn and the beach. You don't get why these guys are so "compelling."
Don't see it if It does run a little long, but I liked it overall.
See it if you are jonesing for a fix of Naomi Jones on stage, but know that she doesn’t sing a note in this production.
Don't see it if you are expecting to ride the rollercoaster pictured on the cover of the playbill, because this carnival ride gets stuck on the tracks.
See it if You're up for a compelling meditation on stories & storytelling; witnessing & being part of the stagecraft that makes it possible.
Don't see it if Unless you're looking for a perfect play, no reason not to. It's always a pleasure to see fine actors working well in layered performances.
See it if Challenging meditation on art, relationships between artists, time, history and the power of imagination
Don't see it if It’s episodic and jumpy so if you like straight narratives you may not appreciate the mosaic feel of this play
See it if You want to be mildly entertained, like small theater, support The Public, aren’t looking for a lot of action, or don’t mind simple endings.
Don't see it if You hate “wordy” shows, want something new and exceptional, need big stars, or big action. I was entertained, but have already forgotten why
See it if you are a Rebecca Naomi Jones fan. She does all she can with the material. It's well acted, just confusing.
Don't see it if you don't do well with having things explained to you. The timeline is confusing and non traditional. It's not a very captivating story.
See it if the show has interesting ideas, interesting staging, excellent acting. It attempts, with partial success, to blend history and today.
Don't see it if The play is ambitious but doesn't really cohere. It tries but can't make the connection between past and present.
See it if First 70% an intimate two character play. Clever set. Big bag of wind unleashed by/on the Public.
Don't see it if Characters nebulous. Woman seduced by manipulative and bossy Dutchman into ruining her life. She thinks he's Orson Welles! Last man buffoon.
See it if you like great chemistry among the actors, Coney Island history, interesting plot, imaginative sets and genuine humor in a drama.
Don't see it if you are looking for a big brassy fun night out show or you can't sit still for that long.
See it if You enjoy following a story within a story within a story. There really are 2 or 3 different plays happening here. All interesting.
Don't see it if You expect much insight or historical perspective on the 1911 Dreamland Fire. It’s there, but very thin.
See it if You want to see an interesting take on a self discovery story. The show has very interesting storytelling methods with metaphors & flashback
Don't see it if You are easily bored, this show takes a while to pick up. The run time is only 90 min but it felt longer.
See it if you love RNJ - shes a dream on stage and carried this show. Also shows a lot of classic NY scenes that were delightful.
Don't see it if you're looking for a big story. This is a small story that follows a very simple structure.
See it if you love witnessing superb acting and brilliant naturalistic dialog, amidst ingenious & dynamic stagecraft/directing in very intimate venue.
Don't see it if you need for the plot, at very essence, to be meaningful. This play is a lot of gorgeous sound&fury signifying... well... not much at all
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