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Fondly, Collette Richland

From 31 member  reviews
Members say: Confusing, Disappointing, Ambitious, Quirky, Excruciating

About the show

New York Theatre Workshop and Elevator Repair Service present a new play about a couple that travels to another world through a tiny door in their living room. More…

While eating a quiet dinner at home, Mr. and Mrs. “Fritz” Fitzhubert (along with an uninvited guest) are summoned through a mysterious tiny door in their living room. On the other side, they find themselves in a phantasmagorical Alpen hotel where forgotten religions seep in through the cracks in the walls. Lost relatives, conniving employees, and chatty society ladies awaken their mysterious ancient selves and lead them on perilous hikes that will leave their lives forever altered.

Member Reviews (31)


Confusing, Disappointing, Ambitious, Quirky, Excruciating
Avg Score

Confusing, Disappointing, Excruciating, Indulgent, Slow

See it if This play is excruciatingly dull and overlong.

Don't see it if you can't sit through long plays.

Ambitious, Confusing, Disappointing, Dizzying, Excruciating

See it if love surreal stream of conscious performance and writing

Don't see it if dont like surreal stream of conscious performance and writing

Entertaining, Quirky, Original, Surreal, Funny

See it if you like quirky, colorful and high-energy.

Don't see it if the surreal turns you off.

Ambitious, Confusing, Indulgent, Quirky

See it if If you appreciate experimentation & are ok with mixed up confusing narrative

Don't see it if If you want something remotely literal

Also Good try - better luck next time

Confusing, Disappointing, Epic, Original, Ambitious

See it if you like bizarre stories; you like non-linear, dream like sequences;

Don't see it if you need a coherent story; need a linear plot; need to understand what is going on; don't like a circus-like atmosphere and style.

Original, Navel-gazing, Funny ha-ha, Funny strange, Confusing

See it if you like being plunked down in a bewildering headspace w/o a clue where you are or where you're going but the sights may tickle your brain.

Don't see it if you want coherence, emotion or pace. It's made by a talented team making their own kind of music. They don't care if u don't hear a tune.

Surreal, Challenging, Dizzying, Ambitious, Absurdist

See it if you enjoy downtown experimental theater a la Richard Foreman, and are a fan of ERS's unique approach to dramatizing texts.

Don't see it if you need to be spoon-fed a linear plot with a decisive message.

Ambitious, Confusing, Dizzying, Disappointing, Quirky

See it if you like the ERS style and downtown vibe... and don't mind not understanding what is going on.

Don't see it if You like your theater polished and straightforward. If you hate quirky...

Weird, Confusing, Disappointing

See it if you enjoy being confused or not having a clear understanding. Definitely see it if you love experimental theatre.

Don't see it if If you're not a big fan of experimental theatre or if you don't like shows without a very clear plot.

Confusing, Disappointing, Dizzying, Original

See it if If you don't mind just going along for the ride in someone else's crazy fantasy. If you aren't always thinking, "where is this headed? "

Don't see it if you are hoping for some cosmic awareness at the end of the play, or even in the middle. If you have expectations of a play.

Ambitious, Original, Confusing, Excruciating

See it if you appreciate masterful acting and directing and ingenious stagecraft and can tolerate hours of unintelligible text.

Don't see it if you have a low tolerance for experimental theater and nonlinear, non-narrative texts -- and have a better idea about how to spend 3 hours.

Delightful, Dizzying, Funny, Quirky, Slow

See it if haters gonna hate, but I laughed my ass off! I was wearing sunglasses a lot at the time because I still do.

Don't see it if you're sober.

Confusing, Disappointing, Epic, Funny, Indulgent

See it if you want to get lost in mildly fun absurdity.

Don't see it if you want a plot-driven experience!

Ambitious, Bizarre, Hilarious

See it if you're willing to open your mind and have it totally screwed with. This is a free form show that creates its own world and set of rules.

Don't see it if you've never enjoyed a David Lynch film.

Slow, Quirky, Excruciating, Confusing, Indulgent

See it if you love watching people's faces as they walk out.

Don't see it if you prefer a narrative thread.

Great acting, Hilarious, Quirky, Edgy, Refreshing

See it if You want to laugh hysterically at adorable silliness and wonderfully funny acting

Don't see it if You’re not open to a show that is completely unlike anything you’ve seen before

Ambitious, Entertaining, Enchanting, Intelligent, Original

See it if you're ready to watch people take risks.

Don't see it if you're easily bored

Confusing, Disappointing, Ambitious

See it if You don't mind confusion and want to see something very different.

Don't see it if If you don't want to see anything nonsensical.

Confusing, Slow, Dizzying

See it if You enjoy ERS' past shows

Don't see it if You like clear and easy to understand shows. Also if you enjoy shorter plays, this is not for you.

Masterful, Dizzying, Original

See it if You like phenomenal design, Dadaist theatre, fully-committed and deeply-considered wackiness, hammy performers, tightly-wound joyful chaos.

Don't see it if You dislike non-narrative, abstract pieces without a clear message.

Ambitious, Confusing, Disappointing, Excruciating, Indulgent

See it if You have 2 1/2 hours with NOTHING ELSE to do.

Don't see it if You have any expectations of Elevator Repair Co. based on Gatz, etc.

During previews
Confusing, Experimental, Opaque, Inventive, Unfettered

See it if you don't mind not having a clue what's going on.

Don't see it if you have to have at least an inkling of what's happening.

During previews
Confusing, Dizzying, Disappointing, Edgy

See it if You're a fan of confusing, avant-garde cliches.

Don't see it if You don't want to be bombarded by a formless, meaningless piece of garbage. We walked out at intermission, and we weren't the only ones.

During previews
Absurdist, Deliberately confusing, Difficult, 2 hours 40 min = too long, Humorous

See it if Enjoy absurdist theatre featuring doses of cleverly nonsensical dialogue along with a skeletal plot, zestful acting, visually rich costumes

Don't see it if You have a sensitive radar for pretentiousness and prefer finished works, with a discernible plot and point of view, that can make you care.

During previews
Disappointing, Excruciating, Quirky, Confusing, Self-indulgent

See it if are compelled to see everything done by the Elevator Repair Service

Don't see it if you value your time.

September 28th, 2015
"Elevator Repair Service has come up with a head trip that is as organic as it is delirious. It’s called 'Fondly, Collette Richland.' And though what opened is advertised as a play, it is far closer to what happens in the privacy of your own mind when you’re in bed with your unconscious...A witty...
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September 28th, 2015
"It spoils nothing to say this long, loopy piece ends on a mountain with society ladies squaring off against a satanic entity called the Krampus. John Collins’s richly layered, densely designed production (with a goofy-brilliant soundscape by Williams) rises to the whirling, morphing challenge of...
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September 28th, 2015
"About a third of the audience left during the intermission, which finally arrived after nearly two hours. I have to believe that those who remained did so mostly out of politeness, believing that anyone with a vision so specifically bizarre must mean something important by it. I’m not convinced....
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September 28th, 2015
"At certain points, one starts to wonder whether the cast has any idea of what's going on. Despite this, the performances remain energetic and imaginative throughout... Theater is a give and take. As integral as theatermakers are to the performance process, so too is the audience. 'Fondly, Collet...
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