Fondly, Collette Richland
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Fondly, Collette Richland

Fondly, Collette Richland NYC Reviews and Tickets

(32 Ratings)
Members say
Confusing, Disappointing, Ambitious, Indulgent, Quirky

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.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (32)

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175 Reviews | 20 Followers
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.

102 Reviews | 46 Followers
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...

127 Reviews | 888 Followers
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.

175 Reviews | 98 Followers
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.

64 Reviews | 49 Followers
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.

260 Reviews | 62 Followers
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 Read more

87 Reviews | 37 Followers
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.

407 Reviews | 66 Followers
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

Critic Reviews (16)

The New York Times
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, fastidiously wrought and thoroughly disorienting visual and aural universe in which the solid and the known keep melting at the edges."
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Time Out New York
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 Kempson’s remarkable script. I haven’t been so bewildered yet so delighted in ages."
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New York Magazine / Vulture
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. Even if I were, I’d have left if I could, because worse than the nonsense — a lazy Susan of surrealistic clichés — is the aggression and insularity behind it."
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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, Collette Richland' simply sinks under the weight of its own desire to please itself."
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Lighting & Sound America
October 2nd, 2015

"You can't really criticize 'Fondly, Collette Richland' for not making sense, when nobody involved ever saw that as a goal. I would note, however, that this sort of mad, abstract lark is nothing new. It is also best enjoyed in small doses; at over two-and-a-half hours, this one is a challenge to audience stamina the likes of which I have rarely seen."
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Talkin' Broadway
September 28th, 2015

"It doesn't add up to anything profound, or even particularly entertaining. It exists for the sake of existing, a living proof of concept much more than a play with anything relevant to say...While watching it, you may find yourself haunted by the notion that just acknowledging the existence of the problem is not, in itself, a solution. Maybe that's the real point? Who knows? And, Kempson and Collins seem to be saying, who cares?"
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September 27th, 2015

"The performance under review began as a sell-out. After intermission about thirty percent of the seats had been abandoned, but the decibels of audience laughter were undiminished...Playgoers can't rely for ballast on the familiar structure of a novel such as 'The Great Gatsby,' 'The Sun Also Rises,' or 'The Sound and the Fury.' There's potential for fun here, but the potential depends on a game and willing audience rising above the cognitive bumps in Kempson's dramatic road."
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Theater Pizzazz
October 6th, 2015

"It’s an inside job, a show where snarky academics and performance artists can nudge each other and give a knowing wink, happy to be so much smarter than everyone else in the room...The rest of the audience is just bored, nodding off or checking their watches to see if the interminable first half of the show is ending any time soon so they can go...It’s simply not a play for people who enjoy a relaxing, or even mildly engaging, night at the theater."
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