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Fruit Trilogy

From 15 critic and 100 member reviews
Members say: Great acting, Ambitious, Intense, Thought-provoking, Relevant

About the show

From the Tony Award winning author of 'The Vagina Monologues' and 'The Good Body' come three short plays that give a voice to defiant, ordinary women. More…

'Pomegranate' — two women for sale, another morning on the shelf; 'Avocado' — a young woman on her chaotic, shocking journey toward freedom; and 'Coconut' — from the bliss of her bathroom, a woman connects with the one thing she has never fully owned…her body. Woven together with dark humor and heightened theatricality, 'Fruit Trilogy' explores the humanity behind the headlines.

1h 15m | Already closed | Lucille Lortel Theatre (West Village)

Front Row Center

"'Fruit Trilogy' is an experience...By giving voice to what may be extreme cases, the play speaks to aspects of what must be every woman’s daily experience...There is poetry, suffering, humor, and the hope of deliverance here — that is the experience...'Pomegranate'...Has a timely feeling...'Coconut'...We are introduced to the sacred bath rituals of a woman with a large personality. She is charismatic. She is funny. She is unafraid...The character and the actress draw us in." Full Review

Talkin' Broadway

"If she was a tour guide, Ensler would be the kind who asks you to venture into pits of darkness, without ever promising light on the other side...Her words, and the places she takes her characters to, rely on what can only be described as an esoteric law of physics, something along the lines of: we have endured this much, so the universe ought to balance it out somehow. That she does this without relying on condescension or cliché is miraculous and life affirming." Full Review

New York Theater

"Enler's last play, 'In the Body of the World,' turned me into a fan. I was impressed by the sharpness of her insights and the humor of their delivery; engaged in the specificity of her rage; both taken aback and riveted by her candor...Each of the new plays...seem to take us on a journey from disembodied to full-bodied; from pain to pleasure; from exploitation to celebration...'Coconut,' a celebration of full-bodied pleasure that is in equal measure shocking and exhilarating." Full Review


"The play contains the kind of frank language about deeply personal situations that is likely to disturb some audience members. However, Ensler's eyebrow-raising scenes are not gratuitous. 'Fruit Trilogy' is an honest, unflinching look at the way women's bodies are commodified, violated, and — with great difficulty, courage, and strength — eventually accepted by their owners...It's a significant piece that shouldn't be ignored, especially now." Full Review

Theater Pizzazz

"The trilogy combines moments of levity with moments of fear and conviction...In 'Pomegranate,' the performers present as Items, ready for sale...Without extraneous movement, they deliver the text, thoughtfully and unflinchingly...The box bursts open in .Avocado'...In a courageous performance by Clemons, who previously performed in 'Transparent,' moments land with a definitive sense of breath...In 'Coconut,' it’s refreshing to find a differently inclusive narrative." Full Review

Theater Life

“Watching Eve Ensler’s ‘Fruit Trilogy’, one feels as if they were entering an existential hell...Only here the quest to be rescued from a terrible fate is massaged for a happy ending...Ensler’s language is graphic, vulgar and poetic. And the acts described are in large part violent sexual crimes against women, committed for personal gain...Sensitively directed by Mark Rosenblatt, the characters’ realizations, and their ability to transform, inform the play’s happy ending.” Full Review

Broadway Blog

“Deals with the exploitation and eventual reclaiming of the female body...The root of Ensler’s body of work: women being seen for who they are, their bodies being celebrated without being exploited. It’s the mere act of a woman enjoying her own pleasure, not as an ‘instrument of labor or service or a vehicle or a cavern or an object of worship or a vessel of sin.'” Full Review


“Ensler is best known for her straightforward style...So it's a bit of a jolt that the first third of her trilogy takes on an absurdist angle...The second scene, Clemons admirably throws herself into the difficult material, but Rosenblatt could have had her modulate her intensity more...The final piece gives viewers some much needed feel-good positivity to cap off the night...The ending can be awkward, but my more extroverted guest was having a ball.” Full Review

New York Stage Review

"Staged by director Mark Rosenblatt with considerable style...One note of caution: The scalding anger that boils over here regarding male brutality towards women may disturb some viewers, while anyone who cannot abide Beckett or abstract theater modes will not have a good time. Otherwise it is intriguing to see Ensler consider her usual topics such as body image, male violence, sexual freedom, social exploitation, and similar concerns through an atypical dramatic lens." Full Review

Times Square Chronicles

"Under the direction of Mark Rosenblatt this trilogy raises awareness, giving a voice to women who are enslaved and are unable to connect to their bodies. It is a tough evening to sit through and at times the anger overwhelms the senses." Full Review

New York Stage Review

"'Pomegranate'—mercifully, the shortest of the three shorts—is just something you’ll have to endure to get to the harrowing 'Avocado'...Each piece seems to exist in its own world. There’s no easy way to move from the avant-garde 'Pomegranate' to the confessional 'Coconut.' And after the weighty 'Avocado,' 'Coconut' seems almost trite...But I admire Ensler’s message of positivity and celebration of visibility." Full Review


"Eve Ensler's 'Fruit Trilogy' depicts worthy issues that need to be publicly discussed. However, as the individual plays are only about one issue each, they tend to go on too long, way past the time when the audience has gotten the messages. This may, in fact, be Ensler's chosen technique, inundating the viewer with too much information that becomes difficult to forget, a limit to what we can take in. However, the problem is that there is a dropping off of attention, a diminishing of returns." Full Review

The New York Times

"A curious flatness pervades most of 'Fruit Trilogy'...Mr. Rosenblatt too often goes for bluntness where nuance is needed, which gets in the way of human connection. So does the almost unrelenting tonal darkness of the first two plays, making them seem less like a protest against women’s victimization than a fetishization of it...'Coconut' makes an uplifting finish to a grim program. And laughter, that vital survival mechanism, whooshes in like oxygen." Full Review

Theatre Reviews Limited

"The trilogy suffers from performances that seem given the strength of the cast oddly disconnected from the material. Some of the arguments addressed in the material itself seem dated...This disconnect might be the result of Mr. Rosenblatt’s erratic direction or the script itself...Despite its important, relevant, and compelling themes, it falls short of making the strongest case for emancipation." Full Review

This Week in New York Blog

“Three short experimental pieces that are still in need of some ripening...Engaging, fearless performers, but Rosenblatt can’t get a firm enough grasp of the material or of Wendland’s dark, low-budget sets, which are indeed somewhat confusing. Although it takes on some tough, serious topics, the trilogy is too long...with too much repetition in the overly clever dialogue that continues well after the point has been made. It feels like ‘Fruit Trilogy’ is still at the workshop stage.” Full Review

Absorbing, Profound, Relevant

See it if you care about gender topics, violence, exploitation... You like Eva Enslers work

Don't see it if you don't like to be provoked or are overly sensitive - there is a lot of pain to digest here

Absorbing, Great acting, Masterful, Great writing

See it if OMG. The 3 act plays and their actors blew me away. Such powerful work. This is a must see for serious theater fans

Don't see it if Dont go if you don't want to see painfully hard truths of women's lives. This is not a light hearted romp although there is great humor.

Edgy, Great acting, Thought-provoking

See it if You want thought provoking, unsettling, mixed with empowering and political theater with dynamic performances.

Don't see it if Upsetting and challenging content and are uncomfortable with nudity and direct address theater.

Edgy, Intense, Masterful, Profound, Raunchy

See it if you enjoy feminist playwrights

Don't see it if you are uncomfortable with triggering topics such as rape

Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Profound, Complex

See it if For true theare.... if you want to see an important play ...that speaks to our time. Political & Brilliant Political... Brilliant

Don't see it if You are not interested in seripus theater or if you do not enjoy socio political topics.

Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to see an empowering, liberating show that will have u on your feet,w emotional acting, including intense memories of sexual abuse.

Don't see it if You are offended by nudity on stage or profanity; if loud, emotional performances dealing with sexual abuse disturb you.

Clever, Intense, Resonant, Great writing, Long and repetitive

See it if you admire novel, courageous, confident exploration of a #MeToo theme (women caged/exploited), clever use fruit metaphor, without self-pity

Don't see it if you dislike drama about violence against/abuse of women, explicit sexual references/nudity, sitting in cold theatre 90 min. without interval

Ambitious, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if you like the work of Eve Ensler. You know you are going to take a journey with women and their issues.

Don't see it if The 2nd short play was uncomfortable but the actress was formidable and did a great job. The nudity is the 3rd play came as a joyful relief!

Ambitious, Clever, Intelligent

See it if You want to hear women talk from their own P.O.V. (includes extreme cases such as women for sale and a woman who likes her own body)

Don't see it if The point of the show is to take you out of your comfort zone, see other points of view, experience nudity as non-arousing, and even dance

Ambitious, Great acting, Intense, Relevant, Excruciating

See it if You’re an Eve Ensler fan.

Don't see it if If you want to be entertained, this is serious stuff.

Ambitious, Dizzying, Edgy

See it if You are interested in a radical, ambitious depiction of private thoughts made public

Don't see it if You shun nudity and long monologues

Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if You are interested in the world today and what happens to those without a voice.

Don't see it if You are not at all interested in what happens to those who can not speak up.

Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Thought-provoking, Slow

See it if The second piece is Epic Theater the acting and the way the story unfolds is breath taking and heartbreaking

Don't see it if You have issues around the idea of body beauty This May push your buttons but. It is well done

Absorbing, Ambitious, Edgy, Great acting

See it if You like provocative theatre with good acting that is women centric.

Don't see it if If you don’t like nudity, sexual violence as topics or like light weight subject matter.

Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Relevant

See it if you are comfortable with some nudity (female) and heavy topics such as sexual violence against women.

Don't see it if you prefer a straight-forward narrative and lots of action.

Great acting, Intense, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if You are open to something a little different - three independent stories (two are singular narrative). You are ok with difficult subjects.

Don't see it if You are not a fan of one woman shows, strong female characters, plays with heavy and difficult topics. (It does leave you on positive note).

Edgy, Great acting, Intense, Relevant, Brave

See it if You're interested in 3 one-act plays about heroic women. Great acting-somewhat repetitive & confusing. You have to release your inhibitions.

Don't see it if You are bothered by nudity or not interested in shows about women's issues.

Absorbing, Edgy, Great acting, Intelligent, Profound

See it if understand the "me too" movement, can see beyond what is on stage, are a fan of Eve Ensler, want something profound

Don't see it if you don't know about "me too" movement, don't care, want something light and fun, are not familiar with Eve's works, have triggers.

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Ambitious, Great acting, Intense

See it if You are a fan of Eve Ensler and vagina-centric theatre.

Don't see it if You have more than a binary and genitalia-driven view of gender.

Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Great writing

See it if You enjoy Eve Ensler's work or any kind of sociopolitical theatre. Very provocative, and very heartbreaking, and also empowering

Don't see it if You can't handle monodramas, nudity, or are triggered by language involving details of sexual assault

Ambitious, Epic, Profound

See it if you like theater that challenges the idea of what staged plays are supposed to be with raw, emotional and joyful performances.

Don't see it if you are uncomfortable with tough issues of rape, child sex slavery, nudity and the glorious praise of the human female form.

Ambitious, Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Great light design

See it if you might be interested in 3 short feminist stories about women. You want to see Kiersey Clemons who is a rising star with a bright future.

Don't see it if The second play is the most profound. The first play is good but feels like an extended metaphor, third play contains a lot of nudity.

Edgy, Great acting, Intelligent, Intense, Resonant

See it if you like to be challenged and yanked out of your privileged comfort zone.

Don't see it if you like a staging of the how, more than the why or the what.

Edgy, Exquisite, Great acting, Intense, Relevant

See it if As every Enler’s piece this super powerful production addresses women.body & mind abuse with extraordinary acting.

Don't see it if Can’t handle how mostly men uses and abuses women over and over and over...

Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if If you like Eve Ensler’s work. Like thought provoking plays about women.

Don't see it if You are uncomfortable with nudity and bad language. You don’t like disturbing subject matter.

Cast & Creatives (9)