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Fruit Trilogy
West Village
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Fruit Trilogy NYC Reviews and Tickets

63%
(101 Reviews)
Positive
44%
Mixed
36%
Negative
20%
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.

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60
Disappointing, Confusing, Ambitious, Odd, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to see three short pieces that each will likely make you scratch your head,with some level of confusion and introspection at once.

Don't see it if You want to see a play that has any sort of actual plot or definable meaning linking the three parts.

58
Banal, Disappointing, Indulgent

See it if If your into the #metoo movement. Good acting, slow at times.

Don't see it if if your not comfortable with nudity, language. bare bone set.

Critic Reviews (15)

June 17th, 2018

"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."
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June 7th, 2018

"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."
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June 17th, 2018

“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.”
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June 10th, 2018

"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."
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June 7th, 2018

"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."
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June 7th, 2018

"'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."
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June 14th, 2018

"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."
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June 7th, 2018

"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."
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June 9th, 2018

"'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."
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June 8th, 2018

"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."
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June 8th, 2018

"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."
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June 8th, 2018

“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.'”
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June 12th, 2018

"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."
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June 20th, 2018

“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.”
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June 15th, 2018

“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.”
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