Already closed | 1h 15m | West Village

Fruit Trilogy

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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)

Member Reviews (100)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great acting, Ambitious, Intense, Thought-provoking, Relevant
63
Avg Score

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.

65
Thought-provoking, Raunchy, Overrated, Edgy

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Also Not my cup of tea. The two solos do not work for me although both were... Read more Read less

72
Ambitious, Confusing, Quirky, Relevant, Resonant

See it if Ensler's in full glory w/women's empowerment triptych - from heartrending to strident Three wildly different pieces make for bizarre evening

Don't see it if Drama poorly served by director & designers adding needless baggage to fraught script Actors valiantly serve material (esp semi-nude Mikel)

62
Unnuanced, Relentless, Tedious, Undramatic, Tortured

See it if you need to see everything Eve Ensler does.

Don't see it if you want to see actors interact or you think ritual is better suited to a place of worship than a theater.

Also Uncharacteristically I took pages of notes during Abingdon Theatre’s p... Read more Read less

65
Great acting, Intelligent, Profound, Confusing, Thought-provoking

See it if you're a fan of Eve Ensler or enjoy shows about women's issues and female empowerment.

Don't see it if you prefer a traditional narrative. This show is composed of three unrelated one-act plays, and they're confusing and unclear at times.

71
Ambitious, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Entertaining

See it if you are open to the issue of the day - I could not help have "Strange Fruit" echo in my mind as the challenges presented were enacted.

Don't see it if you do not or do not want to understand the current women's movement. Some of this is entertaining, but most is consciousness-provoking.

60
Ambitious, Indulgent, Quirky, Relevant, Slow

See it if you are curious about Eve Ensler's thesaterical development. There are familiar themes and dramatic representations of ideas.

Don't see it if you are not patient with productions that are more concept than plot.

40
Disappointing, Excruciating, Raunchy, Quirky, Confusing

See it if you like one short play that is confusing, 2nd short play that is predictable but well acted, 3rd short play that is clichéd.

Don't see it if you do not like bare big breasted woman dancing on the stage promoting self expression, young woman complaining about her prostitute life.

Also The first short story was well staged but had me completely confused a... Read more Read less

50
Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant, Edgy, Excruciating

See it if you are very patient with over-long rants, topical and well acted as they may be; mediocre staging does not bother you;nudity does not annoy

Don't see it if you cannot unsee what you have seen. I am still feeling damaged. I realize this is inappropriate, but it is what it is.

75
Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Ambitious, Great light design, Great acting

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.

82
Ambitious, Great acting, Excruciating, Intense, Relevant

See it if You’re an Eve Ensler fan.

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

63
Ambitious, Dizzying, Edgy, Intense

See it if If you are a fan of Eve Ensler. Well acted play composed of three short one acts focusing on brutality towards women and their struggle.

Don't see it if Do not see if you prefer light dramas or musicals.

79
Brave, Intense, Great acting, Edgy, Relevant

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.

33
Banal, Disappointing, Great acting, Intense, Quirky

See it if If you adore Eve Ensler.

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

85
Clever, Great writing, Resonant, Long and repetitive, Intense

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

64
Ambitious and bleak, At times intense, banal at others, Well staged but needs editing, Relevant, but forced, Good performances

See it if An Ensler fan, and/or up for a well-intentioned at times searing but ultimately unsatisfying statement of advocacy for women; falls short.

Don't see it if Monologues bore, or you're easily upset by language, descriptions of sexual slavery, violence against women, nudity or very dim lighting.

Also In a mixed bag that never quite fills up, Ensler's three one-acts addr... Read more Read less

69
Ambitious, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Intense, Confusing

See it if a fan of Eve Ensler or solo performances (2 of the 3 sections are monologues); to support passionate actors tackling raw, heavy material.

Don't see it if uncomfie with extremes in stage lighting, nudity, brutal & grim topics (e.g., human trafficking), or bare-bone sets; want resolution or joy.

78
Absorbing, Great acting, Edgy, 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.

Also This was a really deep and profound piece. Many would not understand, ... Read more Read less

70
Absorbing, Ambitious, Edgy, Great writing, The power and the pain of black women's lives matters a lot in this brilliant tryptic.

See it if If you know and appreciate Eve Ensler's fearless and uncensored art style, or would like to discover it.

Don't see it if If the unashamed naked body of a very big and beautiful black woman would traumatize you--you need therapy not theater.

49
Ambitious, Banal, Disappointing, Excruciating, Slow

See it if you are a fan of Eve Ensler and want to see a play that she wrote concerning women. The two women in the play are very talented.

Don't see it if you do not like long monologues, unnecessary upper body nudity, and want to see a play where the characters interact.

80
Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Slow, Thought-provoking

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

20
Unwatchable

See it if You want to see two poor actors struggle their hardest with abysmal, truly head-scratching material.

Don't see it if You're looking for a show that succeeds in being empowering, poignant or intelligible. It's entertaining, but not for the right reasons.

Also Thoughts on the show aside, shame on all the reviewers who are body-sh... Read more Read less

50
Bitter fruit

See it if You are a woman and need a reinforced view of male oppression.

Don't see it if Hate audience participation. Unconventional plays. Men, esp straight, get zero from overwrought polemic masquerading as three one acts. Skip

Also Bend it like Beckett. I couldn't hack it. Lack of program at the outse... Read more Read less

75
Great acting, Edgy, Great staging, Intense, Confusing

See it if Kiersey Clemons and Liz Mikel have delivered outstanding performances. I found the second vignette heartbreaking, and touching.

Don't see it if if you did not like "the Vagina Monologues" and the Good Body" by Eve Ensler

Also I was confused by the first vignette; the writing was sketchy. The las... Read more Read less


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 victimiz...
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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 — wi...
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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...
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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:...
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