Fulfillment Center
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Fulfillment Center
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Fulfillment Center NYC Reviews and Tickets

70%
(74 Reviews)
Positive
68%
Mixed
27%
Negative
5%
Members say
Great acting, Disappointing, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Slow

About the Show

Manhattan Theatre Club presents this world premiere drama about four lonely people longing for fulfillment.

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Member Reviews (74)

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706 Reviews | 214 Followers
90
Edgy, Intense, Profound, Thought-provoking, Funny

See it if Characters who are lost in their lives seek fulfillment outside of themselves making matters worse. Exquisite dramatic ironies.

Don't see it if You don't want to experience painful characters interacting with other painful characters. You don't like dark comedy.

689 Reviews | 152 Followers
69
Disappointing, Great acting, Cliched, Ambitious

See it if you enjoy the actors in the production, contemporary issues such as the economy & mental health, or indecisive, ineffectual characters

Don't see it if you need to relate positively to all characters, uncomfortable being left with questions about characters, trouble following a long stage

647 Reviews | 95 Followers
42
Confusing, Excruciating, Intense

See it if you like seeing a confusing plot with wasted acting. I felt like going on stage and knocking some sense into the characters.

Don't see it if you like characters you can enjoy watching develop or if you enjoy an ending that makes you say, Is that it?

463 Reviews | 128 Followers
67
Great acting, Relevant, Boring, Banal, Indulgent

See it if You enjoy plays about sad characters trying desperately to connect with each other but ultimately failing. Costumes + sets are unimportant.

Don't see it if You're looking for an upbeat show that won't leave you feeling depressed. There are bits of comedy but not enough to lift the overall style.

470 Reviews | 71 Followers
85
Great acting, Great writing, Thought-provoking, Slow

See it if you appreciate good acting and interesting staging in an intimate setting.Play is a bit slow, but characters are fully fleshed out.

Don't see it if you are looking for something flashy or uplifting.This is an interesting look at blue collar workers & their supervisors.

431 Reviews | 131 Followers
71
Disappointing, Emotionally unsatisfying, Good acting

See it if Want to look at disparate lives trying to get by. 4 people in same town circle around each other (sometimes literally) but fail to connect.

Don't see it if Want more than an empty set, actors often on opposite ends of platform. Neither good nor bad, but wondered what was the point throughout. Read more

431 Reviews | 127 Followers
71
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if you enjoy unusual plot; total lack of scenery/props; bare-bones production with interesting characters interacting in different ways.

Don't see it if you want a full-blown production with complicated plots/subplots, costumes, scenery

432 Reviews | 93 Followers
67
Banal, Cliched, Confusing, Disappointing, Great acting

See it if You like quirky, funny theater in the round that starts really strong but dies halfway through the play with a few irredeemable characters.

Don't see it if You don't enjoy confusing stories some of which don't really go anywhere or seem to have a reason for existing.

Critic Reviews (18)

The New York Times
June 20th, 2017

“A quietly shattering new play…The director, Daniel Aukin, and his perfectly mismatched cast find the resonant meaning in the battle between hope and cynicism that infuses these characters’ every word and gesture...Though you’re likely to feel the pressure of unshed tears when the play is over, ‘Fulfillment Center’ is also an unexpectedly inspiriting work…The production is steeped in a luminous and illuminating empathy that feels both uncommon and essential right now."
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Time Out New York
June 20th, 2017

“One of the work’s keen pleasures is the way it feels like a carefully wrapped package: everything precisely contained, each of its two-person scenes assembled with the least padding possible. There’s a strictness about the staging, too...This simplicity accentuates the way director Daniel Aukin and his cast melt into naturalism simply by using a wealth of beautifully realized behavior…O’Connell is playing a part that could have been written for her. She is one of our theatrical nonpareils.”
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The Hollywood Reporter
June 20th, 2017

“Unfortunately, ‘Fulfillment Center,’ while featuring many evocative moments, fails to cohere into a satisfying whole. Despite terrific performances from its four-person ensemble, the play just spins its wheels before ending so abruptly that we’re not sure it has…The performers do as well as can be expected with their ill-defined roles…But their efforts are not enough to make ‘Fulfillment Center’ remotely fulfilling.”
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Theatermania
June 20th, 2017

“After an enticing windup, ‘Fulfillment Center’ fizzles out into a series of two-character scenes in which competent actors are asked to interrupt each other's lines in a vague approximation of real human dialogue…Lack of detail makes it hard for us to invest in the drama, even though we know something crucial is at stake. Buried in Koogler's highly stylized patter lurks a much-sharper play…At least O'Connell leaves us with something to chew on with her brave and vulnerable performance.”
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Lighting & Sound America
July 5th, 2017

“Much of the success of Aukin's production is rooted in four first-rate performances…'Fulfillment Center' is as spare and elliptical as a 'New Yorker' short story, but each scene is loaded with unspoken tensions, and its unsparing view speaks to the moment we're in…A small, tightly focused drama, and Aukin's direction makes it compellingly taught. Even more compelling is its depiction of people trying to get by in a system where the only metric of their value is how much they can produce.”
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Talkin' Broadway
June 20th, 2017

“The sad outweighs the funny in ‘Fulfillment Center,’ but my gosh, there's plenty of both…They're rich characters, and Daniel Aukin's direction, rife with overlapping dialogue, mines their quirks expertly...And he knows comedy. So many exchanges that might read as so-so on paper reverberate and land beautifully, helped by actors who know how to subtly reveal and amplify character contradictions. Booth is really spectacular…So is O'Connell."
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Theatre is Easy
July 1st, 2017

"This new play about loneliness and desperation features brilliantly drawn characters played by four magnificent actors...The play’s weakness is in its structure...For ninety minutes we experience their terror with great clarity. But Koogler offers no structure for their condition. His story lacks a beginning, middle and end...What makes 'Fulfillment Center' a fulfilling evening is the actors...Life may fail to offer us redemption, but these actors work overtime to redeem this play."
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CurtainUp
June 20th, 2017

“A formidably talented cast to forcefully flesh out their characters' hopes and insecurities…Smartly written and often funny dialogue…The alternating one-on-one interactions tend to become repetitious and short of strong dramatic heft...Though there's not a whole lot of drama, Kooger does have a good eye and ear for the nuances of these relationships...Unfortunately it becomes increasingly clear that none of these situations will take us anywhere."
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