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Fulfillment Center

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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. More…

In the New Mexico desert, a down-on-her-luck folk singer takes a job at a giant online retailer’s shipping center. Her young manager struggles to connect with his girlfriend newly relocated from New York. And a drifter living at a local campground dangerously links them all. 'Fullfillment Center' stars Deirdre O’Connell ('The Affair,' 'Circle Mirror Transformation') and is directed by Daniel Aukin ('Fool for Love.')

Member Reviews (74)


Great acting, Disappointing, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Slow
Avg Score

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.

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

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?

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.

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.

Also Saw this at MTC in July 2017.

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.

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

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.

Funny, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great writing, Great acting

See it if you enjoy relevant new plays with sharp writing, witty dialogue and great acting. Deals with serious human struggles, but also funny.

Don't see it if you don't like shows with a barebone set/prefer full-scale staging, you don't like head-scratching endings that leave things unresolved

Thought-provoking, Relevant, Ambitious, Cliched, Disappointing

See it if a play that is a series of 2 character scenes about 4 people unfulfilled in work and relationships; interesting staging with minimalist set

Don't see it if some funny lines but full of characters that are depressing; some of the scenes & story lines are developed but not all - some are cliched

Also Ms. O'Connell's character was the most developed and her performance w... Read more Read less

Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if Want to see another show very relevant to today's economic situation with good acting. Deidre O'Connell is great as always.

Don't see it if Wish for something fluffy.

Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Refreshing

See it if You like fresh and interesting dialogue that explores the complexity of relationship and personal trajectory. You admire fine acting.

Don't see it if You dislike stripped down productions that just focus on the language and relationships. Are easily offended by unfair jabs at New Mexico.

Great staging, Emotionally fraught, Relevant, Funny, Cliched

See it if You like character drama, fully realized people, charged dialogue, and staging that highlights the joys of live theatre.

Don't see it if You're turned off by lots of talking; awkward, violent sexual scenarios; or the indignities of economic deprivation in America.

Also My favorite aspect was the staging -- a long runway with the audience ... Read more Read less


See it if you like a well acted play about human struggle. The actors do a lot with a bare set. Although, it gets a bit muddled in the end.

Don't see it if you don't like relationship exploring plays.

Edgy, Great acting, Relevant, Disappointing

See it if you want to witness four characters share aspects of their lives that show them as vulnerable and unfulfilled.

Don't see it if you are offended by cursing; prefer something with more plot development rather than slices of life revealed; looking for something upbeat.

Also The acting was very good; typically, there were only two characters on... Read more Read less


See it if People struggling to survive in middle America make this a real drama for our age. It has,a modern day Grapes of Wrath feeling.

Don't see it if Not a feel good play and if your down yourself this will not help matters.

Slow, Empty, Under-developed, Disappointing, Un-fulfilling

See it if you like modern staging (read empty stage, no set), like quirky plays; like 'em short (80 Min).

Don't see it if you like developed characters, you like substantial plots, you hate filling in all the blanks in the script.

Well acted, Intense, Unusual staging, Ambitious, Somewhat romantic

See it if you'd like good actors performing in a new drama relevant to today's economy. Topics include age discrimination and women's empowerment.

Don't see it if serious subject matter turns you off. Depressing, notwithstanding good acting.

Relevant, Slow, Quirky

See it if You want a look into the life of Trump's America. How the blue collar worker copes with underemployment.

Don't see it if You want to see beautiful sets and costumes. This is as bare bones as it gets. Also the ending is abrupt and unsatisfying.

Great acting, Disappointing

See it if you want to see a play dealing with modern life and the disappointments of work issues.

Don't see it if you wanted to see a feel good play.

Clever, Quirky

See it if you like short provocative plays

Don't see it if you don't like conflict, looking 4 escapism

Great acting, Ambitious, Intense, Disappointing

See it if you want to see good actors do there best.

Don't see it if you want conclusions at least hinted at, you dislike seeing people repeating bad choices

Relevant, Riveting, Intelligent, Great acting, Intense

See it if you are game for an elliptical, character-driven tragicomedy; if you want to catch stunning performances by O'Connell & Weller

Don't see it if you can't with a raw portrait of contemporary despair that refuses resolution; if you need realistic sets to match the realistic acting

Great writing, Quirky, Thought-provoking, Disappointing, Insipid

See it if You enjoy an offbeat small drama that is rather new in it's concept and execution

Don't see it if If you get disappointed after "best play" reviews

Disappointing, Great acting, Quirky

See it if you'll be content just watching glimpses of everyday people in everyday lives.

Don't see it if you want plays to have strong message. It was thoroughly enjoyable but I have no idea what the playwright wanted to do with it.

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, ‘...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 som...
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