Fulfillment Center
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Fulfillment Center

Fulfillment Center NYC Reviews and Tickets

(74 Ratings)
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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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Show-Score Member Reviews (74)

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88 Reviews | 26 Followers
Resonant, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Intense, Must see

See it if you want to experience this keenly observed portrait of working folks living lives of not so quiet desperation. The result: heartbreaking.

Don't see it if you don't mind missing an expert quartet of actors strongly led by the skillful Bobby Moreno.

774 Reviews | 246 Followers
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.

86 Reviews | 57 Followers
Exceptionally well-acted drama of left-behinds.

See it if An always intriguing, relevant look at four souls on the margins of Corporate America slipping under the wheels of progress.

Don't see it if It's not happy or hopeful. I think I'm going to score it higher.

570 Reviews | 87 Followers
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.

448 Reviews | 88 Followers
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.

62 Reviews | 11 Followers
Confusing, Clever, Great acting, Quirky, Thought-provoking

See it if you want a show with an interesting mix of smart actors. Really great performances (especially by my fave, Eboni Booth)

Don't see it if you're looking for a straight forward show. this story kind of jumps all over the place and doesn't have a definitive end.

408 Reviews | 86 Followers
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

107 Reviews | 26 Followers
Absorbing, Quirky, Resonant

See it if You don't mind taking a meandering, quirky ride with some very interesting - and real - characters

Don't see it if You need a straight forward narrative and a tidy resolution

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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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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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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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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