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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

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, 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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Funny, Quirky, Good acting

See it if You like new plays that are different, in a bare bones setting, that feature solid actors like Fred Weller & Deirdre O'Connell.

Don't see it if You hate abrupt endings, bare stages, or swearing.

Disappointing, Overrated, Great acting

See it if you want to see great acting. All 4 of the actors are stand outs.

Don't see it if you want a story with a satisfying ending. Or is that the point?

Also Very disappointing after the glowing reviews. A good companion piece t... Read more Read less

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.

Great writing, Intelligent, Resonant, Slow

See it if You like plays that are all about the words and have a very minimal staging.

Don't see it if You want to see a show that has more of a focus aside from people stuck in tricky situations due to their own actions.

Also Really like Abe Koogler. Was disappointed by the false ending followed... Read more Read less

Funny, Relevant, Downbeat

See it if you're up for a serious look at workplace and romantic relationships

Don't see it if You want something bright and uplifting

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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