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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)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great acting, Disappointing, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Slow
70
Avg Score

During previews
75
Great acting, Engaging, Resonant, Great writing, Pointless

See it if you like great acting. The performances are incredible across the board, and the show is engaging all the way through.

Don't see it if you'd be frustrated by a show that keeps your attention all the way through, but when it ends, you're not sure what it all amounts to.

During previews
55
Indulgent, Slow

See it if To be entertained by the first scene where the boss is explaining the rules of the fulfillment center to the lady (fun, well acted)...

Don't see it if ...but the rest of the play is all downhill and seriously drags. Pacing way too slow. Ending is abrupt. 95 minutes but feels much longer.

During previews
61
Slapdash, Funny, Great acting, Disappointing, Quirky

See it if you want to see four good actors create vivid characters in a play that ends up going nowhere.

Don't see it if you like a play with a narrative arc.

Also I dislike directors who force the actors not in the current scene to s... Read more Read less

During previews
30
Confusing, Disappointing, Excruciating, Insipid, Banal

See it if Some very talented actors...

Don't see it if ...performing absolutely awful material. Incoherent. No storyline. No set. No escape, because the seats are blocked by the set. Ugh.

During previews
65
Ambitious, Great acting, Slow, Disappointing, Unfulfilling

See it if you enjoy seeing losers in life going nowhere

Don't see it if you enjoy plays that have characters that come to a conclusion

During previews
69
Ambitious, Confusing, Quirky, Raunchy

See it if You enjoy seeing unfortunate choices made by disfunctional people. Lots of 4 letter words with little resolution.

Don't see it if If you are offended by strong language and some lost individuals.

During previews
70
Great acting, Slow, Thought-provoking, Disappointing, Ambitious

See it if You enjoy watching good actors try their best with a script that does not engage the audience. It is very slow.

Don't see it if You want to see something dynamic. Although the characters are searching for something in their lives, the storyline seemed cliched.

During previews
65
Slow, Banal, Boring,senseless, uninteresting

See it if you want to see an uninteresting play with characters who R lost souls & are trying to make sense out of their existence in New Mexico.

Don't see it if you want a lost play that doesn't know where it wants to go or what it wants to say or express.

During previews
73
Confusing, God acting, Slow, Edgy

See it if You can work with vaguer theater productions, good performances, a story a bit hard to follow. And when you do, you wonder why it matters.

Don't see it if Your time is limited. There are much better thinks out there, such as on Stage 1 of MTC, right next door.

During previews
70
Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Disappointing, Relevant

See it if Great cast interesting but at 90 minutes it still seemed Slow. No set very pared down design

Don't see it if Want a fast paced funny evening of entertainment with exciting sets and costumes

During previews
62
Undercooked script, Well cast, Strong direction, Intermittently engaging, Disappointing

See it if you are interested in the anomie that the digital economy visits on the workplace and relationships, but don't expect much plot

Don't see it if open-ended, unresolved situations leave you unsatisfied. Lack of urgency or drama disappoints, credible character motivation is wanting

During previews
75
Great acting, Interesting characters, Spare set, Weak story

See it if This is an interesting showcase of good performances giving life to interesting characters searching for a better life, but . . .

Don't see it if there's a real lack of compelling narrative or cohesive story that maintains the audience's interest and empathy. And no set to speak of.

During previews
76
Great acting, Thought-provoking, Entertaining, Too short, Quirky

See it if People fascinate you, you like different types of storytelling, you like open-ended plays, you appreciate good acting

Don't see it if You like standard plays with beginning/middle/end, you get bored easily

During previews
65
Pacing is too slow, Good acting, Doesn't really come together as a play, Punchline at the end rather than fully realized development

See it if you want to see something that suggests multi generational thinking in caricature; ok with highly dysfunctional characters in 2017 setting.

Don't see it if Are looking for quick paced theatre; very slow.

During previews
60
Great acting, Funny, Fluffy, Confusing, Slow

See it if millennials finding solutions for their doleful situations amuses, you like to laugh, seeing actors prepare for their next scenes.

Don't see it if You don't like to be imaginative (no set), don't like tennis matches, stage was a runway, you like stories w/a plot, characters w/a purpose.

Also The acting was SUPERB and honestly is what saves the play. The only th... Read more Read less

During previews
95
Absorbing, Ambitious, Edgy, Funny, Great acting

See it if you're a fan of adventurous theatre who is looking for something that is outside the usual MTC experience. I found it exciting and absorbing

Don't see it if you favor more conventional fare or are not a fan of dark humor and unconventional staging.

During previews
97
Great writing, Intelligent, Masterful, Ambitious, Resonant

See it if looking for a play that makes you think deeply about how society morphs our self-view and our ability to connect. The writing is incredible.

Don't see it if You are unable to follow thoughtful dialogue, or you only look for cheap action rather than nuance and difficult empathy in theater.

During previews
96
Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Relevant, Great writing

See it if you're looking for great writing that resists easy narratives, great acting, and something out of the ordinary from the usual MTC lineup

Don't see it if you're looking for something predictable

During previews
92
Ambitious, Edgy, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Funny

See it if you want more honest dialogue and true-to-life characters in theater. and if you go to plays to think about life w/o easy answers or endings

Don't see it if I don't know why people feel this show has no point. the drama was more hidden than in other shows but i thought each character had an arc?

During previews
60
Clever, Great acting, Excruciating, Profound

See it if You like great, funny writing and contemplating existential crises.

Don't see it if You like good staging

During previews
98
Entertaining, Delightful, Great writing, Thought-provoking, Refreshing

See it if great acting. strong writing. sparse set allowed me to really absorb the dialogue. see if you are looking for fresh, unique, well-paced show

Don't see it if you are impatient and always looking for an obvious moral in a show. if you want big sets and theatrics.

During previews
95
Absorbing, Exquisite, Funny, Relevant, Profound

See it if a play about four lost souls at major turning points in their lives. Some of the best performances I've seen this year. Also way more laugh

Don't see it if The storytelling and design are unconventional so if that's gonna freak you out you probably will not like this show

During previews
94
Edgy, Intelligent, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if a fascinating character study with a dark, moving ending.

Don't see it if you don't like challenging but compelling material that's going to make you think.

During previews
100
Absorbing

See it if you like to be surprised and moved by an original narrative

Don't see it if you don't like original theater


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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