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Getting Out

From 4 critic and 52 member reviews
Members say: Slow, Thought-provoking, Disappointing, Absorbing, Confusing

About the show

The Seeing Place Theater presents a revival of Marsha Norman's drama about a young woman attempting to find her way after being released from prison. More…

After getting out, Arlene returns to a rundown apartment in Louisville, intent on starting over. Rebellious and disruptive growing up, she has found strength in religion and wants to put her youth behind her. But her struggle to find her way in the present (as "Arlene") is counterpointed by flashbacks of her past (as "Arlie"), with two performers inhabiting her at different periods in her life. Ultimately, the play offers no simple answers but convincingly captures someone fighting to survive against incredible odds. Playing in repertory with a revival of Eugene Ionesco's absurdist classic 'Rhinoceros.'

Theater Pizzazz

"Ultimately the play, like life, offers no simple answers—but it conveys, with heartrending honesty and compassion, the struggle of someone fighting for her life against incredible odds. As usual, the direction by Erin Cronican and all of the performances was outstanding...Both Erin Cronican who plays Arlene and Candice Oden who plays Arlie touched my heart." Full Review


“A richly layered production...Erin Cronican both directs and stars as Arlene, so tightly wound and passive...The cast as a whole is very good, with standouts being Ms. Brandberg as Arlene’s mother, showing us both her bitterness and her grudging effort to be supportive; and Mr. Carrieri as Carl, embodying both threat and sexual allure...Neither the playwright nor this production offers easy solutions.” Full Review

Theatre is Easy

"The cast gives impassioned performances and Cronican is especially poignant as the determined, conflicted Arlene...While every corner of the theater is well utilized, the pacing tends to lag and lighter moments of humor are lost in the process. That said, the weight and menace of the story remains very much palpable…'Getting Out' is a deeply relevant story that calls attention to the fight of victimized women, a mission that enormously warrants this earnest revival." Full Review

On Stage Blog

"Many of the issues with ‘Getting Out’ lie in the somewhat weak material. Though the play is peppered with some satisfying dramatic moments and a compelling premise, some important holes in the prison narrative give the audience few opportunities for to truly sympathize with the present, rehabilitated Arlene…The show is also stocked with some wonderful supporting turns from a veteran cast…Though the pacing of the play overall is quite good, the overall feel of the piece is one of anti-climax." Full Review

Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if You like dramas that make you think.

Don't see it if You want something light and fluffy.

Absorbing, Great acting, Masterful, Intense, Raunchy

See it if Prison drama

Don't see it if Squeamish

Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if Thoughtful important work by an ambitious,socially responsible company interests. A flawed play in a difficult space realized by a fine cast

Don't see it if Serious drama or intent, or stage-neglected women's issues & concerns led, acted & directed by very strong, terrific female actors bore you.

Thought-provoking, Relevant, Quirky, Great acting, Dated

See it if You want to see a play about social issues told in an unique way. You want a play that will provoke conversation.

Don't see it if You don't want a play about social issues. You want more contemporary references. You don't like experimental theatre.

Check out where we were in the '70s in terms of moralizing attitudes (especially about women) and the consequences for incarceration

See it if Kudos to cast & crew for re-creating the beating heart of an important play from the 70's.

Don't see it if you're in the mood for something light and distracting; it's not harsh, but it is about painful issues.

Edgy, Original, Absorbing, Ambitious, Clever

See it if Like fast pace, multi plots moving simultaneously and concurrently. You like complex scenes and plays.

Don't see it if Jailing or aggression bothers you. Don't like complex plots. Dont like many things happening at the same time.

Absorbing, Entertaining, Intelligent, Original, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to acquaint yourself with a terrific company dedicated to meaningful work. Who else provides questions to spur conversation after?

Don't see it if You're looking for a fun time. This is serious work, and there is much to be gleaned from it.

Confusing, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if You like shows about social issues and that focus on one character.

Don't see it if You don't like shows with multiple timelines and scenes happening at the same time.

Great acting, Great staging, Great writing

See it if You enjoy A well written play performed by a great cast. The play is a little dated, but this company breathes a lot of excitement to it.

Don't see it if You don't like plays that deal with serious matters about incarceration and it's effect on women.

Clever, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if you enjoy an intimate theater experience, a great value and a compelling drama about a woman that struggles with her troubled past.

Don't see it if you are impatient because the story unfolds slowly and methodically.

Great use of characters to explore the past, Ambitious, Great acting, Absorbing, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to explore built-in obstacles of someone released from prison trying to find her way to a better life.

Don't see it if You are tired of stories illustrating life struggles, with the past constantly trying to draw you back in.

Ambitious, Confusing, Great acting, Quirky, Thought-provoking

See it if You don't mind piecing it together. Took a little to understand the concept of one main character split into two, onstage simultaneously.

Don't see it if If your not open to new ideas for theater Erin Cronican said "the play is an acquired taste," and she is right. and I loved the new concept.

Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Original, Refreshing

See it if you wants to see a refreshing play about conflicting present and past trying to reconcile

Don't see it if you dont want to sit through a long play with an intermission.

Relevant, Thought-provoking, Edgy

See it if you want to solve some of the problems of the world. This play makes one say What can we do to improve our prison system, Better than orig.

Don't see it if you want to leave the theater happy. The Seeing Eye Company tackles a problem and we are left to solve it

Great writing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if You are interested in realistic dramas that are shaped around the trials and tribulations of incarcerated woman/ex-cons.

Don't see it if You aren't interested in the life inside of jail and after.

Original, Thought-provoking, Slow

See it if You like straight plays that are very cerebral. It's very long and sometimes slow. It's an interesting story, that's relevant to the times.

Don't see it if You prefer less dialogue or don't enjoy long, thought provoking subject matter. It isn't recommended for children.

Thought-provoking, Great writing

See it if You're looking for something different & thought provoking with a story that resonates and is still relevant today. Character driven.

Don't see it if Staging was a bit odd&cluttered. The acting was so-so (I did love the actor who played The Mother)Was a bit hard to follow in the beginning

Great writing, Intelligent, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Slow

See it if TW: Scene of near-rape. You enjoy thought-provoking, intelligent and touching content.

Don't see it if TW: Scene of near-rape. You are disappointed by an imbalanced cast - some great performances, but also some plodding leads.

Slow, Cliched, Entertaining

See it if You enjoy female driven shows about incarceration and issues around that in the South; if you don't mind only one cast member being talented

Don't see it if You need a show to have characters with dimension who aren't cliched, and a plot to be more than just adequate

Absorbing, Intense

See it if Like realistic drama about unpleasant subjects and rather intense scenes, with characters acting violent or disturbed.

Don't see it if You prefer lighter or comedic subject matter, are bothered by intense, unpleasant subject matter, or violence against women.

Absorbing, Confusing, Thought-provoking, Profound

See it if you like a drama that will let you talk about the main characters struggles and how she will end up

Don't see it if the play jumps around and it may get confusing at times

Good acting, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Slow

See it if you want a thought-provoking, if somewhat dated, early Marsha Norman play exploring the struggle of a woman coping with life after prison.

Don't see it if you are not prepared for a serious but slight (and, at times, slow-moving) drama that deals with some uncomfortable issues.

Long, Interesting staging, Great use of the space, Slow

See it if you enjoy watching the development of a woman from childhood to adulthood.

Don't see it if you find artistically done flashbacks and melding of then and now.

Disappointing, Slow, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Indulgent

See it if you like Marsha Norman and/or this particular play...want to support independent, heartfelt work...realize this isn't NY theatre @ its best.

Don't see it if you aren't prepared for an uneven evening...supporting cast much stronger than the principals. It is worth seeing but, it is problematic.

Confusing, Overrated, Banal

See it if your like the subject about women in jail. Acting was not too bad. Find it very boring.

Don't see it if waste of time and very boring,

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