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Good Samaritans

From 4 member  reviews
Members say: Disappointing, Indulgent, Slow, Clever, Dated

About the show

New York City Players presents a revival of writer-director Richard Maxwell’s drama about a relationship at a rehabilitation center. More…

In a dining hall at a rehab center, pleasure battles virtue in this urban story of an intake counselor and her patient. 'Good Samaritans' was originally produced in 2004. Original stars Rosemary Allen and Kevin Hurley return for this production.

Member Reviews (4)


Disappointing, Indulgent, Slow, Clever, Dated
Avg Score

Ambitious, Disappointing, Indulgent, Great writing

See it if you're a Richard Maxwell completist, enjoy really detached and formal acting

Don't see it if you want to be emotionally involved in the play

Also I'm a big Richard Maxwell fan so I really wanted to enjoy this. The pl... Read more Read less

Clever, Slow

See it if you want to see a different type of drama.

Don't see it if You want a darma that follows the conventional type of play.

Disappointing, Indulgent, Overrated, Slow

See it if You have patience to sit thru a 90-min show that should be 30; to see Maxwell's work & great stage craft. Want to support experimental arts.

Don't see it if You have short attention span; aren't a fan of Maxwell's style (monotone, rapid fire, sans emotion delivery). Aren't keen on non-traditional

Cliched, Dated, Disappointing

See it if you don't know what theater is and you think it's still 1972

Don't see it if you have any clue what's going on in the world creatively and you expect intelligent, engaging dialog and story.

February 15th, 2017
"It’s the discrepancy between banal content and lyrical form that draws tears from the specially susceptible among us (which would include me)...The result is a portrait of existence at its most unembellished. It’s the perspective with which we sometimes perceive our own lives when we’re feeling ...
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February 16th, 2017
"Maxwell’s avant-gardism conceals a bittersweet, beautiful romance; the show’s deliberate awkwardness emphasizes the swoon at its center...Maxwell functions to the left of our brain’s typical enjoyment center: The acting is amateurish, and the singing registers on the McGill Pain Scale. But when ...
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February 17th, 2017
"If you attend a play in order to be caught up in the emotional connectedness between characters, or even if you are looking for layered performances to lead you to a cathartic theatrical experience, best stay away from 'Good Samaritans.' But if you are willing to allow your disbelief to remain u...
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February 15th, 2017
"Extreme realism is presented here in full glorious action...It felt like we were be invited in to watch these characters speak words and phrases that many would describe as more of our ‘inner chatter,’ rather than external dialogue...It’s a strange brew, this theatrical piece. I would tend to la...
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