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Hello, From the Children of Planet Earth

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Members say: Funny, Quirky, Entertaining, Cliched, Clever

About the show

The Playwright's Realm presents this world premiere comedy about conception and deep-space travel. More…

Friends William and Betsy haven't seen each other since high school. They've both followed their dreams, but something is missing: his all-consuming job at NASA doesn't leave time for a family, and she can't bear another unsuccessful round of IVF with her partner Shoshanna. When Betsy texts William out the blue and asks him to be her sperm donor, both friends are forced to make decisions that will shape the rest of their lives. This new comedy explores a different sort of coming of age - when dreams give way to plans, and idealism becomes realism.


Member Reviews (55)

MEMBERS SAY:

Funny, Quirky, Entertaining, Cliched, Clever
65
Avg Score

71
Quirky, Clever

See it if One-act dramedy focuses on lesbian couple relying on childhood friend for donor IVF with clever reproductive correlation to space program.

Don't see it if Makes light of infertility issues with multiple "Star Wars" references. A few hostile remarks from threatened partner lobbed at male friend.

70
Funny, Disappointing, Thought-provoking, Cliched

See it if you might like a 90 minute show that parallels the creation of a baby with the creation of the universe. Occasionally funny and relevant.

Don't see it if you're looking for something profound or are averse to sexual themes and language. It's a cute show, but don't go in with high expectations.

75
Interesting, wierd, Relevant, Confusing

See it if you want to see a play about Lesbians trying to find a surrogate to have a baby with tied into space exploration & the future of humans.

Don't see it if you feel like you have seen this subject manner done many times in other plays and movies.

74
Clever, Entertaining, Intelligent

See it if enjoy mixing disparate topics together, done well and written well

Don't see it if wish for depth into the topics

70
Relevant, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Indulgent, Funny

See it if You're interested in a couple's struggles to conceive

Don't see it if The question of whether to have children doesn't interest you

Also The framing device of Voyager 1 talking to the audience was severely m... Read more Read less

30
Indulgent, Slow, Dull, Confusing, Cute guy

See it if you're really into people talking about getting pregnant and outer space jargon.

Don't see it if you have a choice. or you don't like babies, gays, or space.

57
Depressing, Confused, Stereotypical, Slow

See it if You've ever wanted to see a show about lesbian pregnancy AND space exploration.

Don't see it if You are offended by gay storylines.

62
Goodbye from frustrated audience

See it if you are under 30 and vibe with the silliness on stage.

Don't see it if you need serious drama at this venue. Botched mashup of styles: sitcom humor and earnest LGBTQ love. After an hour, it was tiresome.

Also Olivia Oguma is terrific as the alien creature. She had a better handl... Read more Read less

67
Heavyhanded, by-the-book playwrighting, Predictable, Game cast, Both comedy (sitcom) & drama (lifetime tv) contrived

See it if you want to support a venturesome company taking a chance on a new(ish) playwright; don't expect a lot in the way of depth or originality

Don't see it if the thought of a cute, talking Voyager II space probe as a character makes you cringe; stereotypes (butch dyke, oafish straight guy) offend

Also It's unfortunate that most of the material (set in 2012 to align with ... Read more Read less

61
Quirky, Thought-provoking

See it if you enjoy bold new work from a promising emerging playwright.

Don't see it if you need a dramaturgically sound play...as bold as the concept of the play is, the structure and writing sometimes fails the production.

85
Absorbing, Refreshing, Intelligent

See it if You like intellgent, contemporary works that have a si-fi quality

Don't see it if You don’t like fanciful elements mixed in with straightforward storylines

72
Funny, Great staging, Entertaining, Cliched

See it if you're in the mood for a mostly-funny (though sometimes broad) comedy (sort of) that also has moments of tenderness, sorrow, and heart

Don't see it if you don't want sometimes-childish humor, you don't want to see a play about struggles with infertility

Also I really liked the set/staging of this, and found the dual storyline a... Read more Read less

75
Entertaining, Quirky, Fluffy, Ambitious, Funny

See it if You wanted to see a talented multi-ethnic cast in a charming and mostly light-hearted comedy-drama

Don't see it if you like a big message with your shows or are looking for a straight comedy or drama

81
Entertaining, Clever, Absorbing, Ambitious

See it if You like light comedies that make you think a little too. It’s a clever concept with pretty good follow through.

Don't see it if You’re bothered by silly jokes or plays that are good but with some flaws. The dialogue towards the end could use a little work.

30
Slow, Quirky, Excruciating, Indulgent, Banal

See it if You like vulgarity and superficial phony profundity.

Don't see it if You want to see real characters that make sense

50
Disappointing, Banal, Excruciating, Slow, Cliched

See it if You like lots of juvenile, clichéd mentions of sex acts from supposedly well-educated people in their mid-thirties.

Don't see it if You expect a thoughtful play featuring supposedly intelligent characters facing thwarted hopes.

59
Disappointing, Slow, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to see a show that isn’t too thought-provoking.

Don't see it if you are expecting it to be a show about space

100
Ambitious, Clever, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if Your seeking a different view of how people come together and drift apart.

Don't see it if you're uninterested in the struggles of friendship and community

During previews
29
Unwatchable, Cringeworthy, Baffling, Embarrassing

See it if Don't. There's no amount of work that can fix this.

Don't see it if Amateurish writing. Childish concept over a relevant theme with Wikipedia​ entries sprinkled for bad measure.

Also This was unbearable. A one-act show where people left in the middle. 1... Read more Read less

During previews
25
Excruciating, Cartoonish, Sophomoric, Painful, Cliched

See it if The concept of 2 lesbians using an old friend as a surrogate - is good, but bad unfunny jokes & strange direction completely derail the show

Don't see it if You know those sitcoms where 1 character is in a really bad play & their friends are forced to go watch it in support. This is that play.

Also The core concept here has potential but there are too many distraction... Read more Read less

During previews
72
Quirky, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Uneven, Romantic

See it if you would like to be charmed by 5 charming actors performing an often charming play.

Don't see it if you're looking for a play that breaks out of current, standard, TV-influenced formulae for presenting psychological realism onstage.

Also I was pretty charmed by the cast of 5 in this show. They play a lesbia... Read more Read less

During previews
55
Disappointing, Half-baked, Unspecific, Sitcom-y

See it if you enjoy average sitcoms.

Don't see it if you expect a show with this premise to have something to say about it (they just use it as a jumping off point for bad jokes and melodrama).

During previews
58
Banal, Cliched, Dated, Indulgent, Disappointing

See it if like stories about turkey baster pregnancies & their impact on all parties, you find bro-nerds funny, like lesbian protagonists,

Don't see it if don't like plays with lesbians or turkey baster procedures, expect a great deal of action or confrontation, don't like overwrought similes

During previews
50
Mixing impulse towards procreation/sperm donor story w/ impulse towards space travel/finding life in universe does not produce good theater

See it if playwright reaches for the stars in trying to show how we act to avoid loneliness; a few good comedic moments by skilled actors

Don't see it if sperm donor story & space story not well integrated; billed as comedy most attempts @ humor are contrived; has feel of draft that needs work

Also Make no mistake about it. The playwright in "Hello" is straining ambit... Read more Read less

During previews
79
Clever, Funny, Great staging, Quirky, Refreshing

See it if you enjoy an unusual plot with lots of humor and great staging. Sounds like a Fringe kind of plot but is very well done. Nice lighting.

Don't see it if you like a straight drama or a non quirky plot even with a comedy.There are some serious moments and some quite touching.

Also This was a refreshing change of pace and I had fun with this show.


March 7th, 2018
"Ambitious and labored...Nguyen has a fine concept and a genuine sweetness to his writing...The characters feel like rough sketches rather than people and despite a few nicely observed moments, they act in ways that have less to do with human behavior than with Nguyen setting up jokes and set pie...
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March 7th, 2018
"Nguyen wants the play to be grounded in life experience, but neither the work itself nor the production earn the serious emotions that he and director Carroll are trying to elicit...A play in the style of a traditional television sitcom, one that relies too heavily on jokes...All of the performa...
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March 8th, 2018
"An apparently sincere attempt at dealing with a modern phenomenon, it consistently relies on lame gags and tired tropes to make its points...It's a tired sex-farce idea, and it hits the trifecta, being awkwardly written, directed, and performed...Under the direction of Jade King Carroll, the act...
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March 7th, 2018
"An uneven mix of sitcom humor and a tender-hearted examination of love, friendship, and hope...Nguyen shows some real strengths whenever he touches on the emotional elements of the story...But none of this is explored adequately...The playwright falls down the rabbit hole into the world of telev...
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