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I And You

From 122 member  reviews
Members say: Cliched, Quirky, Clever, Slow, Absorbing

About the show

The night before a class assignment is due, Caroline and Anthony plumb the mysteries of a Whitman poem, unaware that a deeper mystery has brought them together. More…

Homebound due to illness, Caroline is something of a loner. So when popular student Anthony unexpectedly arrives to work on a school project about Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass, she is less than thrilled. But, as the poetry project progresses, Caroline finds herself opening up in ways she never imagined possible, and the two discover a deeper mystery has brought them together.


Member Reviews (122)

MEMBERS SAY:

Cliched, Quirky, Clever, Slow, Absorbing
67
Avg Score

20
Banal, Cliched, Slow, Amateurish, Unbelievable

See it if if you are perplexed as to why the folks at 59E59 Theatres thought this was a good choice for New York audiences. Amateurish, at best.

Don't see it if you enjoy good dialogue, good acting, and good staging—you'll find none of that here.

88
Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Intelligent, Original

See it if You like a show that holds your attention throughout, and then a twist-- a surprising and totally unexpected ending.

Don't see it if If want to see a production that is totally predictable and light.

60
Great staging, Slow

See it if Teenage theatre goers might enjoy this more, although one of the problems was that the two actors seemed a bit old to be teenagers.

Don't see it if You or anyone in your family has a chronic illness likely to result in death.

80
Surprise twist

See it if Ok it's a little heavy on the lit references-- but really well acted and interesting twist at the end was EVERYTHING

Don't see it if You want big splashy production or have an irrational dislike for Walt Whitman

50
Meandering, Repetitive, Indulgent, Annoying

See it if You want a twist ending that attempts to justify the ludicrous story that preceded it.

Don't see it if You want to see high-quality new work.

65
Indulgent, Clever

See it if You like shows about teens and surprise endings

Don't see it if Dislike the above

40
Cliched, Insipid, Quirky, Relevant

See it if you like teen angst and an overly repetitive storyline. You like massive plot twists, this has a huge one.

Don't see it if you hate teen slang, texting, or dramatic fake crying that's supposed to be realistic.

59
Cliched, Slow, Quirky, Nothing new

See it if your interested in a mediocre new play with stiff dialogue, who's twist ending doesn't make up for the terrible 80 minutes that precedes it

Don't see it if if you're interested in good writing or acting and value your time

62
Ambitious, Banal, Cliched, Confusing, Indulgent

See it if you really love Walt Whitman. This play makes an admirable attempt at explaining why you should. For quirky teens. Well-dressed set.

Don't see it if you like to watch people on stage who feel real. Even teenagers who love poetry don't sound like this. Entirely false with decent acting.

70
Plot twist, Quirky, Slow, Thought-provoking

See it if You love plot twists and enjoy new works.

Don't see it if You have an angry teenager at home & already listen to someone bitching all the time. If sudden mood swings outbursts make you want scream.

77
Clever, Intelligent, Original

See it if You like twist endings that change the whole show

Don't see it if You don't like listening to two teenagers talk for two hours

69
Great set design, Quirky, Original, Entertaining

See it if you have a teenager

Don't see it if you don't like watching a teen drama

50
Slow, Dizzying, Excruciating, Dated, Confusing

See it if Want to support local theater.

Don't see it if I honestly wanted to like this but the acting was so-so, the story fell flat, and by the twist ending I was already completely uninterested.

70
Entertaining, Great acting, Quirky

See it if you like a two person show about teenagers and cancer. It wasn't a downer actually. Well acted and interesting.

Don't see it if don't like teenagers...

86
Absorbing, Great staging, Great writing, Original, Thought-provoking

See it if you like good scripts and good staging

Don't see it if you want to see good acting

32
Cliched, Banal, Fluffy, Insipid, Overrated

See it if you like teenagers

Don't see it if you have any brainpower, are over the age of 16

55
Cliched, Slow, Long

See it if ...

Don't see it if probably just don't see it.

60
Revealing, Entertaining, Juvenile

See it if you're in the mood for a quick play with a slow reveal.

Don't see it if you'd rather see a big production with lavish stage sets and amazing lighting.

Also This is a 90 minute run, w/ two characters. It takes place in a teen's... Read more Read less

74
Slow, Thought-provoking, Ambitious, Overrated, Original

See it if you don't mind the slow build which leads to an epic and heartbreaking conclusion.

Don't see it if you don't want to see a show that does't make sense or seem to be going anywhere until the very end.

70
Insipid, Overrated, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Slow

See it if you like a twist, like to see teenage angst, a two person play, have patience as it can have a repetitive feeling.

Don't see it if you don't like the above reasons.

79
Intense, Profound

See it if Worth seeing as the acting is incredible and well done.

Don't see it if If you don't know the story about Walt Whitman or if you are sensitive.

100
Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Poignant

See it if You love great theater, poetry and want to see what Millennials are talking about.

Don't see it if You are not into seeing young love come about in an unexpected circumstance.

During previews
20
Painful, Slow, Preachy, Banal, Tedious

See it if it's been done elsewhere to good reviews. For that I won't comment on the writing which can't be combed through the disastrous "acting".

Don't see it if The end gimmick comes at a point when the pain of watching the acting is so awful that you just don't care anymore. You just want out.

During previews
20
Excruciating, Cliched, Annoying, Slow, Bad acting

See it if You're a 15 year old girl whose taste has yet to evolve. This show belongs touring Jr. High Schools not the New York stage.

Don't see it if Just don't. The acting is bad, the writing is bad, the characters are unlikable and annoying.

During previews
79
Clever, Delightful, Quirky, Funny, Original

See it if You're a fan of YA stories. You want to hear realistic teen dialogue.You like literature as part of the plot.You want something different.

Don't see it if You're not a fan of YA stories. You don't like literature as part of the plot. You like plays about big issues. You want a traditional play.


January 27th, 2016
"Cynics might see Caroline and Anthony as descendants of two notorious cultural stereotypes...The performances, while lively and in the moment, don’t go far in contradicting this assessment...If you believe that the end justifies the means in play writing, then 'I and You' could be described as a...
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January 29th, 2016
"About halfway through, you give up hoping that an offstage, oft-mentioned mom will suddenly appear, and you become aware of how much playwriting skill it takes to keep an audience focused on a 90-minute two-hander that is basically an attenuated sketch...The actors are lively and likeable...I wa...
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January 27th, 2016
"I’m not sure which is more dispiriting: the play itself or what it says about the theatrical scene in the hinterlands...'I and You' isn’t at all dumb — rather, it tries too hard, like the two teenagers who are its only characters, to wear its intelligence insouciantly...What we were supposed to ...
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January 28th, 2016
"As written, acted and directed, the two-character drama comes off as really phony…Over 80 minutes of teenspeak…By the play’s end, preceded by a pull-the-rug-out turn, all is revealed. As if that explains and absolves the clanging script and clunky artificial performances guided by director Sean ...
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