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I Carry Your Heart

From 9 member  reviews
Members say: Great acting, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Absorbing, Intense

About the show

In Athena Theatre's supernatural drama, a mysterious link is formed between the donor and the recipient of a heart transplant.

Phoebe is a young poet, forever living in the shadow of her estranged mother’s literary acclaim. When her mother unexpectedly dies, however, Phoebe is left with two complicated legacies: donating her mother’s organs and reading her mother’s unpublished confessional journal. Meanwhile, Tess and her partner Lydia receive a late night phone call, informing them that a donor heart is available for Tess. But when the transplant establishes a sympathetic link between donor and recipient these two families form an unlikely connection, struggling to understand the politics and poetics of organ donation and daring to hope that pieces of us can live on after great tragedy.  

Member Reviews (9)


Great acting, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Absorbing, Intense
Avg Score

Slow, Disappointing

See it if You're interested in the topic of organ donation - the talkback afterwards was interesting and informative.

Don't see it if You're looking for a show that feels professional or a deeper exploration of the topic and its effects.

Poor writing, Slow, Insipid, Excruciating

See it if you're a writer who finds writing The Most Important Thing & want to watch a show about writers who think writing's The Most Important Thing

Don't see it if you value your time / shows where good actors have good material to work with. If this had had an intermission, I would have left then.

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

See it if you appreciate great actors in off-off Broadway theatre. The drama is powerful, and the emotions feel genuine.

Don't see it if you're uncomfortable with stories about organ transplants or family drama. This is an intimate show with minimal sets.

Thought-provoking, Intense, Enchanting

See it if You enjoy really good writing!

Don't see it if You want to see something light. It is uplifting and beautifully written but heavy undertone since it’s about organ transplant.

Must see, Profound, Relevant, Great writing, Great acting

See it if You want to see an honest, truthful, heartfelt and beautifully written and acted show about organ donation.

Don't see it if You want to see something light. The play deals with grief, healing, and love. It’s very moving and relevant!

Great acting, Must see, Great writing, Thought-provoking, Intense

See it if You like thoughtful, meaningful theatre! An incredible play by a bright young playwright, it's incredibly acted by a talented cast.

Don't see it if You don't like any of the above.

Absorbing, Enchanting, Great acting, Great staging, Relevant

See it if you appreciate shows that are Beautifully staged. Wonderful acting. Excellent use of a small space. Engaging dialogue. Heart-warming...

Don't see it if you don't want to be touched

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

See it if you are interested in the dynamic between organ recipients and the families of the donors; you are willing to accept the dead as characters.

Don't see it if you are very literal and dislike shows which use non-exisitant characters; organ transplants make you queasy; you prefer musicals or comedy

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

See it if You are interested in learning more about the emotional impacts of organ donation.

Don't see it if Stretching the realm of reality throws you off. Didn’t mind the dead character but it was distracting.

April 6th, 2019
“This important show shines a light on the subject of organ donation...This realistic story provides an intimate view of the characters and how their lives are affected...It also demonstrates the delicate relationship between the organ donor and the recipient...The actors portray their characters...
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April 3rd, 2019
“Fresh and powerful...The psychological problems explored here are personal, unique. But they emphasize the unexpected repercussions that can eventuate when something serious but at the same time matter-of-fact transpires...Some of the writing comes across as awkward, at least as directed by Cate...
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April 10th, 2019
"Looking back at it, Georgette Kelly's 'I Carry Your Heart' is an overly ambitious play that attempts to say so much more than it's capable of saying. In the first place, it's about a heart transplant, but then, in the second and third and fourth place, it attempts to make connections between the...
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April 12th, 2019
"The play concludes so abruptly that it takes an usher clapping to let us know we are done. Odd. As it is, Kelly goes wide, not deep. The actors are not given much of a chance to spread their wings because the text keeps them grounded...As to the direction – Cate Caplin keeps everything moving al...
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