Slant Theater Project presents the world premiere of Lawrence Dial's drama about a burned-out playwright and his misfit students. More…
Seymour, a washed-up playwright with one forgotten "hit" to his name, lands a gig teaching a writers' workshop. His students are a motley collection of dreamers and amateurs, young and old. As the weeks go by, the students' plays begin to blur the line between truth and fiction, imperiling the workshop's delicate balance.
"'In The Room,' deftly directed by Knight, is well suited to the small space where it is being performed...Everyone is quite vulnerable, especially as they begin to reveal things about themselves. None of this is handled melodramatically; it's just the truth of it that will either shut them down or free them up...There are no grand revelations, but at least some of the characters emerge all the stronger for the experience...In the end, we feel we have been engaged with authentic characters." Full Review
"The pleasures of Mr. Dial’s play are threefold: Watching the motley assortment of students emerge as real people; laughing at the barely concealed connections of their fiction to their real lives; and taking the course along with them...'In the Room' offers no flashes of universal revelation, but it’s solid and smart...The cast’s fierce commitment renders the experience—seeing a bare-bones production with an audience of mere dozens—thoroughly transporting." Full Review
"Anyone who has participated in a creative writing course will appreciate Dial’s skill at capturing the evolution of the classroom dynamic...The production’s very capable cast members meet the challenge of acting in a naturalistic manner while also honoring the more expressionistic elements of Knight’s direction...Harrington and Hunt are both fine in their roles, and I understand why Dial foregrounds their relationship...But their story dominates the action a little too heavily toward the end." Full Review
"Harrington and Hunt are the standouts in this cast...The rest of the characters are given less development, though all the actors are strong...Rather than speeding through the days and seeing who didn’t have their writing done, I would’ve preferred to learn more about who these people are...There are a lot of different ideas in this play, all of them engaging and entertaining, which makes for a swift and enjoyable evening of theater." Full Review
See it if If you want to see the most original show on Broadway with great B-Boxing; good acting; a Gay-Friendly Show, and a gift to anyone who sings!
Don't see it if If you've never been on a subway before. If you don't like seeing a musical without a full orchestra. If you don't like acapella singing :(
See it if If you enjoy brilliant plays that focus on the characters, acting, staging and premise. Frills not needed to enjoy this wonderful play.
Don't see it if If you want to see a play with all the bells and whistles...
See it if you are intrigued by the playwriting process or appreciate careful crafted character development and interaction and plot twists & spare set
Don't see it if you cannot follow multiple stories within a story or are bored by talky plays with little physical action, few surprises and predictable end
See it if You enjoy shows in an intimate space. You want a show that will make you think.
Don't see it if You need a big grand detailed set. You don't like shows that break the fourth wall.
See it if Definitely see this! One of the best off-off shows I've seen. Superb acting with a marvelous script. So absorbing. Hope it transfers!
Don't see it if Don't like intimate shows born in raw realism.
See it if you enjoy dynamics-driven plays in raw, intimate, in-the-round setting cleverly staged--brief, intercut scenes gave terrific texture & depth
Don't see it if you don't like multiple scenes with minimal staging, going on edgy rides, or engaging with & rooting for quirky characters on slippery paths
See it if Innovative narrative staged in the round w/in 20 or so short scenes. V well written & acted. A writing class. Challenging-& a great ride.
Don't see it if You're looking for a classic play, a musical or nothing new. This is a fine piece of writing & shows a unique way of presenting a play.
See it if You want to see a show about the process of writing. You like natural dialogue & acting. You enjoy being up close to the actors.
Don't see it if You don't like shows about any process. You prefer more traditionally dramatic dialogue & story. You dislike being close to the actors.
See it if You are a theatre insider or otherwise familiar with the playwriting process. Written with great insight into the room where it happpens !
Don't see it if You don't like or understand plays about "the writers process. You are looking for lots of action. This is a real relationship play.
See it if You enjoy thoughtful writing, unexpected twists, good acting and an engaging story entertains from start to finish.
Don't see it if You don't like small ensemble pieces that rely on well crafted & delivered dialogue to hold your interest. This has potential to be great.
See it if you want to really feel the experiences of the characters as they develop and get exposed in an intimate writing class.
Don't see it if you are looking for a full production with complex staging; or you don't like small theater spaces; need an elevator to get to 3rd floor.
See it if You want to see the writers point of view while writing a play. You like intimate staging. You have an open mind and want to be entertained
Don't see it if You need elaborate staging. You don't want to laugh. You can't relax and enjoy an intimate setting. You don't want to be "In the Room".
See it if You are interested in behind the scenes process of playwrights;how real lives & feelings interfere in their creative thoughts & interactions
Don't see it if You do not like short scenes and quick cuts into new ones;quirky characters annoy you;you are not nterested in people's feelings
See it if You want to be "In the Room", learning about the process of writing plays, and about some of the people who attempt that.
Don't see it if You don't like small, almost claustrophobic theatres, or intimate relationship plays.
See it if you enjoy good acting and lively, engaging writing. A realistic glimpse into a writers' workshop with well-drawn characters.
Don't see it if you don't like minimalist productions. A bit too precious and self-aware at times, and storyline was predictable - but still recommended
See it if you're a writer / artist / interested in watching artists struggle with themselves and their art. You like skilled, smart writing.
Don't see it if you can't handle (yet) another story about troubled artists. You expect something ground-breaking. You need high production values.
See it if You appreciate lovely ensemble work and intimate staging, engaging actors, character driven/relationship-based plays, minimalism.
Don't see it if You dislike cliches or attempts to sound more profound than one really is. Ironically, a play about writers fell short in the writing part.
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