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In the Room

Members say: Great acting, Clever, Great writing, Absorbing, Intelligent
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Critics
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4 reviews
Members
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39 reviews
 

Slant Theater Project presents the world premiere of Lawrence Dial's drama about a burned-out playwright and his misfit students.

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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.

 

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75
The New York Times

"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

75
Talkin' Broadway

"'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

75
Stage Buddy

"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

75
Theatre is Easy

"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

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86
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100
Must see, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging, Nyc-transit-terrific

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 :(

85
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting

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.

86
Funny, Great acting, Quirky, Refreshing, Entertaining

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".

95
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Great writing, Great staging

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

75
Funny, Clever, Great acting, Intelligent, Entertaining

See it if For a great ensemble working through writing plays which intertwines with their lives inside and outside the seminar; well written,acted

Don't see it if You don't like a small scale but well done production without a great deal of scenery or you don't want to explore unlikeable people

73
Clever, Disappointing, Cliched, Slow, Great staging

See it if You are interested in the workings of show biz, writers, etc. Shows point if view of those in that circle.

Don't see it if You want a fast moving, deep play. I started losing interest as the play went on.

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

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

Also In The Room is a very unique play by Lawrence Dial. The actors cast we... Read more Read less

90
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if like good acting in an intimate space with cordial pleasant hosts. Alas. it has ended the run

Don't see it if you cannot handle 3 long flights of step. (you can arrange an elevator)

90
Ambitious, Great acting, Quirky, Resonant, Great writing

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.

79
Clever, Refreshing

See it if you like plays about writers trying to write plays; like romance

Don't see it if you want a straightforward play with a simple storyline

74
Clever, Slow, Intimate, Contemporary, Unfinished

See it if you enjoy uncomfortable, raw interpersonal conflicts between characters.

Don't see it if you're expecting a taut narrative w/ well-defined structure. It's a bit rambling and disjointed, and could use deeper character development.

80
Funny, Absorbing, Great acting, Entertaining

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

100
Clever, Great acting, Intelligent, Great writing, Great staging

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...

90
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Great writing

See it if for its insightful writing, great acting and unusual staging. About relationships and how they evolve.

Don't see it if you want action, music and/or a more traditional experience.

92
Absorbing, Edgy, Intense, Quirky, Nuanced

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

88
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Relevant

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.

Also The staging was simple yet very clever - the students had to reset the... Read more Read less

95
Absorbing, Great acting, Must see, Great writing

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.

91
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Great writing, Great staging

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.

75
Clever, Thought-provoking, Quirky, Cliched

See it if You like plays within plays. You are interested in the playwriting process. The characters learn from their characters.

Don't see it if The most dramatic moments felt contrived. The characters' "real" stories were one dimensional. I wasn't moved much.

70
Funny, Honest, Ambitious, Slow, Well worked

See it if you want to see the blood, sweat and tears of the creative process. Like A Chorus Line for writers who don't sing or dance but have pasts.

Don't see it if you lack the patience to wait for a character driven play to resolve into a clear plot after climbing two flights of stairs.

79
Funny, Clever, Intelligent, Entertaining

See it if you'd enjoy a play with good character development; the acting was good and so was the direction.

Don't see it if You want to see something "deep." While there were good lines, the plot was thin and for the most part extremely predictable.

75
Creative, Unique, Good acting

See it if If you enjoy small, experimental shows with good acting.

Don't see it if You only like big productions

90
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Intelligent, Great writing

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.

89
Ambitious, Edgy, Great acting, Intelligent, Entertaining

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.

75
Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if You don't mind simple staging. You enjoy new shows with fresh casts. Good acting.

Don't see it if You are not a fan of off-off Broadway shows in small and somewhat cramped spaces.

Also This show was the playwriting version of the recent show Small Mouth S... Read more Read less