Infinite Life
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Infinite Life

Infinite Life NYC Reviews and Tickets

(148 Ratings)
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Slow, Great acting, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Disappointing

About the Show

A group of women ponders suffering & desire in failing bodies in this new play by Annie Baker.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (124)

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562 Reviews | 85 Followers
Thought-provoking, Great writing, Great acting, Clever

See it if you like brilliant actors at the top of their game, Mary Louise Burke is AMAZING.Entire cast is terrific.Story is interesting & well written

Don't see it if Actually I can't think of any reason NOT to see this.I guess if all you like are showy musicals, this might not appeal.But go anyway.

322 Reviews | 90 Followers
Masterful, Intelligent, Great writing, Absorbing, Exquisite

See it if A quiet stunner from Annie Baker working at her peak, this is a gorgeous, meditative work performed by a killer cast.

Don't see it if Baker isn’t afraid of silence or letting moments take their time to build. I’m sure some will be bored, but I was riveted and moved deeply.

137 Reviews | 38 Followers
Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You're a fan of Annie Baker's work. You are willing to listen, laugh, be disturbed, appreciate something that isn't flashy.

Don't see it if You can't sit through shows with silences, pauses, endings that don't wrap things in neat packages. Read more

758 Reviews | 242 Followers
Exquisite, Funny, Sad, Moving, Profound

See it if Spellbinding, empathetic play about people with severe pain making connections, learning & growing. Beautifully written & performed.

Don't see it if You don’t like slow development with many details & pauses. Rich in theme & characters with subtle plot. Graphic w/bodily illnesses. Read more

90 Reviews | 14 Followers
Absorbing, clever, funny, great acting and staging, Clever, Absorbing

See it if you like cutting edge theater with great acting and real feeling and humor

Don't see it if you like conventional musicals or something lighthearted

123 Reviews | 10 Followers
Resonant, Great writing, Funny, Great staging, Great acting

See it if you appreciate great deep intense acting/ writing/ directing/ storytelling. you want to be moved and enjoy slow paced theatre,situation play

Don't see it if you prefer to hear a story, or more face paced, short-attention span theatre, you're looking for a comedy, can't appreciate slow-moving art

437 Reviews | 81 Followers
Profound, Melancholy, Insightful

See it if you admire excellent, insightful writing that illuminates the human condition.

Don't see it if you want rainbows and puppies.

280 Reviews | 54 Followers
Raunchy, Quirky, Resonant, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if You’re willing to pay attention for a slow, thoughtful unfolding of people dealing w complex truths about pain & desire. Some bits are funny

Don't see it if You want a show with action or that’s fast-moving.This play is entirely conversation. The writing is idiosyncratic & surprising.

Critic Reviews (18)

The New York Times
September 12th, 2023

CRITIC’S PICK: “For all the detailed behavior that shows up at the surface — the various ways the women sip from their water bottles, the shuffling or striding or creeping to their chaises — you always sense the greater weight of whatever lies beneath. That the characters also live in a world of ideas gives the play its intellectual heft and complex texture, both light and profound.”
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New York Magazine / Vulture
September 12th, 2023

“ ‘Infinite Life’ is a play about pain and illness — about the messed-up guilt and meaning we ascribe to these uncontrollable things, and the crises of identity and faith that they cause, and the way in which they so often go ignored, dismissed, under-researched, and preyed upon, especially in women.”
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The Wall Street Journal
September 14th, 2023

“...’Infinite Life,’ Annie Baker’s tender and compassionate but staunchly unsentimental new play about people living with chronic pain and disease.”
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The Observer
September 12th, 2023

“Pain may be trapped in the sufferer’s body, but great acting in such primal, honest drama can soothe a collective hurt.”
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New York Theatre Guide
September 13th, 2023

“Director James Macdonald assembled an ace ensemble...If ’Infinite Life’ doesn’t quite knit together into a fully satisfying whole, it’s always worthwhile to see what’s currently on the playwright’s mind. And it doesn’t hurt one bit when the acting is exceptional.”
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September 12th, 2023

“In ’Infinite Life,’ Baker isolates the simple act of existing as (or in) a body and shows us how it’s not so simple.”
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Lighting & Sound America
October 11th, 2023

"Healthy or not, we can live only in the moment, never knowing what is coming, and maybe that's a good thing. Among our playwrights, only Baker can illuminate such transient episodes with such feeling and insight. I don't know how she does it."
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Talkin' Broadway
September 12th, 2023

“ ‘Infinite Life’ has much to say about the ideas it explores, and it does so with laser-sharp exactitude...Baker has never shied away from writing plays that run over three hours in length, but, despite its dragged-out ending, this one seems to cry out for more.”
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