Already closed | 1h 45m | Midtown W

Informed Consent

From 14 member  reviews
Members say: Thought-provoking, Relevant, Intelligent, Ambitious, Resonant

About the show

A geneticist is hired to figure out why a Native American tribe is being devastated by diabetes, but her research threatens to destroy the tribe's most sacred traditions. More…

With genomic breakthroughs happening at breakneck speed, we can learn more about what our futures may hold than ever before. But how much should we know? And who gets to decide? 'Informed Consent' - a co-production between Ensemble Studio Theatre and Primary Stages - is a drama about one woman’s quest to answer the mysteries of science in her career as well as in her home life. The play was inspired by a landmark court case between the Havasupai tribe and Arizona State University.

1h 45m | Already closed | The Duke on 42nd Street (Midtown W)

Member Reviews (14)


Thought-provoking, Relevant, Intelligent, Ambitious, Resonant
Avg Score

Ambitious, Disappointing, Thought-provoking, Unsuccessful

See it if you are fascinated by health issues (here, diabetes). Unfortunately, this piece lacks focus. It goes off the rails.

Don't see it if you want coherent story-telling. I felt frustrated by IC's rambling plot.

Clever, Relevant, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Great writing

See it if you're interested in truly interesting story-telling about identity, from race to cultural heritage to hereditary illness.

Don't see it if you don't want to think about the issue of identity.

Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Profound

See it if Tells a true story, has a definite point of view. Moving performances.

Don't see it if You don't like issue plays.

Cliched, Thought-provoking, Disappointing, Profound, Relevant

See it if you are intrigued by the tension between benefit of scientific discovery and personal knowledge and comfort of unchallenged faith/fantasy

Don't see it if mixed race couples and children, concept humans as a single race, or scientific prediction of desease/traits upset you or can't sit 90 min.

Intelligent, Competent, Relevant, Fluidly staged, Twee

See it if a writer's clever connections between scientific, social, & personal issues presented with clarity and theatricality excites you.

Don't see it if story theatre conventions seem childish and information you could read in an essay is less important to you than live-wire bonds btw actors.

Preachy, Entertaining, Original, Scientific

See it if you don't mind scientific based plays.

Don't see it if you don't like preachy plays.

Ambitious, Resonant, Dull staging, Thought-provoking, Original

See it if you like science, sociological ideas, strong female leads, multi-cultural casts, family drama

Don't see it if you are looking for pure escapism

Entertaining, Intelligent, Intense, Thought-provoking, Resonant

See it if You like shows about issues. You like dramatic plays that make you think about things. You appreciate good casting. You like the director.

Don't see it if You'd rather see a joyful comedy instead of a more serious drama with tension, betrayal, and fighting. You need to like all the characters.

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

See it if You would enjoy a true story about the clash between scientific research/ambition and respect for native american cultural heritage.

Don't see it if You wouldn't consider cultural beliefs and ancestral heritage to be a valid reason to limit science.

Ambitious, Clever, Strident, Intelligent, Too preachy

See it if questions of race, genetic destiny or Native American stories or good acting and ambitious new plays that don't totally make it interest you

Don't see it if Big ideas/science bore you. Thought-provoking entertainment isn't your jam. Human drama mixed with politics/race issues aren't your thing.

Intelligent, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if You enjoy some education with your entertainment

Don't see it if You are in the mood for froth.

Relevant, Great writing, Thought-provoking, Ambitious

See it if you like spirited post-show discussions.

Don't see it if you don't mix your ethics with theater.

Relevant, Resonant, Profound, Original, Thought-provoking

See it if You enjoy thought provoking, world view challenging material.

Don't see it if You are restless with dialogue that is not tightly written.

During previews
Intelligent, Inventive, Too preachy, Relevant

See it if You enjoy debating "Would you want to find out if you have a bad gene?" and sprightly staging of an unusual topic for a play

Don't see it if You dislike fourth-wall-breaking, preachy explanations - the lead scientist says "we're all [genetic] cousins!!" way too many times.

August 18th, 2015
"A thoughtful and engrossing play...The director and excellent cast smoothly handle the play’s complex structure...'Informed Consent' has some speechy moments. But it raises provocative questions about the potential conflicts between scientific discovery and religious beliefs."
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August 18th, 2015
"There’s a big battle in 'Informed Consent' and it’s an oldie but goodie: science vs. beliefs. Nothing new under the sun here, but Deborah Zoe Laufer’s play trots along at a steady pace, carefully presenting the pros and cons of both sides with welcome flashes of humor."
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August 18th, 2015
"Deborah Zoe Laufer’s thoughtful and theatrical play is all the better for her main character’s thorny and complicated nature...While it moves smoothly, it is at times jarringly jokey. And having adult actors play kids who speak in a wittle baby voice is never a good idea. The same goes for a scr...
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August 21st, 2015
"The science is quite fascinating and the conflicts exceedingly relevant; but as written and directed, the production over-reaches, with too many threads that seem to tie themselves in dramatic knots. The non-traditional cast is saddled with multiple roles requiring herculean stretches – not alwa...
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