Insignificance
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Insignificance
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Insignificance NYC Reviews and Tickets

84%
(38 Reviews)
Positive
89%
Mixed
11%
Negative
0%
Members say
Great acting, Absorbing, Intelligent, Clever, Entertaining

About the Show

Defibrillator presents the New York premiere of this award-winning British play. Four cultural icons collide in a New York hotel room in 1953 in an intimate, site-specific theatrical experience.

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Member Reviews (38)

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Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Must see

See it if You want a very cool theatrical experience.

Don't see it if revisionist history isn't your thing.

86
Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Intelligent

See it if you enjoy an intelligent play performed in an interesting venue

Don't see it if you are so young that you don't remember anything about the McCarthy era, Marilyn Monroe, Joe DiMaggio or Albert Einstein.

66
Clever, Intelligent, Quirky

See it if You want to see something off-beat (staged in a hotel room) that deals with quirky, intellectual themes.

Don't see it if You only want the conventional in theater.

70
Ambitious, Great acting, Great writing

See it if you have an interest in history and want to see historical figures acted well.

Don't see it if you don't like site-specific shows. This show does not seem to need to be site-specific, but it is.

85
Clever, Entertaining

See it if like a fun show. Interesting premise, well acted. Good chemistry between actors.

Don't see it if you don't like historical fantasy.

78
Entertaining, Quirky

See it if You like unusual settings. Being in a hotel room with the actors adds a lot to the ambiance and somehow helps you suspend reality.

Don't see it if You want a conventional plot.

94
Absorbing, Delightful, Great acting, Intelligent, Refreshing

See it if you want to see an original site specific play, if you like immersive theater and don't mind sacrificing content for location and great look

Don't see it if you want to see a classic Broadway production with stage changes. If long dialogues bore you. If you don't understand english that well. Read more

71
Intimate, Slow, Great acting, Gimmicky, Absorbing

See it if you'd like to witness some strong acting up close; you're nostalgic for the 1950s; are a fan of Marilyn Monroe or Albert Einstein.

Don't see it if you're looking for something truly immersive. It's site-specific but doesn't need to be - yet would the play hold up without the hotel room?

Critic Reviews (7)

New York Daily News
February 24th, 2016

"An overstuffed fantasia about fame, sex and power built around an imaginary meeting of the minds in a New York hotel room in the 1950s...The revival makes for an intimate, well-acted gathering for 60 audience members, but the concept isn’t especially illuminating. It also highlights the contrast: five-star hotel; two-and-a-half-star play — one that doesn’t always avoid caricature and overly familiar material about four 20th-century icons thrown together here."
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BroadwayWorld
March 8th, 2016

"Hillier has brought 'Insignificance' back to New York in a site-specific production, a choice that not only enhances the play's intimacy, but adds a nice dose of quiet tension...Though there are plot twists and coincidences that are a bit hard to believe, 'Insignificance' works well as a good story rather than as a significant play. The audience's familiarity with the characters ups the entertainment value. A fun change of pace, well-played and well-staged."
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Lighting & Sound America
February 25th, 2016

'There may be a reason that Johnson's play, written in 1982, hasn't been seen in New York before now. I'm afraid that 'Insignificance' is an all-too-apt title; the play is all concept and no payoff...A case of a problematic play further hurt by a kind of stunt production. Some extraordinarily people have been made unconscionably dull."
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Stage Buddy
March 10th, 2016

"I can imagine this playing off in a traditional setting, but within this intimate environment the insistence on sticking with the original material and interpretation feels inappropriate...This production does feature some very strong performances...The enormous effort shown by the cast can’t compensate for the disjointed production...These characters feel lost in completely different plays. It’s as if the actors have each been directed to run full speed in opposing directions."
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T
February 24th, 2016

"What is significant is that these characters are tropes for four of America’s most important sectors: the Sciences, the Arts, Politics, and Sports...Mr. Johnson’s script is wonderfully complex and replete with layer upon layer of meaning...See 'Insignificance' as soon as possible...Do not miss out on this rare opportunity to see important theatre performed in the most intimate of spaces where 'actors and audiences alike breathe the same oxygen.'”
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NJ.com
March 3rd, 2016

"Director James Hillier and his cast work with such unwavering confidence and control that you quickly forget where you are and find yourself completely absorbed by the material...You either go with this sort of thing or you don't, but if you do, you'll likely find yourself surprisingly engaged and even moved by the characters in 'Insignificance...Tremendous credit here goes to the performers, who give these famous figures an inner-life that far transcends the preciousness of the premise."
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Manhattan Digest
March 4th, 2016

"'Insignificance' might be the title of Terry Johnson’s beautifully nuanced play, but thanks to Director James Hillier’s careful direction and a flawless cast, the impact it leaves is quite substantial...[There are] many intelligent nuggets in Johnson’s brilliant script. His understanding of our common fears, desires, and disappointments is extraordinary...All four actors in this perfect piece are award worthy...The heady piece is perfect for a unique night on the town."
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