Already closed | 1h 50m | Midtown E

Insignificance

From 38 member  reviews
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. More…

What if four icons of Ike's America - Marilyn Monroe, Albert Einstein, Joe DiMaggio, and Senator McCarthy - met in a New York hotel room in 1953? All four are tormented: the actress by her insecurity, the big hitter by his need for an heir, the scientist by his moral guilt over the bomb, and the politician by his paranoia. Directed by James Hillier, this site-specific production tells a story of what might have been in a meeting of four famous minds.

1h 50m | Already closed | Langham Place (Midtown E)

Member Reviews (38)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great acting, Absorbing, Intelligent, Clever, Entertaining
84
Avg Score

91
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.

Also I look for the immersive details in a story. Insignificance can get te... Read more Read less

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?

64
Uneven, Ambitious, Cliched

See it if Fond of site-specific staging, enjoy name-dropping and self-satisfied references to pop culture

Don't see it if thought Copenhagen was too realistic, looking for a plot, annoyed when concept show relies on but misrepresents historical figures

94
Great acting, Great writing, Original, Masterful, Intelligent

See it if you are up for a theatrical experience unlike anything you've seen before. Incredibly imaginative while being completely realistic and true

Don't see it if you need excitement or feel uncomfortable in small audiences or need to be more than 3 feet away from the actors

78
Clever, Great acting, Intelligent, Original, Slow

See it if you want to see some great acting in an intimate space and a unique experience.

Don't see it if you don't like plays with historical figures or you have a hard time staying attentive to slightly slower paced shows

95
Clever, Absorbing, Exquisite, Great acting, Great staging

See it if Like a very unique setting, small cast, great acting, unsuspecting scenario, atypical venue. I loved the whole setup of this play.

Don't see it if Like traditional theater, claustrophobic, cast walking back and forth in front of you,

75
Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Profound, Great writing, Absorbing

See it if You enjoy unique stagings, history, pop culture, baseball and absorbing, intimate theatrical performances.

Don't see it if You hate tight spaces, discussions of scientific theory, gum popping and barefoot geniuses.

85
Great acting, Great staging, Intelligent

See it if you like site-specific, intimate house, dialogue driven theatre. Exceptional performances by all four in the cast.

Don't see it if you are expecting "immersive" theatre. this is absolutely NOT immersive on any level, although I have heard it called that.

62
Cliched, Great acting, Slow, Bad writing

See it if you are into 1950s history, don't get ahead of stories, into good acting

Don't see it if you can get a ticket to Sleep No More, Grand Paradise or If She Fell - better immersive shows.

50
Disappointing

See it if You want to sit in a hotel room with 50 strangers while hearing some atrocious dialogue. It's not immersive theater. It's just a weird venue

Don't see it if ...yeah. Don't see it.The actor playing DiMaggio was the one redeeming thing in the show. Bless him. He did what he could with that dialogue

100
Entertaining, Delightful, Riveting

See it if you love a great story told in an intimate setting, but hate audience precipitation.

Don't see it if you hate every you have ever seen in the theatre, and only like movies with explosions.

91
Great writing, Refreshing, Resonant, Absorbing, Delightful

See it if Extremely entertaining

Don't see it if Youre not into plays

100
Delightful, Great acting, Funny, Original, Must see

See it if You want to experience the actors right up close. This is an intimate affair

Don't see it if You don't like Marilyn Monroe or Einstein

95
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Great staging

See it if so much fun to go to a five star hotel and be in such an intimate audience of only 50 people to see these actors up so close.

Don't see it if you don't like small spaces or luxury hotels

97
Absorbing, Entertaining, Thought-provoking, Funny, Great acting

See it if You enjoy immersive theater. You enjoy focused interesting work

Don't see it if You don't enjoy being inside the play

99
Ambitious, Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting

See it if This is a great play that looks at fame through the eyes of 4 icons. The staging lifts the themes and makes for astonishing performances

Don't see it if Its a small playing space which might be difficult for some people.

90
Great acting, Original, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Edgy

See it if You like being surprised. This show is unusual, intimate, site specific. Great acting, very cool concept.

Don't see it if You don't like theater in unconventional spaces.

95
Entertaining, Original, Quirky, Intense, Great acting

See it if you like innovative theatre in a unique space.

Don't see it if you don't like intimate spaces and unique experiences.

95
Absorbing, Great acting, Ambitious, Great staging, Riveting

See it if you like excellent actors strutting their stuff in a cool environment.

Don't see it if you don't like excellent acting, environmental staging or a play that has a an exciting and thought provoking "what if" scenario.


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...
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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 st...
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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 peo...
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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 co...
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