New York | 1h 0m | Already closed


From 4 critic and 33 member reviews
Members say: Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Relevant, Absorbing

About the show

Twenty years in the future, sexual violence has been eradicated. Until one woman comes forward about her rape. This solo show provides a look at how we all perpetuate rape culture. More…

Over the span of an hour and through her portrayal of 8 characters, Qurrat Ann Kadwani evaluates the flaws in a society where rape is supposedly eradicated, helping to raise awareness about sexual violence and combat systemic oppression.

1h 0m | Already closed | St Luke's Theatre (Midtown W)

Times Square Chronicles

“In ‘Intrusion’, we get a vision of a world that has been rape-free for 20 years. This blank slate is a clever way for Kadwani to convey the complexity of rape and the reaction to it in an organized fashion, while her talent for transforming herself into a wide range of characters conveys just how multi-faceted and massively affecting the topic can be...Kadwani’s deeply intelligent and powerful piece is for anyone who not only wants to know why things are the way they are, but where to find h... Full Review

Broadway Blog

"Well-paced but sometimes heavy-handed...Kadwani does a solid job of making each of her characters distinctive...But in the end, she may have too much on her plate...Using the same technique with every character comes across as didactic and distancing...Ms. Kadwani, notwithstanding, does manage to comprehensively cover the history of sexual violence...May not be perfect, but it takes necessary steps toward sparking a long overdue dialogue about sexual violence in our culture.” Full Review

NYC Talking

for a previous production "Q is one of the most amazing, committed, convincing, captivating performers I have ever seen...What stands out most to me about Q as a performer is how convincing and intense she can be...Though its only her on stage, she does a great job, through the use of her talents, props, and conversation to create an entire community...'Intrusion' couldn’t have come out at a better time...I strongly encourage you to take the time to watch this play, it’s totally worth the time." Full Review


for a previous production "Her theme could hardly be timelier, yet Kadwani has much more to add to current conversation than an extra blast of the prevalent sound and fury. Exhaustively researched, artfully assembled, and acted to perfection, her script traces the repercussions of sexual assault across the web of society at large...Her characters—often armed with horrifying statistics, pointedly deployed—raise questions that continue to resonate long after one leaves the theater." Full Review

Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Intense, Arlenec

See it if A close look at rape a subject so current. Thoughtful and well done characters.

Don't see it if Not for anyone seeking fluff. Emotionally stirring.

Bravo qurrat ann kadwani

See it if Bravo Qurrat Ann Kadwani for this powerful production about the global problem of sexual violence! Well done!

Don't see it if The theater could really use better air conditioning but that was a small price to pay!

Educational presentation vs theatrical play, Stats-fest / thought-provoking, Informative / intelligent / important, Relevant / ambitious / promising, Well-staged & delivered

See it if you'll bring your thinking-caps. Much to absorb, if you're actually interested in what you've invested in by purchasing a tkt to this show.

Don't see it if you can handle a one-woman show about rape (8 characters in a bit over an hr). More seminar than play, w/tons of statistics thrown @ you.

Also Hesitant @ first, glad we jumped.... Read more Read less

Confusing, Edgy, Thought-provoking, Clever, Slow

See it if you want facts about Rape and see a different perspective from different folks

Don't see it if you dont like one person playing multiple characters

Also Though a talented actress, at times it was confusing on who the charac... Read more Read less

Disappointing, Banal, Confusing

See it if just need to have your preconceived notions reinforced.

Don't see it if You want to be challenged or to encounter something compelling.

During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Masterful, Relevant

See it if you enjoy watching an unbelievably versatile actor whose every word & action invests you and brings an incredible script to life.

Don't see it if you are not interested in solo plays or learning about sexual violence through theatre.

During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Profound, Must see

See it if like to learn a very relevant subject while entertained by a great actress performing exceptional array of characters. Truly very impressive

Don't see it if This is a must see.

During previews
Clever, Absorbing, Intense

See it if You're interested in a look at sexual assault from a point of view in an unimaginable future.

Don't see it if you're not interested

During previews
Ambitious, Great acting, Intelligent

See it if you want to hear more about activism against sexual violence.

Don't see it if you don't like shows about women's issues.

During previews
Ambitious, Great acting, Great writing, Thought-provoking, Resonant

See it if You appreciate great acting on serious topic (rape). This is a perfect example that one-woman-show can be great without being sexual at all.

Don't see it if You are really anti-feminism. Give it a chance, there are so much happening in an hour...

During previews
Ambitious, Edgy, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Intelligent

See it if you would like to see a tour de force consisting of wonderful acting making a thought provoking statement on rape.

Don't see it if rape and great acting offends you.

During previews
Entertaining, Great acting, Great staging, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if You love political theatre with a social message.

Don't see it if Everything has to make sense.

Also I was not entirely sure why this play is set 20 years in the future, o... Read more Read less

During previews
Clever, Entertaining, Edgy, Intense, Resonant

See it if You are interested in an excellent actress who can portray numerous viewpoints from varied characters, like Anna Devere Smith

Don't see it if You want a full storyline drama and you are a little overwhelmed by all the talk of sexual violence

Also Ms kadwani portrays numerous characters in sketches , some of which ar... Read more Read less

During previews
Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Clever, Absorbing

See it if you like plays where one actor portrays different characters, each presenting his or her perspective on a shocking event.

Don't see it if if plays about rape and society's reaction to it do not appeal to you.

During previews
Absorbing, Clever, Thought-provoking, Intense, Great writing

See it if You enjoy one woman shows about serious subjects, like rape and violation with facts and dates to back it up

Don't see it if You want to laugh and not think

During previews
Absorbing, Ambitious, Edgy, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if You like shows like Anna Deveare Smith's, in which one actor plays many different roles in realistic situations.

Don't see it if You only like linear plays with a clear plot and with many actors.

Also This felt like an important piece, and many good points were made, but... Read more Read less

During previews
Ambitious, Confusing, Edgy, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if You want to be "schooled" in a good way about rape culture and the #me too movement of women fighting back against sexual harassment.

Don't see it if You have no patience for a timely and important one woman show that's more of an instruction course than a play but there's drama in it too.

During previews
Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant, Intense

See it if you enjoy excellent acing, but an overdone subject; might be upsetting to rape victims; interesting and differing points of view

Don't see it if you are bored with the subject matter and don't like one handers, even well acted ones.

During previews

See it if You want to hear about rape and rape culture discussed in an intellectual manner from a variety of unique perspectives.

Don't see it if If you expect an emotional impact that inspires you to act.

Also Though there were several unusual and interesting angles to view the i... Read more Read less

During previews
Relevant, Unsurprising, Ambitious, Heavily researched

See it if you’re interested in a wholehearted, unequivocal expression of solidarity w/ rape victims and others affected by gender based violence

Don't see it if you’re more interested in a show’s artistic function than its social function; you want a voyeuristic recount of assault w/ lots of crying

Also Intrusion has an active college tour which I think is the best context... Read more Read less

During previews
Underdeveloped, well-intentioned, Disappointing

See it if you would like to encourage a new talent.

Don't see it if a half-baked attempt at a great topic will frustrate you.

Also Reminiscent of the work of Anna Deavere Smith, this show features one ... Read more Read less

During previews
Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Clever, Intelligent

See it if you enjoy one person shows where numerous characters are played without interaction with each other - the actress/writer is a dynamo.

Don't see it if you hate being talked at by 8 different characters in a futuristic time/circumstance that doesn't quite hold up. Lots of data shared.

Also Stage lighting was blinding in the first row.

During previews
Confusing, Committed, Dramatized lecture, Well played, Inconsistent

See it if you are interested in artistic production that is informed by the #MeToo moment.

Don't see it if you do not like solo shows, or you do, but you like them to find a dramatic arc.

Also I found the performer skilled and personable. But what plot there was ... Read more Read less

During previews
Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Static, Slow, Relevant

See it if you like one-person shows on significant social issues. Acting is solid, but script is uneven. Premise isn't compelling; it should/could be.

Don't see it if you want fully engaging theater. You'll learn facts (Wiki on rape teaches more), but you won't feel much. No victim/ perp speaks. Slow parts

During previews
Disappointing, Ambitious, Overrated, Relevant, Slow

See it if you are so compelled by the admittedly important subject that you are willing to sit through a lecture Well meaning but not engaging

Don't see it if you go to theater to be drawn into the characters and their world. There is none of that here. It starts out promising but becomes doctrine

Cast & Creatives (3)