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From 66 member  reviews
Members say: Great acting, Entertaining, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Ambitious

About the show

Michael Weller's world premiere drama revolves around the love affair between a scoundrel carousel barker and a maid at a Catholic Young Women’s Inn. More…

His confused violent passion and her simple unshakable devotion form the combustible heart of this dark fairytale for grown-ups. Based on the play 'Liliom' by Hungarian master Ferenc Molnár (which inspired Rodgers and Hammerstein’s 'Carousel'), Weller's reimagining is set at Coney Island during the Great Depression of the 1930s; a place and time when work was scarce, and life was a matter of desperate survival.

2h 0m | Already closed | The Wild Project (East Village)

Member Reviews (66)


Great acting, Entertaining, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Ambitious
Avg Score

Delightful, Dated, Intense, Romantic, Resonant

See it if y.l.t. see Coney Island in a play; also to say AHA! this is what Carousal was all about, Mixed acting skills. Intimate stage works for us.

Don't see it if you are expecting a musical or if you expect a BROADWAY production. Score is an average of 80 & 75

Entertaining, Romantic, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You like a love story mixup, with hardship, and making peace with oneself.

Don't see it if No action No music,

Also As I was watching the play, that when I know I saw something like this... Read more Read less

Entertaining, Dated

See it if you intend to see the musical Carousel on Broadway. This is an updated version of the play Liliom upon which the musical was based.

Don't see it if you don't like an old fashioned play. Nowadays beating is not considered a display of love so that part of the play and musical is dated.

Also The ending was clumsy and tried to make the play more up to date. Some... Read more Read less

Why would a theater sell popcorn?

See it if You want to see a realistic love story that takes place almost 100 years ago

Don't see it if Other than the love story a lot of the play is fictitious and if you need something to be believable you may not like it

Also I can’t believe my tag has to do with popcorn but why the hell what a ... Read more Read less

Slow, Insipid, Flat, Lacking conviction, energy or interest

See it if You have an interest in the genesis of Carousel

Don't see it if you want dynamic performances, interconnectedness of actor to role and/or actor to actor. you dont like odd costumes, odd sets,

Great acting, Intelligent, Ambitious, Dated, Romantic

See it if you never saw "Liliom" but you have seen "Carousel". Comparisons are interesting. An unusual love story.

Don't see it if love stories are not for you.

Also Even with an insert in the program with an explanation of Michael Well... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Slow, Well meaning, Thin

See it if You'd like a promising Depression-era Coney Island update of the dark Carousel source material. Good cast, rough tech, script needs tweaking

Don't see it if You haven’t the patience for a show that 5 performances in should have been much tighter physically. Notes to the stage manager, please.

Also Much as it tries, Michael Weller's script sheds little light on this d... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Clever, Funny, Refreshing, Relevant

See it if You would like an uneven new adaptation of a classic play with some good touches by a talented cast.

Don't see it if You remember well the musical CAROUSEL and will critically judge any other adaptation.

Ambitious, Relevant, Quirky

See it if you want to see a strong ensemble cast or are a fan of Coney Island culture.

Don't see it if you're expecting Carousel (based on the same play).

Absorbing, Edgy, Intelligent, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if I liked it more than I thought I would. I am told this is based on the story that Carousel is based on. The actors were all very strong.

Don't see it if Very interesting redemption story. Held my attention. See it if you like stories that have a twist. Don't see it if you don't like a

Also drama with many moments of comedy and. It made me think about the kind... Read more Read less

Engaging, Resourceful production, Liliom update of most interest to r&h/carousel fans

See it if you're interested in an updated, Americanized version of Molnar's Liliom; are a Weller fan curious about what drew him to this quirky tale

Don't see it if a sometimes uncomfortable mix of realism, whimsy and absurd comedy bother you; you don't like authorial flourishes like adding an emcee

Also Michael Weller is an underappreciated chronicler of the thwarted lives... Read more Read less

Disappointing, Dated, Cliched

See it if An updated version of Liliom, on which Carousel is based. Set in Coney Island. Title character renamed Jericho, for no apparent reason.

Don't see it if A remake that shouldn't have been remade

Problematic, Earnest, Quirky, Dated, Depressing

See it if you suddenly wake up one morning and say, "Tonight's the night to see 'Carousel' without the music."

Don't see it if you always miss the songs when you see a play that's been turned into a musical (or in this case, a play based on the original).

Ambitious, Indulgent

See it if you have an acedemic interest in Liliom, Carousel, and new work based on older pieces.

Don't see it if you love Liliom, Carousel, or if it bothers you to see ambitious theatre companies taking on more than they can handle.

Slow, Disappointing, One act too long

See it if you want some good moments in a good attempt at the somewhat familiar story.

Don't see it if you want consistent performances, well developed characters, or smooth scene transitions - this fell flat on professionalism, only mediocre.

Entertaining, Disappointing

See it if If you are a fan of carousel and wonder what it is with out the music

Don't see it if If you are wanting a different take on carousel

Also It was entertaining and mostly well acted. I was hoping for a bit more... Read more Read less

Entertaining, Great acting, Great writing, Must see, Thought-provoking

See it if you have the chance, it was a perfectly written and all the actors were well casted.

Don't see it if your expecting Carousel. I've never seen Carousel or any version of interoperation of this play but that's the feedback I've gathered.

Great acting, Entertaining, Original story of carousel, Quirky

See it if You want the full story behind the Rodgers & Hammerstein's Carousel. It's so cool to see the story not in musical form!

Don't see it if you are expecting the musical or need a full and lavish version of the classical musical.

Also I'm seeing the revival next month and I am now even more excited to se... Read more Read less

Great singing, Great acting, Absorbing, Enchanting, Entertaining

See it if You enjoy plays that are entertaining and transport you to plays like Carousel and places like Coney Island.

Don't see it if You don’t want to see old revivals and musicals.


See it if like the story of Carousel. The actors work hard during the production.

Don't see it if you only like big Broadway productions. This is a small production produced on a budget.

Dated, Romantic, Disappointing

See it if Easy-to-follow storyline that doesn’t stall. A rather large cast for off-broadway opens up a buffet of personalities

Don't see it if Feels like a long recap of a series where it tells us what to feel instead of making us feel something. Chemistry is lacking

Great acting, Insipid, Cliched

See it if You wanna support a young company.

Don't see it if Writing is incredibly boring.

Ambitious, Clever, Needs work

See it if You're interested in the source of "Carousel" or enjoy serious plays.

Don't see it if you're looking for an evening of bubbly entertainment.

Also This play deserves a larger venue. The cast was earnest and hard worki... Read more Read less

Slow, Ambitious, Cliched, Disappointing, Messy

See it if you're interested in the source material or have a personal connection to the production.

Don't see it if you'll be bothered by a wildly uneven cast, comical fight choreography, and a physical production that's trying too hard.

Resonant, Intense, Close to original play, Slightly dated, Good acting

See it if you want to see a drama based on a classic.

Don't see it if you don't like Liliom or the musical Carousel.

Also Generally, the play kept my attention and the actors were engaging and... Read more Read less

January 25th, 2018
"The last scene is so movingly done that it tempers the impression of this frustratingly uneven world-premiere production...Mr. Weller adds a vaguely ghoulish, shape-shifting narrator to the proceedings, which is also a bold move...It pays off. But Ms. Braza never gets her arms around one of the ...
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January 25th, 2018
"'Jericho' is not a lovable play, and yet I found it unaccountably moving...The first act is defeated by the small space and Braza’s graceless deployment of her company, and it’s not helped by the amateur device of a narrator...Something almost miraculous happens when we return from the intermiss...
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January 26th, 2018
“Michael Weller whose last New York premiere was the misguided musical version of ‘Doctor Zhivago’ has done a fine job of adapting Molnár's ‘Liliom’ to an American setting. Unfortunately, The Attic Theater Company premiere is not quite up to the task. Except for two of the secondary roles, the ca...
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January 25th, 2018
"A provocative and disquieting expressionist narrative...It’s a beautiful story, smoothly directed by Laura Braza, but it’s also highly problematic...Weller negotiates this rather well, but the images it conjures gave me pause. There’s a thoughtful epilogue...Weller’s dark fairy tale for adults i...
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