Jonah
Ends Mar 10 1h 40m
Jonah
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Jonah NYC Reviews and Tickets

82%
(451 Ratings)
Positive
90%
Mixed
8%
Negative
2%
Members say
Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Intense, Great writing

About the Show

Rachel Bonds' new play explores survival and human connection when Ana takes on a new student.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (320)

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60 Reviews | 10 Followers
100
Thought-provoking, Intense, Great writing, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if You like think pieces and character development

Don't see it if Intimate scenes and almost nudity, triggered by abuse, suicide and alcoholism Read more

137 Reviews | 20 Followers
100
Thought-provoking, Resonant, Absorbing, Great writing, Great acting

See it if You like a well-written, well-acted play. While a serious topic about the effects of child abuse, physical and sexual, it is often funny.

Don't see it if You don’t like plays where storylines are not told in chronological order.

83 Reviews | 40 Followers
96
Intense, Great acting, Riveting, Profound, Intelligent

See it if You want a show you will never forget. Some of the best acting I have ever seen. Want to see a play about difficult topic

Don't see it if If you can't handle dark serious topic But portrayed beautifully

317 Reviews | 109 Followers
96
Intense, Great staging, Great writing, Exquisite, Absorbing

See it if You want masterful writing & directing. You want to see the story of a woman's survival and strength in the face of abuse.

Don't see it if You dislike non-linear shows (it jumps around her life scene to scene). You need something light, this handles heavy subjects but artfully.

203 Reviews | 13 Followers
94
Ambitious, Relevant, Absorbing, Great writing, Excellent cast

See it if Excellent cast in absorbing plot with inventive staging. Compelling characters. A young woman’s survival story against terrible odds.

Don't see it if You are looking for big production and light entertainment.

69 Reviews | 5 Followers
92
Intelligent, Riveting, Must see, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you love great acting, and a moving play that takes its time revealing its secrets.

Don't see it if you don't have patience for a play with lots of mysteries and serious themes. Read more

142 Reviews | 37 Followers
92
Intense, Riveting, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you are up for a 100 minute play about a woman growing into herself alongside three men, her life in reality and beyond.

Don't see it if you have sexual trauma triggers. There are parts that are very difficult to watch. Read more

775 Reviews | 247 Followers
90
Tender, Challenging, Riveting, Sad, Moving

See it if Non-linear memory play about abuse, survival & recovery. Excellent writing & acting. Deep feelings. Dark but also funny & hopeful.

Don't see it if Abuse, violence, sex, suicide — yet surprisingly tender & heartwarming. What’s imagined & what’s real is a mystery until the end.

Critic Reviews (17)

The New York Times
February 1st, 2024

" 'Jonah,' is the kind of play that reveals itself slowly but entirely"
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Time Out New York
February 1st, 2024

"...it’s a slight disappointment when the play’s denouement tips into overexplanation."
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New York Theatre Guide
February 1st, 2024

" 'Jonah,' the Off-Broadway play by Rachel Bonds that’s built to discombobulate us."
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The Wall Street Journal
February 1st, 2024

"A young woman’s wariness"
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Theatermania
February 1st, 2024

"...insightful yet perplexing new play"
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Lighting & Sound America
February 5th, 2024

“It’s a tricky structure, each narrative line conceived in a different key -- young adult romance, stark family drama, and high comedy yielding to painful disclosures -- yet with all three blending to ultimately harmonious effect…Bonds is interested in the stories we tell ourselves to soothe our pains and maybe even save our lives. For all its apparent waywardness, Jonah is tightly structured, with certain motifs -- nighttime visits, religion, sexual fantasies, a hurled vase -- reoccurring in shifting contexts; the more one thinks about it, the more carefully wrought it seems."
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New York Stage Review
February 1st, 2024

"Bonds crafts a denouement as genuine and original as it is moving."
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TheaterScene.net
February 3rd, 2024

"The play is best at its mysteries which are only slowly revealed. However, audience members may be confused part of the time as to the sequence of events and the relationships. A great deal is never resolved. The scene transitions are accompanied by blaring sound and flashing lights (sound by Kate Marvin; lighting by Amith Chandrashaker) which at times suggest that at least one or more scenes may be fantasies. The costumes by Kaye Voyce remain basically the same but Gabby Beans as Ana seems to grow in poise and maturity though very subtly from teenager to adulthood."
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