Jonah NYC Reviews and Tickets

83%
(543 Ratings)
Positive
89%
Mixed
9%
Negative
2%
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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 (369)

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87 Reviews | 16 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

138 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.

87 Reviews | 43 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

332 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.

111 Reviews | 9 Followers
94
Thought-provoking, Resonant, Great writing, Enchanting, Absorbing

See it if You want to see a great play. What off Broadway should be

Don't see it if If you don't want to visit complicated emotions regarding sex, loyalty and intimacy

207 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.

97 Reviews | 16 Followers
93
Clever, Great acting, Great writing

See it if You are okay with intense subject matter and a serious straight play. There are strobe lights as well.

Don't see it if You’re triggered by intense subjects. You are not looking for a serious play.

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59 Reviews | 14 Followers
92
Resonant, Intense, Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You love contemporary plays led by Gabby Beans, an actress everyone will want to say “i saw her when she was starting out”

Don't see it if Intense subject matter triggers you

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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