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From 13 member  reviews
Members say: Thought-provoking, Great acting, Absorbing, Edgy, Original

About the show

Wide Eyed Productions and the Mastodon Theatre Company present a play about a young hoarder trapped by her own belongings, and her sister who's trying to help clean up the mess. More…

Unable to throw anything away, Naomi becomes a prisoner in her own home. Her sister attempts an intervention, which unlocks old resentments and secrets, such as the fate of their missing sister, Margo, who disappeared years before.


Member Reviews (13)

MEMBERS SAY:

Thought-provoking, Great acting, Absorbing, Edgy, Original
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Avg Score

81
Thought-provoking, Great acting, Confusing, Original, Intense

See it if You want to see a well-acted play dealing with the emotional fear leading to hoarding and the toll it takes on those trying to help.

Don't see it if You are not interested in a play about 2 sisters helping a younger sister with hoarding issues, and secrets that destroyed relationships.

80
Live version of the tv show "hoarders"

See it if Riveting story about the psychological motivations & challenges of a hoarder, and the impact on those that love and try to help them

Don't see it if If clutter makes you anxious/ uncomfortable.. I also thought the ending did not do the play justice-- it takes a weird turn in the last 15

72
Ambitious, Edgy, Intense, Profound, Great acting

See it if like great acting, and excellent dialog

Don't see it if do not like clutter, since it is so well conveyed not only in the demonstrative way but also in the meaningful way.

75
Absorbing, Great staging, Great writing, Thought-provoking

See it if you like insights into one person's behavioral response to a life event. Not judgmental.

Don't see it if you don't like psychological explorations

70
Clever, Confusing, Great acting, Refreshing, Absorbing

See it if you are interested in female-driven theatre, absorbing acting, and heightened text.

Don't see it if you need tidy resolutions, or are plot-focused.

50
Ambitious, Disappointing, Confusing, Slow, Wordy

See it if you like psychological stories

Don't see it if you like musicals like fast paced stories

91
Great acting, Great staging, Original, Thought-provoking, Absorbing

See it if you like good actors that feel the characters they play

Don't see it if you only like happy shows

87
Great acting, Edgy, Original, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to see show with lots of twists and turns, and if you like to be challenged by a show

Don't see it if you prefer upbeat comedies or musicals to tougher subjects (about hoarding)

96
Edgy, Intense, Thought-provoking, Quirky

See it if If you like family dramas and aren't afraid of more taboo subjects being addressed on stage

Don't see it if You don't want to see a cast of all women perform or you like answers for every question the play raises

98
Original, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Edgy, Resonant

See it if You're interested in seeing into the mind of a hoarder; if you like more surreal/modern work

Don't see it if Depictions of mental illness upset you; if you don't like to think while watching a show

During previews
75
Confusing, Great acting, Intelligent, Edgy, Original

See it if The concept of the reasons people become hoarders interests you. The play is very well acted and the set is stunning in its precise detail.

Don't see it if You are not interested in the theme of hoarding as that is this play's only theme. You don't like off off B'way style dramas.

During previews
87
Great writing, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if An insightful (author had been a hoarder) well written piece of causes & bonds in a family leading to 1 young woman's falling apart, appeals

Don't see it if The subject matter is too taboo or (!) messy. Or, if a play featuring, and about the relationships between, sisters is a turn off.

During previews
86
Intense, Thought-provoking, Absorbing

See it if You like plays about relationships between sisters or ever wondered what really goes on in the mind of a hoarder. Intense and heartbreaking.

Don't see it if You don't want to see sisters behaving like real sisters. squabbling, not always liking, but always there for each other.


April 16th, 2016
"Director Stephanie C. Cunningham guides the action in a way that helps to distinguish the individual personalities of each of the sisters, and the performances themselves are solid. But because we view the situation from within the puzzle box, it is difficult to sort things out...What we are lef...
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April 18th, 2016
"Under Stephanie C. Cunningham’s careful direction, these sisters join together to attempt to clean up the apartment of their youngest sibling…Eye-opening, mysterious, and emotional, 'Keep' brings one family’s deepest secrets to the surface as one family embarks on a journey through a (literally)...
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April 24th, 2016
"Though not broken up into acts, 'Keep' starts out as one play and ends as quite another. In some ways, this is delightful—the situational comedy of the first 45 minutes contrasts nicely with the more grim final movement. Indeed, the only way to tell the story of a family’s journey is to see both...
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April 14th, 2016
"The first part of the play is solid with fine performances by the ensemble...However, the play falters when it leaves the immediacy of the sisterly dynamic and launches into surrealist, other-worldly terrain...The conceptualization is interesting, but it is not effected with enough grace to hold...
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