Kill Floor
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Kill Floor NYC Reviews and Tickets

69%
(23 Reviews)
Positive
57%
Mixed
26%
Negative
17%
Members say
Great acting, Intense, Intelligent, Absorbing, Great writing

About the Show

Presented as part of Lincoln Center Theatre 3rd Stage (LCT3) which is dedicated to producing the work of new artists, this world premiere tells the story of an ex-con as she attempts to reunite with her son.

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Member Reviews (23)

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963 Reviews | 338 Followers
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Disappointing, Weak script, Great marin ireland

See it if you love Marin Ireland. She is always, always, always good. This is a "45" level play with a "90" level actress. The plot was ridiculous.

Don't see it if you want an insightful, coherent play. It was worth suffering w/the script to see MI. She should be required to be shows 12 mos a year. Read more

840 Reviews | 1006 Followers
71
Alright, Entertaining, Uncomfortable

See it if You find awkward and uncomfortable conversations and situations between characters amusing.

Don't see it if You don't find uncomfortable scenes or awkward conversations entertaining. As this show is one uncomfortable situation after another.

612 Reviews | 269 Followers
49
Play needs work

See it if you enjoy Marin Ireland in a role well-suited to her kinetic performance style, and seeing a play in a wonderful space.

Don't see it if you become impatient with a meandering script devoid of dramatic highlights and pedestrian staging.

593 Reviews | 222 Followers
72
Great acting, Original, Relevant, Slow, Excruciating

See it if You like new, different plays by new playwrights, even if the material is very dark.

Don't see it if You like more uplifting work. This is a downer.

465 Reviews | 256 Followers
20
Slowly paced, Bad script, Static, Excruciating, Boring

See it if you would like to ponder why Paige Evans and her crew at LCT 3 decided that this play was ready for a full production.

Don't see it if you enjoy seeing a play that features good quality writing, and is not at the Playwriting 101 level.

178 Reviews | 279 Followers
65
Not ready for prime time, Disappointing, Very uncomfortable, Difficult to sit through

See it if You support new work and don't mind "rough draft" productions. Must be able to tolerate 90 minutes of awkwardness/pain among characters.

Don't see it if You are upset by abrupt, unfinished endings, in-your-face shouty acting to buttress middling dialogue, and uncomfortable situations

135 Reviews | 123 Followers
75
Intelligent, Intense

See it if You like a new fresh voice in playwriting and enjoy a coherent story

Don't see it if You need theater to be more than an intense TV script

146 Reviews | 18 Followers
69
Thought-provoking, Serious, Original, Edgy

See it if you like to family dynamics.

Don't see it if you are bothered by teenagers in sexual situations.

Critic Reviews (11)

The New York Times
October 19th, 2015

"'Kill Floor' never strikes a false or strained note as Mr. Koogler observes the awkward cut-and-thrust of the relationships among the characters. But there’s not a whole lot of potent drama, and even though it runs just 90 minutes, the play’s pacing can feel desultory. Nevertheless, the actors burrow into their roles with impressive ease and dexterity. While they do not have a lot of, er, meat to chew on, they flesh out the fine writing with the ample humanity they bring to their characters."
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Time Out New York
October 20th, 2015

"Ireland acts up a storm in this slight (and vaguely unfinished) piece...While the drama (keenly directed by Lila Neugebauer) treads tamely along a predictable path of bad things happening to good (flawed) people, Ireland can still deliver shocks."
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The Hollywood Reporter
October 19th, 2015

"The play has a schematic quality nonetheless; the frequent scenes involving the two young men feel particularly forced. Director Lila Neugebauer succeeds for the most part in bringing out the work's more sensitive aspects, and Ireland once again demonstrates that she's one of the finest young actresses on the New York stage. But despite the strong efforts of everyone involved, too much of the play feels like heavy lifting."
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Theatermania
October 19th, 2015

"In many ways, we can tell that 'Kill Floor' is Koogler's first professionally produced play. Structurally, it has too many subplots that could use some smoothing. His dialogue has a tendency to veer into half and unfinished sentences. That's a shame since the script is otherwise so fresh. However, 'Kill Floor' is a dream come true for actors, featuring meaty conflicts and two-character scenes that are both tender and pungent."
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BroadwayWorld
October 26th, 2015

"This is a play where nobody is happy with their life and it's only through the efforts of a fine company that the 90 minute piece sustains interest. Ireland, as is her habit, paints as fascinating a portrait as possible, but is certainly deserving of a meatier role."
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Talkin' Broadway
October 19th, 2015

"For Koogler to live up to the promise he displays here, he needs to expand and deepen his focus, and be willing to give us more to view, more to gnaw on, while still maintaining a grasp on the mystery he so clearly loves...Too often we're like the Parnell cows: moving blind, waiting for the crack of completion that never arrives. The difference is, the cows don't need to know where they're going or why their journey matters. We do. And that's what Koogler hasn't provided in 'Kill Floor.'"
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CurtainUp
October 22nd, 2015

"'Kill Floor' is an intriguing debut for Koogler...Ireland is riveting as the gutsy protagonist...While Ireland is the main draw, there's some mighty fine acting here by the rest of the cast...As adroitly directed by Lila Neugebauer, 'Kill Floor' does offer food for thought...Count on it changing the way you look at the all-American burger."
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Stage Buddy
October 19th, 2015

"'Kill Floor,' written by Abe Koogler and directed by Lila Neugebauer, is not just a straight drama; it has many moments of subtle humor peppered throughout. But most of all, the play’s portrayal of flawed and awkward characters is sublime...The characters form the backbone of 'Kill Floor,' a tableau of American Realism. You get to know these people and see them for who they are, flaws and all. They are human and real, and no matter how bad they seem, you are rooting for them in the end."
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