Kill Floor

Kill Floor NYC Reviews and Tickets

(23 Reviews)
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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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888 Reviews | 1017 Followers
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.

982 Reviews | 343 Followers
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

650 Reviews | 284 Followers
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.

635 Reviews | 237 Followers
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.

479 Reviews | 262 Followers
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 | 280 Followers
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

151 Reviews | 38 Followers
Intense, Ambitious, Slow

See it if want to see a not quite developed, new play with very good acting. Story could be interesting but needs some nuancing. Wanted to feel more.

Don't see it if you want to see a fully developed play. Characters are too one dimensional. Not a lot there to make you connect with their characters.

137 Reviews | 124 Followers
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

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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New York Theatre Guide
October 20th, 2015

"There is no let up from the sadness, frustration and bitterness. Because of this the plot often becomes predictable, despite these fine performances...If we feel trapped as an audience, the exercise can be self defeating. We are all ready to descend into the basement of any character and see where the wild things are. The only caveat is that we have to be certain that the door at the top of the stairs is left open."
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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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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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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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