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Killing Time

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Members say: Great acting, Thought-provoking, Slow, Disappointing, Intelligent

About the show

This new, spiky dark comedy, which was inspired by an original cello composition and features live cello throughout, explores inspiration, music, life, and the right to die. More…

Time is up for the vivacious Hester Brooke: celebrated cellist, wild woman, lover, mistress, friend, recluse. She’s lived her life on her terms and, with a cancerous death sentence looming, she is raising a glass of Rioja to her fate with no regrets. But into her world drops Sara, an enduringly adolescent social worker obsessed with death and social media. Deep and muddy waters are stirred and death is not as easy as it looks.

Member Reviews (12)


Great acting, Thought-provoking, Slow, Disappointing, Intelligent
Avg Score

Slow, Disappointing

See it if seeing a mother and daughter perform together is enough for you; you enjoy 2 character relationship plays even if the writing is flawed

Don't see it if you're expecting a well-written play; you're hoping for a dynamic production

Good idea, Slow

See it if You're interested in the premise.

Don't see it if You don't want to see a slow show with patchy acting.

Thought-provoking, Great acting, Entertaining, Clever

See it if you like new plays

Don't see it if you dislike plays that need some workshopping

Riveting, Relevant, Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You appreciate very good acting. You deal with issues of aging and terminal illness.

Don't see it if If you would rather not see a rather dark play, even with some black humor.

Thought-provoking, Intense, Intelligent, Edgy

See it if you have interest in issues of end of life loneliness and desire to control one's own fate. Good dialog. Gradually revealing story-line.

Don't see it if you want a light evening.

During previews
Disappointing, Thought-provoking, Slow, Banal

See it if Part of thr brits on Broadway. See it if you like plays about death and life altering themes. Actor actually plating the cello.

Don't see it if If you want a consistent plot or if you like good staging ie lighting. Video and verbiage not that great.

During previews
Great acting, Slow, Refreshing, Clever, Absorbing

See it if Cellist (played live by actor) wishes to end her life w/ social worker assisting as sound board. Confounds aged stereotype.Actors related.

Don't see it if This Brits Off Broadway entry lacks cohesion (projections), but this dramedy's raison d'etre is built around the live cello.W/o it, standard

Also Clever title.

During previews
Disappointing, Quirky, Indulgent, Intelligent, Great acting

See it if You enjoy seeing the British imports at 59E59. Acting was very good but script was not. Seemed longer than 90 minutes.

Don't see it if I don’t think many people would enjoy this play. A one note rant about wanting to die. I noticed that many fell asleep during the show.

Also Certainly not sugar coated. Although plot twist was not particularly b... Read more Read less

During previews
S l oooo w, Disappointing, Boring

See it if you've not seen many plays about death, or are eager to see things of that nature.

Don't see it if you want to feel that you spent your time well.I never cared about the characters, and amused myself by thinking of a more aptly named play.

During previews
Slow, Lacks tension, Overly long, Unnecessary staging/lighting, Disappointing

See it if you would appreciate a show that centers on an older character and considers end-of-life issues.

Don't see it if you are looking for new insights or a wild ride at the theater. The attempts at video and lighting are weak, silly, and unnecessary.

Also This has some good ideas but is so slow about getting around to any of... Read more Read less

During previews
Great acting, Great staging, Clever, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if you are comfortable with a script that focusses on death. There is plenty of humor tossed in but it is about death and what you leave behind

Don't see it if if you don't like two-hander plays, themes about death, small theaters, simple staging

Also I think both actors played their parts very well. The script was intel... Read more Read less

During previews

See it if you are interested in new work that attempts to deal with some of the nuances in dealing with death.

Don't see it if you need a solid script, solid acting (although the older actress was quite good), and a solid sense of direction. The piece wanders.

April 29th, 2019
"This well-crafted dark comedy keenly addresses end of life issues...Brigit Forsyth's performance as Hester Brooke is outstanding...The Creative Team has done a wonderful job of setting the scene for 'Killing Time'...'Killing Time' is being presented in the intimate Theater B, an ideal, space for...
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April 26th, 2019
"Sara is a bit of a train wreck, and, for her character to make any sense, she would need far more exploration than she gets here. This is rather strange, since Mills, the playwright, also plays Sara, so she has no one but herself to whom she can complain about her thinly written role...The direc...
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April 26th, 2019
"This British production is a family effort, as Forsyth and Mills are mother and daughter in real life. The play is worth seeing primarily for the sharp and uncompromising performance of Forsyth, whose blunt-talking, often-witty Hester is a joy to watch, even in her darkest moments. The productio...
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May 2nd, 2019
“While it contains the seed of a promising drama, and a sharply crafted performance…, too many of its 90 minutes do little more than mark time…Eden's low-key, slow-paced production, too rarely enlivened by humor, does little to ignite our concern. Mill's episodic play is simply too talky and desu...
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