New York | 1h 30m | In Previews: Opens Apr 25

Killing Time

From 5 critic and 6 member reviews
Members say: Thought-provoking, Disappointing, Slow, Clever, Great acting

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.

1h 30m | In Previews: Opens Apr 25 | 59E59 Theaters / Theater C (Midtown E)

London Theatre1

for a previous production "It is unusual to see such a non-patronising and well-considered portrayal of an old spinster. There’s humour in the play, but it’s not from the traditional ‘old-therefore- stupid’ school of thought. It’s from a mind that remains sharp to the end...While a lot of topics are covered in this play, it doesn’t feel like the kitchen sink has been thrown at it. Hester’s forthrightness is refreshing, keeping what is, essentially, a slow-moving narrative somewhat intriguing." Full Review

Live Theatre UK

for a previous production "A very worthwhile play and production. It contains excellent work from those involved and some provoking and interesting discourse on death and the power of music above all. However, with more finesse in the writing and a tighter grip of structure, pace and incident it could be a far better drama still...Mills has a gift for sharp dialogue and wry humour, but what is lacking at present is a fully fledged sense of structure...It could be a far better drama still." Full Review

The Reviews Hub

for a previous production "The first act of Antony Eden’s production is badly in need of an injection of life...The play itself is cold and both the characters take time to become plausible. Strangely in the circumstances, the two performances are also slow to gel together, hampered by dialogue that is inconsequential when it could be sharper and more direct. Things pick up considerably after the interval...An amusing little comedy that may not otherwise linger long in the mind." Full Review

The London Evening Standard

for a previous production "A peculiar two-hander about a professional cellist with a terminal illness and a sort-of social worker who may be the angel of death...It limps its way through some half-hearted meditations on living, dying, and legacy...It’s directed, just about, by Antony Eden, whose flat production does nothing to sustain flagging interest levels...I saw this show two days ago and have already entirely forgotten how it ends. 'Killing Time' in more ways than one." Full Review

The Stage (UK)

for a previous production "Stuff happens. An old friend dies. Sara gets drunk. Hester plays the cello. Revelations spill out. But it always feels as if these are excuses for Mills to philosophise uninspiringly about death, about music, and about legacy. There’s never a palpable sense of drama or jeopardy, just a long, meandering, morbid conversation strung out over 90 minutes...The whole thing ends up an unconcluded muddle, grasping for a trite kookiness that never materialises." Full Review

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
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
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
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

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.

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.

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