Letters Of Suresh
Letters Of Suresh

Letters Of Suresh NYC Reviews and Tickets

(94 Ratings)
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Great acting, Absorbing, Great writing, Thought-provoking, Intelligent

A companion piece to Pulitzer Prize-short listed playwright Rajiv Joseph’s play "Animals Out of Paper."

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134 Reviews | 18 Followers
Great acting, Great writing, Masterful

See it if you want to be slowly but completely aborbed in a work. The way the story unfolded was well done. Acting was excellent!

Don't see it if you want fast action/lots of special effects.

67 Reviews | 9 Followers
Resonant, Thought-provoking, Must see, Intelligent, Great acting

See it if You enjoy well-written, poetic language, and shows that really resonate with an audience

Don't see it if You're expecting an action-packed, plot-driven show.

259 Reviews | 63 Followers
Exquisite, Masterful, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting

See it if you enjoy contemplative writing & characters searching to understand their own motivations, and for outstanding performance by RAMIZ MONSEF

Don't see it if you want something that's just fun or light, this has moments of joy but there is more time spent evaluating decisions and considering loss

350 Reviews | 163 Followers
Riveting, Must see, Great staging, Great writing, Exquisite

See it if you are looking for a beautifully written play that will keep you engaged. Rajiv Joseph is a gifted writer who tells compelling stories.

Don't see it if everyone should give this play a chance. Read more

206 Reviews | 42 Followers
Resonant, Refreshing, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you enjoy new plays with diverse casting, you like plays that make you think, you enjoy good theater

Don't see it if you don't care for monologue style plays, you need sets and definitive time acknowledgement Read more

111 Reviews | 20 Followers
Profound, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You like plays about seemingly ordinary people with complicated lives that unfold through their letters

Don't see it if If you don’t like or can’t sit thru multiple monologues Read more

105 Reviews | 106 Followers
Great staging, Great acting, Must see, Intelligent, Profound

See it if you’re looking for a thoughtful exploration of interconnectedness and loneliness in our modern world. Deeply resonant and profound.

Don't see it if you’re looking for a big, splashy production where you don’t have to think or feel introspective

121 Reviews | 13 Followers
Relevant, Refreshing, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You like provocative, thought-provoking, writing and excellent acting that resonates.

Don't see it if Don't see it if you only like traditional plays with linear plots and timelines.

Critic Reviews (11)

The New York Times
October 12th, 2021

"A play, though, is also a way of making paper (a script) into something else (a show), and “Letters of Suresh,” despite its adroit, layered performances, never executes that transformation fully, persisting as a literary work rather than an entirely theatrical one."
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New York Theatre Guide
October 13th, 2021

"So what are the characters of playwright Rajiv Joseph's Letters to Suresh to do when all they’ve been tasked with is reciting the contents of their exposition-heavy letters aloud in direct address to the audience? The answer is to serve as talking heads for material that feels better suited for an article in The New Yorker than it does for an Off-Broadway play."
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October 12th, 2021

"I was surprised by how moved I was to watch a play about difficulties in communication now, but we are in the wake of a pandemic that cut everyone off from each other, and we are all just starting to re-meet our friends and colleagues after a long time away. That extends to theater, too, as we gather for our first shows back, and this uncommonly graceful play is a very nice welcome back."
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Lighting & Sound America
October 15th, 2021

"Joseph has seemingly mastered the art of theatrical origami, twisting and turning his narrative into various shapes to produce a creation of remarkable beauty."
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New York Stage Review
October 12th, 2021

"Because Letters of Suresh is such a quiet, intermissionless 90-minute piece, it’s difficult to pinpoint its urgent effectiveness."
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New York Stage Review
October 12th, 2021

"Joseph’s writing is as vivid and poetic as ever, matched by Jiyoun Chang’s impressionistic lighting design and Shawn Duan’s gorgeous projections (those koi fish!)—even if it sometimes goes over the top."
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October 13th, 2021

"Rajiv Joseph has elevated the epistolary style to a new height in playwrighting. Aside from telling a good story, the play is also a moving, spiritual experience about hopes, hurts and heartbreaks as well as building relationships that help one grow. With an excellent cast entirely attuned to the author’s purpose, Letters of Suresh is a magical experience."
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Theater Pizzazz
October 12th, 2021

"Given the admittedly talky nature of the piece, director May Adrales deserves her own letter of commendation for keeping us involved with the story on all levels...But as this quartet of troubled souls struggles to properly explain themselves, their lives, their actions and, yes, their own long-buried truths through this seemingly simple act, I suspect everyone in the audience should sympathize with their pain and confusion — and applaud their courage."
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