Letters Of Suresh
Letters Of Suresh
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Letters Of Suresh NYC Reviews and Tickets

82%
(81 Reviews)
Positive
90%
Mixed
7%
Negative
3%
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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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77
See how lives of 4 characters revolve around a packet of letters, poetic and profound ruminations but devoid of organizing plot

See it if 4 damaged characters use letters to express pain & existential concerns, poetic script, convincing acting, evocative use background screens

Don't see it if no plot that unifies stories of characters, vehicle might work better as a novel; characters declaim, never interact

87
Clever, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you enjoy a very intelligent show. Reading of letters so well done to tell the story. Great acting.

Don't see it if you want more dramatic action. This is a very subtle show and can be appreciated more the second time.

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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Theatermania
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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TheaterScene.net
October 21st, 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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Front Row Center
October 15th, 2021

"It is a charming essay on the interconnectedness of everything. But an essay is often cerebral to the point where the heart is barely involved. That was the case here. In the end we are interested in these characters but not concerned or involved."
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New York Theater
October 12th, 2021

... slowly unfolds into the lovely stories of four characters, beautifully portrayed in what’s largely a series of monologues, who seek connection, try to understand love, and live with grief and regret.
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The Wrap
October 12th, 2021

"May Adrales’ direction is enhanced by Shawn Duan’s gorgeous projection design, which gives the production its only sense of motion. Adrales leaves Monsef adrift to play Suresh as if he were hyperactive and mentally challenged, even though he is a self-professed genius."
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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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