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Meaningful Conversation

From 47 member  reviews
Members say: Slow, Great acting, Disappointing, Absorbing, Funny

About the show

In New Light Theater Project's world premiere drama, two Queens neighbors coexist as intimate strangers until an unexpected occurrence forces them together. More…

During a blackout, new neighbors David and Nat engage in unusual conversation and wind up revealing more about themselves than they intend. Two years later, they are thrust back into each other lives when a domestic dispute erupts in their building, forcing them to reexamine their initial encounter in unexpected ways. 


Member Reviews (47)

MEMBERS SAY:

Slow, Great acting, Disappointing, Absorbing, Funny

79
Great acting, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Contrived.

See it if You’re in the mood to basically sit in on a series of conversations that will make you look at a variety of subjects from a new way.

Don't see it if You’re looking for lots of action or a detailed plot line. This is interesting but really pretty cerebral.

72
Slow, Disappointing

See it if Blackout. Two neighbours drop defenses because of the darkness; share intimacies. Good set for off-off.

Don't see it if Weak resolve. At 2:15, the set-up takes too long for such a hasty pay-off. First act takes place on floor. General admission seating.

71
Great set, Great acting, Interesting character study

See it if Blackout creates instant intimacy for apartment neighbors who share secrets and private information resulting in subsequent complications.

Don't see it if You aren’t interested in young adult neighbors talking about their lives and problems. You want a structured plot with a traditional arc.

80
Confusing, Edgy, Funny

See it if you like new works with an edgy feel that leave you guessing.

Don't see it if you need a clear moral message.

78
Absorbing, Great acting, Romantic, Insightful

See it if you like a show with strong characterizations and exploration of interpersonal relationships of romance and friendship.

Don't see it if you prefer a little less conversation and a little more action, please.

Also While this show was very talky and could use some trimming, it ultimat... Read more Read less

77
Great acting, Great staging, Funny, Thought-provoking

See it if You enjoy great interaction between singles

Don't see it if You prefer musicals

71
Slow, Great acting, Disappointing, Banal

See it if you like plays about the experiences of the dating scene for people in their 20's to 40's.

Don't see it if you want to see a play that offers solutions to dating problems and relationships.

Also I thought the author had a lot of potential. The dialogue flowed. The ... Read more Read less

75
Great staging, Great acting, Edgy

See it if You want to see a well acted play about people making human connections and dealing with their demons.

Don't see it if You want a lot of action...this is more character driven than plot driven.

73
Absorbing, Great acting, Confusing

See it if The set-up is very good and solid but the performances are uneven while the dialogue feels a touch forced at times, even a bit predictable.

Don't see it if Bethany Geraghty is just wonderful in the role of the nice, yet unstable neighbor. She brings that character alive in this lengthy play.

88
Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Quirky, Delightful

See it if You like a lighthearted story performed by good actors

Don't see it if You like light musicals

76
Absorbing, Ambitious, Confusing

See it if you hace empathy for the downtrodden

Don't see it if If expect light comedy

75
Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Great staging

See it if You want a show that explores human relationships and developments

Don't see it if You're looking for a show with a concrete ending where loose ends are tied up

92
Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Funny, Great design

See it if you like character-driven plays with fun pop culture references from 80s/90s. Design was beautiful.

Don't see it if you need action-driven stories or become impatient with slow-building plays (naturalism).

70
Delightful, Fluffy, Refreshing, Romantic, Funny

See it if You enjoy watching an awkward romance stir between to youngins.

Don't see it if You desire something deeply thought provoking. It's light, lovely, but light.

100
Absorbing, Thought-provoking

See it if You want a glimpse into a genuine NY interaction.

Don't see it if You’re not into having meaningful conversations with other people...see what I did there.

During previews
78
Absorbing, Well-written, Intimate, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to press your ear to the fourth wall of an apt in Astoria & pry on a trio of millennials as they reveal their own vulnerabilities.

Don't see it if you think "meaningful conversation" is more than just discussing intimate biographical details and sharing fears & insecurities.

Also Although one can argue that the story of the three protagonists is som... Read more Read less

During previews
83
Absorbing, Intelligent, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if Nice acting by Milford, Geraghty & Leal. The two lesser roles provided a nice start . A N.Y. story that could be reality. Nice set.

Don't see it if Still a public transportation problem but both theaters at the site are super. ................... ..One 80% and one 85%.......

During previews
70
Funny, Interesting, Entertaining

See it if It's about people that probably would not have met under normal conditions.

Don't see it if It's basically really about conversation so if you can't just handle just talkin in a play with no action.

Also It doesn't have a lot of action in it but you see them talking having ... Read more Read less

During previews
70
Sit com like, 3 major characters, Needs editing, Why should we care?, Could be relevant

See it if support new plays, enjoy millennial angst, like genre of plays that portrays blackouts, like tall, blond, handsome male lead with shirt off

Don't see it if have idea what meaningful conversations should be, dislike small dramas, need better backstory, don't care about millennial's angst

During previews
89
Absorbing, Funny, Great acting, Great writing

See it if You would like to see a play that was well written and performed. You want to delve into folks lives and see what can happen when you share.

Don't see it if You are not interested in a play about neighbors and the exchanges they have and how it affects their relationship.

Also This play was not slow at all. This play had my full attention and it ... Read more Read less

During previews
85
Dialogue-driven, Relevant, Great staging

See it if you like dialogue-driven intimate plays. Basically, 2 long conversations in an Astoria apartment. Well-written story.

Don't see it if you want action in a show. This is almost all dialogue. It was entertaining, but could use some trimming to keep us hooked for the 2+hrs.

Also I saw this on it's second day, so I expect some improvements by openin... Read more Read less

During previews
70
Humorous & thought-provoking, Absorbing & relevant, Great set / cool sound & lighting-design, Small / intimate / some ok acting, Well-written (real) / dialogue-driven

See it if you understand the title. It's about TALKING. Act 1: LONG conversation. Act 2: two yrs later, another LONG conversation, w/a bit of drama.

Don't see it if you're not into getting-to-know-you conversations. To engage in? Meaningful, of course. To watch it done live on-stage? Not for everyone.

Also Backstory's clearly stated by leads early on.... Read more Read less

During previews
79
Absorbing, Entertaining, Enchanting, Refreshing, Indulgent

See it if You're interested in just listening to people talk. This show is about overhearing two private conversations between people who just met.

Don't see it if You're looking for something with a deep and thick plot. This is all character development.

During previews
75
Good acting, Talky, Has potential, Thought-provoking

See it if you enjoy works by young playwrights with young actors. Feels a bit unfinished but there's something there. Character driven, not much plot.

Don't see it if you want something more polished and with more action. This is basically listening to conversations and seeing relationships develop.

During previews
72
Great acting, Disappointing, Relevant, Slow

See it if You like dialogue driven plays about serious subjects

Don't see it if Slow, needs editing second act doesn’t develop the themes Disappointing


September 12th, 2018
“This is a play that I needed a night to sleep on before I could fully process what I had seen. The two acts, at first, seemed to be disconnected...’Meaningful Conversation’ is raw and real. It depicts a snapshot of life like I've never seen on stage. It shows intimate relationships between pairs...
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September 13th, 2018
"We find ourselves in anticipation throughout Act I waiting for something more that might be the reason why we want to sit through Act II. Sadly, we are disappointed in hoping that the conversations will actually be more meaningful...Director Anais Koivisto elicits some good performances but prob...
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September 14th, 2018
"Directed with a slightly messy but intriguing dynamic, 'Meaningful Conversation' attempts to dissect the intimate interactions that a blackout erupts upon when two strangers who are also neighbors reveal more about themselves than they ever wanted...'Meaningful Conversation' drives forward with ...
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September 13th, 2018
"It takes quite a while before there are a few moments of rare meaningful conversation in this new play, and it ultimately ends with gimmickry. But holding interest throughout are excellent cast members who provide a feeling of watching real people...Our experience with the characters presented u...
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