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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
72
Avg Score

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

During previews
79
Intelligent, Relevant, Resonant, Great acting, Great writing

See it if you are ready to consider communication without electronic devices and what happens when two very different characters drop their guard

Don't see it if you want a fast paced drama or comedy, you are not interested in personal connection and its effect on people

Also I liked witnessing the subsequent effects of a random and unexpected c... Read more Read less

During previews
69
Banal, Confusing, Disappointing, Slow

See it if You have nothing else to do

Don't see it if You have anything else to do

During previews
69
Banal, Disappointing, Slow

See it if you are willing to sit through two hours of banal conversations and not so meaningful!

Don't see it if you don't like small plays with small characters in a small setting with small resolutions. Ugh!

During previews
80
Thought-provoking, Quirky, Slow

See it if you've ever worried about telling a stranger a lot more than you intended, or underestimated your reaction to being told too much.

Don't see it if you want to see a short play. This one is 2 hours and ten minutes (with intermission.)

Also There is an interesting story here and I left thinking about it, which... Read more Read less

During previews
75
Indulgent, Quirky, Dark!

See it if you like dialog driven dramas & solid performances from talented actors. Very realistic, except when it gets a bit sci-fi.

Don't see it if you want to see what is going on & if you want to see meaningful conversations. They are a little deep, but rushed. Acts barely tie together

Also I realize this show takes place during a blackout, but that doesn't me... Read more Read less

During previews
77
Great acting, Relevant, Absorbing

See it if You enjoy an intimate setting with great acting and interesting writing

Don't see it if If you like a big splash and more action than “conversation”

During previews
70
Slow, Funny, Relevant

See it if You like stories of relationships between neighbors in an apartment building.

Don't see it if You want to see fast moving, concise plays. I felt this play was longer than necessary.

During previews
83
Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Refreshing, Modern

See it if relationship stories and the difficulties of relationships appeal — especially the communications component among young adults.

Don't see it if good young actors or a fresh story line, even a bit over- scripted one, bugs you.

During previews
43
Banal, Cliched, Slow

See it if I wanted to like this play but... to call it a school play would be an overstatement. An Underdeveloped play with very poor acting brings

Don't see it if Unwatchable results. What works at home for your mom and dad not always is something to bring on a professional stage. Back to rehearsal!

During previews
70
Delightful, Entertaining, Refreshing

See it if You would like to see a play that was well written and performed.

Don't see it if You want some deeper meaning to life or a fully developed climax at some point.

Also It's lovely to just sit and watch, but I didn't take much from it, it ... Read more Read less

During previews
52
Cliched, Banal, Wordiy, Overly long, Slow

See it if You want to see good actors reciting ho-hum dialogue with some adolescent game-playing.

Don't see it if You don't like cliched bantering and stereotypical characters.

Also The actors did the best they could with the material. Very long first ... Read more Read less

During previews
75
Thought-provoking, Quirky, Intimate, Slow

See it if you enjoy intimate shows, with earnest dialogue and appreciate the small ways people can impact our lives.

Don't see it if you prefer a lot of characters (basically only 2 actors onstage at a time), multiple locations/sets, or a lot of action.

Also Each act is essentially a long conversation between the main character... Read more Read less

During previews
69
Entertaining, Quirky, Slow

See it if You like naturalism, very character driven new plays. A well crafted set. Some good acting, by the upstairs neighbor in particular.

Don't see it if You don't like shows that have a lot of unnecessary dialogue, or you want more from the ending.


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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