Mercury Fur
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Mercury Fur NYC Reviews and Tickets

58%
(22 Reviews)
Positive
46%
Mixed
27%
Negative
27%
Members say
Edgy, Intense, Great staging, Confusing, Disappointing

About the Show

In its Off-Broadway premiere, The New Group's 'Mercury in Fur' is set in a dystopian future of war and drugs, where the powerful can indulge in their most sinister fantasies, and the rest survive by catering to them.

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Member Reviews (22)

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482 Reviews | 717 Followers
70
Edgy, Great staging, Intelligent, Intense, Raunchy

See it if you're in the mood for something dark and intense or you like post-apocalyptic stories.

Don't see it if you're in the mood for something light and fluffy.

534 Reviews | 488 Followers
85
Intense, Absorbing, Upsetting, Compelling, Riveting

See it if you're interested in stories about surviving in a dystopian future and an exploration of who humans are at a base level.

Don't see it if you like your plays to have something to say about our current culture. This is really just an action thriller on stage.

435 Reviews | 117 Followers
74
Edgy scary original

See it if you enjoy original, edgy British dystopian plays. End of the world teenagers behaving badly. Not for the faint of heart

Don't see it if you are squeamish.

399 Reviews | 202 Followers
12
Excruciating, Confusing, Disappointing, Edgy

See it if You like blood, gore and violence on stage.

Don't see it if Don't see it. It was very unpleasant. And there's no intermission, so you're trapped.

178 Reviews | 279 Followers
69
Disturbing, Dystopian, Graphic, Violent, Unsettling

See it if You gravitate toward harder-edged dystopian stories like 12 Monkeys, Gattaca, Clockwork Orange.

Don't see it if Your dystopian tastes run more to Hunger Games and Planet of the Apes, and if you're averse to graphic depictions of torture and bloo

164 Reviews | 94 Followers
71
Edgy, Uninvolving, Immersive, Over-the-top, Relevant

See it if you like dark, futuristic fantasies staged, designed, and acted with vivacity.

Don't see it if you want to relate emotionally to a story and characters. There's little light here and the acting is often forced.

126 Reviews | 37 Followers
61
Ambitious

See it if you like a very dark, almost grotesque look at humanity. Somewhat creative set, staging, and affects.

Don't see it if Blood, guts, and destruction are not your thing. It's difficult to watch and not sure it was an experience I needed to have.

113 Reviews | 42 Followers
25
Boring, Endless, Not shocking, Pretentious, Bad script

See it if you find cheap shock value effective. You can read more into a show than what's there. You have a high tolerance for tedium.

Don't see it if you value strong characterization and a story that actually makes sense. This dystopian world is not internally consistent. Bad acting.

Critic Reviews (17)

The New York Times
August 19th, 2015

"A play whose extreme luridness is matched, and even trumped, by its intelligence, 'Mercury Fur' is sensational in pretty much every sense of the word...a profoundly moral play, in that it asks how we define morality under extreme duress. Such morality melds with and blurs the sentimental streak of this play, which has a tight structure and exactly echoing imagery that Ibsen might appreciate...The play’s stunningly indeterminate ending leaves you moved, muddled and gasping for air."
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Time Out New York
August 19th, 2015

"It helps to understand it as a very late and overwrought example of British 'in-yer-face' theater...'Mercury Fur,' first produced in England 10 years ago, feels doubly dated: Its depiction of drug-addled, amoral teens seems very ’90s, and Scott Elliott’s belated NYC premiere comes off as early Adam Rapp at his bleakest...Strictly for those who have never seen the 'in-yer-face' spectacles it strains desperately to outface."
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The Hollywood Reporter
August 19th, 2015

"Straining mightily for shock value and somehow managing to be simultaneously intense and tedious, 'Mercury Fur' is bound to leave audiences sharply divided...There's certainly no fault to be found with director Scott Elliott's immersive production..By the time the nihilistic proceedings reach their apocalyptic conclusion, weariness has long since set in. This is a vision of the not-so-distant future that's as relentlessly monotonous as it is bleak."
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New York Daily News
August 19th, 2015

"In the tense but hollow “Mercury Fur,” the delicate insects have morphed into hallucinogenic drugs with Crayola-creative names and unsettling effects...In the end, Ridley’s bleak view — love child of 'A Clockwork Orange' and the pay-for-slay horror flick 'Hostel' — stirs but doesn’t challenge or illuminate. Director Scott Elliott’s production for the New Group has its moments and a very fine cast."
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AM New York
August 20th, 2015

"A consistently engrossing thriller, a black comedy and a sad, sympathetic portrait of young adults trying to survive in a society gone the way of 'Lord of the Flies.' Much of the dialogue consists of characters' thinking back -- or at least attempting to think back -- on their former lives. Although this slows down the plotting, their memories add intrigue, alluding to what led to this new world order and hinting that some the character relationships are deeper than expected."
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Theatermania
August 19th, 2015

"It's rare that a theatrical piece has the power to create real visceral dread and stomach-churning queasiness so compellingly and unapologetically. The New Group's chilling production does just that. Scott Elliott guides an extraordinary cast of young actors in a blazingly paced two hours (no intermission) filled with bizarre characters, unsettling imagery, and bloody violence...This production is unquestionably a raw, provocative, unforgettable theatrical experience worth seeing."
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BroadwayWorld
August 20th, 2015

"'Mercury Fur' sure has the look and feel of something edgy and controversial, but the text would be more aptly described as vague and tedious...The admirable actors do as much as can be expected with the material...The audience is seated on two sides with those up front sitting on old couches and living room chairs. The intention, no doubt, is to make patrons feel like they're silent guests at the party, but there's the added bonus that it's impossible for anyone to walk out without being noticed."
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Lighting & Sound America
August 19th, 2015

"While 'Mercury Fur,' which has been tautly directed by Scott Elliott, is never dull, one watches with a kind of detachment that is surely the opposite of the playwright's intention. Simply put, the play tries too hard...In the end, 'Mercury Fur' feels like a series of shocks in search of a purpose. By the time it reaches its apocalyptic climax, you are likely to feel fatigued rather than riven with horror. That can't be what Ridley had in mind."
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