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Mercury Fur

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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. More…

In a society ravaged by warring gangs and a hallucinogenic-drug epidemic, Elliot and Darren, under the sway of the ruthless entrepreneur Spinx, throw parties for rich clients in abandoned apartment buildings - parties that help guests act out their darkest, most sinister fantasies. As the teenage brothers prepare for the latest festivities, some unexpected guests threaten the balance of the world they have created. 'Mercury in Fur' is a terrifying yet tender look at just how far people will go to protect those they love the most.

Member Reviews (22)


Edgy, Intense, Great staging, Confusing, Disappointing
Avg Score

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.


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.

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.

Indulgent, Weak acting, Uneven pacing

See it if you don't mind execution being weaker than the concept.

Don't see it if being horrified while having nothing new/interesting revealed to you sounds appealing.

Arrogant, Excruciating, Ponderous, Pedestrian, Strident

See it if Your idea of the future is a campy wasteland populated by teenage criminals trying to act either tough or scared. Unconvincing at best.

Don't see it if Artificial blood reminds you of finger-painting and threatening gestures are all you want from a drama.

Great acting, Great writing, Great staging, Epic, Riveting

See it if you want to see a masterful production with complex performances and riveting drama

Don't see it if you are weak of heart or stomach. Lots of foul language and gore with intense sequences

Violent, Dystopian, Thought-provoking, Edgy, Twisted

See it if You want a dark vision of a future where drug-addicted perverts act out their sick fantasies. Brave New Word meets A Clockwork Orange.

Don't see it if You just ate. You have a sensitive constitution or are easily offended.

Confusing, Disappointing

See it if This was 1 of the mostI awful plays I ever saw . It made absolutely no sense, and was so disgusting, violent, and offensive.

Don't see it if You don't like boring disgusting shows that run 2 1/2 hours without intermission and would be bothered with patrons leaving throughout

Ambitious, Edgy, Original, Intelligent

See it if You have a strong stomach and you want to see something brutal and unique on the stage.

Don't see it if You prefer a quieter, less intense show.

Original, Slow, Intense, Edgy, Great staging

See it if you want to see something unlike any play you've seen before

Don't see it if post-apocalyptic settings aren't your thing,

Great staging, Intense, Confusing

See it if You like futuristic thrillers, into the twilight zone of the apocalypse, can sit for 2:20h with no intermission, but with great setting

Don't see it if If you are looking for a fun evening, don't like violence in a play, looking for mature acting and would like to go home with a smile

Resonant, Riveting, Thought-provoking, Dark, Gritty

See it if You like dystopian stories, being in the thick of things, dark moral questions

Don't see it if you are squeamish

Clever, Edgy, Great staging, Thought-provoking

See it if you like thought provoking science fiction

Don't see it if you're not a fan of post-apocalyptic dramas

Shocking, Profane, Grim, Edgy, Disturbing

See it if you're interested in very dark, disturbing theater. Grim examinations of humanity. You like post-apocalyptic works.

Don't see it if violence, extremely heavy themes like rape and murder, or gore disturb you. Lots of shock at a high cost, not worth it.

Confusing, Disappointing, Excruciating, Overrated, Indulgent

See it if you are a masochist who likes self-indulgent sophomoric amateurish waste of time

Don't see it if you have ABSOLUTELY anything better to do! the WORST thing I have ever seen in 50 years of theater going....everything about it BAD!

Clever, Edgy, Quirky, Confusing, Intense

See it if Like drama and violence

Don't see it if You drugs make you uncomfortable and if you don't enjoy killing.

Ambitious, Banal, Disappointing, Edgy, Intense

See it if you want to see a notable play from 2005 and don't mind energetic if untrained actors.

Don't see it if you are easily upset or can't stand the sight of (stage) blood.

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 ...
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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 A...
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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 th...
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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...
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