Ars Nova presents The Mad Ones new work in which the creators of a 1970s children’s television program have commissioned a focus group to probe the parents of the show’s target audience. More…
Over stale coffee and donuts, a group of strangers navigates the murky waters of American belief and perception.
See it if You’ve never seen a focus group. It’s like going to work. No story. Limited tension, drama that results in nothing. Felt like going to work.
Don't see it if You prefer storytelling. None to be found here. Performances were good but...
See it if u want to see a spectacular ensemble speak volumes about human behavior by merely playing out a focus group of disparate people in real time
Don't see it if you need a tidy ending to be satisfied; you're looking for histrionics or conspicuous conflict.
See it if you want a show that believes portraying hyper-naturalistic human behavior is more illuminating than what you tend to see on stage. (It is.)
Don't see it if you're looking for a more traditional story arc with an obvious climax. This show feels more true to life, where sometimes things just end.
See it if you enjoy theater created by an ensemble, have ever been in a focus group, have young children, Like satire with a cutting edge
Don't see it if not interested in parents of young children, plays about focus groups or created by the actors themselves, are an overprotective parent
See it if hilarious satire of focus group from hell; fine ensemble passionately explores different views on values/character 2 instill in children
Don't see it if focus group format limiting, becomes redundant after 90 minutes; ending letdown; still by end feel as if tapped into psyche of community
See it if Natural-light mockumentary-lite observational character studies revealing panel members taking their conscientious parenting very seriously.
Don't see it if Thin on plot and heavy on talk. Appears that consensus note-taking shaped improv sessions that lead to dialogue committed to the page.
Also Deceptively innocuous satire.
See it if you want to see the latest project by The Mad Ones
Don't see it if you like a strong narrative arc or if you saw "Miles for Mary" and are expecting something as funny.
See it if Focus group for parents of children who are fans of an imaginary TV show. A little tension builds then dissipates.
Don't see it if Last man to leave discards survey which no one will ever read anyway. You’d rather see a play with a more traditional arc.
See it if you like clever shows with a lot of wit and humor. Great acting and interesting topic of television focus group.
Don't see it if you're looking for a show with much action or a suspenseful storyline.
See it if you enjoy insightful dialogue and an intelligent take on something that usually seems so mundane - a focus group.
Don't see it if you expect a real plot and a story line that builds up to a resolution or a reveal. This show is more of a "slice of life" vignet.
See it if Focus group on a child's TV show - questions are asked followed by short (often funny) responses by the individual group members*
Don't see it if need action - most of play is question-answer although sometimes participants get up for coffee and snack; don't want to pay close attention
See it if you’d enjoy a comedy-drama that uses humor in another era (late 70s/early 80s) to show how far we stil have to go to combat racism & sexism.
Don't see it if you need a broader plot stretched out over time, instead of a snapshot of one afternoon with a focus group.
See it if enjoy non-traditional plays done well. Not much happens but one can read a lot into it.
Don't see it if Want action - then skip this. Just people sitting around talking may not be for everyone.
See it if You like inventive theatre with witty writing and terrific acting. Very subtle and yet dense and layered. Very unique and surprising.
Don't see it if You need a linear plot line and are impatient for "action."
See it if you like plays with more talk than action, interested in watching a 70's focus group. Raises interesting issues but doesn't go anywhere.
Don't see it if you don't have patience to watch a 90 minute focus group. The characters are well drawn but I wanted the discussion to go deeper.
See it if I thought this was laugh out loud funny! The various types of people portrayed along with group and work dynamics were spot on. Insightful.
Don't see it if A straight focus group does not interest you. This is the literal set up through conclusion of one as it might really have gone.
See it if Really enjoyed the 70s feel and the characters portrayed. Fun slice of life that feels like a real focus group but funnier.
Don't see it if You need music or intense drama, or even a defined ending.
See it if You like The Mad Ones or watching "life as art" - or is it "art as life". It's interesting to pick out the drama in real life.
Don't see it if You need a very clearly articulated plot with messages that are beaten over your head.
See it if you like oddball theatre...you like especially creative writers...you're not afraid to explore something new...you want to laugh
Don't see it if you're not willing to be taken on a self reflective journey... you're expecting to know everything... you're unwilling to laugh at yourself
See it if You are a Mad Ones fan, for sure. Peeps in market research will likely find it funny as well.
Don't see it if Talk vs. action isn’t your thing. It’s a very sedentary piece with a lot to say if you listen well.
See it if Ensemble actors directed like instruments in the orchestra. It's funny, smart and subtle.
Don't see it if You like dramatic tension resolved with a confrontation or catharsis
See it if You like improv. This show grew out of scenes written by The Mad Ones. Lacks structure.
Don't see it if You like shows with narrative, and a more traditional story. This show seems like it needed an Act 2.