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 like to see a loose story told through character interactions, crafted by a stellar cast.
Don't see it if you can't stand awkwardly squirming in your seat while waiting for a story arc that will never come.
See it if you like seeing well-developed characters thrown together and watching them react to each other.
Don't see it if you want a riveting plot with a strong story arc
See it if you appreciate the subtexts of how race and class play out in this completely original idea of the focus group upon which we get to spy!
Don't see it if quirky and thought-provoking is not your kind of comedy/drama
See it if you want to see a very intelligent show that says so much about society, group dynamics, culture, etc primarily with indirect communication
Don't see it if You don’t want to dig beneath the surface of messages to get at what is actually being said.
See it if You like funny, intelligent theater. It is subtle and very thought provoking. The characters are realistic, the themes timely.
Don't see it if You are bored if there is not a lot of action
See it if you like hyper-realism that is excellently performed; the presence in the room was v electric; you like meta-theatricality; ensemble-based
Don't see it if you want a play that steps back from itself; you don't like the 1970s; you don't want to watch white men be awful (on purpose/for the play)
See it if This show is a fascinating examination of interpersonal dynamics and psychology evidenced as strangers interact.
Don't see it if You want to see action instead of becoming aware of abstract ideas over the course of a single scene.
See it if You like a piece that gives you a lot to think about, and a lot to discover in glances, sighs, and side comments.
Don't see it if You are more driven by plot than character, or prefer that the "message" of a play be directly signaled to the audience.
See it if you enjoy plays that are different and tell more by sometimes not saying too much. A very intelligent and funny work that makes you think!
Don't see it if You want a standard type story. This is a great study in interpersonal behaviors and group dynamics that doesn’t follow a traditional style.
See it if You enjoy non-traditional theatre and want to see a show that’s not going to hold your hand
Don't see it if If you’re looking for something big and flashy or full of action
See it if You enjoy thoughtful storylines with really smart set design and multiple supporting characters in continuous, well written dialogue.
Don't see it if You need a fancy theater or a lot of smoke and lights.
See it if you want to Laugh, like character development, and want to see a fresh take on theater
Don't see it if you want a single theme as a take-away. Every person I talked to identified w/a different character & maybe that's the point.
See it if you want to see a clever (and mostly funny) script with really good actors.
Don't see it if after the first 60 minutes you wonder why there's more... great acting and design but a bit one-note for too long... great use of the space.
See it if you like plays that take on social issues in inventive, fast-paced, incisive ways or you're curious how to make a play out of a focus group.
Don't see it if you don't like highly intricate, super-fast plays that take on social issues in a highly entertaining way.
Also Please bring this play back!
See it if You really miss the 80s. Or even if you sorta miss the 80s...it's fun to go back in time.
Don't see it if You want a transformative experience. The show is entertaining, but doesn't have the profound themes that Miles for Mary did.
See it if You'd like to see expert ensemble work. You enjoy unconventional storytelling. You're not yet familiar with the Mad Ones & what they do.
Don't see it if You're a strict traditionalist in terms of plot structure for plays.
See it if You want to experience the mundane, recreated with masterful detail and emulating powerful nostalgia through tiny moments.
Don't see it if You only want stores following traditional structures of plot and climaxes.
See it if you like to be drawn into the world and exposition — you will slowly learn who each character is and what parenting in the 70s is like
Don't see it if you don't like reading into the subtext of a moment, want everything to be spelled out to you, feel uncomfortable when plays examine racism