MsTRIAL
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MsTRIAL NYC Reviews and Tickets

71%
(95 Reviews)
Positive
68%
Mixed
20%
Negative
12%
Members say
Relevant, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Disappointing

About the Show

This raw tale of two attorneys whose lives are forever changed by a night of drunken celebration explores and exposes murky waters in a fraught case of "he said, she said" and asks us, "Is justice truly blind?"

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Member Reviews (95)

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687 Reviews | 113 Followers
69
Ambitious, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Slow, Disappointing

See it if To be expected, the women - Evangelista, Brookshire & Samuels all shine in this pedestrian drama about sexual consent & toxic masculinity

Don't see it if Dripping in legalese & arrogance makes for rough going thru the longish 1st act Drama is in the 2nd but author Kirkland fails to convince

567 Reviews | 147 Followers
80
Combative, Thought-provoking, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if Combative late-nite workplace foxhole sex crime drama. A trial lawyer must prove her mettle to chauvinist boss after injurious judgments.

Don't see it if Great writing/acting with dumb dialogue:"He's like a mutt in heat/She's a certified babe/It's complicated--It's men stuff/It's the system" Read more

419 Reviews | 99 Followers
49
This is a story that needs to be told---this is not it

See it if you want to see a muddled tale of what constitutes consensual sex. Nice convertible set.

Don't see it if why is the 3rd character a gay man the woman tries to seduce? Why does he become the defender of the rapist--or IS he a rapist? Read more

292 Reviews | 43 Followers
77
Relevant, Fine acting, Thought-provoking, Confrontational

See it if the consequences on the lives of 3 attorneys after too much celebrating after winning a big case intrigues you.

Don't see it if you've had enough Me,too drama

239 Reviews | 198 Followers
60
Edgy, Excruciating, Thought-provoking, Great acting

See it if you like political dramas with a well acted cast.

Don't see it if you are triggered by the subject of rape. The play is very uncomfortable to watch and the only message is that the legal system is broken.

251 Reviews | 66 Followers
78
Raunchy, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if Interesting play regarding a legal team member accused of rape. Can get a bit raunchy at times but kept my interest for the most part

Don't see it if You prefer a lighter subject matter or musical.

237 Reviews | 19 Followers
44
Disappointing

See it if You want to see a new play about timely issues.

Don't see it if You want to see a play that is well structured Read more

230 Reviews | 41 Followers
70
Absorbing, Cliched, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great acting

See it if you are looking for great acting in a so-so play. The author plays one of the main characters, usually I hate that but he is very good

Don't see it if you are looking of a comedy The play needs some work but as I said the cast is top notch

Critic Reviews (6)

Theatermania
December 4th, 2019

"'MsTrial': When Sexual Tension Crosses the Line Into Sexual Assault: Dep Kirkland's 2002 play receives a belated off-Broadway debut."
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Talkin' Broadway
December 4th, 2019

"The subject matter of this reworked 2002 drama remains timely. But having a strong idea for a play is a far cry from being able to translate it into compelling dramaturgy."
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New York Stage Review
December 4th, 2019

3/5 Stars "Office Sexual Harassment Goes Strongly #MeToo: Author/Star Dep Kirkland plays a nasty lawyer in this Weinstein-influenced drama"
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Theater Pizzazz
December 4th, 2019

"Dramatically shaky but topically pertinent...There’s definitely meat to chew on, given the play’s #MeToo relevance. The vivid details we hear regarding the physical nature of a rape themselves have intrinsic interest. But there are niggling questions about plausibility."
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Front Row Center
December 5th, 2019

Score: 72% "What's surprising about 'MsTrial' is that it was written in 2002 and what is not surprising, unfortunately, is how familiar its circumstances seem. Lawyer-turned-actor Dep Kirkland wrote and stars in this production that measures the very sharp angles of a workplace triangle."
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Off Off Online
December 5th, 2019

"The script's lack of subtlety and plausibility dooms a play that starts out as a mildly engaging story of high-powered trial attorneys and an alleged sexual assault between them."
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