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MsTRIAL

From 95 member  reviews
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?" More…

From the show:

Internationally renowned trial lawyer John Paris plays to win, both in and out of court. For Karen Lukoff, John's young associate, losing has never been an option either. Together, they are a litigation juggernaut. John's nephew Dan Burks isn’t sure where he fits, if at all.

After a major lawsuit victory, John's firm celebrates the win as hard as they fought for it. In the drunken morning hours, left alone, John and Karen collide in a high-octane moment that will cause everyone—including the audience—to question what they know about desire, consent, winning, and losing. 

2h 0m | Already closed | New World Stages (Midtown W)

Member Reviews (95)

MEMBERS SAY:

Relevant, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Disappointing
71
Avg Score

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

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"

Also Note:Don't call anyone "Barbie" unless it's Mattel or birth-certified.

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?

Also Spoilers ahead.... Read more Read less

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

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.

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

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

Also The acting is uneven. Feels like a long “Law and Order” episode. Way t... Read more Read less

79
Great writing, Great staging, Great acting

See it if You enjoy a story that takes you along in a story that abruptly changes in one day.

Don't see it if You enjoy musicals and comedies.

71
Indulgent, Disappointing

See it if TV movie that was preachy and super cliche and with a just okay cast.

Don't see it if I just did not feel the acting was genuine and the story just was constructed as a me too moment as did me too an injustice

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.

75
Indulgent, Absorbing, Cliched, Thought-provoking, Entertaining

See it if Generally interesting and entertaining and good writing and acting at times. Important subject matter that has been overdone recently.

Don't see it if Not much more sophisticated than something commonly seen on T.V. At times predictable but the actors pull it off.

74
Relevant, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You like seeing plays about relevant issues told from different perspectives.

Don't see it if You are uncomfortable with sensitive story lines.

85
Well acted, Profound

See it if If you like Law and Order this show is for you. A bit too long due to the intermission. But well acted and directed.

Don't see it if If the topic of rape is a problem for you

75
Entertaining, Disappointing, Overrated, Resonant

See it if You want to walk away questioning who is right, is the law fair, etc.

Don't see it if You are tired of what is in essence the "Me Too" topic.

87
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Intelligent, Profound, Absorbing

See it if you wish to see an intelligent play about lawyers, their tactics and the limitations of the justice system in cases of sexual abuse.

Don't see it if if you dislike plays where the guilty are exonerated.

79
Relevant, Thought-provoking, Great staging, Edgy, Entertaining

See it if You love drama. The writing and acting are somewhat uneven. Jeannine and Bill are very good.

Don't see it if You seek a flawless production.

42
Clunky

See it if You likes stories about court/legal cases.

Don't see it if You want something that isn't "right on the nose".

Also There's a lovely moment between the female lead and stenographer, but ... Read more Read less

42
Disappointing, Banal

See it if You like plots the revolve around the law.

Don't see it if You want something that feels authentic. The 1st act feels like it was only written to have the discussions in the second act.

65
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Ambitious

See it if you are interested in Law & Order style story telling and the very timely themes of consent and rape. The female lead understudy was good.

Don't see it if you are expecting any resolution or unique point of view on a scenario we have heard so many times before.

60
Intense, Disappointing

See it if If you enjoy quirky banter and don’t mind cursing and sexual references throughout the production and don’t mind mediocre acting.

Don't see it if You are sensitive to cursing and would like a faster paced more absorbing production.

80
Profound, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if Great acting and stage set. First act is somewhat slow. Lots of dialogue about a court case. Second act was rivoting. Very profound.

Don't see it if Lots of court room talk. Male sexism. Woman abuse story. Difficult ending.

79
Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing, Clever

See it if You like drama and logical arguments and great acting (2nd Act was MUCH better)

Don't see it if You can't keep up with quick dialogue

45
Disappointing, Banal

See it if A new play with a “he said/she said” narrative sounds appealing.

Don't see it if You want a tightly structured play.

Also The entire first only exists to set up the plot of the second act. It ... Read more Read less

45
Indulgent

See it if You are interested in a new play that deals with law, harassment, and ego.

Don't see it if You are interested in a play that has something new to say.

Also It's very obvious where this is going 10 minutes in, but takes 2 hours... Read more Read less

87
Relevant, Intense, Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You are interested in seeing lawyers interact and issues of sexual harassment.

Don't see it if You are sick of issues of sexual harassment, dislike some foul language and graphic description

Also I believe that this was quite realistic and do not know why others are... Read more Read less


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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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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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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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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