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Must

From 47 member  reviews
Members say: Slow, Disappointing, Confusing, Great acting, Excruciating

About the show

Film star Bruce Willis presents this new drama, where legendary outlaw Billy the Kid reflects upon the relationships that have informed his life on the night before his murder. More…

​In the New Mexican desert, Billy the Kid is restless and alone. He conjures his mother, his lover, Sheriff Pat Garrett, and the man he thinks might be his father. Through memories, visions, and feverish dreams, he confronts each of them. As he gains real insight into their lives and struggles, he discovers how he went from being a normal kid in New York City to the notorious gunfighter Billy The Kid. At sunrise, he 'Must' face Garrett with this newfound understanding of life, purpose, and infamy.


Member Reviews (47)

MEMBERS SAY:

Slow, Disappointing, Confusing, Great acting, Excruciating

82
Ambitious, Intelligent, Quirky

See it if You're looking to see something new, avant garde, and with a fresh take on a well known subject.

Don't see it if You want something more conventional; the play is a little confusing.

70
Disappointing, Overrated

See it if you want to see a short play that seems too long.

Don't see it if you want to see good actors working with a poor script.

Also Repetitious, redundant, superfluous...... Read more Read less

95
Clever, Great staging, Great writing, Masterful, Profound

See it if Fan of Billy the Kid.

Don't see it if Your not open minded to someone else's thoughts and demons.

76
Great acting

See it if you like great acting.

Don't see it if you cannot follow different story lines at the same time.

Also story is clever.

During previews
70
Thought-provoking, Resonant, Poor stage directions, poor direction

See it if You want to see a new play with the substance of a very good play. It had all the elements I hoped for when I read the description.

Don't see it if Poor stage instructions by the author and poor direction make the production difficult to enjoy. Dooling is less than than engaging

Also The play has very good potential. The author has combined a "Christmas... Read more Read less

During previews
70
Great acting, Slow, Clever

See it if You are interested in Billy the kid. Like plays that are slow and not quite linear. An interesting semi historical story

Don't see it if You prefer something linear or fast paced and a bigger production. Have no interest in Billy the kid or philosophical takes on history

During previews
70
Intense, Great acting, Great staging, Slow, Confusing

See it if You like rustic western background mixed with highbrow philosophical metaphors and great acting. Finding story behind confusing dialogues.

Don't see it if You're looking for a light, relaxing and entertaining show that doesn't need much thinking. This show is a lot of work to perform and follow

During previews
78
Epic, Thought-provoking, Great staging, Great writing, Ambitious

See it if You like poetic historical fiction with beautiful costumes, sounds, and lights.

Don't see it if You don't like very theatrical, creative work that's under an hour.

Also It was just a really nice way to spend an evening.


November 6th, 2017
“'Must' never provides any specific insights into the life of the person or the legend...An under-researched evening of theater, with the dialogue, characters, and psychological underpinnings acting more as generalizations than specific and rich elements that add to the overall storytelling. The ...
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November 15th, 2017
"Purports to excavate the background of Billy The Kid but buries the lede beneath lackluster dialogue that mistakes clichés for insight...Encumbered by Charles Cissel's flat prose, these actors fail to register as anything other than cinematic stand ins. In fact they look as if they are marking t...
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November 7th, 2017
“Pretty much dead on arrival. Billy isn't much of an outlaw...Instead, he comes off as a modern misunderstood adolescent, largely passive and given to nursing old wounds. This is surely the least interesting choice...'Must' has zero dramatic tension...Under the sluggish direction of Gabriel Vega ...
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November 7th, 2017
“Droning on for an hour, ‘Must’ is playwright Cissel’s stupefying ‘unearthing of Billy The Kid.’ It’s like Arthur Miller took a break from completing 'After the Fall' to write an episode of Gunsmoke...Mr. Cissel’s treatment is a turgid exercise with little action and lots of leaden talk...’Must’ ...
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