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My Eyes Went Dark

From 57 member  reviews
Members say: Great acting, Absorbing, Intense, Confusing, Thought-provoking

About the show

107group presents a tragedy inspired by true events about a Russian father driven to revenge after losing his family in a plane crash. Part of 59E59's annual Brits Off Broadway festival. More…

'My Eyes Went Dark' comes to New York following runs at the Finborough Theatre, London and the Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, and was nominated for three Off West End Theatre Awards.


Member Reviews (57)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great acting, Absorbing, Intense, Confusing, Thought-provoking
77
Avg Score

69
Confusing, Dizzying, Great acting

See it if Strong performances don't making this confusing, disjointed show work. Very heavy work about trgedy and loss.

Don't see it if You are looking for a clean narrative or have trouble keeping track of switching roles and time periods.

90
Intense, Epic, Intelligent, Profound, Relevant

See it if The victim has a hard time forgiving if the perpetrator doesn't acknowledge their responsibility.

Don't see it if You are not up for an dark, intense story with a lot of grief and anger.

Also The biblical reference about how Jesus showed his wounds before ascend... Read more Read less

84
Powerful, Touching, Great acting, Intelligent, Intense

See it if you are up for a serious, darkly themed story which is intensely well acted. Emotions and thoughts of vengance run high. Very well done.

Don't see it if you don't want to think or feel, this is not a frivolous play. The narrative is sometimes confusing, but always becomes clear.

78
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Profound, Intense

See it if you enjoy thought provoking drama about tragedy and human emotions; interesting staging and lighting/sound effects; non-linear time frame

Don't see it if you hate extremely sad and intense drama, multiple characters played by one actor, non-linear plot development; are easily confused.

75
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Intense, Masterful

See it if You enjoy strong storytelling and a pair of excellent actors; minimal set and powerful lighting and sound design

Don't see it if You want to be entertained, have difficulty following actors who change characters or struggle to follow a story without props or scenery

80
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Intense, Heartrending

See it if tragic play about the effects after one man's family is killed in a plane crash; told with two actors, one playing several roles

Don't see it if need to concentrate to understand because story can be confusing, esp. in beginning. Some time events are out of sequence. Minimalist set.

Also Mr. Conlon was excellent in bring out rage, sadness, and questions of ... Read more Read less

69
Confusing, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if While the actors clearly gave their all, it was a letdown as the main character hadn't truly grown or changed by the end.

Don't see it if With one actor playing multiple characters (no prop or costume changes) the cues for character change and the timeline itself were confusing

91
Absorbing, Edgy, Intelligent, Intense, Profound

See it if You're fine with small shows, small casts, actors playing multiple characters, intense themes, and a surprisingly good show for cheap.

Don't see it if You need big sets, linear plot, neat tidy outcomes, or a lot going on. This is a taut little show that surprises.

78
Confusing, Great acting, Intense

See it if you like good acting, and can follow a story that moves back and forth in time.

Don't see it if you want to see something simple.

81
Intense, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Absorbing, Great acting

See it if you enjoy productions that will make you reevaluate how we view "the other".

Don't see it if you are looking for spectacle or don't like actors playing multiple characters.

60
Confusing, Disappointing, Great acting

See it if you want to see an intense play about a true event, that involves revenge and forgiveness, performed with great acting .

Don't see it if you don't want to see a play that is confusing, goes back and forth in time and is fragmented,

72
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Resonant

See it if You can watch 2 actors take multiple roles as story unfolds... Revenge for the loss of a family in an airplane accident is underlying thread

Don't see it if You aren't interested in the consequences of action taken in revenge. Guilty before innocent...

71
Interesting 2 person play with good unfolds

See it if you like intimate 2 person shows

Don't see it if you want a fuller cast

70
Absorbing, Great acting, Slow, Disappointing, Quirky

See it if psychological dramas about tragedy and loss

Don't see it if plays that primarily involve dialog between two characters.

79
Great acting, Riveting, Thought-provoking

See it if Touching masterful acting. The script is about the characters' reactions to their circumstances, & the story is told in their performances.

Don't see it if you don't like to pay attention, be on the edge of your seat, cry at human loss.

75
Ambitious, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if If you want to be provoked by a story and great acting.

Don't see it if If you just want to be entertained without any thought provoking material.

75
Overrated, Disappointing, Confusing, Great acting, Slow

See it if You can concentrate and skip from conversation to conversation without being confused.

Don't see it if If you like great acting, but can't keep up with the back and forth, handle confusing conversations, can concentrate!

70
Absorbing, Intelligent, Great acting, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if You appreciate seeing actors jump in and out of various characters and time frames with skill and full commitment.

Don't see it if Watching someone go through personal tragedy is not your thing.

71
Confusing, Great acting, Intense

See it if The characterization was confusing but overall it was absorbing though uneven

Don't see it if you're not interested in a dark true revenge story

During previews
75
Thought-provoking, Intense, Absorbing, Well acted, Barebones

See it if you like dark explorations of grief, revenge, justice. Closely based on a true story, MEWD reveals the blood feud is alive. Strong acting.

Don't see it if you dislike barebones productions or an intimate setting. Script is occasionally clunky/draggy. Sight-lines are tough w action on the floor

Also In MEWD, truth is stranger than fiction. When I got home, I googled th... Read more Read less

During previews
82
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if you enjoy an absorbing drama about a person's reaction to the death of his family. The issue of when or if revenge is acceptable.

Don't see it if you want a comedy. The staging of this 2 person drama is unusual but it works.

During previews
65
Intense, Thought-provoking, Disappointing, Confusing, Edgy

See it if you want to see a fact-based revenge story and don't require that the protagonist be sympathetic.

Don't see it if need to have a likable or at least sympathetic character to root for.

Also The production employs several very loud sound effects to punctuate sc... Read more Read less

During previews
74
Good theatre. good performances. good subject

See it if You enjoy good theatre. The way the brits do it.

Don't see it if You don't want to be thought provoked.

During previews
76
Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Sad story

See it if you want to experience an amazing performance by Thusitha Jayasundera.

Don't see it if you try to avoid depictions of sad and tragic events.

Also This play explores important subjects and is well done. But it is a ve... Read more Read less

During previews
79
Dark, Fine acting, Very intense

See it if Melodramatic two-hander about dealing with family tragedy and the compelling need to exact consequences for perceived wrongs. Wonderfully...

Don't see it if ...acted which covers some weaker plot points & muddled storyline. Stark & bitter, but something rather powerful & special.


June 26th, 2017
"The staging...effectively guides the play through hopscotching shifts in setting and time. Too often, however, the script jumps face first into scenes, then flounders as the exposition-laden dialogue tries to pick up the slack...Ms. Jayasundera moves deftly from role to role...Mr. Conlon’s Koslo...
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June 14th, 2017
“Wilkinson's precise ear for dialogue makes his succession of brief scenes convincing, and ‘My Eyes Went Dark’ has power as a high-intensity acting showcase. But there's too little analysis of the mechanisms of revenge and forgiveness. Instead, the play offers intense, histrionic moments that we ...
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June 19th, 2017
"The two-hander features the extraordinary acting talents of Declan Conlon and Thusitha Jayasundera. Conlon's portrayal of Nikolai Koslov is an evocative, heartrending performance. Jayasundera plays multiple roles that fill out the entire story...'My Eyes Went Dark' is a very timely piece of thea...
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June 15th, 2017
"Conlon is especially brilliant at signaling submerged emotions, a skill that proves invaluable here...Given the fragmented nature of Matthew Wilkinson's script, the narrative is occasionally a little confusing...Still, under Wilkinson's direction, there are many passages of unsparing power, and ...
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