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Night is a Room

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Members say: Intense, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Ambitious

About the show

A world premiere production from Signature's Residency One playwright Naomi Wallace, 'Night is a Room' explores the power of love to ruin and remake our lives. More…

Liana and Marcus have an enviable life and marriage. Both are successful, enjoying the fruits of their labors and basking in each other's love. When Doré, a working class woman whose life has not been as charmed, comes into Liana and Marcus' lives, things suddenly turn upside down. Doré has grown accustomed to an isolated existence in her modest flat in her working class neighborhood. After a surprise reunion on Marcus’s 40th birthday, all three of their worlds are shattered by an unexpected turn of events.

Member Reviews (27)


Intense, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Ambitious
Avg Score

Play built on improbable premise but brilliantly acted

See it if you think role of theater is to provoke - even shock - audience and enjoy seeing two leading actresses acting up a storm.

Don't see it if you don't like seeing play where audience laughs in inappropriate places as nervous response to audacious premise.

Disturbing, Edgy, Great acting

See it if you don't mind disturbing familial themes.

Don't see it if you mind disturbing familial themes.

Disappointing, Excruciating, Do not see with a family member, Ridiculous, Disgusting

See it if Do not see this play.

Don't see it if You don't like very graphic plays about mother son incest.

Clever, Absorbing, Edgy, Ambitious

See it if You like edgy, fresh shows and aren't afraid of highly sexualized discussions. Superb acting

Don't see it if You'd be offended at frank talk of sex.

Edgy, Epic, Masterful, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if You love a drama about a touchy subject. I was shocked when I found out what this was about. Don't find out just see it and be surprised

Don't see it if a touchy subject which is 100% accurate bothers you

Great acting, Disappointing, Intense, Raunchy

See it if you enjoy good acting and provocative situations.

Don't see it if you expect an interesting premise to develop in satisfying ways.

Ambitious, Edgy, Great acting, Great writing, Thought-provoking

See it if You enjoy a well written well performed EDGY drama. The ending drops off a bit from the caliber of most of the show.

Don't see it if non traditional sexual interaction is offensive (no nudity).

Great acting, Intense

See it if want to see some great acting on stage. Subject matter is absurd and from from the norm.

Don't see it if You are easily offended and you do not like situations that are far away from the norm.

Clunky, Not-believable, Disappointing, Good acting

See it if You support new work and women playwrights, and have enjoyed previous dark, twisted Naomi Wallace plays

Don't see it if You think a "shocking" premise deserves to be followed up by reasonably believable plot points. This felt like a Law & Order SVU rip-off

Thought-provoking, Great acting, Hard, Unshakeable, Agitational

See it if You are ready to challenge your own understanding of societal norms

Don't see it if You are uncomfortable with difficult sexual themes

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Absorbing, Intelligent, Original, Profound, Riveting

See it if u crave powerful writing and acting. Your head will spin(as mine did) at the events of this play, a strong melodrama in the Lillian Hellman

Don't see it if vein of complex characters in melodramatic situations. The cast is tops w/ the women's rolls being the most rewarding. I was bowled over!!

Original, Riveting, Thought-provoking, Intense

See it if Surprising shocking raw

Don't see it if Unbelievable

Absorbing, Intense

See it if you like thought-provoking theatre with stellar performances. But don't read ANYTHING about it. (Spoilers!)

Don't see it if you find "difficult" subject matter off-putting. Quite a few people left at intermission.

Excruciating, Intense, Slow, Too long, Explicit

See it if you want to be shocked with a disturbing, but poorly written plot twist. You just care about plot and don't mind mediocre everything else.

Don't see it if horrendous fake British accents, graphic sex portrayals, and scenes that never end bother you. You need to be kept on the edge of your seat.

Absorbing, Original, Uncomfortable, Thought-provoking, Disappointing

See it if you want to see a topic that is likely unfamiliar to you. Lots of drama and shock value, but unsatisfying. Well acted. Difficult material.

Don't see it if you don't tolerate non-traditional sexual themes well. There's no sweetness or sunshine here.

Absorbing, Intelligent, Riveting, Raunchy, Refreshing

See it if you like your chocolate dark-- strange, uncompromising, lurid and gorgeously wrought. A big brave leap from a singular sensibility

Don't see it if you would prefer something tidier or less grotesque

Absorbing, Great acting, Raunchy, Thought-provoking, Riveting

See it if you enjoy deep, dark and intense plays

Don't see it if you want to just sit there and be entertained

Disappointing, Overrated, Thought-provoking, Banal, Ambitious

See it if you're interested in complex plays with big ideas, and are patient with inconsistent performances.

Don't see it if the level of acting is important to you (the leading performance was quite weak), and you like your plays well crafted.

Disappointing, Indulgent, Overrated

See it if You're pretentious and confused about life.

Don't see it if You don't need to see everything.

Ambitious, Great acting, Intense, Original, Challenging

See it if love intense family drama you're open to hard to watch topics you value new stories and great acting

Don't see it if you are easily put off (sort of) incest topics difficult subject matters offend you

Absorbing, Quirky, Resonant, Edgy, Intense

See it if you like edgy drama that some may find unsettling, and you're not put off by writing that goes a bit poetic sometimes.

Don't see it if you hate edgy drama that is somewhat unsettling, or you're put off by dialogue that doesn't always sound like the way people really talk.

Great acting, Indulgent, Quirky, Intense, Ambitious

See it if you like provocative theater. Extremely provocative.

Don't see it if if you're squeamish.

During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Must see

See it if I have NEVER seen a play that treats this theme ! Can't say more without spoiling the incredible shock factor ! See it !

Don't see it if You can't deal with very sensitive themes played out in a very graphic way !

During previews
Great acting, Ambitious, Confusing, Raunchy, Thought-provoking

See it if possibly the first time this sexual deviation theme has been explored in the theater.

Don't see it if you don't like strong sexual content, you need it to be more convincing.

During previews
Thought-provoking, Raunchy, Intense, Ambitious, Cliched

See it if You want to be really shocked by what you see on stage, even if it's not handled well.

Don't see it if You need more than just shock value and are seeking tremendous insight.

November 22nd, 2015
"Contemporary realism predominates in Bill Rauch’s impeccably designed production...The play’s hints of the fantastical don’t quite read. There is something a little bloodless and cerebral here, too: an intellectual experiment beneath the stormy passion. So there is much to be grateful for in the...
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November 23rd, 2015
"The writer addresses a subject that seems positively bourgeois...'Night is a Room' faintly recalls Albee and Pinter’s cryptic, psychosexual puzzles, but Wallace carves out her own territory with rich, daring (if too often bathetic) language. Desire, genetic destiny and the destructive force of l...
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November 22nd, 2015
"'Night Is a Room' feels a lot like ersatz Albee— but without Albee’s stinging language or his biting cerebral assault on the moral standards of our smugly liberal society...Wallace writes with a kind of ecstatic lyricism, a love song to the sound of her own poetic voice. But while the individual...
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November 22nd, 2015
"Even with long swaths of beautiful writing mixed in amid the inescapable pulpiness, 'Night Is a Room' doesn't really accomplish as much as it wants, nor does it feel particularly substantial...The second act wraps the piece up with too neat a bow for all the messiness that has transpired...Still...
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