Night is a Room
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Night is a Room

Night is a Room NYC Reviews and Tickets

(27 Reviews)
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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.

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Member Reviews (27)

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650 Reviews | 284 Followers
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.

505 Reviews | 729 Followers
Disturbing, Edgy, Great acting

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

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

488 Reviews | 316 Followers
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.

520 Reviews | 107 Followers
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

470 Reviews | 113 Followers
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.

459 Reviews | 117 Followers
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.

407 Reviews | 67 Followers
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).

243 Reviews | 59 Followers
Thought-provoking, Great acting, Hard, Unshakeable, Agitational

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

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Critic Reviews (20)

The New York Times
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 excellent casting...The oddest, least satisfying thing about 'Night Is a Room' is its conclusion, which wraps things up far too neatly."
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Time Out New York
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 love are the topics here, ones that transcend class."
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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 images can be beautiful, the age-old conflict between mother and wife is reduced to a single blunt and literal metaphor."
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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, it's consistently entertaining, thanks to mordantly funny dialogue and a pair of stunning performances from Dominczyk and Dowd."
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November 22nd, 2015

"While a deeper play that treats the subject with sensitivity could be effective, 'Night is a Room' is so heavy-handedly written and loaded with bombastically dramatic situations that at this past Saturday's matinee a great deal of the audience was laughing out loud during scenes that were surely meant to be taken seriously...The fact that director Bill Rauch's cast is so good, and so honestly committed to the material, only makes the script's clunkiness more apparent."
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Lighting & Sound America
December 1st, 2015

"It is tautly constructed, rooted in a highly dramatic situation...And it is a first-class, 100% Grade A lulu...Wallace hasn't done a thing to make it even mildly believable. Having taken on this dubious case study, the director, Bill Rauch, does more with it than one imagines possible, aided by a cast that deserves much better...It seems rooted in theories that don't exist outside the playwright's mind, resulting in a work that feels willfully contrived."
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Talkin' Broadway
November 22nd, 2015

"The combination of all the elements help ensure that 'Night Is a Room' will be one of the year's most talked-about plays...Wallace is subverting our expectations and tolerances, daring us to question and judge people who are being forced to endure unimaginable horrors...Because 'Night Is a Room' gives us so much to chew on, the easy-to-swallow ending is imbued with a bitter aftertaste that stops just short of ruining the five-course dinner that precedes it."
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Theatre is Easy
November 25th, 2015

"Wallace…has a great ear for dialogue and has crafted a vivid picture of the lives of the two very different women...I would tighten up the introduction or change the pacing. But as the play progresses, Rauch expertly guides the later intimacies and blow ups so that they crackle with energy and no moment seems extraneous. If you’re looking for a play with unpredictable twists and outstanding acting, you’ll be rewarded with a deft portrait of ruin and renewal."
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