Office Hour
Closed 1h 30m
Office Hour
74

Office Hour NYC Reviews and Tickets

74%
(124 Ratings)
Positive
71%
Mixed
27%
Negative
2%
Members say
Intense, Great acting, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Absorbing

About the Show

Playwright Julia Cho ('The Language Archive') returns to the Public with the New York premiere of this taut drama about a teacher and student desperate to change the narrative of who they are and how their story ends.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (124)

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474 Reviews | 114 Followers
90
Great acting, Great writing, Relevant

See it if You'd want to watch one teacher try to get through to a troubled student and all the things she really tries. 90 minutes flies by.

Don't see it if You don't have earplugs, as there is a particularly loud moment (that goes on for a while) towards the end.

139 Reviews | 13 Followers
90
Absorbing, Edgy, Clever, Great acting

See it if You would like a stimulating experience ripped from today’s headlines. This play will disturb you and have you discussing it with friends.

Don't see it if It hits too close to home as the subject matter involves potential violence.

153 Reviews | 44 Followers
85
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to see a thought-provoking play about identity and race and family and being seen. Clever staging, too.

Don't see it if you are scared by loud noises or want a light evening out. This is an EXTREMELY intense performance.

408 Reviews | 86 Followers
85
Great acting, Intense, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Intelligent

See it if Exploration of a potential school shooter that plays with our perceptions, stereotypes and fears to explore how we can find understanding

Don't see it if you're looking for a light comedy or don't like plays which remain ambiguous. What-if scenarios & unanswered questions, but that's the point

740 Reviews | 262 Followers
84
Absorbing, Edgy, Intense, Relevant, Riveting

See it if You enjoy highly relevant, topical thrillers, especially those that toy with both the audience’s and the characters’ perceptions of reality.

Don't see it if You can’t stand edge-of-your-seat, intense plays where you’re constantly waiting for a gun to go off.

52 Reviews | 14 Followers
82
Edgy, Epic, Great acting, Great writing, Relevant

See it if you want a heart-stopping 90 minutes that asks the tough questions.

Don't see it if you're squirmy around guns.

394 Reviews | 34 Followers
82
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Relevant, Riveting

See it if you want to see a play that brings up the very important topic of gun violence and teenage angst.

Don't see it if you want to see a play that gives answers to the important topics it brings up. Read more

271 Reviews | 58 Followers
81
Riveting, Taut, Thought-provoking, Edgy

See it if You have an interest in an examination of the the struggles of growing up as an outsider, and not fitting in.

Don't see it if You do not care for sitting on the edge of your seat, or considering issues which never troubled you growing up.

Critic Reviews (25)

The New York Times
November 8th, 2017

“If you remove from the story the threat of violence and its fulfillment, there’s very little story left...Cho tries to finesse this structural problem by introducing a meta-theatrical game of three-card monte...It’s hard to pay attention either way, because so many of the vignettes end in varieties of violence..Technically, the production is extremely skillful — you might even say cunning — at producing that response...But the question remains: effective to what end?”
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Time Out New York
November 8th, 2017

“'Office Hour' is physically difficult to sit through. Part of that reaction is a judgment on its quality...But you may also be experiencing something like a literal fight-or-flight response...Cho’s 'All in the Timing'–style conceit spirals into absurdity, and the audience laughs uncertainly...If this horror were in the service of penetrating insights about school shootings, it might be valuable, even necessary. But ’Office Hour’ doesn’t earn its ending; it has nothing to teach."
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New York Magazine / Vulture
November 8th, 2017

“Has moments that feel vital, honest, and valuable. It’s also built around a scenario that I find deeply questionable, perhaps even irresponsible...At its most effective moments, 'Office Hour' is interested not only in the question of gun violence, but in the painful, isolating struggle faced by the children of immigrant parents in this country...The climax overwhelms the rest of the play to a destructive degree. It feels like a cruel trick on an audience who came willing to listen."
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Deadline
November 9th, 2017

"Couldn’t be more timely...Cho seems more interested in a conventional teacher-with-a-savior-complex melodrama than a serious exploration of the larger issue, and that’s where 'Office Hour' comes up short...Unfortunately, even as played by the very game Kim, Gina is, to put it kindly, a flibbertigibbet with boundary issues who could probably drive Bambi to violence. The inevitable Armageddon seems both tasteless and dramatically unearned."
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Variety
November 9th, 2017

"Sue Jean Kim gives a remarkably controlled performance...Cho is a confident writer, Gina is a gutsy character and Kim is a self-possessed performer...Cho’s smart, civilized dialogue occasionally seems tone deaf. Unless director Neel Keller is deliberately playing against the written text and reaching for the subtext."
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The Hollywood Reporter
November 8th, 2017

“The dialogue too often feels contrived and artificial, designed to make sociological points rather than convey three-dimensional characters...The playwright indulges too often in the sort of narrative fake-outs that are certainly shocking but eventually prove wearisome in their repetitiveness. ‘Office Hour’ is most incisive in its quieter, subtler moments...May not tell us anything we don't already know...But it certainly makes you feel like you've been in the presence of one.”
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Theatermania
November 8th, 2017

“Disappointingly, ‘Office Hour’ begins to resemble a therapy session...Everyone onstage has a good cry and we tear up a bit from sheer boredom. It feels like an easy way out...We are briefly jolted to attention by a sequence of rapid-fire scenes imagining all the horrible ways a shooting could happen...Then something incredible happens: We get used to it...Whether by design or not, our reaction to what should be a traumatizing scene is the most disturbing revelation of the play."
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BroadwayWorld
November 9th, 2017

"A tense and extremely well thought out play...Both Kim and Lee are excellent. The playwright allows for gradual connections to be made between them...What is so gripping about the play and the production is the ever-present fear of horrific violence that permeates the space, even as sympathy grows for Dennis...Cho effectively calls for compassion and outreach from a society that commonly creates violent loners out of troubled children."
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