On That Day In Amsterdam
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On That Day In Amsterdam
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On That Day In Amsterdam NYC Reviews and Tickets

74%
(100 Ratings)
Positive
79%
Mixed
15%
Negative
6%
Members say
Absorbing, Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Great staging, Great acting

A romantic journey between a refugee from the Middle East and an American backpacker.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (100)

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102 Reviews | 46 Followers
98
Romantic, Great writing, Great acting, Enchanting, Absorbing

See it if If you love a deeply thoughtful show that leaves questions to be answered.

Don't see it if You are looking for something hightly comical.

53 Reviews | 6 Followers
95
Marvelous visuals, Entertaining, Excellently acted, Moving, Absorbing

See it if You enjoy a well written play that is brilliantly acted and directed. Very powerful and quite moving. Highly recommended.

Don't see it if You are looking for a musical or straight forward story.

135 Reviews | 18 Followers
91
Profound, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you are looking for a beautiful human connection for 90 minutes

Don't see it if you are looking for a straightforward play where people play only one role

247 Reviews | 61 Followers
90
Thought-provoking, Great writing, Great acting, Clever, Absorbing

See it if you like a masterfully composed, absorbing play about "what ifs" with stellar acting and historical figures interweaved.

Don't see it if you only like big set productions with more than 5 actors. You would miss out on something special, though!

713 Reviews | 402 Followers
88
Refreshing, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if A moving love story of passing strangers in Amsterdam. Love is definitely love.

Don't see it if If you prefer a musical then skip this one.

111 Reviews | 17 Followers
88
Great writing, Great staging, Absorbing

See it if thoughts of the nature of art, legacy or living in the moment interest you. See it if fabulous production/staging/lighting is interesting.

Don't see it if you are turned off by refugee stories or by gay relationships

314 Reviews | 52 Followers
88
Thought-provoking, Great staging, Great acting, Confusing, Ambitious

See it if you are up for a challenge. The acting and staging are superb - the story is told in a unique way and is sometimes hard to follow.

Don't see it if you don't want to have a challenging evening in the theater. The show goes in many different directions and it is difficult to follow.

63 Reviews | 6 Followers
87
Resonant, Relevant, Profound, Great writing, Absorbing

See it if You like a different kind of theater experience, gay romance, but everyone should see it; will give you a new perspective of things

Don't see it if no reason not to see it!

Critic Reviews (7)

The New York Times
September 1st, 2022

"The playwright, has also overwhelmed the show, with a surfeit of ideas jostling for limited oxygen. This is a quasi-romance and coming-of-age story set inside a refugee crisis in a world awash in bigotry."
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New Yorker
August 22nd, 2022

"There’s no escaping the clunky dialogue, but it’s relieved by a chorus of three actors, who voice the thoughts of Kevin—who’s struggling to turn his recollections into a book—and variously incarnate Rembrandt, van Gogh, Anne Frank, and ludicrous tourists."
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Theatermania
August 11th, 2022

"The tension between Kevin and Sammy is in their overarching worldview: Kevin, a child of a Filipino immigrant, is convinced in that oh-so-American way that an experience is only worth something if it can be turned into art for public consumption ... Sammy, meanwhile, lives life day by day out of necessity, and rejects this compulsion to leave behind relics of his existence for strangers to enjoy."
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Lighting & Sound America
August 12th, 2022

Time is the antagonist in Clarence Coo's play…Coo, a new face to New York theatregoers -- a 2019 production of this play was postponed by Primary Stages -- has a novelist's sensibility combined with a taste for theatrical flourishes. The situation in On That Day in Amsterdam, at first glance a natural for the page, is massaged by the playwright and his director, Zi Alikhan, into a touching and entirely stage-worthy meditation on the strange ways our lives are shaped by the facts of history, the distortions of memory, and the consolations of art.
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Talkin' Broadway
August 11th, 2022

"In a world where the line between content and art gets hazier every day, it's a thought-provoking debate to peer in on. "
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New York Stage Review
August 11th, 2022

"For all of the play’s sometimes self-conscious social and historical nuances, in fact, it’s the common humanity evinced in these performances—and in other aspects of Coo’s lyrical, compassionate writing—that make 'Amsterdam' most compelling."
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Off Off Online
August 17th, 2022

" 'On That Day in Amsterdam' is a fantasia of poetry, poignancy and compassion, the work of a writer who is able to create overlapping worlds with remarkable skill. His is a voice that’s a pleasure to discover."
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