On That Day In Amsterdam
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On That Day In Amsterdam

On That Day In Amsterdam NYC Reviews and Tickets

(99 Reviews)
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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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Member Reviews (99)

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983 Reviews | 229 Followers
Ambitious, Disappointing, Overrated, Slow

See it if A narrative play that starts real slowly but gets better.

Don't see it if Could have been better directed.

811 Reviews | 221 Followers
Riveting, Thought-provoking, Ambitious, Great acting, Great staging

See it if you like pondering what if? Weaving historical figures in a touching tale of two men whose initial relationship take finds new values.

Don't see it if if you want a happy, go lucky story or a set that shows you Amsterdam, though the staging, projections and lighting are first rate.

692 Reviews | 152 Followers
Resonant, Thought-provoking, Heartbreaking, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if you like gay romances, stories based on chance encounters, have a fondness for Amsterdam, want to see 2 young actors in strong performances

Don't see it if don't like gay stories, immigration issues, a Greek chorus playing multiple roles, frustrating potentially tragic tales,

657 Reviews | 101 Followers
Thought-provoking, Great writing, Great acting, Clever, Absorbing

See it if you like a very well acted and written drama centering on 2 men who casually meet but have a powerful affect on each other long after.

Don't see it if you like a happy show or don't like talk of immigration problems. Read more

501 Reviews | 103 Followers
Way better than i thought, Great staging

See it if You want to see a creative and interesting way to tell a story about something that happened between two people on one particular day

Don't see it if You don’t like plays that are narrative. The good news is it’s not one person narrating the play Read more

469 Reviews | 258 Followers
Overrated, Excruciating, Boring, Banal, Cliched

See it if you want to see a poorly written play with poor direction and amateurish acting. This production is a total disaster.

Don't see it if you have other options. The 100 minutes running time felt like an eternity.

508 Reviews | 56 Followers
Poignant. good performances. a little stagey.

See it if You want a though provoking show about immigrant life today.

Don't see it if You don’t want to think too much about world issues.

435 Reviews | 117 Followers
Sweet, engaging tale of gay romance

See it if Two guys meet cute and have a lovely day together, but you know it's going nowhere. One is a student returning to US, the other is a refugee

Don't see it if Excellent acting and innovative production design. Underlying themes of art and immigration. Relevant and totally dreamy and darling.

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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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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