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One Flea Spare

From 65 member  reviews
Members say: Great acting, Absorbing, Intense, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

About the show

Playhouse Creatures Theatre Company presents a revival of Naomi Wallace's drama about enduring a quarantine in plague-ravaged 17th-century London. More…

A wealthy couple is preparing to flee their home when a mysterious sailor and a young girl sneak into their boarded-up house. Now, quarantined together for 28 days, the only thing these strangers fear more than the plague is each other. Definitions of morality are up for grabs and survival takes many forms in this fiercely intense and darkly comic play.

Member Reviews (65)


Great acting, Absorbing, Intense, Intelligent, Thought-provoking
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Great acting, Edgy, Intense

See it if see below

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Also It won an Obie ages ago and is worth seeing now, The cast is perfect. ... Read more Read less

Compelling, Great staging, Well-written, Timeless

See it if You crave a true theatrical experience. Fine acting, dramatic yet humorous in depicting the foibles of humans facing real fears. Serious fun

Don't see it if Don't bring your children. The plague and power/sexual politics were inappropriate for the 10-year-old seated next to me. Strong stuff

Disappointing, Dizzying, Great acting, Excruciating, Slow

See it if you are in the mood for something dark and gloomy -- perfect for Halloween!

Don't see it if You get impatient with plays that seem never-ending and are headache inducers.

Also I truly hated this, primarily because of the writing. I rated it 50 to... Read more Read less

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

See it if for masterful acting with beautifully written dialogue that heightens the human condition and power plays between classes and age.

Don't see it if If you don't want to see a deep, dark, devastating play.


See it if You want to see fairly effective staging in the round with interesting scenic design.

Don't see it if You avoid mediocre shows with frequent scene transitions.

Quirky, Great acting, Intimate, Odd, Poignant

See it if you're comfie with quirky but poignant tale & passionate acting, modest set, intimate space--in round, among tiny audience (24 when I went).

Don't see it if you need fleshed-out set and traditional stage & staging, an upbeat & contemporary story, passive experience, ample distance from action.


See it if it explores the loss of personal boundaries in a group, triggered by shared trauma(the plague).Great acting! Remy Zaken shines in her role.

Don't see it if you prefer comedy, musicals, or something more contemporary


See it if you want to see pretty quality acting in a cleverly-used blackbox space

Don't see it if you're looking for something less slow and more cohesive

Intense, Clever, Intelligent

See it if you like apocalyptic settings. Not a date show. Clever Act I, but predictable Act II. Earlier curtain mid week would have been convenient.

Don't see it if Accents technically fine but distracting. Theater in the round seating is much too ambitious given audience demand for show, thus abandoned.

Intense, Quirky, Thought-provoking

See it if You enjoy theater in the round. If you love strong acting.

Don't see it if You like to understand exactly what's going on.

Slow, Dizzying

See it if you like period dramas. good actors, but too slow.

Don't see it if you're expecting something involving the black plague to be thrilling and intriguing.

Confusing, Disappointing, Slow, Left at intermission

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Don't see it if Don't

Absorbing, Great acting, Funny

See it if You want to see a play with great acting, some historical references, and enjoy a period type of piece.

Don't see it if You want to be strictly entertained. This requires some thought and insight to "get it."

Ambitious, Edgy, Absorbing, Great acting, Must see

See it if you want to see 5 masterful actors perform in a great intimate venue

Don't see it if you prefer watching the Brooklyn Nets starting 5 attempt to play like a professional team

Great acting, Great writing, Great staging, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if You enjoy fantastic, almost poetic dialogue between interesting and peculiar characters, based in a historical setting. An excellent cast!

Don't see it if You do not enjoy strong story-lines and distinctive characters.

Great acting, Intelligent, Slow, Disappointing, Ambitious

See it if you want a sense of 1665 London midst plague, you like class power dynamics exposed, you love beautiful language and well acted productions

Don't see it if you want it to move w/ urgency, you want to understand the dramatic question and follow it to a well earned conclusion, blood is an issue

Ambitious, Absorbing, Epic, Intelligent

See it if the 20th anniversary revival of this award-winning play is directed with care, intelligence and inventiveness. Wallace's writing provokes

Don't see it if if you are not interested in ambitious, provocative theatre

Ambitious, Intelligent

See it if You like a glimpse into the dark side of life - with humor.

Don't see it if You don't like bleak outcomes

Intelligent, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Dizzying, Intense

See it if You want to see a play that draws its considerable power from the time it sprung from-both the 1600s and the 1990s.

Don't see it if If you need your theatrical evening to fully declare itself in under 90 minutes and to avoid lyrical flights.

Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging

See it if you like Naomi Wallace pieces

Don't see it if you don't like seeing shows in the round.

Great acting, Absorbing, Different

See it if you want a dark show with major "period" comedic highlights, or a morose, surprising story, with a great set, staging, and beautiful script.

Don't see it if you have a hard time understanding English accents, you are not interested in stories from this time period, you want something more upbeat

Also In the beginning the play can be a little hard to follow, a mixture of... Read more Read less

Gripping performance of amazing play

See it if you appreciate original altho' traditional writing, where the action is in the words, performed in an intimate square by very talented actor

Don't see it if you are bored by limited action on stage or wordy plays set in historical times. Or stagings in the square and facing actors backs at times

Also Excellent production of Naomi Wallace's best play. Great introduction ... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Thought-provoking

See it if you're a fan of Naomi Wallace (first revival in 20 years of this play), inventive staging and great acting.

Don't see it if you don't like intimate theater spaces and are squeamish about bodily functions!

Clever, Refreshing, Edgy, Confusing, Ambitious

See it if You're interested in people of different worlds being stuck together, complete with mayhem, death, and the black plague!

Don't see it if You prefer something more Broadway-esque to theatre in the round.

Confusing, Edgy, Slow, Great acting

See it if you like dark and epic plays

Don't see it if you like traditional, easy to follow stories

November 4th, 2016
"This is a very spare production...but one that is made incredibly compelling through exceptional performances and tight, complex writing...By stripping away all the distractions, the performances create an intimacy with the audience that is electric. Dialogue is the major star of this production...
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October 23rd, 2016
"The script surges with both beautifully poetic monologues and starkly blunt observations about death. Director Caitlin McLeod creates gripping scenes, smartly playing with levels of physicality in order to emphasize the games of power that the characters engage in together...The cast tends to ma...
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October 25th, 2016
"Director Caitlin McLeod scales down the sensations of an epic play to the intimacy of the black box of the Sheen Center beautifully...The approach of making eye contact with the audience, especially executed by Bonner and cast member Remy Zaken, connects and communicates the text directly in a p...
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October 24th, 2016
"Zaken maintains a remarkable, if manic, charm throughout. She is the flashpoint for much of the action and we rely on her Puckish energy to keep things moving...This was a tedious evening in the dark. It’s not so much that anything’s wrong as that it’s preternaturally grim. When the lights came ...
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