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From 4 critic and 92 member reviews
Members say: Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Great writing, Relevant

About the show

Ruddy Productions presents this world premiere drama about Sam and Gwen, a couple that can’t quite make their relationship—or their breakup—work. More…

'Orion' examines those romances that end but never really leave us. Some wounds fade with time but others don’t, so how do we move on and live life when we still hurt? Can we still cherish the good times we had without letting them destroy us? While their closest friends seem to have everything figured out, Sam and Gwen struggle to find their respective roles in each other's lives. 

Theater In The Now

"Matthew McLachlan has a colloquial way about his words. His dialogue is snappy and deliberate. The characters he has crafted are clear...Where the piece did struggle a bit was the structure...The characters are relatable. It’s a testament to his writing. Director Joshua Warr took the baton and brought the best, and worst, out of the characters, guiding the company to find the heart, humor, and anguish within each." Full Review

Off Off Online

"The theatrical lovefest dishes out more than sweet nothings. Indeed, this playwright’s first full-length production serves up handfuls of hearty truths. As humorous and poignant in the ensemble scenes as it is painfully honest in its pensive asides by each character in turn, this new work by a young playwright navigates the light and the dark sides of that crazy thing called love with impressive depth...Kudos to the cast for elevating McLachlan's script even further." Full Review

The Observer

"The actors have charm. The play, written by Matthew McLachlan and economically directed by Joshua Warr on a stage the size of a Kleenex, bursts with interesting ideas about relationships that are young but insightful. But the ideas in 'Orion' have been around before." Full Review

Theatre is Easy

"While the scenes of this play can be quite dramatic and sentimental, they are anchored by monologues...The lines delivered in these moments are the most insightful and well-written in the play and add depth and breadth to a play that might feel like a flimsy romantic drama without these looks into the characters’ interiors...Overall, 'Orion' is an entertaining and engaging play that captures the intense emotions and confusion that accompany young love." Full Review

Enchanting, Great acting, Clever, Thought-provoking, Refreshing

See it if If you have ever been in love and go thru a breakup and just don't have a reasonable explanation. If you believe in love and the stars.

Don't see it if If you are not a true believer in the magic of love and the stars and there meanings.

Funny, Great acting, Intelligent, Intense, Profound

See it if You want to feel better about relationships

Don't see it if Relation ships doesn't matter for you

Enchanting, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you've ever had a breakup about which you were uncertain... one perhaps that you have lived to regret.

Don't see it if you've a heart of stone... feel you always make the right choices...

Absorbing, Great writing, Intelligent, Relevant, Profound

See it if small, simple, elegantly delivered productions about love are to your liking

Don't see it if the trials of tumultuous young adult relationships put you to sleep, or you only want jazz hands

Entertaining, Great acting, Romantic, Thought-provoking, Funny

See it if You like shows that delve into the complexity of human relationships and how choices impact others. Very good acting and a linear story.

Don't see it if If you like elaborate complex plays or ones that have a simple ending. If you like a large cast and set.

Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Funny, Profound

See it if Your a strong believer in relationship and what comes before and potentially after

Don't see it if You can not sit for 90 minutes on hard chairs

Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Funny

See it if you enjoy witty romance and relationship stories and fun quirky dialogue.

Don't see it if you hate romance stories.

Absorbing, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Relevant

See it if Love to see how 2 people fall in love, with the same interests.

Don't see it if Dont like the break up of 2 people who thought they were ready for marriage.

Entertaining, Refreshing, Intelligent, Delightful, Relevant

See it if You like plays about love and relationships

Don't see it if Do not like very small theaters and no intermission.

Clever, Great acting, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Romantic

See it if You like modern themed plays. Simple sweet and great acting. Strong natural monologues. Sweet touching story. Simple clean staging.

Don't see it if You are offended by cursing Or if you don't like modern themed plays. Don't see if you want a complicated story or big production.

Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Romantic

See it if You want to see a play about two couples on their romantic journey and where it takes them. The ups, down and ins and outs of romance.

Don't see it if You are not interested in a romantic play. You don't believe in love and heartache and breaking up and finding new love.

Also Everyone did a fantastic job. I love Abby, she was a pip. She is the t... Read more Read less

Funny, Great acting, Resonant, Romantic, Entertaining

See it if You like plays about love and different perspectives on it. If realism resonates with you. Strong acting and good characters. Small cast.

Don't see it if Dislike straight plays. If you need shoes with grand sets or big technical displays. This show is very simple. Plays that focus on love.

Great writing, Great acting, Resonant, Beautiful,, Thought-provoking

See it if you love great writing and love stories.

Don't see it if you don't like break-up stories.

Delightful, Entertaining, Great acting

See it if You like contemporary seri-comedies with good acting and provocative ideas

Don't see it if You don't like contemporary plays without an intermission

Absorbing, Entertaining, Intelligent, Profound, Relevant

See it if You enjoy well acted shows about relationships.

Don't see it if You don't like shows without a lot of bling.

Great acting, Great writing, Relevant, Entertaining, Touching

See it if you want to see great acting with characters developing in a realistic way as they confront life, love, friendships, ambitions, etc.

Don't see it if you can't sit in a metal chair for 90 minutes.

Also I really enjoyed this play and think it deserves a better venue. It wa... Read more Read less

Refreshing, Quirky, Funny, Entertaining, Great writing

See it if You are interested in the new way we se relationships

Don't see it if You hate young people

Entertaining, Great acting, Well written, Refreshing

See it if you like well acted, well written theater.

Don't see it if you have trouble sitting in the most uncomfortable seats for 90 minutes.

Entertaining, Great acting, Great writing, Funny, The messiness of modern dating and the human heart

See it if you like shows about millennials and the modern dating scene, complete with all of its messiness and heartbreak.

Don't see it if you are easily offended by coarse languange and the realistic way that twentysomethings talk.

Delightful, Entertaining, Resonant, Refreshing, Clever

See it if You have ever been in a relationship or thought about being in a relationship or are in a relationship

Don't see it if You don't want to laugh or perhaps have an insightful moment and relationships

Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Great writing, Good staging

See it if you like new and fresh stories about current relationships. Clever and funny. You like interesting, well portrayed characters.

Don't see it if You have an issue with profanity and don't like small, intimate theatre productions.

Absorbing, Romantic, Intelligent, Great writing, Funny

See it if like plays w/complex, not cut-and-dry, realities, decisions that come in adult life.

Don't see it if You're geared towards some complete, happy, "Hollywood" story (though this IS largely a feel good play.)

Clever, Entertaining, Great writing, Intelligent, Refreshing

See it if You want a relationship drama that goes beyond the cliches . You want realistic, complicated feelings about falling in & out of love.

Don't see it if You hate relationship dramas. You want simple romance & a happily ever after.

Relatable, Great staging, Romantic, Cliched, Indulgent

See it if You like a good drama mixed with love and heartbreak

Don't see it if You are looking for a fresh perspective; it's a familiar type of tale

Entertaining, Funny, Great writing

See it if You want to be entertained and like, as I do, 90 minute shows with no intermission.

Don't see it if it is still at the Studio Theater at 410 W 42nd St. The most uncomfortable chairs I have ever sat in. Thankfully,the show was entertaining

Cast & Creatives (10)