Our Dear Dead Drug Lord
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Our Dear Dead Drug Lord
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Our Dear Dead Drug Lord NYC Reviews and Tickets

74%
(89 Reviews)
Positive
74%
Mixed
19%
Negative
7%
Members say
Intense, Great acting, Edgy, Ambitious, Absorbing

About the Show

In this fierce and feverish world premiere comedy from WP Theater and Second Stage, a gang of teenage girls gathers in an abandoned treehouse to summon the ghost of Pablo Escobar. 

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Member Reviews (89)

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878 Reviews | 218 Followers
61
Quirky, Overrated, Excruciating, Disappointing, Banal

See it if A play about 4 girls in high school and pablo Escobar. Story is in itself okay.

Don't see it if Climax of play is in Spanish. Ending is not that good, could have been better.

507 Reviews | 1868 Followers
20
Indulgent, Excruciating, Disappointing, Confusing

See it if When they hand you a paper after that says “Didn’t understand Pablo? Visit www...” you know it’s bad. Absurd, poorly written.

Don't see it if Please don’t waste your time.

691 Reviews | 212 Followers
90
Lively, Relevant, Intense, Edgy, Dizzying

See it if Astonishing play about adolescent girls seeking more power over their lives. Full of symbolism, magic, rituals, gore, & physical energy.

Don't see it if You prefer a more literal story, rather than one where the meaning is presented through symbolism. Blood sacrifice, sex, drugs, abortion. Read more

713 Reviews | 119 Followers
77
Weak ending, Intense, Great staging, Funny, Clever

See it if wild enthusiasm, silly romance & general lunacy of teenaged girls appeals. The treehouse is perfectly magical & the actresses are charming

Don't see it if you fear that sudden unexpected violence or a weak ending will wreck your experience. Most of the play is delightful.

MJK
677 Reviews | 187 Followers
78
Lurid, Interesting, Intense, Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if u want to spy on a coequally funny & sinister ritualistic society of unfettered, unabashed adolescents coming to terms w/female empowerment.

Don't see it if u expect this to be akin to Fey's Mean Girls (whereas it's more akin to King's Carrie); ur sensitive to onstage violence, gore & drug use. Read more

565 Reviews | 117 Followers
70
Great acting, Intense, Quirky, Edgy

See it if Four girls seeking to who want power and control over life. They are all lost in way thinking dark magic or ? is the answer.

Don't see it if Blood and the abortion on stage and the killing/murder of the cat on stage. Read more

429 Reviews | 93 Followers
61
Indulgent, Quirky, Intense, Ambitious

See it if You want to support the Woman's Project and the...good...work they do.

Don't see it if You don't want to see a home abortion on stage. I shouldn't have to go do research after the play to understand a character's entire scene.

394 Reviews | 202 Followers
69
Intense, Confusing, Edgy, Dizzying, Great acting

See it if An engaging story of 4 high school girls playing what they think is a game, but turns out otherwise. Mostly watchable.

Don't see it if The climax of the play is mostly in Spanish - an incomprehensible choice. I did not know or understand what was going on.

Critic Reviews (9)

The New York Times
September 24th, 2019

CRITIC’S PICK "Paging Pablo Escobar in ‘Our Dear Dead Drug Lord’: Alexis Scheer’s vibrant play about four teenage girls, a Ouija board and a narco-terrorist summons the truly scary spirits that keep us awake at night."
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Time Out New York
September 24th, 2019

4/5 Stars "Scheer’s savage one-act...Under Whitney White’s energetic direction, Samuel and the adorkable Gold mostly serve as comic relief to Berkeley and Jimenez’s ferocious alpha females...It isn't for the faint of heart, but neither is coming of age."
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New York Magazine / Vulture
September 24th, 2019

"The Moral Downshift of 'Our Dear Dead Drug Lord'"
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Theatermania
September 24th, 2019

"Four Teenagers Try to Exorcise the Patriarchy in 'Our Dear Dead Drug Lord': Alexis Scheer's bacchic spectacle of a play makes its world premiere at WP Theater."
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New York Stage Review
September 25th, 2019

3/5 Stars "'A Schoolgirl Crush Goes Tragically Wrong': Teens idolize Pablo Escobar in newcomer writer Alexis Scheer's offbeat dramedy"
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TheaterScene.net
December 12th, 2019

"While Alexis Scheer's 'Our Dear Dead Drug Lord' may get a little carried away with its conceit, it is the work of a born playwright and a unique new voice. This world premiere play is also very revealing of what girls talk and fantasize about when they are alone."
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Theater Pizzazz
September 24th, 2019

"Scheer seems to have not so much invented characters or dialogue but has simply allowed us to eavesdrop on the monthly get-togethers of our four protagonists."
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Front Row Center
September 25th, 2019

"'Our Dear Dead Drug Lord' explores the capacity for women to reclaim the power to control their own destiny. It is messy, loud, violent, bloody, magic."
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