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Our Dear Dead Drug Lord

From 84 member  reviews
Members say: Intense, Great acting, Ambitious, Edgy, 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.  More…

From the show:

Are they messing with the actual spirit of the infamous cartel kingpin? Or are they really just messing with each other? A roller coaster ride through the danger and damage of girlhood-the teenage wasteland has never been so much twisted fun.


Member Reviews (84)

MEMBERS SAY:

Intense, Great acting, Ambitious, Edgy, Absorbing
74
Avg Score

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.

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.

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.

Also (Spoiler alert) Read further for my interpretations of some of the sym... Read more Read less

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.

Also The ending [no spoilers here] didn't work for me, and is likely to be ... Read more Read less

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.

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.

Also I was turned off with the killing of the cat. But still watch the show... Read more Read less

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.

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.

79
Thought-provoking, Intense, Intelligent, Cliched, Ambitious

See it if you enjoy a play about teenage girls dealing with their fears and fantasies and coming of age.

Don't see it if adolescent drama is not your thing, It vacillates between brilliant and trite

Also The show has some violent/adult oriented scenes and there is a lengthy... Read more Read less

66
Entertaining, Quirky, Funny

See it if you like stories about young women, the occult, and high school.

Don't see it if you're bothered by seances or famous drug lords.

89
Macabre, Viceral, Great acting, Intense, Absorbing

See it if You want to see something that will in many ways push you past your comfort zone as an audience member. You enjoy supernatural-thrillers.

Don't see it if You don't have the stomach for some pretty strong violent content.

Also “All empires are created of blood and fire.” -Pablo Escobar... Read more Read less

78
Thought-provoking, Intense, Entertaining, Clever, Absorbing

See it if Adolescent teenage girls are simply fascinating complex creatures & this group of upper-middle-class girls at a prep school in Miami are it!

Don't see it if lots of super taboo topics explored reverently and freely with some violence and a large passage entirely in Spanish may not be for everyone

Also A brilliant exploration of young passionate girls trying to making sen... Read more Read less

90
Relevant, Great writing, Great acting, Funny, Edgy

See it if A smart, funny, intelligent play that is well written & directed, with an excellent cast of young actors. Feels fresh, relevant and timely.

Don't see it if If your theatrical tastes are drawn to more traditional works.

87
Entertaining, Ambitious, Funny, Confusing, because of extended spanish sequence, Graphic

See it if You know I had this on my list of plays to see. If you’re a feminist, educated in political/ worldly culture, pro-women, pro-LGBT, non-pious

Don't see it if Not offended by seances, blood, sacrifices, sexual topics, drugs, and know some Spanish- you’ll like this. It was VERY entertaining. All the

Also Gore, sex, political, and racial talk was entertaining and relevant to... Read more Read less

82
Peculiar, Metaphorical, Intense, Intelligent, Great lighting

See it if you are intrigued by the dark and kooky premise.

Don't see it if you'd be triggered by an abortion on stage. Not to be messed around with.

Also a period piece set in 2008 made me feel older than I cared to, but the... Read more Read less

83
Goes off the tracks, Entertaining, Clever writing, Great ensemble acting

See it if You enjoy the emotional rollercoaster that is teen femininitiy when it is cleverly and sympathetically presented,

Don't see it if There is sacrificial blood,voodoo,cocaine, some Spanish (untranslated) and a finale out of "Carrie" and more. Beware the last 10 minutes.

Also I really enjoyed this play and production, but I was not comfortable w... Read more Read less

100
Must see, Intense, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You are interested in stories about teenage girls dealing with all kinds of issues. The dialogue is glorious and feels totally real.

Don't see it if You would be upset by depictions of drug use, or discussions of difficult topics, or depictions of violence.

Also This was compelling and captivating from start to finish. I never, eve... Read more Read less

80
Absorbing, Funny, Must see

See it if Dark comedies, teen girls world

Don't see it if Graphic allusions to violence

65
Clever

See it if You want to see a new play driven by 4 great performances.

Don't see it if You want a play that is strong throughout.

Also The first and last scene are great, but so much of the middle felt lik... Read more Read less

85
Riveting, Great staging, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if outstanding premise, excellently executed. the writing and production was so precise, the absurdity of the premise went over some heads.

Don't see it if irony frequently goes over your head. i'm not entirely in love with the ending, but since i respect the playwright and the production, okay.

78
Great set, Great staging, Rebecca jimenez is someone to watch, Intense, Confusing

See it if Complicated story that presents as fluffy simple ones. Layered motivations. Good young performers. Well-staged & realized new dramatic voice

Don't see it if You like crystal clear story-telling or it bothers you that some is performed in Spanish and you don't speak it. On stage violence/blood

20
Excruciating, Offensive

See it if you must see everything on the boards in NYC.

Don't see it if a poorly written play with an incredibly violent scene will disturb you.

Also I cannot believe the Woman's Project would present a play that portray... Read more Read less

62
Teenage girls hava a club following pablo escobar

See it if acting okay, but part was in Spanish and you were left to try to get an understanding from context, dramatic

Don't see it if big minus if you don't speak Spanish

72
Different, Thought-provoking, Entertaining, Humorous

See it if Interesting look into minds of teenage girls that goes from amusing to cruelty to surreal. Holds interest. Never saw Wolves.

Don't see it if Have trouble when characters all talk at once. Don't speak Spanish and would rather not have to look up what was said on website.

79
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Intense, Edgy

See it if you like plays with strong female roles or like supporting new plays/playwrights

Don't see it if you are sensitive to gore/gruesome imagery, strong language and sexual situations, or aren’t interested in stories about teenage girls

Also A promising NYC debut for Ms Scheer as a playwright. Beautifully desig... Read more Read less


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