Pathetic NYC Reviews and Tickets

(5 Reviews)
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Disappointing, Ambitious, Absurdist, Odd direction, Chilling

About the Show

A teen-drama riff on Racine’s "Phèdre," Minor Theater’s “Pathetic” invites you to get off on the sick horrors of becoming a woman.

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Self-loathing, Bloody, Absurdist, Occult, Lustful

See it if Teenage girls fear & embrace sexual havoc, while mom loathes her loss of desirability. Lust as a destructive, uncontrollable monster.

Don't see it if You don’t like weird absurdist wandering. Nudity, simulated sex & other explicit stuff. Violence. Funny & “pathetic” when taken as a satire.

Brilliant, Bent, Beautifully played, Chilling, Thrilling

See it if you want to see a very smart script that manages to break the rules at every turn even as it pays its respects to theater tradition.

Don't see it if loud music, intense feelings, violence to body & mind or blood upset you. Read more

Critic Reviews (3)

The New York Times
June 16th, 2019

"Jarcho’s squirmy, sinister meditation on female desire as weapon and a liability...The play replaces Racine’s stately alexandrines with lines about sex and barf and decay. Actually, a lot of those are in hexameter, too; Ms. Jarcho is no slouch...If not entirely legible (as in her other work, Ms. Jarcho prizes theme, emotion, and language over lucidity), it’s unsettling and exciting and flick-knife sharp on the aggression underlying friendship, sex, and love."
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Time Out New York
June 9th, 2019

"Stylistically it is a school-locker collage, taped together from John Hughes movies and ‘The Craft’. It’s silly, often, and very funny. But its portrait of libido as our animating electricity is bleak, too: as fatestruck and gloomy as any ancient tragedy...Jarcho writes, as always, like gangbusters, making comic meals for her company members: Williams, who designs and runs the sound when he isn’t in a scene, is particularly hilarious."
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Theatre's Leiter Side
June 11th, 2019

"Jarcho does not pull punches, and her company is not for the faint of heart…'Pathetic' is about female desire and death, but here the themes are in manifest conversation. While the Greek mythology works to repress female sexuality, Jarcho's work exposes the hypocrisy, violence, and oppression of the concept…The play suggests that female desire causes death, both the literal death of characters, but also a moral and psychological death, a powerful obverse feminist statement."
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