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From 5 member  reviews
Members say: 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. More…

In this world premiere, teen girls experiment with sex, magic, and murder while mom sinks deep into lust and self-loathing.

Member Reviews (5)


Disappointing, Ambitious, Absurdist, Odd direction, Chilling
Avg Score

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.

Also I’ve scored “PATHETIC” very high but realize it might be a minority ta... Read more Read less

Disappointing, Edgy, Intense, Quirky, Raunchy

See it if you enjoy a strange teen drama based on a Greek play with topics of sex, violence, raw language. Don't mind noise

Don't see it if you are expecting a light-hearted play. Are offended by nudity, violence, sex and foul language.

Also I found the show bizarre, and the acting weak, more like what you'd ex... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Intelligent, Delightful

See it if Teenage goddess cults, sex and power relations, bloody violence - what's not to like? Jarcho understands the power of affect and feeling.

Don't see it if The narrative drops off in the 2nd half of the play, so even at its short length, the action could have been more concentrated.

Odd direction, Great writing, Disappointing, Ambitious, Clever

See it if You want to see a horrifying, bloody take on girlhood.

Don't see it if You have issues with nudity, teenagers, goddess-summoning, or Sonic.

Also This really intriguing concept and fascinating staging and text would ... Read more Read less

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....
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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 gangbust...
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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...
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