Already closed | 1h 30m | Midtown W

Perp

From 83 member  reviews
Members say: Great acting, Entertaining, Absorbing, Slow, Great writing

About the show

In Lyle Kessler's ("Orphans") world premiere for The Barrow Group, there’s a vicious killer on the loose and the kindhearted Douglass finds himself the unwitting target of detectives who need a win at any cost. More…

Desperate to seek justice, Douglass sets out on a harrowing, fantastical quest to find the true perpetrator. In "Perp," the lines between good and evil blur in a divine search for redemption.

1h 30m | Already closed | TBG Mainstage Theatre (Midtown W)

Member Reviews (83)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great acting, Entertaining, Absorbing, Slow, Great writing
75
Avg Score

85
Suspenseful, Thought-provoking, Spiritual, Funny, Clever

See it if Funny and deep with unexpected turns. A religiously inspired morality tale. Naive good guy tries to love the baddies. Excellent acting.

Don't see it if You can't suspend disbelief for the magical moments. It can't be taken literally. It's not really about flawed criminal justice.

Also My interpretation: an angel visits earth as a man and needs to learn a... Read more Read less

76
Entertaining, Great staging, Great acting, Cliched, Absorbing

See it if A naive innocent is planted in a prison to smoke out the real perp's confession. "Mums" from HBO's "Oz" in pivotal role. Smooth transitions.

Don't see it if Large suspension of disbelief required, but that opposes the idea of real crime drama. Cynical line of questioning of the innocent.

Also Line:"Without the darkness, there can be no light."

84
Edgy, Great writing, Great acting, Clever, Absorbing

See it if you like a well written play with very interesting characters. This drama with dark humor had several twists. I really enjoyed this show.

Don't see it if you do not like any story about dirty cops although the plot is done with very witty humor especially with the two detectives.

Also The characters are well written and developed. I just enjoyed watching... Read more Read less

76
Entertaining morality play, Appealing story, Great acting

See it if A parable about human goodness, naivite and childlike innocence prevailing despite corruption of the criminal justice system.

Don't see it if You want a plot that does not depend on a sequence of highly improbable events.

71
I feel very ambivalent about this play

See it if Great set, great staging, good scene changes. Wonderful casting felt like real NY.

Don't see it if You want something light. Even at 90 min it felt long. Several people left despite small theater and no intermission.

Also This was seemingly an off night. The timing was off and each actor stu... Read more Read less

45
Slow, Disappointing

See it if You have a friend in the cast. Fairly solid performances.

Don't see it if You want a good or a subtle show. You dislike cinematic feeling theatre. You want something complex or worth seeing.

85
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Entertaining, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You like timely work that focuses on politics and the human condition.

Don't see it if You like shows that leave you happy.

63
Non sensical, Fluffy

See it if How innocence and light prevails darkness. Good actors despite the material.

Don't see it if Completely nonsensical, non-probable plot, like a bedtime story for a 10 year old but without interesting parts to help u suspend reality.

Also Free ticket from Show Score.

69
Slow, Quirky, Banal, Disappointing

See it if you'll enjoy a new drama with mostly good acting; you are interested in the theme of unjust incarceration & police lying to get confessions.

Don't see it if you prefer a realistic plot. Parts of this stretched credulity way beyond the breaking point. Your prefer all members of a cast act well.

82
Intense, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you enjoy really great writing and great acting bringing the story to life. Everyone in the audience seemed to be totally involved.

Don't see it if you want light-hearted fare. While there is some funny dialogue, this is not light.

80
Thought-provoking, Entertaining, Slow, Great acting, Confusing

See it if You like a small talented cast of 5, know one of the actors, don't like musicals, not offended by references to sexual violence or cussing.

Don't see it if You like a clear and understandable story. Granted, I did miss the first scene. However, I was made abreast what it was about, when I caught

Also Up with the last hour-or-so of this 90-minute play, I was taken aback ... Read more Read less

76
Cliched, Slow, Great staging, Uneven, Absorbing

See it if you want to see some nice performances (cops were weakest) & a mildly entertaining drama. Prison scenes are strong. Nice use of a turntable.

Don't see it if you have high expectations because of Kessler. It is not great writing. Unbelievable characters and plot at times and very uneven quality.

76
Unbelievable, Great staging, Great acting, Entertaining, Clever

See it if you'll enjoy some good acting, can suspend reality a bit, enjoy sympathhizing with the characters

Don't see it if you won't enjoy a non-believable attempt at a serious topic, are offended by raunchy language

Also Good show, although a bit implausible. Characters Doug and Myron were ... Read more Read less

70
Cliched, Relevant, Disappointing

See it if You are interested in a small theater production about the unfair exploitation by the powerfully corrupt against a naive sweet soul

Don't see it if Stereotypes and simplistic constructions annoy you and you long for a subtle deeply subtle crafted story

71
Quirky, Entertaining, Indulgent, Great acting

See it if For a strong cast sailing through a pretty straight morality play

Don't see it if Slapstick drives you nutty - there are two scenes that are intentionally irritating using slapstick like - absurd dialogue.

94
Relevant, Refreshing, Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if Powerful performances and addressing criminal justice reform.

Don't see it if If you don’t believe in criminal justice reform.

Also A must see drama which is relevant about our criminal justice system w... Read more Read less

81
Great writing, Profound, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if You want to a good story performed by good actors

Don't see it if You like comedy or musicals

78
Relevant, Great staging, Great acting, Entertaining, Enchanting

See it if You like cop stories, prison stories, or just watching 5 very good actors do their jobs well.

Don't see it if There's some police corruption herein, and it really didn't need the penultimate scene at all, so it felt a little long, but that's minor.

77
Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great acting, Edgy, Entertaining

See it if like slow paced stories less than 90 minutes.This crime drama,with simple sets, looks at police detectives , and the good in criminals

Don't see it if you can't use some imagination and forgive flaws in the story ,which I think are done on purpose by Kessler

Also This is a fairy tale showing the good and bad things in all people, be... Read more Read less

70
Interesting, Slow, Ambitious

See it if a crime drama with a mentally impaired lead character, wronged by corrupt detectives, becomes a lofty examination of good and evil.

Don't see it if You are expecting three dimensional characters, an impressive set, or a plot that is realistic.

Also There are excellent elements to the story, like the friendship between... Read more Read less

75
Good acting, some great scenes

See it if you like to see a small play with some big ideas. Although it doesn't all add up it still has some great scenes.

Don't see it if you expect perfection. This works on some levels and doesn't on others but I still got something from it.

70
Slow, Disappointing, Cliched

See it if The play was average-at-best. If you can buy into the premise of the play you might enjoy this more than I did

Don't see it if Looking for a more realistic and believable plot

82
Clever, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You enjoy some really good acting and a well-written play that keeps your interest with interesting twists and turns.

Don't see it if You don't like police/prison dramas.

71
Quirky, Intense, Funny, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if You want to see a play about fantastical realism with some good acting but also an improbable plot

Don't see it if you do not like plays with a series of vignettes as well as some uncomfortable scenes

67
Disappointing, Cliched, Banal

See it if a play by Kessler about innocence versus evil

Don't see it if slow, not well written, with one dimensional unbelievable characters.


March 25th, 2019
“The performances are uniformly quite strong...’Perp’ has a number of affecting moments...Yet as a tense psychological thriller, the play's lack of credibility undercuts the sense of danger and suspense...With a good deal of talk about light and God, the play becomes preachy almost to the point o...
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April 2nd, 2019
"Alexandro and Ben-Victor as the soul-stained detectives are excellently cast, playing off each other without a single misstep. The gender-blind casting of Alexandro as Jack is especially funny when she gets to deliver the hilarious line 'I got a hard-on a mile long' without blinking. Grant is br...
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March 25th, 2019
"It works well for a play mostly contained to tight quarters...This is the plot point the play spins on, and I must confess, felt was too naïve and simplistic to play credibly...Under Lee Brock’s direction, the actors all acquit themselves well. They are believable, even if at times the writing i...
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March 25th, 2019
"An unconvincing, preachy, borderline surreal attempt to examine issues of good and evil within the context of a man wrongfully convicted of murder. Its attack on the criminal justice system has a certain satirical quality…It's all a setup allowing the characters to wax philosophical about mortal...
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