New York | 1h 30m | In Previews: Opens Mar 25

Perp

From 34 member reviews
Members say: Great acting, Absorbing, Entertaining, Great writing, Slow

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 | In Previews: Opens Mar 25 | TBG Mainstage Theatre (Midtown W)


97
During previews
Relevant, Great writing, Great acting

See it if enjoy great writing that is thought-provoking and engaging and makes you want to see more.

Don't see it if Don't like plays that inspire and entertain.

96
During previews
Almost perfect

See it if Great story and dialogue. Amazing cast. Endearing w/o being sentimental or manipulative. Just one of those plays that you walk away moved by

Don't see it if I think just about anyone would find something to like. Moves along very quickly with lots of quirks and surprises.

95
During previews
Fantastic performances, Must see, Masterful, Intelligent

See it if Very worth seeing. Some incredible performances that I'll remember for a long time. The audience was rapt throughout the play.

Don't see it if I'd say,"see it!" If you want a lot of action and/or music and a big Broadway show, this is not it although it is a very engrossing story.

90
During previews
Funny, Entertaining, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting

See it if The Barrow Group stages great productions in a small theater. Strong acting and an engaging story of a Forest Gump type character.

Don't see it if Enjoyed this show. Can't think of a reason to not see it.

90
During previews
Masterful, Edgy, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you want to see some bravura acting in a gripping, moving play.

Don't see it if you need to see big. Only five actors and minimal sets (with fluid scene changes) bring an unusual story to life.

86
During previews
Relevant, Entertaining, Great acting, Great writing, Absorbing

See it if you like a plot with characters who are true to life, acted well by this cast, on simple, yet effective set, touching on many issues.

Don't see it if if you seek easy answers watching five characters, here representing four very different types of people, act the way they do in our society

86
During previews
Completely absorbing. great casting.

See it if Excellent acting and directing in this story of a serial killer on the loose, corrupt cops, and justice delayed. Dark humor. Great set.

Don't see it if 90 minutes with no intermission. A little slow at points. A few too many long pauses. Still in previews.

Also The actors in this show are so good, they had the audience applauding ... Read more Read less

84
During previews
Great acting

See it if You want to see a play written by Kessler. It’s been a very long time since we have heard from him

Don't see it if You are expecting this to be as good as his masterpiece “orphans”

Also I did not grow up on theater because of this I don’t know a lot of the... Read more Read less

82
During previews
Confusing, Intelligent, Quirky, Funny, Absorbing

See it if you want to see what happens when zealous cops find a slow-witted perp that fits their needs. More humor than drama but very well acted.

Don't see it if you want a more conventional story line or prefer musicals.

82
During previews
Entertaining, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You want to see a play about a man, a murder and how he gets entangled with the law and how he interacts with the detectives on the case.

Don't see it if You are not interested in a story about a crime and what happens when someone becomes entangled with the detectives that are on the case

82
During previews
Delightful, Great acting, Great staging, Thought-provoking, Refreshing

See it if Great for a first preview. An innovative angle telling the story of false incarceration. Provokes thoughts of justice system. Nice casting.

Don't see it if Portraying the main antagonists as purely evil diminishes the credibility.

80
During previews
Great acting, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if They need to catch a serial killer and corrupt cops pin it on a innocent young man.

Don't see it if You want a fast pace or music.

79
During previews
Thought-provoking, Funny, Great writing, Great acting, Good staging

See it if you like characters that different from the norm - the protagonist is cornered into difficult situations and he makes the most of them

Don't see it if you are thrown out of plays that are a little bit surrealist. Some characters and situations are exaggerated for effect.

78
During previews
Comforting, Cliched, Absorbing, Unrealistic, Entertaining

See it if you’re ok w/ the middle of the play being the clear highlight. Javier Molina turns this show around! The beginning & end are a bit deflating

Don't see it if Forrest Gump-like innocents try your patience. You're offended/triggered by unscrupulous police. Great performances but improbable plot.

Also The window into the criminal justice/prison systems at the beginning a... Read more Read less

78
During previews
Absorbing, Some distracting plot holes, Sympathetic protagonist, Very well acted

See it if You're in the mood for an engaging drama that's very well acted and paced.

Don't see it if Plot holes bother you. You don't like worms.

Also I was bowled over by the wonderful acting from all in Perp and the cri... Read more Read less

77
During previews
Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You want to see a parable about good versus evil...good acting and profound insights.

Don't see it if You don't like theater that makes you think.

76
During previews
Fantastical realism?, Tense, Absorbing, Simple but effective staging, Well-acted

See it if Want interesting premise w kind protag., quirky look at good v evil, reflections on truth, corruption, friendship, & "who shines a light."

Don't see it if Don't want cliches in story or character, highly improbable plot, lack of clarity betw "real" and imaginary, unlikeable cops. Still, worthy

75
During previews
Funny, Cliched, Disappointing, Entertaining

See it if Good acting and production of a problem play. Good natured but dumb felllow Forest Gump fellow triumphs against all odds and likelihood.

Don't see it if Not believable, but I guess that's not the point. It seemed to be a parable or satire, and I would have liked that to be a little clearer.

75
During previews
Riveting, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting

See it if A well acted play that is well written and well staged. Has a lot of twists and turns.

Don't see it if If you want a big production or a musical.

75
During previews
Great acting, Whimsical, Quirky, Slow, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy parable-like stories. Whimsical characters and great acting. Sets are very nice.

Don't see it if you want your characters all to be believable. Could be a bit faster-paced.

75
During previews
Unbalanced, Great acting, Funny, Thought-provoking, Slow

See it if you like shows with a positive message even in darker scenarios; things neatly wrapped up; philosophical questions about innate goodness.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy a spiritual/Christian slant or moralizing.

Also Maybe I should have done a little more homework, but the premise sound... Read more Read less

75
During previews
Great staging, Great acting, Funny, Edgy

See it if Great acting, funny, slowed down in the middle a little, interesting plot, delivers a message.

Don't see it if you don't like conversations about violence

72
During previews
Slow, Quirky, Interesting staging, Great writing, Great acting

See it if Absorbing story about the criminal justice system. Heart wrenching plotline with feel good moments.

Don't see it if You cannot suspend belief. The plot is clearly not real and several scenes are hard to take.

71
During previews
Fluffy, Great acting, Quirky, Ambitious

See it if You like well acted plays with interesting characters going on a rather whimsical journey.

Don't see it if You want a story that really gels together into something bigger than itself. An unclear message but interesting characters.

71
During previews
Slow, Relevant, Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you are interested in shows about miscarriage of justice, friendship,

Don't see it if you have no patience for a very slowly developed plot. You prefer musicals or amusing characters with light hearted issues.


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