Perp NYC Reviews and Tickets

75%
(86 Ratings)
Positive
79%
Mixed
17%
Negative
4%
Members say
Great acting, Entertaining, Absorbing, Slow, Thought-provoking

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.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (86)

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760 Reviews | 422 Followers
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 without preaching. A must see and should be on broadway!

59 Reviews | 6 Followers
90
Thought-provoking, Resonant, Great writing, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if You like small thought provoking stories

Don't see it if You’re looking for something loud and in your face.

53 Reviews | 1 Follower
88
Intense, Relevant, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You want to see good acting

Don't see it if You can't stand for the injustices "perp" have to face.

800 Reviews | 252 Followers
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 about human nature before trying to help save the souls of some bad dudes. Who can be saved and what do they need to do? Who is the most evil? What is the symbolic meaning of the prison? The woods? The earthworms and the trash man?

290 Reviews | 92 Followers
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.

812 Reviews | 133 Followers
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 this show progress. I hope it will go to a larger theater and I think it would make a great movie.

336 Reviews | 46 Followers
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.

150 Reviews | 22 Followers
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.

Critic Reviews (7)

Talkin' Broadway
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 of sermonizing. Indeed, the play would benefit from a more potent dash of Coen brothers-style dark absurdism.”
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TheaterScene.net
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 brilliant as the soulful felon Myron, locked away for an unknown crime but brimming with goodness. Molina is spot-on as the creepy, anguished killer looking for love and redemption."
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Theater Pizzazz
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 is not. 'Perp' feels like a play still searching for itself, and given an evocative start such as this one, might help propel it to better fortune in its next incarnation."
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Theatre's Leiter Side
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 mortality, good and evil, the concept of time, and to quote the Bible. You may feel you're here more for a sermon than a play, although the point is pretty vague."
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I
March 26th, 2019

“There’s a fascinating play somewhere in Kessler’s meandering new work...As it stands, the play and production still feel like they’re searching for the right identity. Although I applaud Kessler for exploring the flaws in the criminal justice system, his play unfortunately registers a bit too indistinct and schematic...Brock’s admittedly well-acted production doesn’t help matters by staging the play without a compelling point of view or strong dramatic arc, both of which it needs.”
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The Theatre Times
March 29th, 2019

"The lack of subjectivity and agency in Doug’s life is heightened to such a ludicrous, unreasonable and illogical level that it turns playwriting about disability satirically on its head, exposing all its discontents, to make something divinely original...Arkane, who brings Douglass to life with a sheer, subtle brilliance, meets the mark in portraying this character with reverence and respect...It’s the kind of thing that’s only done well once meticulous playwriting is paired with impeccable acting."
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Off Off Online
March 31st, 2019

"Its colorful characters challenge black-and-white assumptions, which in turn gives rise to universal questions...But perhaps the most noteworthy aspect of the play is the professional debut of Arkane in the lead role...The performances and the production’s overall simplicity harmonize with the play itself, to a subtle yet powerful effect. The power lies in daring to ask the audience to look at the complexities of human nature through the eyes of a child."
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