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Plasticity the Play

From 30 member  reviews
Members say: Great acting, Absorbing, Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Intelligent

About the show

In this new drama about a comatose man, a tour of the collective unconscious is coupled with the latest neuroscience in an exploration of how the brain heals itself, and ultimately creates the mind. More…

From the show:

In this multimedia production, a comatose man on his way to recovery recreates his identity by delving deeply into his memories, while a circle of family members and loved ones form scheming camps over grave neurological decisions. A profound, often comedic tour of the collective unconscious is coupled with the latest neuroscience in a compelling exploration of how the brain heals itself, and ultimately creates the mind.


Member Reviews (30)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great acting, Absorbing, Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Intelligent
76
Avg Score

90
Resonant, Great staging, Intelligent, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if You want to see a good spin on a one person show. Multi media presentation made it much more interesting. Storyline was very relatable.

Don't see it if You hate one person shows, or if you can’t handle the idea of facing the ideas about death and dying. It’s a hopeful story but still hard.

Also General seating...my advice is to sit at least three or four rows back... Read more Read less

68
Slow, Intelligent, Dizzying, Entertaining, Clever

See it if you like lots of talk and ever changing projections and lighting - here it was too much for me to grasp everything and the story faded.

Don't see it if you are not into listening to a detailed story told by multiple characters all acted by one person. Braininess competes with entertainment.

96
Riveting, Remarkable plot, One actor many believable characters, Extraordinary use of projections, Educational but not didactic

See it if you want an extraordinary theatrical experience combining fine acting, intriguing plot and masterful production.

Don't see it if you are afraid of the complexities of how our brains work and distressed by the messy innards of our bodies.

78
Trippy, Great acting, Absorbing, Ambitious, Clever

See it if David Nathan Rosaley, DNR (get it?) needs life support and multi-character stagecraft cooperation to heal his occipital lobe. Tidy resolve.

Don't see it if Neuro-plasticity.Qualia.Coil embolisation.Countre transferrence.Compensatory state.Death w/ dignity sub-plot. Beat poet Mr. Bones. Twin bro.

Also "You do something once, you live with it; twice, that's you/The enemy ... Read more Read less

34
Slow, Dizzying

See it if You are looking for a totally different theater experience

Don't see it if You are not a fan of one person shows

Also I thought the actor did a really nice job playing several different pa... Read more Read less

85
Great acting, Demands your attention, Educational, Absorbing, Compelling

See it if You want to know about what it might be like to be in a coma,and/or the aftereffects of a brain aneurism. This is a complex story well told

Don't see it if you are facing issues about death, and the decisions that must be made along the way. Also, I see this having greater appeal for post-50s.

100
Must see, Epic, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting

See it if you are enthralled by neuroscience, emotional/intellectual memory/development, psychology, spiritual perspective, relationship dynamic,twins

Don't see it if you dislike 1 actor shows, can’t immerse/stretch to accept 10 actors in one or sit attentively 90 min. in small house, anxious re coma/death

Also Perfection in every category: research, writing, acting, staging, sing... Read more Read less

75
Edgy, Absorbing, Great writing, Resonant, Great acting

See it if You want to see a interesting prospective on death & dying from an identical twin. Good acting with some moving dialogue.

Don't see it if As the play was a bit long and some of the projections provided were way too long.

75
Ambitious, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Great acting

See it if you are interested in the brain & if it heals itself after trauma. Decisions about end of life are faced with the inherent stress entailed

Don't see it if you are not fascinated with neuroscience or one man shows

87
Intense, Great writing, Great acting, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if you enjoy an acting tour de force, you are interested in moral issues, neuroscience, the art of seeing different points of view

Don't see it if you want fluff or a standard play

Also This original work was so stimulating on so many levels I could scarce... Read more Read less

76
Slow, Intense, Great staging, Great acting, Clever

See it if You like one person shows in which the actor plays several characters

Don't see it if You are disturbed by medical issues, or you don't like multi-media theater

25
Indulgent, Excruciating, Cliched

See it if A one-man show without any boundaries and editing is riddled in clichés and, yes, there is rap by a white middle-aged man.

Don't see it if What an EGO and I felt I was watching a special edition of the TV show "New Amsterdam" in which one person plays all the parts.

75
Informative, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Slow, Absorbing

See it if U enjoy one man shows with great acting and him playing all the characters. Multimedia makes it more interesting. Slow at times.

Don't see it if U don’t enjoy solo shows or facing the topic of what to do with someone in a coma or you prefer musicals.

87
Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you are interested in neuroscience, or thought-provoking, well-performed multimedia plays.

Don't see it if You don't like one-man shows. This is one, though it doesn't feel like it.

75
Disappointing, Ambitious, Great acting, Great staging

See it if into a well-executed multi-media, multi-character one-person show about humanity and biology

Don't see it if seeking an easy watch

Also The aftermath of a brain injury told by a talented actor, aided by cre... Read more Read less

90
Novel approach, Thought-provoking, Intense, Absorbing

See it if You like a show with multiple mediums and a story line that captures your full attention because it feels personal.

Don't see it if You do not like flashing lights, one man shows or a message that could touch your heart.

69
Slow, Relevant, Dizzying, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if you like 1-man shows or you're interested in the ethics and decision making behind cutting the cord on human life.

Don't see it if you prefer clear stories with a straight-forward arc.

Also For a 90-minute fast-paced show with rapid scene and character changes... Read more Read less

95
It touches that gap between science and the unknown, Thought-provoking, A one-man show that's crowded with personalities, It felt like a new yorker story come alive!!!

See it if Intellectually stimulating thought provoking stories intrigue and entertain you. Science, ethics, the g-d particle interest you deeply.

Don't see it if you prefer light and fluffy subject matter that doesn't delve on life and death, science, morality.

Also This one-man play is where theatre is heading and the audience approve... Read more Read less

70
Thought-provoking, Profound, Intelligent, Ambitious

See it if You would enjoy a one man show based around the loved ones and medical professionals affected by a comatose man.

Don't see it if You prefer lighter fluffy material as this is a very intelligent play and you have to pay attention to keep up with the terminology .

Also I enjoyed the basis of this play and thought the performer was very go... Read more Read less

83
Quirky, Intelligent, Entertaining, Clever

See it if you would be interested in a visually interesting, experimental, one-man show; want to think about the topic of science/comas

Don't see it if you like traditional theater; get confused easily

Also This was far better than these reviews indicate. It wasn't difficult t... Read more Read less

71
Ambitious

See it if Enjoy multimedia performances

Don't see it if Looking for a straight play.

Also Preface this with I enjoy multimedia performances. This production has... Read more Read less

81
Sobering,, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you're interested in seeing the fragility of life and how your personal relationships come into play when you have a near death experience.

Don't see it if you're not interested in seeing the fragility of life and how your relationship are affected when you're having a near death experience.

86
Thought-provoking, Intense, Great acting, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if you think about what would happen if you were responsible for a person in dire medical need. Also, it is marveloulsy acted&visually stunning

Don't see it if you fear moral and complicated decisions about life and death.

60
Ambitious, Disappointing, Slow, Great staging

See it if You want to see a show about a man in a coma.You like colorful projections used as a backdrop.

Don't see it if You are looking for a fast moving show. This is very slow moving.

65
Uninvolving, Ambitious, Intelligent

See it if you love video projection though it is sometimes indulgent. If you are interested in medicine you might especially like it.

Don't see it if you want emotional connection. You don't like one man shows when they play characters extraneous to the story or not always delineated.


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