Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally
Closed 1h 10m
Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally
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Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally NYC Reviews and Tickets

78%
(13 Reviews)
Positive
69%
Mixed
23%
Negative
8%
Members say
Clever, Original, Great staging, Funny, Ambitious

About the Show

One Year Lease Theater Company presents this world premiere about an illicit affair between a high school math teacher and her fifteen year-old student, told through the eyes of the student's cell phone.

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Member Reviews (13)

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465 Reviews | 256 Followers
95
Ambitious, Clever, Intelligent, Riveting, Creative

See it if you enjoy theatre that is both intellectually and visually stimulating.

Don't see it if your taste in theatre is "Cats" or "Mama Mia."

Al
127 Reviews | 886 Followers
50
Banal, Original, Insipid, Disappointing, Clever

See it if you enjoy stories that are told in unusual ways.

Don't see it if you prefer to see actors doing things rather than having narrators tell you what the actors are doing.

148 Reviews | 37 Followers
73
Clever, Original

See it if you like a unique narrator (cell phone). Dialog is a kind of chanting, echoing effect. Tells the story well and builds to an emotional end

Don't see it if you don't like experimental theater

95 Reviews | 28 Followers
88
Delightful, Clever, Great writing, Funny, Thought-provoking

See it if you want ingenious, energized storytelling with nuanced relationships, lovely theatrical touches, and skillful craftsmanship all around

Don't see it if you don't think dark stories can come in bright packages

64 Reviews | 47 Followers
85
Clever, Entertaining, Wonderfully-directed

See it if you are a theater professional! The show is masterfully directed, inventive and inspiring.

Don't see it if you can't look past flawed material. The play is very good, but would've been better if the protagonist was "of age" rather than 15.

26 Reviews | 5 Followers
90
Clever, Absorbing, Great staging, Original, Refreshing

See it if you're looking for a show with great staging and a versatile cast.

Don't see it if you are looking for something flashy. This show is very intimate.

16 Reviews | 13 Followers
100
Better than dear evan hansen

See it if You like Dear Evan Hansen, Spring Awakening, Be More Chill, Greek dramas, or high school musicals.

Don't see it if You despise Lolita. Read more

17 Reviews | 2 Followers
70
Original, Great staging, Clever, Refreshing, Intense

See it if you enjoy unique relationships with even more unique staging decisions.

Don't see it if you don't like simple sets or experimental theater.

Critic Reviews (6)

The New York Times
October 6th, 2015

"An elegantly constructed examination of contemporary isolation and the illusory nature of electronic connection, it’s told from the perspective of a cellphone...The play is perched at the intersection of the digital and corporeal worlds — spheres that the director, Ianthe Demos, melds in a supple, fast-paced, highly physical production."
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Lighting & Sound America
October 13th, 2015

"If 'Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally' is an overfamiliar tale that doesn't always bother to flesh out its characters, Armento's writing is almost always pleasurable on a line-by-line basis...It doesn't fully convince, yet it's hard not to get caught up in its depiction of a train wreck in the making. By the end, you may even feel the pain of what happens to these foolhardy, yet tragic, lovers."
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Theater Pizzazz
October 6th, 2015

"This is a very contemporary telling of an old tale, but in the mix are attached appendages called cell phones. It is a unique manner of telling the story because those cell phones are now living characters with speaking lines and a perspective...The play is amusing yet filled with serious overtones of illicit relationships, kids dealing with divorced parents and the price we all pay for being so connected and transparent in our daily lives in this high-tech world."
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Wolf Entertainment Guide
October 8th, 2015

"The important thing to remember at 'Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally' is that this oddball play is coming to us from the perspective of a cell phone recounting what has been said and happening...What the play has going for it apart from Armento’s unusual idea is the acting by a very affable cast."
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The Huffington Post
October 8th, 2015

"The entire show exists in an alternate universe unlike our own...The general effect of these elements pleases and amuses the mind's eye. 'Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally' does not feel polished, but for the inquisitive millennial who's grown up in a technologically obsessed culture, it screams of novelty. Armento pushes boundaries, challenging his spectator to engage with the modern environment. He wittily comments on the virtual phenomena that control our society."
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T
October 7th, 2015

"The gifted cast executes the movement and dialogue meticulously, unfortunately the form leaves little room for dramatic conflict and the play comes off as cleverly presented witty exposition."
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