Closed 1h 10m
Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally
Midtown E
78

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, Great acting, Funny

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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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."

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.

Critic Reviews (6)

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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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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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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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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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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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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