Privacy NYC Reviews and Tickets

85%
(176 Reviews)
Positive
97%
Mixed
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Negative
1%
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Clever, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Entertaining, Absorbing

About the Show

Daniel Radcliffe stars in the Public Theater's high-tech London import about what our technological choices reveal about who we are and who's keeping track of it all.

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876 Reviews | 903 Followers
85
Fun, Original, Creative, Interactive, Thought-provoking

See it if Very creative/well acted/well staged. Refreshing & fun. You like breaking of 4th wall. Very informative & thought-provoking.

Don't see it if It's more fun documentary than real theatrical story. Still very enjoyable. Act 2 could be shorter.Needs counterpoints to its ideas–preachy?

851 Reviews | 1006 Followers
80
Fun, Engaging, Entertaining, Clever, Interesting

See it if You want a fun night out. It's super interesting and informative. Plays out more like a documentary with fun audience participation.

Don't see it if You dislike audience participation. The story isn't very strong but it's a fun and interesting show.

945 Reviews | 386 Followers
89
Clever, Entertaining, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Intelligent

See it if You have a smart phone, or use the Internet, or basically ever leave your apartment. Very scary about how we are used in the digital age!

Don't see it if You're a conspiracy theory kind of person as this show will push you right over the edge!!!

539 Reviews | 1873 Followers
98
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Masterful, Original

See it if I loved this show so much. Fascinating, terrifying, funny, clever. Wonderful acting and staging. Lots of secrets.

Don't see it if Don't miss it....

616 Reviews | 273 Followers
78
Marvelous "ted talk"/demonstration of ubiquitous assault on privacy thru cell phones/computers; not traditional theater

See it if /to be astonished how modern technology tracks every move/action of audience; unique audience participation thru cell phone; charming Daniel

Don't see it if you'd prefer more of a traditional play w/ plot and interactions onstage; this entertaining vehicle engages the head more than the heart

533 Reviews | 488 Followers
70
Distracted, Relevant, Resonant, Presentational, Disappointing

See it if you're fascinated with the concept of privacy and identity in the age of technology and social media, and where YOU fit in to that question.

Don't see it if you don't like shows where the narrative thrust takes a backseat to gimmicky conventions.

510 Reviews | 129 Followers
88
Clever, Entertaining, Creepy, Original, Relevant

See it if you are interested in knowing the sacrifices we have made in order to stay current in the technology arena; like good, affable acting.

Don't see it if you have never owned a smartphone and don't plan to; you don't know what WiFi is; realism is not your thing.

467 Reviews | 70 Followers
96
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Great staging, Intelligent

See it if you want to learn about our willingness to give up our privacy for the convenience of our gadgets.

Don't see it if you are looking for much of an underlying story. You really don't need it, but it would be nice to have more emotional meat in the show.

Critic Reviews (41)

The New York Times
July 18th, 2016

“Viewed as a play, it is neither as profound as it aspires to be nor even entirely cohesive. But it ingeniously recreates that most venerable of entertainments, the magic show, in a form ideally suited to the second decade of the 21st century...I’m making ‘Privacy’ sound creepier and more compelling than it ultimately is...The parts of the show I can’t talk about—the many audience participation sequences—are both its giddiest and most sobering."
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Time Out New York
July 18th, 2016

“A sardonic but disturbing survey of data mining and surveillance...The piece is a fresh and engaging mélange of verbatim interview text, geektastic research and romantic comedy...Radcliffe is more assured and funnier than ever, a bemused Everyman learning how to open up without losing his sense of identity. The supporting actors are marvelous.”
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New York Magazine / Vulture
July 18th, 2016

“So specifically and solely a discussion of privacy in the age of smart phones that it barely functions as anything else...The saving grace of this production (directed wittily by Rourke) is that it remains entertaining even when merely massaging information most of us absorbed years ago...Tech tricks lend it an atmosphere of surprise that its content sorely lacks, and also a sense of urgency that it cannot otherwise gin up...Like a lot of documentary theater, its point-of-view is too diffuse.”
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The Hollywood Reporter
July 18th, 2016

“The play is ultimately more informational than successfully dramatic, often having the feel of an intricate, celebrity-studded TED Talk. But it nonetheless emerges as a dazzlingly inventive and entertaining theatrical exercise...Director Rourke keeps the production's complex technological balls up in the air with consummate skill, and the performers superbly rise to their many challenges. Radcliffe employs his natural charisma and likability to excellent effect.”
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Entertainment Weekly
July 18th, 2016

"Believability, or plot for that matter, is not Graham’s primary concern...For a play about connectivity, 'Privacy' feels weirdly disjointed. The facts, figures, and revelations behind 'Privacy' are rather riveting — in a lecture-y/symposium kind of way. It feels tailor-made for an audience at South by Southwest…But as a play? You could probably remove Radcliffe’s character and get the same effect. Without the bang-up ticket sales, of course."
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Variety
July 18th, 2016

"A mind-bending theatrical experience...Daniel Radcliffe, who’s made auspicious Broadway appearances, is enormously appealing as The Writer in this confounding play...Dratch is especially persuasive as the M.I.T. professor Sherry Turkle...Over the course of this ever-surprising play, the Writer keeps learning how the Internet overrides what he thinks of as free will...But in the end, he can’t answer the big question: Who owns your life?”
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New York Daily News
July 19th, 2016

“Whether it’s cameras monitoring our every move, online gizmos constantly gathering data, everyone is always connected and sharing— whether they want to or not. That’s pretty much the point...Most telling is when the audience gets walked through the 'privacy' button on their phones, which actually double as tracking devices...Judging by 'oohs' from me and my fellow audience members - that’s when ‘Privacy’ gets eye-opening.”
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AM New York
July 18th, 2016

"A freewheeling, overstuffed adventure saga where the lone individual confronts the wonders and terrors of current phone and computer technology...Whereas Radcliffe has taken on some very challenging roles on Broadway in recent years, his function here is far more passive...but he does show off his considerable comic abilities...‘Privacy’ is all over the place, but it makes its points about the utter lack of personal privacy in today’s day and age with clarity as well as shock value."
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