Public Obscenities
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Public Obscenities
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Public Obscenities NYC Reviews and Tickets

75%
(88 Ratings)
Positive
80%
Mixed
11%
Negative
9%
Members say
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Slow, Thought-provoking

The return engagement of a bilingual play about queer love, family secrets, & language's limits.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (88)

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119 Reviews | 41 Followers
100
Realistic, Great acting, Great writing, Great staging, Absorbing

See it if a naturalistic and intimate invitation into the home of an Indian family w/themes around queerness, societal roles, language & culture clash

Don't see it if you need a clear, propulsive plot or would struggle with a very multilingual work Read more

528 Reviews | 258 Followers
88
Resonant, Thought-provoking, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if When Choton returns to his grandfather's house in Kolkata with his Am bf to document the lives of LGBTQ Indians, he discovers far more.*

Don't see it if At 3H far2 long.Also,it should start earlier than 7:30,esp on Sun night. In Eng & Bengali,which I liked,yet not 2 everybody's taste,I guess. Read more

124 Reviews | 22 Followers
85
Must see, Funny, Ambitious

See it if Incredible play of a life lived in translation, between queer cultures.

Don't see it if It's sold out!

778 Reviews | 333 Followers
85
Indo-am student w boyfriend travels 2 ancstrl home, To find out about queer life in india, Finds out a lot more under his roof, Unique immersive view of bengali household

See it if employing hyper-realism, shows nuances of Bengali household/HH, secret sex lives/hidden identities

Don't see it if no driving plot, some unnec/overlong scenes in 3+hr play; still transports us 2 sights, language, sounds, rituals of a diff world

81 Reviews | 26 Followers
85
Slow, Intelligent, Great staging, Great acting

See it if you want to see a Kolkata home’s day-to-day interrupted by a visiting nephew & his non-Bangla bf; you like the naturalism of Annie Baker &c.

Don't see it if three hours without big plot points or dramatic character arcs feels more tedious than thoughtful. Read more

144 Reviews | 25 Followers
84
Haunting, Relevant, Profound, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if You're intrigued by the premise of a naturalistic, Bangla family drama. You're willing/able to read subtext 'between the lines'

Don't see it if You want something light and breezy with all plot points spelled out for you, or struggle with bilingual and/or longer plays.

161 Reviews | 11 Followers
84
Thought-provoking, Resonant, Refreshing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you enjoy insightful shows about populations not often represented on stage.

Don't see it if you prefer shows that are not long or have a clear-cut message.

93 Reviews | 8 Followers
82
Resonant, Refreshing, Intelligent, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if you're curious about works that explore a wider variety of voices than the mainstream often does

Don't see it if you're looking for an evening of tight, fully realized work. Read more

Critic Reviews (12)

New York Magazine / Vulture
January 25th, 2024

"The play is fully bilingual...The whole ensemble is marvelous"
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Theatermania
January 24th, 2024

"The production elements come together seamlessly on the larger stage at TFANA."
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Lighting & Sound America
January 25th, 2024

"Its many virtues include an unusual setting, freshly imagined characters, a frank look at queer life in an entirely different cultural context, a solid ensemble, and an enormously evocative production design. Furthermore, playwright Shayok Misha Chowdhury has an eye for telling details and a keen awareness of his characters' subtle emotional shifts. Indeed, this meticulously crafted vehicle has everything but a motor to power it.”
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New York Stage Review
January 24th, 2024

"...Chowdhury is redefining what constitutes public and private obscenity."
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Theater Pizzazz
January 25th, 2024

Public Obscenities manages to maintain interest in an overlong, overwritten play that often seems about little more than the trivialities of human interaction, paying lip service to potentially significant matters that drift off into obscurity. The exotic setting and the overall authenticity of the expertly acted proceedings help to make a visit worthwhile, especially if you’re hungry for a taste of Kolkata without the heat, mosquitoes, and 20 million people.
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Front Row Center
January 24th, 2024

"A wonderful production with a strong cast and fabulous design"
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This Week in New York
February 25th, 2024

Shayok Misha Chowdhury’s bilingual 'Public Obscenities' is the surprise hit of the season.
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The New York Times
March 2nd, 2023
For a previous production

"CRITIC’S PICK: It is a testament to Shayok Misha Chowdhury’s gifts as a writer that he is able to evoke as many themes, histories and possibilities as he does in ‘Public Obscenities,’ and leave his audience not dazed or frustrated, but longing for even more.”
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