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Raft of the Medusa

From 12 member  reviews
Members say: Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Edgy, Dated

About the show

A revival the 1993 drama about an AIDS support group session, where the members discover the disease they share can divide as effectively as it conquers. Part of the 2018 Planet Connections Festivity. More…

The members of the group are a diverse lot, including homosexuals, heterosexuals, and bisexuals, conservatives and liberals, black, white and Hispanic, rich and poor. Some of them are philosophical, some are angry, and some resigned. As the evening's discussion progresses a secret is revealed that threatens to tear the group apart.

Member Reviews (12)


Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Edgy, Dated
Avg Score

Absorbing, Dated, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Edgy

See it if Well played revival of Pintauro's early 90's AIDS drama Despite some lost urgency, still a cautionary tale Skilled ensemble does it proud

Don't see it if Acoustics not best suited for in-the-round staging; not unduely harmful Multiple character drama can cause fatigue but ensemble's energy A+

Intense, Dated, Moving, Powerful

See it if you want to experience a pretty accurate recapturing of the mood of the early 1990s AIDS epidemic.

Don't see it if seeing illness or how others confront illness in themselves & others makes you turn away.

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Perfect casting

See it if You want to be completely blown away and emotionally moved

Don't see it if You are looking for a lighthearted comedy

Also Today was the last night of this surprisingly great festival. This was... Read more Read less

Resonant / absorbing / very relevant, Extremely real & intense book / thought-provoking, Edgy / loud / riveting / moving, An absolute definite must-see, Excellent generous & collaborative actors

See it if you can handle intense detailed personal stories about AIDS thru angst, anger, screams & real tears, in a very moving group-therapy session.

Don't see it if you can't handle an intense 90min of high drama. From the extremely real opening scene your heart barely stops racing until the warm ending.

Also Attended the 2nd performance...... Read more Read less

Great writing, Absorbing, Intense, Strong performances

See it if you want a glimpse of the darkest days of the AIDS crisis. It's a difficult piece, well performed with uneven direction. Worth the trip.

Don't see it if you need a theater with A/C. It's a sweaty black box.

Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Edgy, Relevant

See it if You enjoy conflict, support group discussions and HIV positive stories

Don't see it if You are not interested in aids related dramas

Mixed, Mixed performances, Uneven, Strong writing

See it if you enjoy a cast/creative team with various levels of showcased ability - in a play that's stronger than the performed production.

Don't see it if you need an even show. Good work from most actors in an already strong play. if pro production/lighting/sound etc is important

Also Pacing uneven in places from director/performer. . Great play - with p... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Intense, Relevant, Resonant, Riveting

See it if you're interested in stories about the AIDS crisis, like intense personal stories, want to cry

Don't see it if you object to depictions of queerness, don't like productions with swearing or moments of violence, or want to see something light

Great acting, Great writing, Dated, Absorbing

See it if you are interested in a well written work with good cast chemistry

Don't see it if you are looking for something light-hearted. This is a serious play that captures powerful human emotions

Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Edgy, Intense

See it if you want to see an incredible play about deeply raw human experiences, with an incredible ensemble.

Don't see it if you don't like being wet... you'll sweat from the hot theatre and cry from the hot acting

Absorbing, Clever, Exquisite, Great acting, Great staging

See it if You’re looking for a visually stunning production. Brilliant directing, staging and ensemble acting. Highly recommended.

Don't see it if You’re looking for a light night of theater, a broad comedy or musical. It’s teuly impactful and will stay with you long after you leave.

Also Director, Francisco Solorzano takes on an ambitious role of Jimmy whil... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Must see, Riveting

See it if Stellar ensemble performance and highly skilled writing, directing and overall immersive experience. Unforgettable.

Don't see it if Gets warm in the venue. Very little air flow during hot summer nights but you’ll soon forget after watching the top notch performances.

“Raft of the Medusa” hasn't been reviewed by any Critics (yet!)

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