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From 10 member  reviews
Members say: Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Profound, Great acting

About the show

Abrons Arts Center presents a new drama about Dennis Toledo, a troubled Iraq vet and shoe salesman who's suddenly forced to go sober. More…

Dennis has managed to anesthetize the enduring wounds of his service with prescription drugs. But when he’s arrested on a domestic violence charge and sentenced to Brooklyn Treatment Court, he’s forced to find new ways to handle his volatile tangle of emotions. Further upheaval with his wife leaves him perched on the edge of recovery with an all-consuming drive to win full custody of his six-year-old daughter.

Member Reviews (10)


Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Profound, Great acting
Avg Score

Riveting, Relevant, Edgy, Absorbing, Powerful

See it if Vet tries to make a future for himself while suffering from PTSD. I was glued to my seat and drawn into this man's life.

Don't see it if You are not interested in a story set in the present day, dealing with real life vets issues.

Also Terrific writing and acting. Excellent use of the set.

Absorbing, Great acting, Profound, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to see a complex well written story about a vet dealing with ptsd. It was a very emotionally compelling play.

Don't see it if You don't want to feel frustrated and helpless with regard to vets who need help after returning home.

Relevant, Disappointing

See it if An important topic which hits many real issues in the struggle to regain control of ones life after serious problems.

Don't see it if It just does not present its characters as believable human beings. The script and direction undermine authenticity despite actors effort.

Cliched, Clever

See it if veteran PTSD is a heavy interest for you.

Don't see it if you're expecting to see the performance of the year.

Also the set and lighting design is the star here, evoking the strongest an... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Profound, Must see

See it if crucial play about the psychological toll combat takes on veterans, and the struggle to adjust to life.We feel his fear and helplessness.

Don't see it if .....just see it! do not miss it.

Also This is a relevant exploration of PTSD,and the price soldiers pay so w... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Cliched

See it if An evening of mostly absorbing drama about PTSD interests you. There's little boredom here.

Don't see it if If you are put off by an aggressive protagonist and a cliched ending.

Also The protagonist is angry, violent and rebellious, in denial, and very ... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking

See it if you enjoy great acting. Joel Perez, especially, was tremendous.

Don't see it if you don't want to see a show about PTSD.

Absorbing, Clever, Epic, Refreshing, Intelligent

See it if you want something that's a bit out of the box in structure and source. Staging is pretty dope.

Don't see it if you want something classical where you'll understand every single coated meaning.

During previews
Must see, Masterful, Intelligent, Profound, Riveting

See it if Might be most important show I've seen this year. Brilliant. Stellar performances. Great staging. Powerful. Hope it transfers to bigger.

Don't see it if Stories about PTSD are tough for you.

During previews
Thought-provoking, Intense, Great writing, Great acting, Great staging

See it if you can hab=ndle an intense drama that is not exactly a feel-good show but tells of something important and very real.

Don't see it if you expect to be entertained, lulled into the comfortable numbness, and fed silly lines all the time when you're in a theater.

Also When Fitzgerald said, "There are no second acts in the American lives,... Read more Read less

June 7th, 2017
"The poignant new drama turns out to be an unexpected celebration of a marriage of true minds. I mean the kind of meld that occurs when a playwright and a performer seem to blend into a hypernatural unity, making artificial words sound realer than real life...Perez is giving the kind of instincti...
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June 8th, 2017
"Masciotti’s best tool is her ear. She hears the twists and malapropisms that give language its occasional wrong-foot poetry...But this time, the comic technique seems out of tune...Here, conventional slides into cliché...Williams creates a lush aural and visual world...But the play turns Dennis ...
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June 5th, 2017
“A bold, emotionally explosive peek into the impact of post-traumatic stress…Perez gives a masterful performance...It's an intense, fast-moving setup and Williams' direction and Climer's scenic and costume design are perfectly calibrated for maximum impact…My only criticism is the play never expl...
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June 8th, 2017
"Masciotti is thorough, unsparing, and precise about the specifics of Dennis’s existence and the one-step-forward-two-steps-back progress he makes...While these details are important, though, they’re hardly unique, and the play can get bogged down in them...The piece is most interesting–more aliv...
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