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Members say: Great acting, Absorbing, Intelligent, Entertaining, Great writing

About the show

When a fiercely independent, workaholic police officer receives an old cassette tape with a message from her big brother on it, she is propelled back to her vibrant childhood and forced to confront a tremendous loss. More…

'Replay' is the story of a woman revisiting her childhood, coming to terms with the significant pain of her past, and finally realizing that she needs to embrace the memory of her brother in order to move on with her life. With heart, honesty, and humor, this play explores what it is to grow up, accept loss, be vulnerable, and celebrate the past, however painful. Part of 59E59's 2018 Brits Off Broadway Festival.

Member Reviews (40)


Great acting, Absorbing, Intelligent, Entertaining, Great writing
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Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Intense, Moving

See it if You want to see one of the very best one actor shows on a stage here now. The actress/playwright is equally talented in both areas.

Don't see it if Only reason not to see this is if U really cannot enjoy a play that features a single performer ! If that describes you think about limits !

Nicola wren is a lovely writer and actor

See it if Like a tender & fierce play re family, love, memory, grief. A moving show performed fearlessly w a lovely connection to the audience.

Don't see it if Don't like solo shows in tiny spaces, or care to explore young woman's memory/devotion to her late brother. Plot involves talk of suicide.

Also Saw this early May in the small black box theater of 59e59 during thei... Read more Read less

Good solo performance., Good solo show. interesting story.

See it if You like one person shows.

Don't see it if You don't like one person shows.

Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Great writing, Masterful

See it if you like inventive shows that take you into the mind of someone you might pass on the street and ignore.Intriguing look at life and loss.

Don't see it if you want a piece of fluff.This is very entertaining & a lot of fun. But it has something very important to say about personal vulnerability

Great acting, Entertaining

See it if you like an accessible story and a solid performance from one actor.

Don't see it if you dislike undecorated solo shows or want a quirkier, less “everyman” type of character. Wren plays the same character throughout.

Also You kind of already know how things are going to unfold from the begin... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Intelligent, Resonant

See it if you're interested in a show about coping with grief and the power of memory years later. Well-written and acted. A short, but resonant story

Don't see it if you don't like intimate solo shows which rely on the acting performance. You need to use your imagination, but actress takes you on journey.

Great acting, Great staging, Touching, Absorbing

See it if you enjoy stories that absorb you into an emotional journey with just words, great acting and minimalist staging w/o theatrical artifacts.

Don't see it if you do not like one-actor shows or intimate settings for a play; or if you prefer great staging and wardrobe.

Absorbing, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting

See it if you enjoy being immersed in a well told story that illustrates its theme by creating a real character.

Don't see it if you prefer more elaborate productions to a small scale one woman play.

Strong and humane, Intimate solo performance, Well written, Compelling acting

See it if A carefully revealed story of coming to terms with past loss & love, told as one might a friend, emotionally & personally. Effectively...

Don't see it if staged in a small space & wonderfully acted. The more the character shares, the better you like her. Caveat: Challenges the "4th wall."

Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Resonant

See it if A riveting one actor play written and performed by a talented young woman that deals with grief, with humorous touches

Don't see it if You want to see large scale Productions that are less intimate

Great acting, Great storytelling

See it if A brilliant performance in an intimate space. Ms. Wren makes great use of the space and limited props to bring us right into the story.

Don't see it if You prefer a solo show with a performer playing multiple characters. This is just very well executed storytelling without a lot of fanfare.

Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if You like Great acting serious subject matter in an intimate no frills setting. 1 hour

Don't see it if Suicide triggers you or you want something light in subject

Great acting, Resonant

See it if You want to see a quick, well-realized one-woman show about a meaningful relationship.

Don't see it if You're looking for a play that isn't sometimes jumpy.

Excellent, Refreshing one actor role reliant on peformance and not tricks, Great body language and eye contact, Get to it !, Intimate

See it if Too many one actor shows rely on the gimmick of mutliple personalities - this shows us the depth of one relatable character facing loss

Don't see it if You want something light

Also This young playwright and actor gives us a perfect small play - in a t... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Intelligent

See it if good theater-great acting

Don't see it if for intense subject matter.

Absorbing, Great acting, Touching

See it if A memory play. Very well written and acted. Poignant and touching

Don't see it if You don't like personal stories about loss.

Absorbing, Intelligent, Intense

See it if You like some combinarion of monologues, the band James, and emotional growth.

Don't see it if There's a suicide pretty early on in the play that may be a bit much for some.

Ambitious, Intelligent, Entertaining

See it if You like memory plays. You like British actors. You support young playwrights.

Don't see it if You do not like one-person shows. You find British working-class accents difficult to understand. You’d rather not sit on lightly-padded,

Also shoulder-to-shoulder folding chairs. ... Read more Read less

Great acting, Great writing, Riveting

See it if you want to see an exceptionally well-performed one-woman piece about a woman coming to realizations about her life.

Don't see it if you do not like plays about loss, that involve swearing, or have minimal sets.

Absorbing, Great acting

See it if If you like one person shows about a serious subject and when the person goes through a transformation.

Don't see it if You don't like one person shows in a small theater.

Absorbing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if You like solo shows which will capture your interest. It’s a difficult subject matter that will pull on your heartstrings.

Don't see it if You only like splashy theatrical productions or sad subject matters.

Absorbing, Entertaining, Riveting, Thought-provoking, Hilarious

See it if you' like intelligent theater

Don't see it if you dont like solo shows

Absorbing, Resonant, Confusing

See it if you like shows that probe the emotional life of a character whose outward appearance belies a complicated and conflicted inner self.

Don't see it if you prefer a plot that is obvious and its message spelled out. The performance wavers between profound and tedious.

Touching, Absorbing, Minimalistic

See it if You like solo shows about a compelling character coming in terms with her past. Neatly written and well performed.

Don't see it if You don’t like solo shows on bare stage.

Clever, Great acting, Great staging

See it if you are willing to enjoy a one-woman show for an hour that is very well acted and staged.

Don't see it if you prefer more production values, big productions, etc. This is a simple, yet moving and well-orchestrated storytelling.

May 2nd, 2018
"With Wren's talent for storytelling and Chilcott's superb direction, 'Replay' proves to be a totally captivating one-hour show...Effectively brings the audience right into W's life and her feelings of love and loss. It is a warm and wonderful piece of theater...Wren's riveting.....
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May 1st, 2018
"A brief piece that hangs on an implausible twist and heads for a sentimental, too-easy conclusion. It seems to exist mostly as a calling card for Nicola Wren, who wrote and stars in it -- and if her writing is more professional than inspired, she is a thoroughly expert actress...Wren knows how t...
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April 29th, 2018
"The strengths of this tender play can be credited both to Wren's writing and to her performance. It is filled with the details that bring the seen and unseen characters to life...Wren gives us a portrayal that is most theatrical by effectively striking a balance between reticence and urgency...T...
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May 10th, 2018
"To be sure, there are examples of talented playwrights who have also been able to tread the boards without tripping over their feet, or tongues. Harold Pinter, Noël Coward, Tracy Letts: they all come quickly to mind. Some theater historians have even argued that Shakespeare might have been a pre...
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