Ross & Rachel
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Ross & Rachel

Ross & Rachel NYC Reviews and Tickets

(6 Ratings)
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Great acting, Thought-provoking, Quirky, Intense, Original

About the Show

59E59 and MOTOR present Olivier-nominated playwright James Fritz's unflinching look at the myths of modern love, loosely inspired by the beloved fictional 'Friends' couple.

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581 Reviews | 89 Followers
Clever, Great acting, Quirky

See it if you remember Friends and want to know what happened to them 20 years later. An interesting look at relationships & what happens over time

Don't see it if you prefer straightforward drama. I loved the use of one actress to play both roles. Fascinating.

197 Reviews | 74 Followers
Great acting, Intense, Thought-provoking, Original, Quirky

See it if you like intense small-theater experiences. A fairly powerful and sometimes disturbing show, very well acted.

Don't see it if you don't like one-woman shows, tiny theaters, or frank talk about marriage and death.

509 Reviews | 338 Followers
Clever, Great acting, Intense, Quirky, Original

See it if You want to see an actress deliver a marvelous performance. It's interesting and short (less than an hour).

Don't see it if You prefer a cheerful show with more than one actor and an easy to follow narrative. This play was confusing at times and serious/intense.

84 Reviews | 10 Followers
Absorbing, Entertaining, Intelligent, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if a thoughtful, tender show about the difficult paths of love and relationships, intimacy and mortality,

Don't see it if you find one-person plays uncomfortable

538 Reviews | 158 Followers
Intense, Thought-provoking, Dizzying, Confusing, Great acting

See it if You enjoy plays performed by one actor who performs multiple roles. You enjoy plays that force you to figure out which character is speaking

Don't see it if You aren't in the mood to watch a confusing drama about serious illness and the pain it causes in many aspects for the ill and the partner.

442 Reviews | 127 Followers
During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Original, Riveting

See it if you enjoy an "alternative" theater experience which tells a story in an unusual way by numerous characters, all presented by one actor.

Don't see it if you need a full cast to tell you a story from many points of view; you can't follow a complicated story line which is presented quickly.

Critic Reviews (22)

The New York Times
May 26th, 2016

“The play’s first moments are exhilarating, the cataract of words issuing from Ms. Vevers’s mouth suggesting a psychological detonation...But once the script settles into more familiar rhythms and then into fantasy sequences, the intensity of that language dwindles, and the excitement lessens. The arguments become more obvious, and the postmodern reliance on once-popular characters comes to seem cute rather than particularly trenchant.”
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Lighting & Sound America
May 26th, 2016

"Without an authoritative performance, 'Ross & Rachel' would be unpalatably sour, incomprehensible, or both. It takes a few minutes to get into Vevers' rhythm, but once one does, her fierce and uncompromising dedication to Fritz's words carry one past any objections...The highly unpleasant, starkly observant 'Ross & Rachel' is more memorable as a calling card than for the work itself. Nevertheless, there is plenty of talent here -- a distinctive writer's voice and a commanding performer."
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May 27th, 2016

"This very talented actress relies on wit, candidness and sentiment to tell her story and doesn’t hold back when giving audiences the complete picture – in both the joyful and difficult times...For an entertaining and eye-opening take on life, love and relationships, 'Ross and Rachel' is guaranteed to make audiences laugh and cry as they join Vevers for the ride. Get ready to meet this legendary couple in a whole new way!"
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Theatre is Easy
May 24th, 2016

"A well-written and beautifully performed duologue for fans of 'Friends,' haters of 'Friends,' and those with no opinion either way…Vevers effortlessly switches back and forth between the two in one monologue, yet it's never confusing who is speaking…This isn't a 'Friends' parody, but a tragic look at a couple in which one is unhappy but doesn't know how to get out and the other idolizes his spouse so much that he doesn't even think of her as a person."
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Front Row Center
May 23rd, 2016

"Ross and Rachel, you see, are both portrayed by the same actor (Molly Vevers), and just where one spouse starts and another ends is at the center of this clever, if overly complex, hour...That one can imagine Ross in his hospital bed, or Rachel at her office, flirting with a co-worker, speaks to the strength of Ms. Vevers’ performance. Dressed simply in a white bathrobe, and with no set pieces other than a shallow, black, reflecting pool, she effectively transports us."
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Stage Buddy
May 24th, 2016

"The play’s real cleverness lies not in its name, but in the fact that it isn’t necessarily about 'Friends' or Ross and Rachel at all. It could be, or not...It's an experience to watch Vevers command the stage, spiraling out of control with subtly increasing intensity. Despite some laughs, the play is actually quite dark. Fritz doesn't take us where general expectations would have us go, but where it counts -- in the middle of the road -- where it is messy and bitter and cold."
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Theatre's Leiter Side
May 22nd, 2016

"Fritz’s writing is vivid and offers Vevers many opportunities to display a wide range of emotional choices, but even had I appreciated the references to 'Friends,' the material is too slender to have made much difference to me. It did, however, get me to watch some 'Friends' scenes on YouTube, an experience that, I regret to say, didn't inspire me to consider binge-watching its 118 hours, which would have occupied nearly five round-the-clock days of my life. I guess you had to be there."
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May 26th, 2016

“Be warned. ‘Ross and Rachel’ is a bit like airline food (when we used to get it) – edible, but god knows what’s on the plate…Molly Vevers turns emotion and character on a dime, though with no character distinguishing variation...A decision to break the fourth wall also confuses. The actress’s investment is wrenching. On the whole, Director Thomas Martin paces too quickly and indulges in hysteria too often. When staccato speech establishes atmosphere, however, he effectively helms.”
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