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Rotterdam

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Members say: Great acting, Absorbing, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Great writing

About the show

Hartshorn - Hook Foundation Ltd presents this bittersweet, Olivier Award-winning comedy about gender, sexuality, and being a long way from home. Part of 59E59's annual Brits Off Broadway festival. More…

It's New Year's in Rotterdam, and Alice has finally plucked up the courage to email her parents to tell them she's gay. But before she can hit send, her lover, Fiona, reveals that he has always identified as a man and now wants to start living as one named Adrian. As Adrian begins his transition, Alice must face a question she never thought she'd ask: Does this mean she's straight?


Member Reviews (62)

MEMBERS SAY:

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

90
Great acting, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Intense, Riveting

See it if Deep, profound and moving. Fleshed out characters and motives. Relatable in so many human ways. Superb acting! Clear why it won the Olivier.

Don't see it if You don't care about LGBT themes.

Also This is way more than just about gender. It's about love, loss, doubt,... Read more Read less

90
Entertaining, Great acting, Great writing, Riveting, Absorbing

See it if You want to see a realistic emotional story performed by INCREDIBLE actors. The journey of these characters is riveting start to finish.

Don't see it if You dislike shows with LGBT themes.

Also See it before it heads back to the UK. There's a reason it won the Oli... Read more Read less

90
Intense, Romantic, Thought-provoking, Touching, Funny

See it if Wonderful exploration of sexuality, love, and searching for self-understanding. Excellent characters, dialog, and youthful setting.

Don't see it if You are not interested in alternative sexuality and gender issues. You don't like relationship dramas.

Also The ending felt inconsistent to me. I was invested in the characters a... Read more Read less

92
Ambitious, Absorbing, Intelligent, Relevant, Important

See it if You are interested in learning about the current societal issue of transgender as it relates to young people. This is a play with a heart !

Don't see it if You cannot deal with seeing very painful and very personal issues of sexual identity portrayed literally almost in your face. See it anyway!

90
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Relevant, Must see

See it if you enjoy excellent acting, an extremely current plot, moving and thought-provoking subject matter.

Don't see it if transgender and gay subject matter is a turn-off for you. Otherwise, don't miss it.

Also One of the best off-off-Broadway shows I have seen in a long time. Ver... Read more Read less

84
Intense, Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Must see

See it if Coming out and facing issues of sexual orientation and gender identity interest you. Very intense problems and situations.

Don't see it if You prefer to ignore and remain ignorant of LGBTQ issues.

85
Absorbing, Great acting, Relevant, Intense, Long

See it if you want to see an intense depiction of the impact of transgender transitioning on the person involved as well as on friends and family.

Don't see it if you are not interested in the topic of gender identity.

Also The performance by Anna Martine Freeman as Fiona/Adrian is stunning.

83
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Edgy, Relevant

See it if You enjoy strong female led casts that are funny and smart. Heartbreaking & beautiful, worth the tears and the length.

Don't see it if A play about sexuality and transformation aren't for you. It's 2.5hrs and it does drag in places, but the overall story makes it worth it.

79
Very well done show about a very interesting subject. terrific performances.

See it if You like thought provoking that's done well.

Don't see it if You don't like thought provoking theatre.

80
Great acting, Relevant, Ambitious

See it if you enjoy good character development in the face of conflict.

Don't see it if you feel uncomfortable with non-traditional sexual roles.

79
Weighty, Validating, Funny while poignant, Too long

See it if Affecting play about gender roles, with one character graceful and confused, two confusing in their motivation and one annoyingly strident.

Don't see it if Still, the sliding scale of gender identity is explored bravely and sympathetically, as is the willingness to face up to issues.

86
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if You want an exceptional play dealing with the delicate topic of transgender and gay relationships affecting those involved and beyond.

Don't see it if The subject mentioned above turns you off.

82
Great acting, Entertaining, Relevant, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if you are interested in gender, sexuality, seeing an excellent, intimate performance that is both funny and thoughtful

Don't see it if you are homophobic, want a big production

93
Absorbing, Great acting, Ambitious, Great writing, Intelligent

See it if You want to know more about people you care for in crisis. The couple is facing a challenge to their relationship and love. Can love survive

Don't see it if You don't care to view couples in crisis.

95
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Riveting, Relevant

See it if you're interested in stories about gay & transgender topics, are open-minded, OK with brief partial nudity & language

Don't see it if are not interested in LGBT topics, don't enjoy small,close up intimate theater setting, are offended by language and brief partial nudity

Also Very topical story about lesbian & transgender situations. Great story... Read more Read less

88
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Funny, Thought-provoking

See it if Examinations of sexual orientation and gender identity fascinate U, U like the intimacy of a tiny theater where action is in your face.

Don't see it if You prefer more intellectual and theoretical discussions of the above, would find fault with slight tendency to overacting and soap-opera.

Also This is definitely a worthy evening of theater, really a must-see. Eve... Read more Read less

92
Great acting, Great writing, Masterful, Must see, Relevant

See it if Beautifully acted and written drama about identity, love and compassion. You truly care about these characters. Many moved to tears at end.

Don't see it if You don't care for plays about transgender people.

88
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Intense, Masterful

See it if You want to watch a great drama and see the plight of lgbtq group. One of the best acting that I have ever seen.

Don't see it if You hate lgbtq themes. Or else don't miss it! A little bit slow in Act 1, but Act 2 is beyond amazing!

90
Riveting, Resonant, Relevant, Profound, Masterful

See it if You want to explore the dimensions of sexual identity.

Don't see it if You are looking for a light play just to get entertain.

94
Absorbing, Ambitious, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if you want a deeply emotional show that touches on a variety of queer themes. I'm not a crier, but I sobbed during a particular scene.

Don't see it if you don't like queer subject matter, or you're looking for something light.

82
Relevant, Resonant, Engaging, Original

See it if want to see a very original coming-out identity play with lots of interesting insights. Some rough edges, but well conceived and performed.

Don't see it if you are not ready to empathize with two people finding themselves.

80
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent

See it if You want to see a play with a wonderful message about human relationships.

Don't see it if You don't like gay themed plays or prefer a larger production.

83
Relevant, Thought-provoking, Intense

See it if You are interested in the many emotions and decisions involved in the quest for gender identity

Don't see it if You are not interested in gender identity issues

Also Two of the actors were superb...but at times there was too much yellin... Read more Read less

100
Great acting, Great staging, Intelligent, Relevant, Resonant

See it if You have an interest in LGBT issues and real discussions around sexuality and gender. You enjoy great acting and thought provoking subjects

Don't see it if You have no interest in discussions of gender and LGBT relationships. Want a big production. This is intimate and real.

80
Great writing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Intense, Relevant

See it if You are someone who thinks about gender fluidity, likes well-written plays that provoke thought & discussion, support new plays.

Don't see it if You've got unchangeable opinions about the gender binary.


May 25th, 2017
"Josh, and even Adrian, are woefully underwritten, making us empathize more with Alice’s confusion after her relationship is drastically redefined. The director, Donnacadh O’Briain, moves things along swiftly...The course of love is not quite as smooth...Writing a complicated transgender role mea...
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May 24th, 2017
"A sincere but overlong dramedy...The play feels very B.C.: Before Caitlyn...At times it seems positively quaint. Even so, 'Rotterdam' poses pertinent questions about what makes us who we are, with surprising humor and knockout performances...All of the characters are feeling growing pains of som...
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May 24th, 2017
"What matters most about this show isn't the excellence of its constituent parts, though. It's what they create when combined. The punch of the script, together with the fierce acting and unifying direction, make for a living, aching portrait of a trans man and a transitioning relationship. And w...
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May 30th, 2017
“This is a show that will touch the hearts and minds of everyone, a topical play that must be seen…An insightful view of love and identity. It captures the intensity of four people's situations while conveying the humor of everyday life. You will be in awe of the talented cast that brings every m...
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