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Safe

Members say: Absorbing, Relevant, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Edgy
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Critics
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4 reviews
Members
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38 reviews
 

91 Central Productions presents Penny Jackson's coming-of-age drama about a teenage girl and the enigmatic man who shakes up her life.

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When her mother enters rehab, Nina is forced to go live with her father. But a chance meeting with an intriguing older man threatens her relationship with her already estranged dad and her best friend as mystery turns to danger.

 

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Reviews (42)

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60
Theater In The Now

"'Safe' is a play which handles social issues that are relevant to today but Jackson's dialogue teeters on afternoon special...What did come across was the danger of the plot. The stakes, for the most part, were kept high even if the dialogue didn’t match...'Safe' tackles some important themes but Penny Jackson’s text and forced plot points hindered the piece. Another pass through the story will aid the play greatly. As it stands now, 'Safe' is mediocre at best." Full Review

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TheaterScene.net

"An earnest but flat social drama…Jackson has compiled a plethora of problems for her well-drawn if stereotypical characters but hasn’t succeeded at crafting a smooth presentation of them. Director Glory Kadigan’s relatively inert staging compounds the play’s flaws…Considering the patchy material and presentation, the cast’s fine and emotional performances are admirable…'Safe' is heartfelt in its intentions but inadequate in its conception and execution." Full Review

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Talkin' Broadway

"Penny Jackson is a playwright who is not particularly fussy about original plot ideas or flawless exposition. Clichés and shortcut stereotypes abound, and we can pretty much see what's coming a mile off. But she shows a real strength in the urgency of her writing. This was true of ‘I Know What Boys Want’ and it is equally true of ‘Safe,’ whose most compelling character is the pedophile Phillip.” Full Review

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NY Theatre Guide

"St. Thomas portrays the fractured Nina perfectly…Kadigan’s direction makes great use of the space to physically denote the characters’ emotional subtext…It is a solid play with strong elements that have been well-executed. However, I would have preferred less scene changes with the tension being built predominantly in the apartment for maximum effect. I would have also liked a stronger ending, as after the climax it sort of slowly fades out." Full Review

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70
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69
Ambitious, Intense, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Cliched

See it if you want to see a play addressing teen angst, issues that affect teenage girls in a well written uneven play with unresolved ending

Don't see it if The play address a multitude of potential teen girl issues to the point of cliche and doesn't stay focused. Ending is ambiguous.

70
Strong performances, Implausible yet predictable twists, Minimalist staging done well

See it if you like teen oriented plots and strong young actors close up and very personal. It held my attention and credulity but faltered at the end.

Don't see it if You're not interested in teen angst & you want a clear message about men who like underage girls. Script needs work, but has a strong core.

55
Indulgent, Excruciating, Cliched, Disconnected, Impausible

See it if You want to see a show about issues.

Don't see it if You value good writing: the 11 scenes had no flow between them & felt like 11 different playwrights wrote them. You want realistic scenarios

Also While I appreciate the playwright addressing issues affecting teen gir... Read more Read less

77
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Relevant

See it if you like dramas of teenage girls from upperclass troubled families. Realistic insights.The female leads are very talented.

Don't see it if if you want more nuanced writing, although I thought the experience was worth it despite some expected outcomes.

99
Edgy, Great acting, Profound, Relevant

See it if You like THIS IS OUR YOUTH and edgy contemporary plays about young people with a feminist twist. Two teeange girls get in trouble. Nuff said

Don't see it if You are more interested in Broadway shows or David Mamet.

65
Edgy, Intense, Thought-provoking, Slow

See it if you enjoy black box theater that makes you think about complicated issues; if you're interested in adolescence and the inner lives of teens

Don't see it if you expect a tightly constructed plot (lags in the middle, but gets exciting at the end); if you're triggered by inappropriate relationships

75
Great acting, Great staging

See it if You like a good drama about family drama and coming of age story.

Don't see it if You are easily offended by cursing, boozing, drugs and potential statutory rape.

65
Slow, Earnest, Ordinary, Teen-oriented

See it if I think this story of troubled teens, substance abuse, self-image and family problems may resonate with teens ....

Don't see it if But it's a bit too "after-school special" or "very special Family Ties" for theater goers old enough to know what those references are.

68
Ambitious, Disappointing

See it if You're interested in issues facing female teenagers or dysfunctional families.

Don't see it if mediocre acting bothers you.

73
Original, Absorbing, Ambitious, Thought-provoking

See it if You enjoy edgy, pertinent drama's and can overlook spotty acting that overall certainly conveyed the message the writer intended to convey

Don't see it if If touchy topic's are not your thing and/or your not apt to enjoy a show who's acting is uneven

Also Up to the momen, pertinent and addresses an issue that is on everyone'... Read more Read less

60
Average

See it if you are interested in supporting new works that are rough around the edges

Don't see it if you're looking for a play that's a little less clumsy

45
Great acting, Confusing, Cliched, Slow, Lack of direction

See it if You want to see good actors and an interesting story about teenage girls and their struggles.

Don't see it if You need clear and concise productions- direction mudded up both writing and acting.

60
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Uneven acting

See it if you're interested in the issues of teenage girls, you don't mind a slow pace with some cliches and some over the top acting.

Don't see it if you have a short attention span, you want to be surprised.

Also a piece with a lot of potential but not fully realized. the performanc... Read more Read less

81
Absorbing, Intense, Raunchy, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if You love bold work and simple yet powerful staging. The small cast moved the plot forward with deft direction

Don't see it if student or child abuse is a trigger

80
Great acting, Thought-provoking, Must see, Great writing, Entertaining

See it if Must see if you are a person who believes one person can change your life

Don't see it if Don't see it if you don't have family values

83
Absorbing, Edgy, Great acting, Great staging

See it if You are a drama fan. Some great performances and overall story that will hold your interest except for a few details that don't make sense

Don't see it if you're not interested in a drama centered around 2 teenage girls

88
Absorbing, Great acting, Riveting, Great writing, Great staging

See it if Coming of age story with wonderful performances and solid scripting. Material is provocative and handled well.

Don't see it if you find teen drama trite regardless performances. Script that could use a tweak here and there.

69
Absorbing, Promising, Terrific acting, Writing needs cuts, Sometimes strains credulity

See it if You are interested in playwrights who have been on the scene a while, honing their craft, with something to say, if you like truthful actin

Don't see it if You prefer light musical fare to straight drama, are bothered by swearing

70
Ambitious, Good acting, Conversation starter

See it if U want to encourage teens to engage in theater. Subjects include body issues, low self esteem, disengaged parents and men who prey on girls

Don't see it if You want deep character development. The characters are pretty much stock, some serious situations resolve to easily.

72
Original, Absorbing, Thought-provoking

See it if You like thought provoking subjects, deep content. Good acting, sometimes close -to -home subjects

Don't see it if You want uplifting, warm family theater

46
Relevant, Cliched, Good acting

See it if You're interested in watching those strange teenage years and those confusing relationships; are fascinated by inappropriate relationships.

Don't see it if You want to see a polished script and strong direction. This is still a developing piece.

67
Absorbing, Great acting

See it if The acting was very good.

Don't see it if The subject was deep. It might both some people

69
Thought-provoking, Slow, Interesting

See it if You like theatre in an intimate setting, you are ok with some gaps in the story/writing

Don't see it if You want a tight script, you want a more realistic ending

61
Edgy, Indulgent, Banal, Disappointing, Cliched

See it if you like the archetypes of distant father, predatory teacher, anorexic friend & overweight protagonist who lets everyone take advantage.

Don't see it if you want a fresh, authentic experience. The set, sound, and costumes were fine.

Also This is sensitive material that could have been elevated but felt disr... Read more Read less

100
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Resonant, Great writing, Great staging

See it if You love coming of age stories like "This Is Our Youth" and some classic teen angst

Don't see it if You can't handle edgy/provocative material