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Great acting, Confusing, Quirky, Slow, Relevant

A Samuel Beckett-style absurdist comedy by Charly Evon Simpson ("Behind the Sheet").

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Member Reviews (14)

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913 Reviews | 928 Followers
Excruciating, Loooong, Pointless, Indulgent, Rudderless

See it if There is a theme. It could have been interesting.

Don't see it if The show is boring, long has a chain of events that doesn't amount to anything more goes anywhere. Provides no conclusions nor point of view

888 Reviews | 1017 Followers
Repetitive, Slow, Overly long, Disappointing

See it if It has a potential and explores interesting themes.

Don't see it if It's about 40min too long and in dire need of editing. So many unnecessary scenes & repetitive scenes and the story ultimately goes nowhere.

435 Reviews | 126 Followers
Disappointing, Slow, Resonant, Relevant, Great acting

See it if Started out well, but became overly mired in sand.

Don't see it if You are not a fan of existentialism, prefer a show which develops in a linear fashion.

399 Reviews | 203 Followers
Banal, Slow, Confusing, Excruciating, Great acting

See it if If you want to see 3 African-American women suffer through an unnamed crisis that causes their limbs to start falling off.

Don't see it if If you're interested in a coherent storyline. I'm sure the author was trying to tell us something, but I'm at a loss as to what.

311 Reviews | 59 Followers
Confusing, Great acting, Quirky

See it if you are very open minded and want to figure out what a show is trying to say.

Don't see it if you don't want to ask "what is this show supposed to be about?" The actors have talent but I just couldn't stay focused--I might be just me

272 Reviews | 57 Followers
Needs a good edit, Confusing, Overrated, Disappointing

See it if you are interested in new playwrights

Don't see it if you expect a dramaturgically well constructed theatrical experience

715 Reviews | 109 Followers
During previews
Very offbeat, Quirky, Clever, Lots of sand

See it if you like a show that is very offbeat with a strange story where characters constantly talk about body parts falling off. Talented cast.

Don't see it if you like a traditional drama or comedy. This is not it. Set consists mostly of sand with some beach umbrellas and chairs thrown in. Read more

395 Reviews | 97 Followers
During previews
Great acting, Funny, Relevant, Quirky, Absorbing

See it if You enjoy surrealist comedies.

Don't see it if You dislike works that suffer from pacing issues. Read more

Critic Reviews (11)

The New York Times
February 27th, 2022

"For me, it tries too hard. The central metaphor — that Black women are literally falling apart — is assiduously explored, but the issues that might give it heft are left, like Angela and Odessa, buried in the sand...Which is not to say that every play about Black women must be a tragic news bulletin. In some ways it’s a relief that when Angela and Odessa do rise from the sand, there’s some enjoyable interplay between them."
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New York Magazine / Vulture
February 27th, 2022

"After she builds a clever allegory about Black women’s health, Simpson’s sure touch slackens. There’s a vivid first scene, and then the play almost immediately begins to lose its urgency...The director, Summer L. Williams, therefore has to lean heavily on her cast for the show’s electricity — and they deliver...The main thrill is Watts, though, who is superb, winking and laughing and so swaggeringly charismatic that you’d follow her anywhere."
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New York Theatre Guide
February 28th, 2022

"3/5 stars...An offbeat and intriguing play...One of the play’s most stirring strokes is Angela’s fascination with fulgurites, glass formations that can result when lightning strikes sand. Although they’re delicate and breakable, fulgurites vibrate with power. The same goes for Angela, Odessa, and Adah."
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February 28th, 2022

"The play builds on Samuel Beckett's 'Waiting for Godot' (and perhaps even Antoinette Chinonye Nwandu's 'Pass Over'), finding a more compelling, less nihilistic, set of answers. At times the philosophical nature of the play can zoom out a bit and become somewhat generalized. But this broader conversation about waiting, living, surviving, and radical self-care — coming from three Black women who are tired, struggling, and falling apart -- still comes across as deeply specific and embodied. The play's one major weakness is its length."
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Lighting & Sound America
February 28th, 2022

But even with a running time of just over ninety minutes, the action -- or, rather, the lack of it -- drags noticeably. Whether one views it as a trek without a destination or an exercise in venting, sandblasted ends up overstaying its welcome. The writing is often graceful, but its dramatic structure is notably wobbly, almost nonexistent; in fact, you could say this sometimes-pertinent play is built on a foundation of sand.
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Talkin' Broadway
February 28th, 2022

"The world premiere of Charly Evon Simpson's 'sandblasted' shows an ambitious play that wants to be groundbreaking. Unfortunately, despite a game cast and a jaw-dropping set, the Vineyard Theatre and Women's Project Theater's 100-minute, intermission-less co-production quickly wears out its welcome and tests its audience's patience for an absurdist comedy that ultimately has very little to say."
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New York Stage Review
February 27th, 2022

"3/5 stars...If a theatergoer enjoys this sort of poetical language, language that lights neither here nor there but seems to light everywhere and nowhere—then the all-small-letters 'sandblasted' could be just the thing. If, however, this kind of uninterrupted backing-and-forthing has the effect on a ticket buyer of, at best, mounting annoyance, 'sandblasted' won’t add up to a satisfying time...For longer than might be expected, it’s fun watching 'sandblasted.' For that, Simpson has director Summer L. Williams and the actors to thank."
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February 27th, 2022

A woman’s arm falls off soon into playwright Charly Evon Simpson’s engrossing allegory, sandblasted. Ms. Simpson’s tone beautifully mixes the comic with the wistful, her dialogue is glorious, and her characters are appealing. Structured as 18 punchy short time-shifting scenes, with duologues, trialogues and monologues, the play builds to a stirring conclusion. Simpson quotes Audre Lorde, Toni Morrison and Samuel Beckett in stage notes, their aesthetic influence is evident. The setting is a sandy landscape, the time is “now. after. future.”
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