Sandra NYC Reviews and Tickets

78%
(53 Reviews)
Positive
89%
Mixed
6%
Negative
5%
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Absorbing, Great acting, Entertaining, Clever, Great writing

A solo show about a woman embarking on a journey to solve the mystery her friend's disappearance.

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Member Reviews (53)

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1046 Reviews | 254 Followers
75
Intense, Great acting, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if If you like one actor plays. This is riveting at times.

Don't see it if If you want a musical or lite.

867 Reviews | 248 Followers
85
Absorbing, Riveting, Intense, Great acting, Great writing

See it if you'd enjoy a good story, well told by one person, who also acts a few other characters, supported by great lights, sound and scenic design.

Don't see it if you want a lot of action - this story is so well wold that you can visualize the characters and the settings, but the actor moves little.

476 Reviews | 128 Followers
84
Edgy, Engaging, Whodunnity, Suspenseful, Absorbing

See it if One woman who-dunnit written by David Cale is up your alley, willingly suspend your disbelief of witness protection possibilities

Don't see it if dislike "one person" formatting, can't engage with another person's "story", need more than a platform, box & a chair

441 Reviews | 232 Followers
85
Edgy, Refreshing, Riveting, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if Moving storytelling about friendship, bravery & resilience told through the eyes of a loving & loyal friend. Excellent acting.

Don't see it if If you prefer singing & dancing then this isn’t your play to see.

439 Reviews | 112 Followers
73
Ambitious, Outstanding acting, Brave experiment

See it if an experiment in doing "noir" as a straight play. Something I on't think I've ever seen or has ever been successful.

Don't see it if a brave, but ultimately unsuccessful, attempt at doing something very new (at least on stage) does not interest you Read more

464 Reviews | 65 Followers
78
Great acting

See it if Frustrated woman embarks on a murder mystery in Mexico and sinks deeper and deeper in, consuming her life. Marjan's great.

Don't see it if One person show, 1 actor playing multiple characters, self narration, plot goes a bit far fetched. Read more

389 Reviews | 66 Followers
95
Thought-provoking, Great writing, Great acting, Clever, Absorbing

See it if you a HUGE fan of actor/playwright David Cale's work. It's a story that will keep you intrigued until the very end.

Don't see it if one person plays are not your thing. Read more

353 Reviews | 89 Followers
95
Great writing and staging, Great set, sound, lights, Great acting, Riveting, Absorbing

See it if You’re up for theatre in its purest form, a compelling reminder of the power of speech, of a well-told story by a powerful, present actor.

Don't see it if You're not open to one-person shows or ones with deceptively minimal effects, or simply listening and letting imagination roam. Read more

Critic Reviews (12)

The New York Times
November 20th, 2022

"David Cale’s new play, 'Sandra,' is packed with classic thriller tropes, as if he had challenged himself to cram as many of the genre’s staples as possible into a 90-minute show."
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The Wall Street Journal
November 23rd, 2022

"In keeping with the starkness of the production—the set is just a chair and suggestions of walls, essentially lock our focus firmly on the main character."
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New York Theatre Guide
November 21st, 2022

"For a thriller, however, 'Sandra' doesn't quite succeed as a thrill ride...Audiences at 'Sandra' can imagine the story's twists and tensions well enough, but with the tools of a visual medium like theatre at its disposal, they shouldn't just have to imagine."
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Theatermania
November 20th, 2022

"Without some interesting character flaw for her to wrestle with, her nonstop recitation of facts and events often makes her story read like a newspaper article."
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Lighting & Sound America
November 21st, 2022

For much of its brief running time, Sandra recalls the novels of Mary Stewart, the mid-twentieth-century specialist in romantic suspense whose heroines invariably get caught up in intrigue while visiting glamorous vacation destinations. Cale solidly establishes a growing atmosphere of mystery and peril, but he leaves plenty of nagging plot holes, beginning with Sandra's introduction to Luca, which hinges on a barely credible mix-up. As their affair heats up, Cale tries hard to explain Sandra's impulsive behavior but, to any fan of genre fiction, her inability to hear the obvious alarm bells becomes irritating.
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Talkin' Broadway
November 20th, 2022

"Whereas thrillers typically climax with gasps and edge-of-the-seat tension, 'Sandra' ends with incredulousness and some disappointment."
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New York Stage Review
November 20th, 2022

"It’s such a ridiculous plot development that it’s almost impossible to take the rest of the tale seriously."
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TheaterScene.net
November 28th, 2022

Cale’s story uses many film noir devices from the 1940’s: exotic locale, strange encounters, searching down unknown streets, disappearing characters, a sexy stranger, danger signals avoided, clues that don’t add up, information that turns out to be fallacious, a damsel in distress, stolen objects, moments of high passion, etc. Yet all seem to be used as if for the first time. The elements are time tested, but the story is new. Cale is an excellent storyteller pulling us in with enough hints and clues to keep us interested until the very end. There are moments that sag but he always pulls us out into something new and unexpected.
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