Sandra NYC Reviews and Tickets

78%
(107 Reviews)
Positive
88%
Mixed
9%
Negative
3%
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Absorbing, Great acting, Entertaining, Great writing, Riveting

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

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Member Reviews (107)

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1079 Reviews | 264 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.

891 Reviews | 258 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.

650 Reviews | 284 Followers
78
Impeccably staged one-woman show, M neshat/n as sandra/s in symbolic jrny to, Find her own identity, Intriguing but not entirely persuasive

See it if gripping; noirish mystery forces S 2 define her identity; N convincing S, Tour-de-force as diverse chrctrs; liting/sound enhance

Don't see it if puzzling, 3 levels of story - mystery/psychlgcl study/dream - don't mesh; major holes in plot; ending not satisfying Read more

543 Reviews | 133 Followers
80
Intelligent, Edgy, Ambitious, Great acting

See it if Riveted telling of the disappearance of a woman's friend in a foreign country and the lengths she will go to find out what happened to him

Don't see it if You don't like one handers. In this case, you feel as though many characters have come to life through this performance.

461 Reviews | 235 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.

480 Reviews | 130 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

416 Reviews | 255 Followers
81
Uneven, Great lighting, Mostly well written, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if Tour de force solo performance by Marjan Neshat in a well told story about woman's search for missing friend in Mexico. Fantastic lighting.

Don't see it if you can't overlook certain inconsistencies in the plot ; you don't care for 1 person shows; don't like a bare stage (just 1 chair). Read more

456 Reviews | 116 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

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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