Scene Partners

Scene Partners NYC Reviews and Tickets

(75 Ratings)
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Ambitious, Confusing, Great acting, Quirky, Absorbing

About the Show

John J. Caswell, Jr's newest play - a comedic & genre-defying exploration of a woman's reawakening.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (75)

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257 Reviews | 26 Followers
Absorbing, Refreshing, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if you want to see Dianne Wiest on stage

Don't see it if you prefer musicals or Broadway productions

122 Reviews | 13 Followers
Brilliant, Thought-provoking, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You love non-linear plots with blurred lines, pathos, and tremendous heart, and want to see a tour-de-force Dianne Wiest performance.

Don't see it if You like only traditional theater with a clear trajectory and aren't open to flights of fancy and abstraction.

102 Reviews | 19 Followers
Thought-provoking, Great writing, Funny, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if You like surrealist and absurdist plays. This isn’t particularly linear, but it’s totally worth the ride! Acting is great. Absolutely loved.

Don't see it if You want a linear play, straightforward characters and staging. Story is intentionally vague, the ending leaves you questioning/thinking.

104 Reviews | 11 Followers
Clever, Absorbing

See it if Diane weist is amazing in a surreal play about a 75 year old woman recreating a difficult life in a uniquely creative way

Don't see it if You don’t want to see an ambiguous perhaps confusing play

73 Reviews | 13 Followers
Entertaining, Superb acting, Ambitious, Clever, Absorbing

See it if I loved the non linear plot, and enjoyed stretching my brain. Very absorbing. Excellent acting..

Don't see it if Dont see it if you need a more traditional, linear don't enjoy non linear plots

401 Reviews | 65 Followers
Thought-provoking, Funny, Quirky, Ambitious

See it if you want a unusual non-linear play with the amazing and masterful Dianne Wiest leading an absurdist story. Don't read too much about it!

Don't see it if you want a typical or well-made play where you don't have to think. Or HAMILTON.

126 Reviews | 22 Followers
Quirky, Entertaining, Clever

See it if You like Dianne Wiest and like off beat shows.

Don't see it if You don't want to think while being entertained.

66 Reviews | 1 Follower
Great acting, Funny, creative, unique

See it if You want to be led on a wild, not always lucid fever dream by a fantastic actress.

Don't see it if You prefer your plays straightforward, linear, realistic/naturalistic. You like at all times to know exactly what is going on.

Critic Reviews (14)

The New York Times
November 15th, 2023

“ ‘Scene Partners,’ by John J. Caswell Jr., with the transcendent Dianne Wiest as Meryl, is definitely more like whoa. Twee, snarky, meta, manic, maddening and yet eventually poignant, the play is a moving target, its tone as hard to pin down as its facts.”
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New York Theatre Guide
November 16th, 2023

“for the most part, the show feels like a spool of film running through nothing in particular.”
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November 15th, 2023

“The most disappointing aspect of ‘Scene Partners’ is the fact that Wiest, who is typically excellent, shrinks from the emotional range Meryl requires...a static performance and a fuzzy character arc for a woman who comes, sees, and conquers — even if this is only true in her own mind. After 100 lethargic minutes of Scene Partners’, it’s unlikely you’ll care one way or another.”
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Talkin' Broadway
November 15th, 2023

“The initial conceit is tantalizing, but Caswell's play is ultimately wearisome as it spins further and further into dizzying absurdism...But even with a masterful, star performance by Dianne Wiest, lacking dramaturgically solid moorings, ‘Scene Partners’ offers a regrettably alienating experience.”
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November 20th, 2023

It takes an artist of the stature and extraordinary talent of Wiest to keep Caswell’s fragmented play from flying off in all directions as it veers from reality to fantasy and from flashback to the present. Or, is the entire plot, which takes an embittered 75-year-old widow from the depths of the Midwest to the depths of Hollywood, just a figment of her yearning imagination? The tale of Meryl Kowalski (both names exuding meaning) is of the oft-told a-star-is-born genre: an unknown hopeful, through lucky breaks and gumption, manages to become a movie star. Sounds simple, right? Not here. Caswell ("Wet Brain" and "Man Cave") will not allow her story to be told in a linear fashion.
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Theater Pizzazz
November 15th, 2023

"Caswell has crafted a truly engaging, enervating piece of theater. The performers are wily, game, and assured, even when the world of the play isn’t certain for the audience. This gifted cast weaves a wild engaging spell."
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Front Row Center
November 24th, 2023

“More than character and story this seems to be a play of message. We are our own authors it tells us...The writing here feels too clever by half. In spite of the refined direction by Rachel Chavkin and the aforementioned excellent performances all around, it is this writer’s opinion that without Dianne Wiest there would indeed be ‘nothing there’.”
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Exeunt Magazine
November 15th, 2023

“Caswell’s sense of theatricality has to be applauded...And you’ve gotta hand it to Wiest for taking a chance on this new work. But the pieces of his collage don’t come together. The adhesive melts under the theatre’s lights and the cast is left with the droopy paper.”
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