Scissoring
Closed 1h 30m
Scissoring
79

Scissoring NYC Reviews and Tickets

79%
(32 Reviews)
Positive
91%
Mixed
3%
Negative
6%
Members say
Funny, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Relevant

About the Show

In INTAR Theatre's new drama, a New Orleans teacher must confront the clash between the life she has created with her long-term girlfriend and her career as a devoted teacher in a repressive Catholic school.

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Member Reviews (32)

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81
Great acting, Great staging, Thought-provoking, Funny, Dated

See it if a charming exploration of coming out issues done with imagination and humor appeal.

Don't see it if self inflicted youthful angst irritates you.

24
Dated, Disappointing, Excruciating, Fluffy

See it if want to see A play that deals with a lesbian couple trying to maintain a relationship, one of them works as a teacher at a Catholic school

Don't see it if Want to see something new and fresh Read more

79
Absorbing, Entertaining, Thought-provoking, Believable relationship

See it if you’re interested in lesbian couples center stage instead of on the periphery of someone else’s play; honest portrayals of commitment issues

Don't see it if you expect lots of sex; uninterested in the subjects—being closeted amidst religious judgement, how to spot uncommitted partners Read more

89
Funny, Great acting, Great writing, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if You want to see a play about a couple where one feels that she has to keep the relationship a secret from her job (catholic school)

Don't see it if You are uncomfortable with same sex couples P.D.A. You don't want to see a great play performed by excellent performers. Read more

77
Great staging, Slow, Refreshing

See it if You want to support the work of non-white/non-male artists.

Don't see it if You want something tight. It started to drag halfway through. Read more

85
Absorbing, Resonant, Romantic, Lgbtq relevant

See it if you are interested in seeing the tensions and tenderness of a lesbian couple exploring their relationship. Loved the magic realism.

Don't see it if you are put-off by lesbian relationships and a non-linear format.

70
Ambitious, Cliched, Banal

See it if you are fascinated with same-sex coupling - female division

Don't see it if you want something more original in your same-sex dramas

60
Disappointing, Relevant, Soapy, Ambitious, Intimate

See it if you want a unique lesbian-centered story, love soapy plots, would enjoy good production values in an intimate space.

Don't see it if will be offended by gay themes, want emotional complexity, are looking for chemistry between the actors, need a script that feels complete.

Critic Reviews (6)

The New York Times
June 27th, 2018

"It bears some hallmarks of a grad-school play: a relatively large cast, which in this well balanced production is a pleasure to watch; occasional lapses into authorial argument; and an awkward ending that’s too easy to anticipate. The play made me eager to see what Ms. Quintana will do next, but it also left me wondering about Abigail’s (unseen) family and childhood friends."
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TheaterScene.net
June 12th, 2018

“Quintana’s highly theatrical ‘Scissoring’, where comedy, drama and fantasy converge. The dialogue is witty, the characters are richly rendered and the plot is wildly unpredictable...Fadul’s energetic staging realizes the play’s humor and seriousness as it smoothly flows. The performances are uniformly as bubbly as the presentation...An accomplished work of theater that deals with topical issues.”
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Theatre is Easy
June 11th, 2018

"A quirky look at love, sexuality, and acceptance...The level of acting in this production; the hard work, love, and care present in ‘Scissoring’ are extraordinarily clear. The ensemble cast, ably directed by Estefanía Fadul, does the difficult subject matter justice, and then some. But Christina Quintana's play, if perhaps somewhat ground-breaking and certainly fascinating, ultimately bites off more than it can chew.”
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Theater Pizzazz
June 20th, 2018

"Touching and introspective...'Scissoring' principally revolves around Abigail’s grappling with the complexities, difficulties and consequences of trying to compartmentalize her personal life and her work life...Her interactions are poignant, touching, and laugh out loud funny at times...A fresh, contemporary approach to the subject. Quintana’s crisp, humorous writing is effervescent and lively and delivered by a magnificent and uproarious cast."
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Broadway Blog
June 16th, 2018

“As a story of a couple facing odds and struggling through them, ‘Scissoring’ rings true. As a piece of social commentary about acceptance of LGBTQ couples and families and the place of religion and faith, ‘Scissoring’ struggles. It feels like Quintana’s script has more to say than Fadul is able to bring to the stage...A more nuanced perspective could be taken when structuring a story as a parable for a community that continues to fight for its identity and a sense of inclusion.”
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Off Off Online
June 13th, 2018

“Quintana’s thoughtful new one-act…The play’s title blatantly announces the production’s sexuality but more subtly hints at its psychology…A satisfying, if not especially fraught, 90 minutes…The stakes often feel low here because the playwright has provided safe fallback options for her women…In all, the production constitutes another fine outing by INTAR, which has been promoting Latino voices in the theater for more than half a century.”
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