Members say: Funny, Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Relevant, Resonant

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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As Abigail struggles to reconcile the two, she receives pressure from the school's shape-shifting, personified public address system and guidance from the figures of First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt and Roosevelt's devoted friend and lover, Lorena Hickok.


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85
TheaterScene.net

“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.” Full Review

85
Theater Pizzazz

"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." Full Review

80
Theatre is Easy

"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.” Full Review

75
Off Off Online

“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.” Full Review

75
Broadway Blog

“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.” Full Review

70
The New York Times

"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." Full Review


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

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.

Also This play was great. I enjoyed it so much. We were notified that one o... Read more Read less

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.

85
Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Refreshing, Relevant, Resonant

See it if you want a refreshing and compelling story about LGBT people of faith. You love diverse casts. You like honest, of-the-moment storytelling.

Don't see it if you don't like new plays that still need a little polishing.

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

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.

79
Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Entertaining, 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

Also Abigail’s very sympathetic but the more I think about it, she is a hot... Read more Read less

77
Refreshing, Slow, Great staging

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.

Also Got to see an actress KILL IT after getting the script 24 hours earlie... Read more Read less

70
Ambitious, Banal, Cliched

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
Ambitious, Relevant, Disappointing, Intimate, Soapy

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.

24
Disappointing, Excruciating, Dated, 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

Also I don’t think I’ve ever seen a play that takes place in present time b... Read more Read less

100
Funny, Absorbing, Delightful, Resonant, Great writing

See it if you enjoy stories about women who love women, New Orleans, and Catholicism

Don't see it if you don't like shows that feature gay women dealing with their identity, or you don't like shows that play with reality

44
Dated

See it if This play would be relatable if you are a lesbian that grew up in the Catholic Church. The feeling of guilt and hiding is real in the produc

Don't see it if Main character had "episodes" where "spirits" visited her for guidance. Found the way they depicted those moments confusing.

Also Seemed to be a bit over worked. The character who played the priest an... Read more Read less

100
Funny, Clever, Great acting, Intelligent, Resonant

See it if Thought provoking, funny and pertinent.

Don't see it if No reason not to like it!

100
Funny, Absorbing, Masterful, Resonant, Great writing

See it if It is a compelling, relevant drama injected with humor around a sore and palpable topic.

Don't see it if It holds a mirror to the religious framework that restricts one from connecting, accepting and cohabiting with an other.

100
Funny, Exquisite, Intelligent, Resonant

See it if You love seeing stories that you've never seen on stage before. A magical realism personal portrait of worlds and desires colliding.

Don't see it if You don't like seeing Queer stories that question an individual's place withing a religious construct.

96
Funny, Absorbing, Great writing, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if You’re interested in seeing a truly insightful portrayal of two women fighting for their relationship and religious acceptance.

Don't see it if You have no tolerance for human feelings and understanding.

90
During previews
Great acting, Intelligent, Resonant, Great writing, Enlightening

See it if you are open to nuanced, non-stereotypical look at conflict/compromise of adult professional goals, tradition/faith, and alternative love.

Don't see it if you are disgusted by lesbian relationships and themes, black actors, tatoos, or Catholics, confused by non-linear scenes, can’t sit 90 mins.

90
During previews
Enchanting, Refreshing, Relevant, Resonant, Great writing

See it if You want to see a beautiful show with a talented and diverse cast - so refreshing to see LGBTQ characters as main characters!

Don't see it if You don’t like love stories

89
During previews
Enchanting, Quirky, Refreshing

See it if you have an interest in the intersection of religion and sexual orientation, a sense of humor, and a love of the absurd.

Don't see it if you aren't ready for things to get both wacky and thought provoking. If you don't want to see an LGBT play.

85
During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Entertaining, Clearly shows the pain and unfairness of the way gay people are forced to be secretive about themselves and the toll it takes on life, love and career.

See it if You think it's OK and really no big deal and good for society to keep gay people secretive and in the closet. This will change your mind.

Don't see it if You're a total bigot whose mind is permanently closed against gay visibility and will never change your mind.

85
During previews
Funny, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if you are looking for a Lesbian love story with some serious overtones about the effect of organized religion on romantic freedom

Don't see it if you have a closed mind on same sex relationships or personal faith.

85
During previews
Funny, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if You know you can enjoy a lesbian couple drama with intersections of supernatural characters, and a wonderful direction and stage design.

Don't see it if you expect to be completely surprised with turns and twists or if you're expecting a huge production. They create wonders in a small space.

85
During previews
Funny, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Resonant

See it if You’re open minded enough to enjoy a play about lesbian love and sex as the central theme

Don't see it if You’re uncomfortable with profanity and lesbian love and sex as a focal point.

83
During previews
Clever, Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant, Great writing

See it if Intimate production, well written and wonderfully acted. Good character development and emotional conflict

Don't see it if If you need large productions

82
During previews
Delightful

See it if The LGBTQ and religion blades intersect and pair together to cut some old traditions and barriors. Explores struggles of intersectionalities

Don't see it if Catholicism is triggering.

Also Free ticket from Show Score.

82
During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if you want to see a solid cast perform a decently written queer piece.

Don't see it if you're looking for a completely polished work - the conclusion is still a bit rough.


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