Selkie NYC Reviews and Tickets

70%
(21 Ratings)
Positive
52%
Mixed
38%
Negative
10%
Members say
Confusing, Quirky, Ambitious, Disappointing, Edgy

About the Show

This dark, offbeat world premiere from Dutch Kills centers around a couple who encounter a half-woman, half-seal creature of myth.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (21)

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57 Reviews | 16 Followers
95
Absorbing, Enchanting, Great writing, Thought-provoking

See it if The magical myths and legends of the world should be used to fight the patriarchy

Don't see it if Abusive men should be allowed to get away with things Read more

683 Reviews | 161 Followers
88
Ambitious, Quirky, Current, Lively, Fragmented

See it if you are interested in new ways of telling a story onstage.

Don't see it if you have no patience with very short scenes & fragmented action. Read more

JR
141 Reviews | 27 Followers
82
Entertaining, Great staging, Intelligent

See it if you are looking for something unusual. The play uses a mythological creature as a metaphor for domestic violence.

Don't see it if you are looking for a straightforward drama. And not that here is nudity, drug use and violence. Read more

393 Reviews | 101 Followers
78
Dark, edgy, funny, Original & relevant, Great production, Great, solid cast, Quirky & clever

See it if You're up for a funny, visually striking, pretty dark fantasy about domestic violence, misogyny (vs. female and animal) and male control.

Don't see it if You're looking for fluff. Read more

83 Reviews | 14 Followers
75
Dizzying, Quirky

See it if You're really impressed with a minimal amount of (mostly-male) nudity, hardly worthy of the disclaimer. Or you just like weird stuff.

Don't see it if you're not into a story with petty criminals and obscure mythology.

60 Reviews | 15 Followers
72
Delightful, Great staging, Quirky

See it if you like something different and want to be challenged and surprised​

Don't see it if you like a cohesive story with real life characters

74 Reviews | 26 Followers
70
Edgy, Confusing, Quirky

See it if you are into fever-dream, magical realism where seals can be women and every hotel room looks exactly alike except for where the bed is.

Don't see it if You need a clear-cut linear plot with fully-fleshed out, well-rounded characters. You are turned off by implied drug use. Read more

1401 Reviews | 372 Followers
70
Ambitious, Edgy, Funny, Fluffy

See it if U want an absurdist play. Funny some good acting. Nicely directed

Don't see it if If you do not want a mythological play.

Critic Reviews (7)

The New York Times
December 5th, 2018

“The set design is misguided, too literal...More elemental, though, is a lack of chemistry between DeNoble and Rodriguez that makes Deanna and Keaton unconvincing as a married couple...Dickson layers on some nice effects, most notably pop-culture images of idealized domesticity in projections by Birykova. But the production doesn’t do much to ground or clarify a tangled play whose smart and intriguing premise, alas, never comes close to paying off.”
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TheaterScene.net
December 7th, 2018

“’Selkie’ is not a major opus of dramatic literature but it’s quite likeable and sustains its 75-minute length. Taking place at an unnamed foreign coastal locale, the atmospheric exoticism and pervading sense of doom amidst the comic antics recalls a grim film noir scenario cleverly crossed with fantasy. Besides the vibrant performances, what puts it over is the superlative presentation...’Selkie’ is a cool and entertaining diversion.”
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Theatre is Easy
December 10th, 2018

“When we are first introduced to Deanna and Keaton, all seems hunky dory...The show progressively turns darker and darker...'Selkie’ is strange, yet unique, with unspoken ideas and symbolism galore...Knight explores issues of self-determination, relationship abuse, gender dynamics, loneliness and isolation...Dickson’s vision and the cast’s character choices add yet more layers...All in all, it's been fun trying to describe this strange yet enjoyable show to my friends and family."
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Exeunt Magazine
December 7th, 2018

"Whenever I think of Krista Knight, radical optimism comes to mind...There’s a sense of playfulness to the way she approaches and even dissects the darkest of subject matters...We see the tragedy of this toxic relationship clearly, but with a refreshingly high-energy rhythm, and a fearless embrace of humor. 'Selkie' is an entertaining play even as it gives you pause...Some of the non-verbal storytelling moment are somewhat confusing...A fascinating play that’s been skillfully staged."
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On Stage Blog
December 13th, 2018

“A lackluster tale of sex, romance, kidnapping, drug addiction, and domestic violence...This mediocre and underwhelming script – along with the fairly decent, but not outstanding, actors failed to get theatergoers to care for the characters or to think about the issues it explores...The main redeeming qualities of this show have everything to do with its visual aesthetic – with regards to the show’s set and lighting design."
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G
December 9th, 2018

"'Selkie' at The Wild Project is a fun play. It has humor, absurdism, it makes you think a little and has a very creative set...All three performers do an admirable job, but this show belongs to Keaton, (Federico Rodriguez)...'Selkie' with a little refinement could become a really good play. The campiness is fun at times, and cookie at others. The middle of the show could be tightened up a little and more mainlined to make the play go more smoothly."
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T
December 5th, 2018

“’Selkie’ is a smart and darkly funny play...Dickson’s direction complements Knight’s excellent writing...Acting is solid throughout...The only weak spot in the evening is Dispatch Combat Collective’s fight choreography toward the end of the play—it wasn’t bad, but felt a bit underwhelming for a high stakes moment in the play...Overall, ‘Selkie’ is a work that manages to be both funny and thought-provoking...Knight’s dialogue and plotting are smart and finely tuned.”
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