Selkie NYC Reviews and Tickets

69%
(21 Reviews)
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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Member Reviews (21)

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983 Reviews | 229 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.

811 Reviews | 221 Followers
69
Confusing, Fluffy, Quirky, Great staging, Disappointing

See it if you want a current day, hip story with a message delivered with great staging and lighting. You do not mind many fragmented scenes.

Don't see it if you expect to care for these characters. While most acting was good, they never were believable to me, so it's the script or my age!

746 Reviews | 124 Followers
65
Intense, Quirky, Confusing, Interesting staging, Disappointing

See it if you enjoy intense on stage emotions

Don't see it if backstory is important to you. I had a lot of distracting questions about the characters.

668 Reviews | 155 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

433 Reviews | 93 Followers
65
Stylized, Ambitious, Confusing, Disappointing, Indulgent

See it if You want to see a short avant-garde show that tells an interesting story and has a great use of sets and projection.

Don't see it if You want a cohesive story. The story fell a little flat and repetitive and despite the incredible sets and projections, it felt silly.

337 Reviews | 87 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

287 Reviews | 81 Followers
20
Excruciating, Awful dialogue, Awful acting, No redeeming merit, Pointless

See it if you are a friend/ relative of the cast & can applaud a play with dopey druggies spouting dialogue such as " Body Shots!," "Spring Break!"

Don't see it if you have anything at all better to do with an hour and a half of your life. This play was ABYSMAL! Read more

177 Reviews | 30 Followers
65
Great staging, Slow

See it if You're ok with a spectacular set and a mediocre story. You like ambitious plays that are maybe not quite ready for prime time.

Don't see it if This feels like a synopsis of a play more than a play itself. There are depictions of abuse and most of the characters seem to lack purpose.

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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