Sheila NYC Reviews and Tickets

(27 Reviews)
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Confusing, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Slow, Intense

About the Show

This intimate new drama pits two women against the world: not to conquer it but to survive it. But what chance do they have to decide the terms of their survival?

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Intriguing, Relevant, Slow, Thought-provoking, Confusing

See it if you enjoy living in the mystery of a play.

Don't see it if you're frustrated if the mystery of a play isn't fully resolved. This play ends with a lot of unanswered questions, for better and worse.

Intense, Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Short (75 minutes)

See it if You appreciate good acting and the opportunity to see a strange new play.

Don't see it if You want big production values. This is very simple but it works very well. Read more

Critic Reviews (5)
January 20th, 2018

"Murky, glacial, and hypnotic...It comes across as a collaboration with a feminist slant rather than an organic play. Still, its 70 minutes have an enigmatic appeal... LaRocca as Gloria and Heard as Mary are each exquisite, intense and have a tremendous rapport with each other...In addition to achieving such strong performances director Jamal Abdunnasir’s staging has a suitably deliberate pace for emphasizing the piece’s mystery and eeriness...Rewarding and haunting."
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Theatre is Easy
January 16th, 2018

"Fascinating and deeply moving...Incredibly relatable and captivating, right from the start...An emotional experience, both for the supremely talented actresses, and for the audience...Heartfelt and provocative, 'Sheila' furthers the conversation about happiness, friendship, honesty, choice, and the roles that women play, or are conditioned to play...It lingers, requiring time for full absorption. Indeed, the more time passes, the more intricate and beautiful the story becomes."
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Stage Buddy
January 23rd, 2018

"A devastating play that encompasses core concepts from both the #MeToo and Time's Up movements...A play about how we are all shaped by our parents. Kudos to Abdunnasir for clean direction which allowed the spectators to enjoy the work of this fine company through what could have been a difficult dark journey; he keeps the proceedings light and airy...If you want to experience a truly magnificent young company in possession of a terrific script, see 'Sheila.'"
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January 16th, 2018

“Intriguing, suspenseful, beautifully written and brilliantly acted...Though now and then we may get impatient...the fine writing and the high-strung, sharply tuned performances keep us leaning in. And the tale that’s slowly revealed is original and fascinating, borne on a sharpening conflict that raises universal, unanswerable questions...A slow but almost continuous momentum...The play acknowledges the complexity of relationships, and of individuals.”
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January 21st, 2018

"The ensemble clearly shares a resonant vocabulary, but the central question or driving force seems to have been muddied along the way. One is left with more questions than answers...The staging is smart and clean, leaning into focused specificity and a sophisticated conversation with kinesthetic response. This show is worth a conversation with The Associates. The work is rigorous, and it would be a delight to see even more risk; they certainly have the chops for it."
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