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Signature Plays

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Members say: Ambitious, Great acting, Confusing, Great staging, Disappointing

About the show

In honor of its 25th anniversary, Signature Theatre presents an evening of three one-act plays by a trio of American masters. More…

'Signature Plays' features works by three Signature Theatre Legacy playwrights: Edward Albee’s 'The Sandbox,' María Irene Fornés’ 'Drowning,' and Adrienne Kennedy’s 'Funnyhouse of a Negro.' Directed by Lila Neugebauer, these plays, all produced during their respective authors' original Playwright-in-Residence seasons, celebrate Signature’s rich and diverse history over the past quarter century.


Member Reviews (58)

MEMBERS SAY:

Ambitious, Great acting, Confusing, Great staging, Disappointing
66
Avg Score

65
Ambitious, Original, Great staging, Dizzying, Challenging

See it if you love experimental theater. All have fascinating moments w/strong staging and acting. Sandbox is punchy; Drowning slow; Funnyhouse weird!

Don't see it if you like traditional theater. This is highly challenging, unusual material. Not easy enjoyment. Not my thing, but memorable.

75
Clever, Thought-provoking, Quirky

See it if you missed out on the absurdist movement of the 1960-1970'x. It is fun to reflect back on.. What was this?

Don't see it if you need less thought provoking theater. One has to laugh and cry at the Albee 15 minute play It was the first time for us for the last play

65
Uneven, Experimental, Great staging, Great acting

See it if you dig experimental theater and you're willing to draw your own conclusions.

Don't see it if you expect to be able to clearly discern what the shows you see are intended to mean.

90
Absorbing, Ambitious, Edgy, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if you're willing to be challenged by expert staging of 3 brilliant examples of 60s avant-garde theatre, still powerful & relevant today.

Don't see it if you have no interest in examining the human condition, acceptance, memory and identity, explored in captivating, unconventional ways.

68
Indulgent, Overrated, Great staging, Dated, Quirky

See it if you fondly recall the days of avant garde theater, think pretentious is a compliment, like a program of one acts by 3 writers, want to think

Don't see it if you have trouble following the vague, odd, pretentious, let's be weird for weird's sake type of shows, are put off by the odd and bizarre

67
Three avant garde plays by albee and other masters; for some - very deep, for others - what the f***?

See it if you enjoy absurdist plays addressing big issues (duty to old re dying, why "monsters" have feelings, etc.); strong acting ensembles

Don't see it if you want your plays to have discernible plots, you'd have no clue about meaning of impenetrable "Funnyhouse of a Negro" without wikipedia

75
Ambitious, Great staging, Slow, Thought-provoking, Quirky

See it if You're a theatre aficianado and want to see a great production of three rarely staged plays.

Don't see it if You dislike more abstract/experimental theatre pieces that tend to test your patience.

40
Slow, Indulgent, Excruciating, Disappointing

See it if The Albee was the best: entertaining, interesting and funny. Second play was OK but so slow (on purpose). Last play was confusing & boring

Don't see it if Probably don't see it. If you do go consider leaving at intermission. The first two of the three plays were fine.

95
Ambitious, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Great direction

See it if you want to see three gems by playwrights who made their mark in the theatre of the absurd. Some great performances, too.

Don't see it if you like light-weight fluff.

83
Great acting, Great writing, Thought-provoking, Confusing, Intelligent

See it if Fond of absurdist plays about death and emotions. Like Edward Albee and do not expect to be hand fed internal meanings

Don't see it if U are a lazy thinker, get confused easily Nudge your neighbor to ask ?????? during the one acts. Cannot follow a plot.

50
Indulgent, Overrated, Slow, Absurdist, Quirky

See it if you like absurdist and avant garde plays.

Don't see it if you like coherence and clarity.

61
Great acting, Great staging, Excruciating, Slow, Experimental

See it if you want an inexpensive night out to see three lesser known plays by known playwrights; you like good acting

Don't see it if you do not enjoy working very hard to follow the essence of the plays; you are looking for action, fast pacing; you want a feel good evening

49
Confusing, Disappointing, Edgy, Excruciating, Indulgent

See it if You like very avant-garde theater that have no real story line or requires a wikipedia synopsis before viewing.

Don't see it if This was not my cup of tea. Having said that, the plays were brilliantly executed, the actors were top notch, and the staging was excellent.

81
Absurdist accomplished, talented cast

See it if Three absurdist, metaphorical one-acts. Albee's The Sandbox is a nifty short take on death with Fraser, Wood, Somerville and the awesome RJ

Don't see it if Kennedy's Funnyhouse of a Negro is the black experience if seen in an amusement park fun house. Stylish and extravagant with a large cast

30
Excruciating, Overrated, Pretentious, Disappointing

See it if you enjoy avant garde theatre. I LOVED Albee's Sandbox. The rest was pretentious drivel.

Don't see it if you hate shows that are over the top.Just don't enjoy shows that are trying so hard to be cutting edge.The Albee is terrific.Skip the others

80
Quirky, Riveting, Great acting

See it if You like great productions of obscure plays by important playwrights. If you like theater that you "feel" rather than "understand"

Don't see it if You need to know what a play "means"

65
Ambitious, Confusing, Great acting, Great staging, Intense

See it if you love Albee as the first piece of the three is far and away the best. The second and third confusing and disturbing

Don't see it if Surreal theater is a downer for you

65
Ambitious, Confusing, Great staging, Excruciating, Intelligent

See it if you like avant garde theater from the past given a thoughtful production

Don't see it if you are looking for plays that have a beginning, a middle and are resolved at the end.

49
Boring boring boring

See it if you like to see three short plays.

Don't see it if if you want a fully fleshed out story or play

68
Ambitious, Confusing, Great acting, Indulgent

See it if You like theater of the absurd, or any of the 3 playwrights. Interesting stories. I failed to grasp the inner messages

Don't see it if You like more accessible theater, want clear story lines. There is 1 intermission and one 9 minute break-sit in the dark with actor & radio

63
Ambitious, Disappointing, Thought-provoking

See it if you are a fan of any one of these playwrights and want to see their early, lesser shown work. Or if you enjoy the absurd

Don't see it if like to know what is going on or if you prefer traditional theatre.

67
Ambitious, Confusing, Great acting, Quirky, Thought-provoking

See it if you want short play samplers representing work of 3 different authors, in the absurdist style; something different and unusual, great acting

Don't see it if you like well-ordered realistic plays with clear meaning presented in a traditional. logical, style with a clear message.

68
Ambitious, Cliched, Confusing, Disappointing, Indulgent

See it if you want to see experimental theater.

Don't see it if you don't like theater that remains obtuse from start to finish. The Sand Box by E. Albee was okay. The other 2 were really bizarre.

64
Confusing, Edgy, Indulgent, Quirky, Slow

See it if you want to witness pieces of early experimental theater history. The Albee is witty, the others tiresome and pretentious.

Don't see it if you want to experience understandable concepts, characters or plot. you need patience and stamina to get through this program.

66
Ambitious, Disappointing, Off-key direction, Significant, Worthwhile

See it if you relish a rare chance to see important playwrights' early, essential work, performed by talented actors, but in a muddled production.

Don't see it if you couldn't wait for what Neugebauer directed after making Wayside Motor Inn seem better than it is. She makes these seem worse, but worthy


May 22nd, 2016
"Under the accomplished direction of Lila Neugebauer, these works still have the power to engage, amuse and, above all, disturb…In every case, this first-rate creative team has done its job. That is to say, they’ve created unfamiliar worlds that somehow feel deeply, ineffably familiar — the sort ...
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May 23rd, 2016
"Although wildly diverse, the three pieces that make up Signature Plays are all grappling with death...Albee, Fornés and Kennedy have been breaking rules since the late ’50s and early ’60s, and today’s most daring playwrights have absorbed their influences—but what a joy to hear this raw music st...
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May 22nd, 2016
"A trio of brilliant plays…In each work, Lila Neugebauer's direction is nothing short of extraordinary. With the impeccable performances of her cast, she combines the diverse tones, techniques, and themes into two humorous and frightening hours of theater...This electric production is a feast for...
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May 25th, 2016
"Two of the plays, the Albee and Kennedy entries, premiered in the 1960s, a time when 'downtown theatre' was defined by the kind of experimentation and symbolism that baffled as many as it inspired...This is one of those rare instances where an Edward Albee play can be considered the most accessi...
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