Already closed | 1h 30m | East Village

Simon Says

From 63 member  reviews
Members say: Disappointing, Slow, Confusing, Thought-provoking, Great acting

About the show

Three-time Tony nominee Brian Murray stars in this supernatural thriller about the psychic exploration of an ancient mystery. More…

A young psychic and a retired professor have spent years trying to scientifically prove the existence of the soul. In this thriller, the psychic—whose rare gift allows him to channel a mysterious entity named Simon—is ready to abandon their quest until a young widow convinces him to do one last reading. Through their unexpected connection, will a 2,000-year-old murder be solved?


Member Reviews (63)

MEMBERS SAY:

Disappointing, Slow, Confusing, Thought-provoking, Great acting
60
Avg Score

25
Banal, Cliched, Slow, Superficial, Contrived

See it if you want to see what a play would look like if written by a restaurant critic with no apparent theatre experience & without a dramaturge.

Don't see it if you expect insight into the paranormal or validity of psychics; or you hope to see Brian Murray in top form. (He deserves better than this!)

61
Banal, Disappointing, Indulgent, Quirky, Confusing

See it if you're a Brian Murray fan, though he has a hard time with lines;you're into past lives, spirit guides; enjoy unusual last minute plot points

Don't see it if you don't believe in spirit guides, past lives, you like plays that foreshadow or seem to have a purpose, don't like ho-hum acting

65
Disappointing, Repetitive, Indulgent, Uneven performances: brian murray is great, others just ok, Shallow

See it if You want to see Brian Murray in an intimate stage setting. You're OK with stories about the paranormal

Don't see it if You want to see a strong level of emotional connections. You want a well-constructed, linear play w/a clear sense of direction.

63
Thought-provoking, Intense

See it if you are a believer in the concept of transmigration of souls and reincarnation; you enjoy seeing a well known senior actor.

Don't see it if you are a non-believer in the above; It pains you to see a senior actor who should have stayed retired.

55
Confusing, Disappointing, Great acting, Dizzying, Original

See it if You like original theater, regardless of story. Great acting and creative set, but confusing, and quite frankly boring.

Don't see it if You like a straight-forward story that makes sense from beginning to end. Tries to be deep and clever, but even the twist was obvious.

60
Cliched, Disappointing

See it if You enjoy watching a first rate actor, Bran Murray. You like those silly 40's movies about seances and the supernatural.

Don't see it if You want good writing and intelligent plots.

50
Mediocre acting, Indulgent, Hokey, Mediocre directing

See it if You enjoy mumbo-jumbo masquerading as profundity and/or biblical history. Even if you like the occult, you'll find this rather sophomoric.

Don't see it if You expect a well-directed play. One over-actor, one one-note actor and one actor with poor timing.

49
Confusing, Disappointing, Indulgent, Slow

See it if You are interested in the paranormal and supernatural. Interesting beginning, gets progressively more confusing and boring.

Don't see it if You find it difficult to suspend disbelief.

77
Absorbing, Edgy, Quirky, Thought-provoking

See it if you are intrigued with spiritualism and contacts with the after life.

Don't see it if the subject doesn't interest you.

58
Disappointing, Slow, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Fluffy

See it if you want to learn more about past lives and how they affect us in the present.

Don't see it if You got over past-life stuff in your youth--nothing much new here.

49
Confusing, Flat, Slow, Indulgent, Disappointing

See it if You're a great fan of psychics, reincarnation & Brian Murray & are up to seeing him in anything, here wasted in a lumbering & confused play.

Don't see it if You're expecting a thriller of any kind, or a clearly written exploration of the possibility of paranormal, let alone normal behavior.

53
Disappointing, Slow

See it if You have very few other choices.

Don't see it if Want to be entertained.

60
Talky, Entertaining, Predictable, Cliched

See it if you want to see the great Brian Murray; you can be entertained by a play that is predictable & instantly forgettable

Don't see it if you can't tolerate one great actor playing off two mediocre ones; you can't suspend logic & disbelief for 90 minutes without intermission

60
Ambitious, Disappointing, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Indulgent

See it if you have an affinity for the paranormal and love Brian Murray ;if you can take a talky talky play that sacrifices theatrical pacing for POV

Don't see it if you want more traditional entertainment and expect a play not a lecture; can't take POV in spite of good acting by newcomer Goes

58
Banal, Cliched, Disappointing, Great acting, Excruciating

See it if you're a Brian Murray fan. Both he and Anthony J. Goes do good jobs with difficult parts.

Don't see it if you've been enticed by the ads saying this is a "thriller." It isn't. The plot is beyond silly and utterly pretentious.

50
Confusing

See it if you want to work hard and get nothing. Plot is so convoluted that I got lost. A shame to waste the good acting.

Don't see it if you want to understand what is happening.

48
Sweltering theatre, Confusing, Excruciating, Slow, Fine acting

See it if You're a die-hard Brian Murray fan and want to see him in an intimate setting even if the play is pretty bad.

Don't see it if You're expecting a paranormal story because it's really some weird religious garbage. Also the theatre is 5,000 degrees so be cautious.

75
Confusing, Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Entertaining

See it if you like stories about the supernatural, channeling with dearly departed, stories that make you think. You want to see a somewhat famous act

Don't see it if you don't want to figure what's going on, who who. Is it Jim speaking or the man he's channeling? You want more realistic acting

80
Thought-provoking

See it if you want to see a play that raises existential and philosophical questions about life and death.Great acting, great staging,profound!

Don't see it if you don't have an open mind.

65
Ambitious, Disappointing, Great acting, Intense, Edgy

See it if You like a small stage and intimate environment, you want to see experimental plays.

Don't see it if You have no idea what is going on...

65
Disappointing, Slow

See it if you are interested in past lives.

Don't see it if you have little or no interest in past lives.

71
Great acting, Great staging, Confusing

See it if You like plays about the occult and mysticism

Don't see it if You don't like a three person play that involves one character channeling a spirit!

55
Great acting, Banal, Cliched, Disappointing

See it if If you like the paranormal exploration although it was not well done at all!

Don't see it if If you are interested in a well honed script about the reaches beyond what we know of the normal mind.

54
Great acting, Quirky, Disappointing

See it if you enjoy good acting. If only the story was as good. I enjoy paranormal themes but this didn't grab me.

Don't see it if you're not into paranormal dramas.

71
Thought-provoking, Slow, Ambitious, Entertaining, Fluffy

See it if you are interested in the paranormal and reincarnation

Don't see it if you have a closed mind and lack imagination


July 11th, 2016
“The director, Myriam Cyr, and three solid performers make us part of the channeling, breathless and hopeful. There is also fine lighting work by John R. Malinowski, manipulating our reactions to the spookiness...Too bad this 90-minute play’s ending is such a letdown. Toward the end, it starts sp...
read more
July 14th, 2016
"How much you like Mat Schaffer’s new psychic thriller, 'Simon Says', will depend on how you feel about the paranormal and reincarnation. If you are open to suggestion, you will go with its premise. If not, this is not for you."
read more
July 15th, 2016
"A contemplative discourse on science, the paranormal, reincarnation, and the connections between us…There are moments late in the play that feel both overstuffed and rushed, demonstrating that subjects such as past lives, existence, and souls are very hard to dramatize in a captivating way. That...
read more
July 11th, 2016
“Myriam Cyr’s production boasts an air of clean professionalism to complement Murray’s dignified performance style but Schaffer’s play is an uninspired and mawkish exploration of mysticism that never thrills the way that witnessing a live seance should...The collective talents of the cast and cre...
read more

Related content


Cast & Creatives (11)