Simon Says
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Simon Says NYC Reviews and Tickets

60%
(63 Reviews)
Positive
32%
Mixed
47%
Negative
21%
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.

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Member Reviews (63)

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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

Critic Reviews (16)

The New York Times
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 speeding toward a resolution that you can tell is going to be all too pat."
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TheaterScene.net
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."
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Theatre is Easy
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 being said, the trio nimbly navigates through the somewhat murky waters...The play didn’t entirely gel for me, but it was nonetheless largely engaging."
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Theater Pizzazz
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 crew would be better utilized in a more suspenseful and less eye-rollingly sentimental channeling of the spirits.”
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CurtainUp
July 9th, 2016

"The play jumps the track and mainly becomes a platform for a very long and convoluted monologue in which James becomes the portal for a vengeful Simon's Karmic path, or rather more likely Schaffer's interdisciplinary discourse on the unity of all consciousness…You have to hand it to the actors who take it all very seriously and with every intention to make us care about their characters' souls in flux through the millenniums. What a treat it is see the always wonderful Murray."
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Stage Buddy
July 18th, 2016

“Although pacing was slow during the first scene, director Miriam Cyr’s staging moves the story along and makes nice use of the intimate space...Mr. Goes does a brilliant job of inhabiting numerous characters with distinct vocal and physical lives...Brian Murray is a marvel, his presence on the stage riveting...Here’s hoping there are more roles waiting in the wings for Mr. Murray. He is a national treasure!”
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Theatre's Leiter Side
July 11th, 2016

"Potentially interesting but dramatically dull play...Director Myriam Cyr hasn’t done much to channel this material from page to stage; the pacing is flat and the acting—despite several outbursts—lacks tension. Brian Murray still possesses the intelligence and charm that has made him a three-time Tony nominee, but he's going on 79 and, if I may use a baseball metaphor, has lost some bat speed."
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The Huffington Post
July 9th, 2016

"For a while, 'Simon Says' looks as if it’s going to be fun…Then, with James going into his complicated trance, the enjoyment begins leaking out...'Simon Says' turns into a tour de force for Goes as James. He twitches, he writhes, he tumbles, he switches voices, he falls, he goes numb, he looks if he’s dead…The channeler’s cavorting is initially engaging, then sillier and sillier until, finally, it’s no more than tiresome. By fade-out, it hasn’t delivered any substantive point at all."
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W
July 11th, 2016

“Unfortunately, you might just as well read a tract on the subject (by a believer) for all the dramatic impact of this piece. Explanations replace dialogue, clichés take over for character illumination, and the whole package is too neatly tied with a bow. Poor Anthony J. Goes has the unrewarding task of being occupied by spirits whose transition looks ridiculous...Director Myriam Cyr uses the staging area well...I actually have no issue with the premise of ‘Simon Says’, just with its script.”
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Off Off Online
July 12th, 2016

"Murray lends gravitas to the story of a 'channeler'...One wishes he were able to lift Schaffer’s serious-minded play beyond fiddle-faddle, but it just gets talkier and sillier...Under Myriam Cyr’s direction, one’s disbelief may be suspended for awhile...More notable than the direction is John R. Malinowski’s snappy lighting...For people with scant interest in credibility and a high tolerance for mumbo-jumbo, its romance-novel message of love surviving across millennia may be just the ticket."
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Z
July 11th, 2016

“In Mat Schaffer’s earnest attempt to convince us of the philosophy behind reincarnation, he has written more of polemic than a drama. But just because words are spoken doesn’t make them believable. I’m sorry to say that the lighting effects are more dramatic than the writing...The characters accept the conclusion and connections with love and gratitude, but I wasn’t convinced...I was disappointed that the play didn’t succeed in dramatizing what I consider a complex and fascinating subject.”
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AXS.com
July 11th, 2016

“Brian Murray is excellent in the role as are Anthony J. Goes as James and Vanessa Britting as Annie...This play is mostly engaging although very dialogue-heavy. The plot is slow in certain sections and some of the speech, although beautifully written, is more poetic and lyrical than the sentences that are spoken by the average person. That said, the excellence of the cast masks these minor issues...It is entirely understandable and watchable to mostly anyone.”
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Epoch Times
July 18th, 2016

“The fact that the séance in ‘Simon Says’ is suspenseful and convincing is largely attributable to the skill of director Myriam Cyr, her accomplished cast, and the production crew...The virtuoso performance, though, is by the physically and vocally agile Goes. When James goes into a trance and accesses past lives, the audience is transfixed…‘Simon Says’ may not be profound, but the production provides for a diverting evening at the theater.”
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T
July 14th, 2016

"'Simon Says' gathers an impressive amount of talent into one concentrated space, but the script is simply not worthy of all that talent. It is a constantly impressive execution of utterly nonsensical material, which is so certain of its importance that it states it regularly, and unambiguously. This reviewer has never been more certain of any artistic endeavor’s unworthiness for public presentation."
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Talkin' Broadway
March 5th, 2015
For a previous production

"The production's technical elements and the actors' skilled performances solidify the otherworldly atmosphere and make the story engaging and human. The play clearly reflects the eclectic interests and talents of the playwright himself...Goes spends more time as Simon than he does as James, and his performance certainly stands out...Goes transitions between James and Simon smoothly, and his performance could almost be a one-man show."
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T
March 11th, 2015
For a previous production

"The cast and crew aren’t trying to make a profound statement here. Their slick, intimate, multimedia take on the subject leaves the door open to increased exploration and discussion about reincarnation, life after death, and related topics...The cast is admirably directed by international writer-director-actor Myriam Cyr...Anthony J. Goes is mesmerizing as James, who undergoes spiritual transformations."
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