Already closed | 1h 45m | West Village

Smokefall

From 69 member  reviews
Members say: Great acting, Confusing, Clever, Quirky, Absorbing

About the show

MCC Theater presents a tale of magical realism colliding with manic vaudeville in a family drama that looks closely at the fragility of life and the power of love. More…

Change is in the air as Violet prepares to bring twin sons into the world. Inside her womb the boys contemplate their future, while her outer world is in transformation: her husband is secretly planning to leave her; her father is slipping into senility; and her daughter has taken a vow of silence. 'Smokefall' follows the lives of this family in an expansive poetic treatise uncovering the extraordinary family connections we all stretch and warp across the years but can never quite break.

1h 45m | Already closed | Lucille Lortel Theatre (West Village)

Member Reviews (69)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great acting, Confusing, Clever, Quirky, Absorbing
72
Avg Score

65
Ambitious, Derivative, Uneven, Great acting, Quirky

See it if you love Thorton Wilder and are willing to see Our Town-lite.

Don't see it if you are bumped by fantasy mixed with realism.

75
Clever, Surprising, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Underated

See it if A different and refreshing new style of storytelling with a slight dash of magical realism. Well acted and paced. Moving. Sad/hopeful.

Don't see it if You want linearity/realism and don't care about claustrophobic perspectives, though you know people who think like that in real life.

84
Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Great writing, Quirky

See it if You like magical realism or Wes Anderson's films. Quirky story w/ fascinating characters. I cared & was interested in their journeys.

Don't see it if You don't enjoy magical realism or the utilization of flashbacks or narration to tell a story.... I however, enjoyed all of these elements.

90
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Resonant

See it if You want your emotions stirred and you want to see brilliant performances.

Don't see it if Think-y shows aren't your thing.

85
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Edgy, Quirky

See it if you enjoy the unusual, the nonlinear, a bit of magical realism, something not literal but mysterious, like Zachary Quinto

Don't see it if You only like realistic, chronological plays, can't abide with figures from different eras popping on stage together, don't like the ominous

77
Clever, Great acting, Quirky, Original

See it if You want to see a well acted play with a unique form of storytelling. All the actors were excellent.

Don't see it if You don't like plays about families.

15
Plodding, Heavy-handed symbolism, Banal, Uninvolving, Excruciating

See it if you want to see one of Mimi Lien's terrific set designs.

Don't see it if you have other plays on your must-see list. Everyone should just skip this one.

6
Confusing, Disappointing, Banal, Insipid

See it if You want to see Zachary Quinto on stage even if you'll have no idea what's going on.

Don't see it if You want to make sense of what's going on, you want to be engaged, you want to stay awake.

90
Absorbing, Exquisite, Great writing, Quirky, Resonant

See it if You like plays that have themes about love, memory, loss, rebirth.

Don't see it if You don't like material that has quirky characters, plot points, and scenes, or when time isn't always linear.

88
Weird, Surreal, Poetic, Thought-provoking

See it if you like surreal and poetic plays that make you think. you enjoy clever drastic shifts in style and tone between scenes

Don't see it if you don't like weird shows, you get easily confused by nonlinear storylines

87
Clever, Entertaining, Edgy, Intelligent, Original

See it if If you want to be challenged. This is so good in so many ways. The staging was incredible. I wish there were more plays like this.

Don't see it if If you want to think. If you are looking for fluff this is not for you. In my ranking this is a rare 2!!!

80
Clever, Quirky, Absurdist intellectual hilarious

See it if Best scene - Quinto and Hutchison in plaid suits as twin fetuses about to be born. A hilarious vaudeville sketch. But very intellectual

Don't see it if arburdism is not your thing. Zachary Quinto is also the narrator and dominates the stage most of the time. He's so talented. Handsome, too

80
Great acting, Entertaining, Ambitious, Funny

See it if You enjoy fun entertainment that makes you think You don't mind non-linear plays

Don't see it if You expect a fully realized piece. 1st act was great. 2nd act not as successful and sometimes preachy.

80
Clever, Great acting, Confusing

See it if My husband liked it more, but I did appreciate the acting and orginality. Zachary Quinto....

Don't see it if you can't embrace deep family stories and a weird obstetric twist.

76
Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Intense, Original

See it if You enjoy a wonderfully acted story about a basically unhappy family spanning 4 generations, much of which is told in flashback.

Don't see it if You want a strong story that easily flows. If not for the narrator, this would have been all over the place, but he kept it flowing.

70
Funny, Original, Quirky

See it if you want to see something that, while not the best ever, gets you to think

Don't see it if you like linear, realistic shows

85
Absorbing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if You love Zachary Quinto, can relate to dysfunctional families, like thought provoking pieces, can get sarcasm and wit.

Don't see it if You have a perfect family, don't like deep philosophical conversation, or you expect to see Spock as opposed to Dr Spock.

22
Confusing, Insipid, Slow, Overrated, Indulgent

See it if you're very into a pretentious "comedy" where no one is playing for or receiving laughs.

Don't see it if you don't have a death wish or want to be confused for 2 hours.

44
Pandering, Self-aggrandizing, Slow, Disappointing, Skip it

See it if You like Zachary Quinto doing his usual schtick and need to see it on stage. Or if you want to see a pseudo-intellectual play.

Don't see it if Plays that pretend to have a deep philosophical meaning cause serious involuntary eyerolls.

68
Intriguing, Great acting, Great staging, Made me think but not feel, Uneven

See it if A funny and quirky first act with great set/acting followed by an all-over-the-place, preachy second act is your kind of theatre evening.

Don't see it if You need your plays "finished" and you need to care. The talented playwright hasn't managed either here, though there's good stuff here.

65
Indulgent, Clever, Ambitious, Disappointing

See it if you'd like a surreal show about families, relationships and THE MEANING OF LIFE. And appreciate excellent acting.

Don't see it if you have limited patience for extended philosophical disquisition, unrealistic dialogue and mystical whimsy.

75
Cerebral and non-linear

See it if If you are up for another plot about an unhappy, dysfunctional family that is chock-full of biblical, literary and philosophical references

Don't see it if You are not up for plot points & dialogue dense with symbolism and arcane references. There are a # of "replay" moments that become tedious

73
Clever, Great acting, Confusing, Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if You are edgy and want to experience the weird

Don't see it if you only like musicals

84
Clever, Ambitious

See it if You enjoy great actors.

Don't see it if You'd rather be home watching HBO or Showtime and are going to complain that you could see something like this there.

49
Disappointing, Banal, Cliched

See it if you like Zachary Quinto. Otherwise a confusing play with poorly developed characters and a mess of a second act. The actors tried.

Don't see it if You want to see a play where you care about the characters and don't feel that the author is showing you that he is smarter than you.


February 22nd, 2016
"Mr. Haidle’s flights of imagination mostly left me less than enraptured...The director, Anne Kauffman, has made a specialty of adventurous new writing...and the cast is first-rate...But the play’s characters are defined exclusively by their eccentricities and flights of odd lyricism; they have n...
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February 23rd, 2016
"Welcome back to Haidle’s brand of whimsical literalism, where commonplace ideas and character types are tricked out in self-conscious structural gimmicks that serve mainly to gild the obvious... its evocation of Thornton Wilder’s 'Our Town' only points up, by contrast, the sententious cutesiness...
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February 22nd, 2016
"It’s as dark as you please, but so cute in its approach and so heavy-handed in its symbolism that it ends up belittling the very ideas it wants to advance...Anne Kauffman has directed without her customary verve...the theatrical energy almost never rises to the level necessary to support such a ...
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February 22nd, 2016
"The strained interactions among these barely defined characters seem to go on forever...Telling instead of showing, the playwright spoon-feeds his themes as if he's afraid the audience will be too obtuse to catch on....For all their considerable efforts, the performers are hobbled by characters ...
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