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Sonder

Members say: Romantic, Cliched, Slow, Great writing, Great acting
75
Critics
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Members
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31 reviews
 

This drama explores notions of love and interpersonal connection as a couple looks into the lives of their new home's previous tenants.

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The word "sonder" encapsulates the idea that each random passerby is living a life as vivid and complex as your own. In Dan Moldovan's drama, a couple moves into 14 Haven Street to begin a new chapter on the same page where previous tenants Mark and Sam left off. The newbies dig deep to learn about Mark and Sam and, along the way, discover what's actually important.

 

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Reviews (32)

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80
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80
Theatermania

"One of 'Sonder's' triumphs is that it delivers sentiment without getting stuck in sentimentality...All the characters, in fact, are endearing, thanks largely to the actors who inhabit them...The actors give these characters life, but the script gives them something more. Moldovan's play transcends realism by populating the same space with characters from different times...For all its merits, 'Sonder' isn't perfect, but its digressions into implausibility are outshined by what it gets right." Full Review

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75
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83
Enchanting, Thought-provoking, Slow

See it if If you can be patient with this slow drama, the last 15 minutes rewards with a satisfying conclusion to much of the puzzling build-up.

Don't see it if This isn't a big, bold drama, but very nice quiet, personal story with some insightful observations about ordinary people.

70
Amateur acting, Saccharine-sweet, Original / clever, Resonant / relevant, Creative blocking

See it if two short love stories told as one will do it for you. Potentially great w/rewrites, TOO sweet right now. Zero conflicts = zero resolutions.

Don't see it if you want to see good acting. Doesn't happen here. But SEE THE SHOW if just for the unique concept & the way it's blocked. Go w/an open mind.

Also Needs a rewrite, rework, recast, & remount. STAT. Tons of promise here... Read more Read less

15
Banal, Disappointing, Cliched, Insipid, Slow

See it if you tolerate saccharine sweetness, young couples each member eager to agree with other, support plays about gay marriage as mainstream model

Don't see it if a sugary sweet Midwestern girl with a rough edged guy and lovey dovey stereotypical gay couples, boring climax and stilted dialog bore you

Also The couple who formerly resided in the house were not the only ones wh... Read more Read less

73
Absorbing, Clever, Thought-provoking, Great writing

See it if you enjoy a story where two love stories intertwine, one present and one past. That one couple is straight and one is gay makes it work.

Don't see it if you do not enjoy any story about a gay couple. You see two love stories come alive and you feel for both.

78
Absorbing, Great acting, Refreshing, Romantic, Great writing

See it if You want to see a romantic play. You want to see a play that will pull at your heart strings.

Don't see it if You are not interested in a beautiful love story. You are not interested in finding out about the history of this house.

Also This was a very moving play. I loved how the writer put the two couple... Read more Read less

76
Clever, Great acting, Entertaining, Great staging, Fluffy

See it if you like interesting off broadway staging and a "nice" story. Second act was better than the first. Staging was interesting.

Don't see it if you don't like far fetched stories and stories that have evident homosexual interactions.

85
Profound, Romantic

See it if You want to be touched by a beautiful love story of how 2 men were so in love with each other.

Don't see it if A bit rough around the edges, but the show's heart is in the right place and it's such a touching story. 90 minutes including intermission.

65
Slow, Competent acting, Superficial characters, Excessive sentimentality, Admirable message

See it if you favor shows that foster positive messages about "gay" people and human interrelationships in general.

Don't see it if you dislike excessive sentimentality and superficial character analysis.

83
Touching, poignant, sentimental, charming

See it if you want to see a nice story about a young couple exploring and getting absorbed in the lives of the previous owners through diaries.

Don't see it if you don't like stories that involve 2 couples that don't actually meet interacting on stage side by side.

69
Ambitious, Disappointing, Cliched, Slow, Fluffy

See it if interested in seeing the parallels between new tenants and the previous ones inhabiting the same space

Don't see it if you are looking for a profound experience; too cutesy to be that.

77
Cliched, Entertaining, Fluffy

See it if A sweet, light show. Not too deep, showing the best of love in a lifetime tv movie sort of way. Predictable but so what? Enjoyable evening

Don't see it if You are looking for dark, serious drama

69
Ok. nothing special.

See it if You want to be told that gay and heterosexual relationships are all alike

Don't see it if If you want theatre with something new to say

70
Clever, Resonant, Romantic, Cliched, Slow

See it if you like a sweet story, even if it is a little treacly, or if you like mostly good acting and a nice Australian accent.

Don't see it if you are looking for a deep, meaningful 2-ish hours at the theater.

Also It pulls at the heartstrings a bit, and some of the acting is very nic... Read more Read less

75
Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Cliched, Touching

See it if you want to support theater that tries to show all loving couples have many things in common - touching story line and well staged.

Don't see it if if you are expecting full character development. The scripting seems one-dimensional at times.

Also Overall, I applaud this show as it overlays the stories of two couples... Read more Read less

75
Thoughtful, Endearing, Good concept, Lovely staging, Romantic and charming

See it if Like a captivating play with small, nicely directed cast. It's just shy of treacly but has resonance and some truly beautiful moments.

Don't see it if No interest in love stories of young couples or want something deep. This is a nice drama with touching bits, but has its flaws.

Also My greatest reservation with this quiet and lovely play, is both the w... Read more Read less

79
Great writing, Charming, Captivating premise, Perfectly directed and staged, Good ensemble acting

See it if you appreciate a sweet, charming, small show with a unique premise, thoughtfully written, and cleverly executed.

Don't see it if you're looking for a large cast presenting a complicated story in a per-Broadway run.

91
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant, Great writing

See it if You want to see a beautiful small play that deals with love straight and gay.

Don't see it if You are averse to gay elements in a drama. Actually perhaps you should see this, it might open your eyes. Like "Love Story" for today.

77
Romantic, Cliched, Entertaining, Fluffy, Sweet

See it if you like sweet and sappy. It's totally a Hallmark movie. But there's a place for that and this is nicely done. Be in the mood for light.

Don't see it if You don't like cliche and Hallmark-y.

87
Absorbing, Delightful, Romantic, Lovely, Great staging

See it if If you want to see a terrific little play about love and relationships. Well-acted and charming, it makes for a very pleasant evening.

Don't see it if You don't care for plays dealing with same-sex relationships or you are too cynical to enjoy plays that are sweet and heartwarming.

89
Great acting, Thought-provoking, Romantic, Great writing, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy imaginative well performed theater. A mystery, a ghost story, a double romance, a lovely play excellently produced.

Don't see it if I cannot think of any reason not to see it.

85
Quirky, Romantic, Sweet, Touching, Heartfelt

See it if you can appreciate a moving story of how a straight couple sees parallels in their life with a gay couple whose diaries they find.

Don't see it if you want high production values or stellar acting skills. The whole is definitely greater than the sum of its parts in this play.

90
Enchanting, Exquisite, Great acting, Great writing

See it if You want to see a beautiful play about 2 couples going through similar things, seemingly at the same time, but sadly not.

Don't see it if You always need a happy ending.

Also Sonder: “The realization that each random passerby is living a life as... Read more Read less

75
Funny, Romantic, Cliched, Slow, Entertaining

See it if you want to see an interesting concept of two separate times happening on stage at once

Don't see it if the writing is weak at times and the straight couple is not as strong as the gay couple

69
Romantic, Disappointing, Slow, Fluffy

See it if you want to see a play where gay and heterosexual couples are accepted equally for being wonderful, happy, healthy and loving people.

Don't see it if you resent seeing the same theme over and over.

Also The message of the play is very good. However, the play hits one over ... Read more Read less

80
Delightful, Sweet, Endearing

See it if you're looking for a very sweet (borderline saccharine) love story. Very short too. Great for a first date or so.

Don't see it if overly sappy romance annoys you. Or exploring only the positive aspects of a relationship seems too unrealistic