Spaceman
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Spaceman NYC Reviews and Tickets

80%
(45 Reviews)
Positive
84%
Mixed
11%
Negative
5%
Members say
Intense, Great acting, Great staging, Absorbing, Ambitious

About the Show

This drama about a woman’s solo journey to Mars explores the depths of mankind’s last true frontiers: outer space and a grieving heart.

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Member Reviews (45)

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937 Reviews | 223 Followers
67
Ambitious, Intense, Indulgent, Clever, Riveting

See it if If you want to see a solo that is intense, riveting at times, loud and illuminating at others.

Don't see it if Hard sensory with this one. About 30 minutes to long. If you dont want to go from side to side with this one.

700 Reviews | 213 Followers
80
Thought-provoking, Dizzying, Absorbing, Great staging, Great acting

See it if Solo astronaut keeps us and herself entertained while slowly losing her mind. Fantastic set. I was drawn into her delusions.

Don't see it if You don't enjoy innovative solo shows. You don't like the metaphor of lost in space for lost in life. Loud noises & flashing lights.

687 Reviews | 113 Followers
78
Absorbing, Slow, Thought-provoking, Intense, Great acting

See it if A tour-de-force performance by Treadway & a pyrotechnic production design send this astro-drama into space giving neat close-up viewpoint

Don't see it if Unfortunately, a weepy backstory not only soils the plot but nearly negates the female astronaut's achievements Sponsor subplot needs work

668 Reviews | 155 Followers
89
Thrilling, Disorienting, A bit too long, Well constructed, Brilliantly played

See it if you’d like to experience a stunning evocation of the loneliness of solo space travel & how it might, over time, erode a human psyche.

Don't see it if a vivid portrayal of nervous breakdown might be too upsetting for you. Read more

567 Reviews | 147 Followers
87
Clever, Great staging, Intense, Must see, Riveting

See it if First Martian probe colonist encounters agitation and anxiety in her search for her deceased astronaut husband and escape from loneliness.

Don't see it if Solo performance interaction w/ high-tech set piece, disembodied voices, aural transmissions, bright strobe lights, inanimate objects & fog. Read more

488 Reviews | 103 Followers
48
Way too long

See it if you like solo shows and want to see, feel and hear what it’s like to be an astronaut alone in space

Don't see it if you want a show that is smooth. It’s way too long also it’s not 90 minutes it’s closer to 105 minutes with no intermission Read more

431 Reviews | 131 Followers
69
Too long., Absorbing until last 45 mins., then way too intense., Good acting

See it if Want to watch very brave actor explore outer edge of madness, isolation and God, in clever set w strobe lights, loud sounds, profundity.

Don't see it if Don't like solo shows or HAVE ANY KIND OF SENSORY ISSUES. Seriously, the director took light/sound beyond acceptable. Almost got sick. Read more

402 Reviews | 86 Followers
78
Great acting, Dizzying, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if you enjoy shows that explore loneliness, grief & how a person can unravel under extreme conditions. Erin Treadway gives a great performance.

Don't see it if you can't handle scenes with intense strobe lights and loud noise, you don't like solo shows, or hate the movie 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Critic Reviews (9)

The New York Times
February 17th, 2019

"Ingenious and punishing...Boredom then panic, boredom then panic, is not the kindest way to describe the feelings that Leegrid Stevens’s play evokes. But it’s not far off. The show is imaginative, and in terms of its design...a magnificent example of what Off Off Broadway can do...Stevens finds creative ways to keep Molly chatting — at 100 intermissionless minutes, the play perhaps finds too many of them."
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New Yorker
February 22nd, 2019

“Intense and frightening play by Stevens, directed by Titus...Molly pinballs from professional to goofy to agitated, and interlocutors and insentient companions only underline her solitude: there’s mission control, whose messages arrive after a frustrating delay; the various TV shows that are helping to bankroll the mission, which send a maddening barrage of questions...The sound design, lights, and even the lack of gravity come to feel like characters.”
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Theater Pizzazz
March 8th, 2019

"One would be hard pressed to recall noteworthy or memorable theater pieces about voyages into the great extraterrestrial expanses. Which is one of many things that makes 'Spaceman'...all the more compelling...'Spaceman' works so well not just as a result of its introspective writing (Leegrid Stevens) and top-notch direction (Jacob Titus), but because of the brilliantly self-aware and not-overly-spiffy production design."
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I
February 26th, 2019

"Although the script veers towards heavy handedness at some points, I found the play’s increasingly hallucinatory psychological and emotional landscape to be dramatically gripping stuff. And even if her blunt, muscular performance isn’t to everyone’s taste, I applaud actress Erin Treadway for skillfully navigating the play’s episodic structure and fearlessly tackling the not insignificant physical requirements of the demanding role."
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New York Theatre Review
February 21st, 2019

"A dangerously intoxicating adventure full of wit and heart... Stevens not only wrote the piece but also masterfully crafted the sound design...Every design aspect is beyond impressive and seeing it all in action is worth its weight in gold. Director Jacob Titus ruptures the space, pulling you to the edge of your seat and locking you there...The text at times can feel a bit on the nose or emotionally forced. Even still, the excursion is quickly steered back on course."
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D
February 17th, 2019

“An extraordinary show. I don’t think I’ve ever seen another show in my life that gave such a strong sense of happening RIGHT THEN...It was full of theatrical magic and a vital intensity that totally won me over...A tour de force for the actor, the director, the sound designer, and the lighting designer...There’s a whole lot of talent on that stage and they’re ready for the big time.”
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Y
March 1st, 2019

"Treaday’s riveting performance has the audience gripping their chairs and wiping their tears as she faces every doubt she’s ever had in her expedition to the red planet...'Spaceman' delves into the struggles of hope and control and how either can tether us to dreams. If you enjoy powerful theater about strong people being brought to their knees (and science, and space travel), I recommend you go see it."
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Stage Buddy
February 27th, 2018
For a previous production

"An engrossing and very fine piece of theater...A play about god in the age of science...Successful in transporting us into an entirely new place...The most impressive aspect of this impressive piece is how we are right there with Commander Stevens. We hear the very sounds she hears...We glance up to that space, as if we could see something there as welI...It's an impressive manipulation of the performance co-presence, and a testament to a good play."
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