Squeamish
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Squeamish
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Squeamish NYC Reviews and Tickets

79%
(109 Reviews)
Positive
85%
Mixed
10%
Negative
5%
Members say
Great acting, Absorbing, Intense, Edgy, Great writing

About the Show

All For One Theater presents a new solo horror show about a New York City psychoanalyst and recovering alcoholic whose bloody quest for personal balance begins when she finds herself in Texas after her nephew's suicide.

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Member Reviews (109)

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952 Reviews | 387 Followers
91
Absorbing, Entertaining, Riveting, Fun, Edgy

See it if You like suspenseful, dark, storytelling. This one person Show is a fine example of how to weave a great story.

Don't see it if You don’t like kind of creepy stories. I wouldn’t call it scary but, we’ll, the title is very appropriate.

539 Reviews | 1877 Followers
92
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Must see

See it if A twisted and absorbing tour-de-force performance by Alison Fraser. The story is tight and horrifying. Wonderful one person show.

Don't see it if You don’t like horror as a genre. You want action. This is all words... haunting words.

706 Reviews | 214 Followers
85
Clever, Edgy, Intense, Deviant, Dark

See it if Manhattan therapist with problems goes on a journey to the dark side. Delicious triumphant black comedy. Plot twists. Great acting.

Don't see it if You don’t like vampire stories. You don’t want to hear graphic descriptions of blood gorged events.

MJK
677 Reviews | 187 Followers
80
Absorbing, Entertaining, Riveting, Haunting, Great acting

See it if you want to see the fabulous Fraser sink her teeth into a fresh & unexpected horror story & give a gripping, subtly eerie solo tour de force

Don't see it if you have hemophobia; you need special effects and high production values to spoon-feed you your thrills. [This is real theatre of the mind.]

687 Reviews | 114 Followers
77
Edgy, Great acting, Absorbing, Intense, Clever

See it if Another one of Mark's solo psycho-dramas, this time involving a sanguinous cult A tour-de-force for Fraser who kisses the heart of darkness

Don't see it if Well staged despite the static underpinings of the script Fraser spurs us over the more grand guingol aspects of the drama (aka the ending)

482 Reviews | 717 Followers
73
Riveting, Ambitious, Edgy, Intense

See it if you enjoy edgy solo performances and have a strong stomach. The show is all dialogue, so you’ll also need an active imagination.

Don't see it if the thought of blood terrifies you, or you need visual stimuli.

567 Reviews | 146 Followers
74
Ambitious, Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Edgy

See it if Downtown Fraser brings merit to a monologue in the dark. Seriously, just a keylight and some atmospherics, and a client in session spinning

Don't see it if The "oh, bro" reveal is ludicrous, but the talented Fraser is the only reason to see this solo thriller.

563 Reviews | 194 Followers
85
Great acting, Entertaining, Absorbing, Intense, Funny

See it if You enjoy horror w/a bit of camp ala "Tales From the Crypt". You want to see a captivating acting turn from Alison Fraser.

Don't see it if You are, as the title, squeamish, & uncomfortable w/hearing a horror story. You dislike one-performer shows. You prefer more serious horror.

Critic Reviews (15)

The New York Times
October 23rd, 2017

"'Squeamish' is ultimately, too shaggy and in need of greater restraint. But Fraser, slipping smoothly in and out of a half-dozen smaller characters besides Sharon, never loses command. Though we see the play’s considerable gore — and its hard-core-niche sexual situations — only through the mind’s eye, 'Squeamish' is probably not for the squeamish. But to grown-ups who like to celebrate the season with frightful tales, happy Halloween. Mark has a fresh horror for you."
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Time Out New York
October 16th, 2017

"There’s something unsettling about watching a solo show that’s been expressly written for its star and yet thinking she may be miscast, or at least under-rehearsed...Fraser doesn’t land most of the laughs as our neurotic narrator in the play’s first half, which is all setup. But once Sharon starts to lose herself in addiction, Fraser delivers real chills. As we watch this sophisticated and stylish New Yorker gleefully transform into a monster, her gory self-discovery is utterly horrifying."
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BroadwayWorld
October 17th, 2017

“A voyeuristic experience…Fraser gives a deceptively charming portrait of a clever woman who would be the hit of any penthouse cocktail party, slowly revealing her seductive darker side. Her ability to remain engaging while being seated for the entire length of the play is a credit to the details of her acting skills and the fine pacing of the playwright/director's surprising story…Mark once again displays a sharp skill for descriptive and entertaining storytelling.”
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Lighting & Sound America
October 20th, 2017

“It's easy to feel one step ahead of the narrative—and impatient to get on with it...If Mark hasn't provided a sufficiently gripping narrative, he has found the right woman for the job...In contrast to the rather contrived and mechanical shocks that mark the plot, Fraser's performance conveys an animal-like terror that cannot be dismissed...Her unswerving commitment and intensity in the face of a difficult script once again proves that she is a class act, no matter the circumstances.”
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TheaterScene.net
October 17th, 2017

“Fraser's terribly nervous and jittery as she starts to relay Sharon's somewhat convoluted story, gripping the arms of the chair with her hands or clenching her knees together--even as she says, ‘I really am calm now.’ She's been directed by the playwright with what might be aptly termed an exhilarating reserve. ‘Squeamish’ is definitely a ‘horror’ play that takes the genre to new and higher heights. It's hard not to recoil as the details of her story become more and more vivid.”
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Theater Pizzazz
October 16th, 2017

"Aaron Mark, the playwright and director, has quite a ghoulish imagination...It’s a constant output of free flow chatter...Unfortunately, with Alison’s unique speech pattern, she’s sometimes difficult to understand and the results sound like mumbling. Don’t get me wrong, Alison Fraser is a top notch actress as she tackles the several characters with subtle voice changes, all the while remaining in the chair...This is all very nightmare-ish and, as my show buddy described, it’s Hitchcock-ian!"
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CurtainUp
October 17th, 2017

"This play, as commendably directed by its author, delves into the dark and repressed areas of human behavior, but with enough funny moments to keep you both off guard and on board…Her complicated and purposely circuitous narrative is delivered glibly by Fraser and with more than enough mysterious detours to keep us wondering where we are being led...With her quirky, scarily quixotic performance, Fraser makes seamless transitions...The payoff will be a stunner."
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Front Mezz Junkies
October 31st, 2017

"The one woman horror show, directed cleanly and precisely by Mark, is very well served by the two-time Tony nominated actress, Alison Fraser. From the moment of her entrance, her presence and her performance draws us into her reality completely...Even though the ending is pretty predictable and there are moments when the story drags a bit, together, Fraser and Mark still manage to thrill us...Not a horror show in the traditional sense, but it is a bloody good time."
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