Swing State
Ends Oct 28 1h 45m
Swing State

Swing State NYC Reviews and Tickets

(134 Reviews)
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Great acting, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Great writing, Relevant

About the Show

A widow's life is disrupted by an unexpected guest, revealing secrets in a small community.

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Member Reviews (134)

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90 Reviews | 28 Followers
Great writing, Relevant, Great acting, Devastating, Absorbing

See it if you’d appreciate an intimate character study touching on themes of loss and redemption in post-pandemic middle America

Don't see it if you’re looking for something light or overtly political. The title can be misleading. Read more

287 Reviews | 164 Followers
That female lead.. oh my!!, My heart was bombed 💣, Amazing 4ppl ensemble, Superb writing, Directed by tony winner

See it if Emotional roller coaster ride. I hate the playwright for being so manipulative!! Care about the 2 leads so much & wish a different ending.

Don't see it if Almost 2hrs no intermission. Warning of alcohol abuse/gun violence/suicidal attempts. Not your lighthearted entrainment. Can we be redeemed? Read more

56 Reviews | 3 Followers
Must see, Sublime, Masterful, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You want a show that will linger and leave you thinking. The story doesn't shy away from difficult subjects and the complexity of people.

Don't see it if You're triggered by death, grieving, suicide ideation, alcohol/drugs, policing; you want a happy show; you don't like dialogue-heavy plays. Read more

441 Reviews | 109 Followers
Beautiful writing, Masterful, Moving

See it if you like well-written plays that resonate and work on several levels. There's a poetic air of melancholy and longing that runs throughout.

Don't see it if you expect fast pacing, an upbeat play or easy answers. This show touches on themes of loss, despair and suicide so may not be for everyone.

63 Reviews | 8 Followers
Thought-provoking, Resonant, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You want a well written play with modern themes and terrific acting. The audience was riveted when I saw it.

Don't see it if You want a splashy show. This is a one set play with a cast of 4. Having said that, go anyway!

241 Reviews | 52 Followers
Absorbing, Refreshing, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting

See it if I have not seen such a well crafted new play in a long time. Smart and entertaining. Entire cast was wonderful.

Don't see it if You do not enjoy new theater without a lot bells and whistles.

84 Reviews | 21 Followers
Thought-provoking, Resonant, Relevant, Great writing, Great acting

See it if You like character-driven dramas with four characters interacting, learning, growing, complaining, striving, surviving. And smart humor.

Don't see it if You want spectacle or a musical or slapstick. TITLE IS MISLEADING. It has NOTHING to do with politics, just being between states of mind.

498 Reviews | 318 Followers
Great acting, Absorbing, Well written, Intelligent, Resonant

See it if U want to see a very well mounted show that tackles many contemporary issues intelligently with a great cast. Mary Beth Fisher is perfection

Don't see it if triggered by talk of suicide, self harm, substance abuse, gun violence; not interested in environmental concerns. Read more

Critic Reviews (17)

The New York Times
September 17th, 2023

“In the play’s cosmology, the debased politics of narcissism have polluted American life with the aggro-chemicals of overly heightened and disordered emotions. Democracy is a prairie.”
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New York Magazine / Vulture
September 17th, 2023

“Gilman lets the thematic interpretations multiply like those wild grasses while limiting the acreage of her plot...’Swing State’ provides an effective, direct, though limited and realist, take on our moment.”
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The Wall Street Journal
September 17th, 2023

“All the characters in ‘Swing State’ have suffered setbacks and are still scarred by them, but the play ends on a grace note, with a quiet conversation affirming the idea that for all living things, flora and fauna alike, it is best to let life run its natural course.”
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The Observer
September 17th, 2023

“One caveat I have is the final scene, a de rigueur resolution after a punishing climax which borders on pat...Gilman comes down solidly for forgiveness and closure. I didn’t entirely buy it tonally and it left a bland aftertaste, but I will admit: if the choice is between giving up or going on, we should arc toward hope.”
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New York Theatre Guide
September 21st, 2023

Gilman’s drama takes audiences on a wayward chase through the pits and peaks of humanity to find the culprit. Like the dwindling prairie land, of which there is only four percent remaining in the U.S., the characters in the play must learn to fight the droughts and fires of life in order to regrow and survive.
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September 17th, 2023

“ ‘Swing State’ is a fascinating look at the lies we tell ourselves and others in order to exist within a modern society that still too often feels like an insular tribe.”
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Lighting & Sound America
September 21st, 2023

“At a time when so many younger playwrights are consumed with personal identity issues, Rebecca Gilman takes the long view, daring to wonder if the human species has much of a future. Coming hot on the heels of a summer marked by global weather disasters, the question lingers, and praise be to her for posing it. But climate change is a devilishly difficult subject to put onstage for all sorts of reasons, a problem that Swing State hasn't begun to solve. It's a brave piece, if not an entirely successful one.
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Talkin' Broadway
September 17th, 2023

“The play's ending is a little too pat, and Gilman's attempts to bring order to a world in utter disarray doesn't quite ring true. Still, ’Swing State’ shows that human empathy and environmental conscientiousness can take root in places we least expect.”
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