Swing State
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Swing State

Swing State NYC Reviews and Tickets

(337 Ratings)
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Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Thought-provoking, Relevant

About the Show

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

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Show-Score Member Reviews (160)

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90 Reviews | 32 Followers
Must see, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if The script is a masterpiece, the storytelling is fantastic. The cast… such talented actors… so humble! It was wonderful to see!

Don't see it if The show is dense, profound. You will have a good time but is not just entertainment. I will make you think and question, be ready!

119 Reviews | 40 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

55 Reviews | 11 Followers
Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Riveting, Thought-provoking

See it if You enjoy excellent acting and an intelligent script

Don't see it if You want something light and fluffy Read more

314 Reviews | 186 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

509 Reviews | 337 Followers
Ambitious, Entertaining, Clever, Absorbing

See it if Fantastic show, very engrossing and interesting. Still thinking of it 2 months later. I will listen again when it appears on Audible theater

Don't see it if you want a big Broadway show with music and dance. Or if you don't want to think.

729 Reviews | 415 Followers
Intelligent, Absorbing, Riveting, Great acting, Great writing

See it if A powerful & moving drama with authentic acting, creative set & intelligent script. The director wove a wonderful experience. Bravo!

Don't see it if No negative comments. This is a Must See Play.

134 Reviews | 28 Followers
Must see, Masterful, Excruciating, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if Phenomenally moving play. Expertly written and acted. If you're alright with dark themes just go see it.

Don't see it if Sad or dark plays don't interest you. Trigger warning on topics of death, substance abuse, and suicide

103 Reviews | 13 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

Critic Reviews (20)

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 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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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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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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