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Switzerland

From 19 member  reviews
Members say: Great acting, Great writing, Clever, Confusing, Absorbing

About the show

What first appears to be a standard cat-and-mouse game of wit and wiles soon becomes a dance to the death. Who is the cat and who is the mouse? And who will make it out of Switzerland alive? More…

It’s 1995 in the Swiss Alps, and the reclusive crime writer Patricia Highsmith is visited by a genial young man, sent by her New York publisher to convince her to write the final installment of her best-selling Mr. Ripley series.


Member Reviews (19)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great acting, Great writing, Clever, Confusing, Absorbing
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Avg Score

92
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Nice set, Quirky

See it if One of the most intriguing, literary plays I've ever seen. Really made you think about the process of writing. Both actors were excellent!

Don't see it if you don't know anything about Patricia Highsmith or her book The Talented Mr. Ripley. If you don't and you plan to go, read up on it.

Also I'm really enjoying the plays at 59E59 this year. Well-written and sur... Read more Read less

88
Great acting, Perfect casting, Great writing, Clever plot twists, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to see a thoroughly engaging 2 handler in which you realize the story being presented isn’t the whole story. Quite a thriller !!!

Don't see it if You are only wanting to sit back and let a plot wash over you ! This is not that kind of play. It will totally engage you if you let it, wow

Also A familiarity with Patricia Highsmith and most especially her very fam... Read more Read less

50
Banal, Confusing, Disappointing, Indulgent, Overrated

See it if you enjoy plays about writers—especially mystery writers like Patricia Highsmith—who is a character in this cat & mouse play.

Don't see it if you like a play that starts reasonably well and then takes a quick nosedive. Poor acting and staging also lead to this play's downfall.

82
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Riveting, Intense

See it if Non stop mind play, intelligent, absorbing, pay attention at all times writing; some insight into the mind of a great writer & complex mind.

Don't see it if you do not like tension or psychological thrillers; it takes time and lots of talk for the story to unfold.

79
Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Intelligent, Slow

See it if you are a Highsmith fan and want to see a glimpse into her later life (real and imagined).You enjoy snappy dialogue in a feisty female role

Don't see it if you don't know who Patricia Highsmith is, don't know her famous characters, and don't care. (Play will be somewhat meaningless to you)

74
Clever, Intelligent, Quirky, Slow, Disappointing

See it if you are a fan of Patricia Highsmith's oeuvre, particularly the Ripliad and want to see a work that captures many aspects of her.

Don't see it if you don't like talky plays, don't know Highsmith's novels or the novels based on them, or are expecting a thriller more than a dark comedy.

Also The development that takes place about 3/4 of the way through the play... Read more Read less

88
Great acting, Great writing, Perfect casting, Biography mixing fiction with reality

See it if Ninety minutes in the mind of Patricia Highsmith & the talented Mr Ripley give insight into the character & imagination of a mystery writer.

Don't see it if You don’t like Patricia Highsmith’s books and don’t want to see a Who is it? or Who done it? inspired by her life and writing.

60
Absorbing, Confusing, Great acting, Disappointing, No ending

See it if You like caustic writer types talking about writing and writers; you have a vested interest in Highsmith or Ripley.

Don't see it if You want a satisfying conclusion. The play works when it's about the real-life characters; not so when it becomes a psychological thriller.

49
Clunky

See it if Audience seemed to like it. Laughed at what I thought were pretty lame jokes and attempts at high minded wit. Male actor was OK.

Don't see it if Dialogue cringe worthy at times.Actress not convincing but then this role is written so over the top not sure anyone could make it believabl

Also Tries for smart, profound and witty - fails miserably.

10
Confusing, Slow

See it if You're a huge fan of The Talented Mr. Ripley

Don't see it if You don't want to get lost in this confusing play

85
It isn’t what you know that can scare you., Great acting, Great writing, Must see

See it if What seems to be a straight-forward plot is anything but. Elegant script and outstanding performances make this a show not to be missed.

Don't see it if You’ve never heard of Patricia Highsmith or Tom Ripley. It helps if you have but won’t hurt if you haven’t.

Also A woman sits at a typewritter in a beautiful home in Switzerland. She ... Read more Read less

71
Confusing, Ambitious, Great staging, Great acting

See it if You like Patricia Highsmith, Tom Ripley, or 2 person plays with confusing twists.

Don't see it if It's pretty confusing. After a couple of conversations about it, I think I know what happened, but those chats were needed.

75
Absorbing, Clever, Edgy, Great acting, Confusing

See it if You like psychological two-handlers that keeps you guessing to the end.

Don't see it if You don’t care for psychological thrillers that are talky and convoluted.

Also I liked the idea of fiction based on an actual famous mystery writer. ... Read more Read less

90
Riveting, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Clever

See it if You enjoy psychological ,dramedy with sharp dialogue. You're a fan of Patricia Highsmith's work & enjoy satiric view of NY's literary world

Don't see it if You dislike two character, "small" plays, that are steeped in literary references. You're not familiar with any of Patricia Highsmith's work

Also The two actors, Peggy J. Scott and Daniel Petzold, were superb!

85
Absorbing, Clever, Funny, Great staging, Intense

See it if you are a fan of the writer Patricia Highsmith and would like to see a play that imagines her own story.

Don't see it if you've never heard of her and don't like cat-and-mouse thrillers where you can't be sure of anything until the surprise ending!

86
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Intelligent, Great writing

See it if Very well done. Dry humor. Absorbing and interesting twist. Good job.

Don't see it if If looking for pure entertainment, not for you. A drama, mystery and a touch of humor.

70
Clever, Intelligent, Slow

See it if you loved The Talented Mr. Ripley and would enjoy verbal repartee between its author and her publisher representative.

Don't see it if you would find a 90 minute conversation with a couple of surprises thrown in to be boring - or if you have no familiarity with "Mr. Ripley."

Also I recalled I enjoyed The Talented Mr. Ripley quite a bit, but I benefi... Read more Read less

52
Disappointing, Quirky, Indulgent, Cliched, Confusing

See it if you have nothing else to do and you love the country and the playwright.

Don't see it if you love spy movies and books - will be disappointed.

During previews
82
Slow, Writerly, For mystery lovers, Talky, Stilted staging

See it if You love Highsmith/Ripley; it helps to be at least familiar with the writer and character.

Don't see it if A writer writing about writers talking about writing will bore you.

Also This one didn’t get good until the last 15 minutes. Ah, if only there ... Read more Read less


February 15th, 2019
“Murray-Smith’s ‘Switzerland’ is part of a long tradition of writers writing about writers, and with few exceptions, it’s not a good idea. The subject’s actual work almost always puts the ersatz stuff in the shade, and trying to insert a play between a writer and her creation tends to be an exerc...
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February 14th, 2019
“‘Far from a tense, edge-of-your-seat thriller with twists that make you question everything that's come before, it is, in fact, the complete opposite: a genial, suspense-free two-hander that aims to surprise but cuts itself off at the pass every time. At least Foster's production is kind of fun,...
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February 15th, 2019
“With incisive dialogue, excellent staging, and outstanding performances, the two-hander is an intense thriller that is captivating audiences...There are unexpected twists and turns...The performances by Scott...and Petzold...couldn't be better. They master Murray-Smith's gripping dialogue and th...
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February 14th, 2019
"Saying much more about what transpires during the tense, intermission-less 90 minutes would be transgressing on Murray-Smith’s fun, fun heightened by Gmoser’s lighting and absolutely maximized by Dan Foster’s on-the-money direction...Whether attendees for whom Highsmith is an as-yet-unacquired t...
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