The Vineyard Theatre presents this epic new work from Pulitzer Prize-finalist Jordan Harrison, where an intrepid troupe of pageant players races across medieval Europe, struggling to outrun the Black Death. More…
The arrival of a mysterious new actor sends Hollis, the leading lady, in search of answers that can only be found off-script...and soon one century’s plague begins to look a lot like another, more recent, one. Equal parts comic and heartfelt, 'The Amateurs' examines the evolution of human creativity in a dark age: when does a crisis destroy us, and when does it open new frontiers? Directed by Obie Award-winning director Oliver Butler.
See it if Very slow start which jump starts in a clever middle section. Lead actress is strong but shows is still a struggle. Very meta.
Don't see it if You need a clear linear plot. Not interested in slightly avant-garde shows.
See it if If you like good acting and 13th century type plays.
Don't see it if The show gets boring, confusing and slow. This piece should not have been brought to stage yet, needs a lot of reworking.
See it if Medieval theater troupe struggles with the black plague and reinventing themselves. Death and renewal in Noah's time, 1350, and 1985.
Don't see it if Act 2 (of 3) is a lecture where the "playwright" explains the historical context (why this play?) and how it relates to modern times.
See it if Highly conceptual & heady morality drama about past echoing the present & vice versa Excellent ensemble keeps it afloat when ideas balloon
Don't see it if Mid-section diversion a tad too post-ironic & clever; slows pace Some time - travelling metaphors fall flat yet overall often poignant
See it if you're interested in the how & why of theater, or what the evocation of a medieval plague might say to us about another, more recent plague.
Don't see it if quick tonal shifts in the theater give you whiplash.
See it if you’re interested in seeing a meta exploration of character, and what it means to write a fully realized part—mixed in with a lot of quirk.
Don't see it if a traditional narrative is more your speed, or you prefer the fourth wall to stay in tact.
See it if Can't recommend this play. Lots of great actors & an amusing part in the middle w/Michael Cyril Creighton. But boring & weird overall.
Don't see it if Maybe I am missing something ... I see there are many good reviews from critics. But I found it pretty slow and hard to watch.
See it if You like heady plays that tackle big ideas through the telling of small, intricate stories.
Don't see it if You dislike works that try to express too many ideas, but never focus on a singular theme.
See it if You will see any avant-garde performance available.
Don't see it if Cheap set, terrible acting, boring incomprehensible plot, actor comes on stage halfway thru to try to explain what this nonsense is about.
See it if you enjoy seeing plays that seem to be like a first draft. It is hard to imagine what Douglas Aibel and Sarah Stern saw in this play.
Don't see it if you do not enjoy a long, ponderous evening at the theatre.
See it if You like plays within plays in the style of 13th century morality playwrights. Actors fighting to outlive the Black Death. Clever.
Don't see it if You dislike blasphemy, and jokes about the Bible and God. Dislike gallows humor and Monty Python.
See it if you're interested in a play about the agency of character and the motivation behind storytelling. The meta monologues are best parts.
Don't see it if you don't like direct address to the audience and breaking of fourth wall, you prefer the narrative of a play to flow and build tension.
See it if you like very clever writing, terrific acting, great sets. Story is convoluted and fun.I loved the show within the show within the show.
Don't see it if you are looking for a family drama, a glossy musical or a straight up plot.This play has a lot to say about theatre, AIDS, life. Loved it
See it if You don't mind yet another AIDS allegory albeit with a fourth wall break which ultimately breaks your heart.
Don't see it if You want a straightforward narrative, you dont like death presented in a rather desperate comic way.
See it if 14th cent. theater troupe performing plays based on the Bible during the years of the Black Plague. Funny & touching moments.
Don't see it if Play is interrupted midway by 2 actors breaking the 4th wall to tell us the play's messages & modern connections - Aids, art, individualism
See it if You are an adventurous theatergoer and are willing to keep an open mind.
Don't see it if You don't like it when actors break the fourth wall.
See it if you're a fellow fan of Vineyard championing the offbeat. Difficult to recap w/o reveal. Come away humbled: theatre's a window like no other.
Don't see it if you hate the quirky, tongue-in-cheek, over-the-top, which is on full display here; you need linear, unambiguous plot, resolution, or meaning
See it if You want to see a show that bucks traditional narrative devices. You are in the mood for something dark.
Don't see it if You are a fan of more traditional plays and/or dislike breaking of the fourth wall.
See it if Terrific acting, great set and costumes funny and smart writing. What more could you want? A conventional structure? Well, get over it.
Don't see it if I loved the whole thing. Sort of like watching a great old movie with Robert Osborne giving some interesting background info w/humor.
See it if This is a very thoughtful play. Does art have a purpose? What does it contribute? And, you get a bit of history in the bargain. Loved it!
Don't see it if You don't think about the sonnet Ozymandias every so often.
See it if You're into a non-traditionally structured play that takes issues of today and relates them to the past.
Don't see it if You're looking for a standard play in terms of plotting. Or you're turned off by plays about the plague.
See it if you're up for an unusual, funny/serious play about actors in the time of the black plague...and a comparison to the plague of AIDS.
Don't see it if you're looking for something happy and light.