The Antelope Party
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The Antelope Party

The Antelope Party NYC Reviews and Tickets

(9 Ratings)
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Absorbing, Great acting, Resonant, Ambitious, Must see

A comic drama about a group of adult My Little Pony fans wrestling with the importance of community. 

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52 Reviews | 10 Followers
Must see, Great staging, Great acting, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You want to see some of the most incisive satire onstage this decade. Funny, terrifying, and so inventive and well thought out.

Don't see it if You don't want to think about the current political climate or radicalization via fandoms, or you don't have patience for new subcultures Read more

140 Reviews | 27 Followers
Resonant, Must see, Absorbing

See it if you like a timely blend of comedy, politics and horror.

Don't see it if you are a MAGA. You might realize what a dupe you have been.

477 Reviews | 119 Followers
Resonant, Intense, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You enjoy psychological thrillers like The Thing and Animal Farm.

Don't see it if You are a member of the neighborhood watch. :) Read more

254 Reviews | 114 Followers
Relevant, Edgy, Dizzying, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if You’re looking for an engaging play that isn’t afraid to tackle our cultural landscape. You like plays with effectively intense metaphors.

Don't see it if If you don’t like feeling uncomfortable or psychological dramas. This is not a happy go lucky story, despite the colorful beginnings. Read more

182 Reviews | 8 Followers
Intelligent, Resonant

See it if You’re looking for a satire. You’re drawn to plays about human behavior.

Don't see it if You don’t want to be challenged. You don’t want to see a satire about conspiracies. Read more

338 Reviews | 28 Followers
Great acting, Ambitious

See it if You like your comedy pitch black. You like ensemble plays.

Don't see it if You don’t want anything that will remind you of our current political climate. Read more

276 Reviews | 85 Followers
Resonant, Entertaining, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You want to see a play about community that starts off all colorful & fun and turns quickly into distrust and current politics.

Don't see it if You are expecting a play without conflict, darkness or an uneasy feeling about the world we all currently share.

1269 Reviews | 350 Followers
Entertaining, Indulgent, Fluffy, Banal, Ambitious

See it if If you want a different kind of show. Interesting show that goes downhill.

Don't see it if To cramped on stage. Show gets stupid after a while.

Critic Reviews (8)

The New York Times
November 17th, 2021

"Critic's Pick!...Chen shows an innate understanding of the intimacy of small spaces, and of how the clutter strewn about amounts to an intensely personal ecosystem. Here, Ben’s fuzzy neon pillows and “My Little Pony” throw blankets are paraphernalia that can be quickly hidden, should a judgmental outsider arrive."
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Time Out New York
November 10th, 2021

"A timely allegory of identity and belonging, Meyer’s story about a group of lonely outcasts reminds us that acceptance and community can indeed be magical—but sometimes magic can be dark."
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November 11th, 2021

"Brony-bonded and fully invested in cosplay camaraderie, the diverse ensemble of actors in Dutch Kills Theater Company's THE ANTELOPE PARTY at The Wild Project take playwright Eric John Meyer's prescient character-driven dramedy on a wild ride."
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Lighting & Sound America
November 12th, 2021

"You've got to admire the skill with which Meyer spins his unlikely premise into a blackly comic psychological thriller that eerily mirrors this country's tribalized state. Chayes hustles us past any implausible plot points, skillfully ratcheting up the tension she goes. The standouts in the cast are Will Dagger as Shawn, a milquetoast who develops increasingly Hitlerian tendencies, and Lindsley Howard as Maggie, whose casual, offhand manner masks an iron will. Quinn Franzen, Edward Mawere, and Caitlin Morris all have their moments, too, but special mention goes to Anna Ishida as a 9/11 truther who mistakes the MLP fans for fellow travelers and lives to regret it."
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November 14th, 2021

Meyer’s darkly comic script is ultimately terrifying, a nod to Orwell and a brilliantly satirical parable which is uncannily prescient in today’s political climate. Director Jess Chayes brings the best out of each of the actors, and finely shapes the delicate arc which begins with laughs and rainbows and descends into fear and suspicion.
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Theatre is Easy
November 16th, 2021

"lthough it sometimes eschews character development in favor of politics, The Antelope Party is thoroughly compelling with strong performances and innovative set design."
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November 11th, 2021

"The hollow rhetoric of safety is a big theme of the play. This isn’t surprising for a generation of adults raised to fear everything from Halloween candy to stranger danger and who now find comfort in playing pony. And I think it is obvious this is what Meyer critiques. These are characters who without ponies or antelopes could relate to and help each other cope in truly magical friendships. I asked an audience member after the play their thoughts. They said they could relate to the polarization in it that reflected our own times. They then made the comment that “all attempts at creating utopia end in dystopia.” I disagree."
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November 10th, 2021

"The Antelope Party is well paced and directed by professional Jess Chayes. The playwright, Eric John Meyer brings the action from farcical to deadly serious in a manner that is internally consistent, and externally frightening. It is another great production by the Dutch Kills Theater Company. The stage of the Wild Project is small, but the intimacy works perfectly in the venue."
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