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The Antipodes

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Members say: Great acting, Disappointing, Thought-provoking, Ambitious, Indulgent

About the show

Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Annie Baker returns for the second production of her Signature Theatre residency with this world premiere play, directed by Lila Neugebauer. More…

This is a show about people telling stories about telling stories, with a group of storytellers assembled for an intense brainstorming session. 

Member Reviews (169)


Great acting, Disappointing, Thought-provoking, Ambitious, Indulgent
Avg Score

Ambitious, Confusing, Great acting, Great staging, Quirky

See it if Cryptic yet fascinating drama about a showrunner & his minions Classic Baker format - simplicity writ large Expert direction by Neugebauer

Don't see it if Even Baker fans (myself) will find play a bit opaque Could lose 20 mins & still retain message Superb cast carries us through rough patches

Disappointing, Funny, Indulgent, Quirky

See it if an attempt to explain our media industry . Some folks will find it fascinating (but......see below)

Don't see it if Just not our kind of show. Too wordy in parts, Too softly spoken in spots. too quiet in spots.. no stand out acting

Ambitious, Confusing, Edgy, Indulgent, Quirky

See it if You're an Annie Baker fan, enjoy cryptic situations open to a variety of interpretation, enjoy the power and origin of storytelling

Don't see it if You expect realistic presentations, you shy away from enigmatic work & frustrating situations, you like straightforward plots

Surreal play divides audiences: brilliant, provocative i thought, others hated it

See it if brilliant satire corporate speak plus original take on what storytelling means 4 our inner life & our culture, fine direction by Lila N.

Don't see it if you're put off by production of series of unrelated, often bizarre, stories, want clear, plot-driven show; drama about corporate leader weak

Also I was at a talk back with the director and members of the cast. What w... Read more Read less

Thought-provoking, Great acting, Great writing, Weird, Profound

See it if you're interested in an allegorical exploration of what it means to be alive and willing to draw your own conclusions.

Don't see it if you like to be spoon-fed a message. This one takes some thinking on your own to get something out of it. (For me, it was well worth it.)

Confusing, Indulgent, Quirky, Slow, Thought-provoking

See it if you like quiet, introspective, or existential works. There's a shroud of mystery looming beneath the surface, and little is explained.

Don't see it if you need a quick pace, any kind of action, or you need things to make sense (you have to be okay with not receiving all the information).

Great acting, Great writing, Funny, Thought-provoking, Quirky

See it if You love quirky, dark comedies that have stories that are open to interpretation.

Don't see it if You prefer more traditional, straightforward plays with linear plots, character development, and endings that are easily understood.

Absorbing, Ambitious, Clever, Entertaining, Intelligent

See it if you enjoy the work of. This isn't one of her better works, but leaves one wondering what she will write next. Great cast & staging.

Don't see it if you are not a fan of Annie Baker. If you were foolish enough to have walked out of "The Flick" at intermission.

Excruciating, Pretentious, Stultifyingly boring, Raunchy, Slow

See it if You are tired of watching unbelievable political news and need a good nap ! You are Baker's mom or dad. You are being paid big bucks to go.

Don't see it if You have anything else fascinating you could be doing like washing your kitchen floor. You like absurdist theatre this attempt at it is bad.

Ambitious, Disappointing, Edgy, Indulgent, Quirky

See it if You've enjoyed the other shows in Signature's 2016/17 run. You don't mind super wordy plays with very little action that is sometimes funny

Don't see it if Well I'd say just don't see it. It's not worth it. I LOVED John, and found this to be a super let down from her previous work.

Indulgent, Disappointing, Overrated, Quirky, High-concept

See it if you are a devoted Annie Baker fan who must see her newest work.

Don't see it if you like a plot and character development or if you have trouble sitting for two hours without an intermission

Also I suspect the playwright had more fun writing it than most of the audi... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Edgy, Disappointing, Entertaining, Profound

See it if you've never seen Annie Baker's work before

Don't see it if if you are an Annie Baker fan

Theatre of the absurd, existentialism, meaninglessness

See it if You want to see writers without stories discuss life without meaning; possibly a satirical comment about screen writing.

Don't see it if You aren't able to excuse the playwright for another bad play.

Baker tells a baffling story about story-telling

See it if Baffling but satisfying play about writers jawing around a conference table. The acting is flawless. The personal stories are fascinating.

Don't see it if You need to be a writer, critic or someone intimately involved with storytelling to get what this play is really about. Expert dialogue

Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if you enjoy intelligent plays with layers of intrigue, existentialism & surrealism added to a typically mundane scenario. Great ensemble cast.

Don't see it if you're looking for something with an intense plot. Nothing much happens in that regard. If you disliked Baker's previous plays.

Moments of great acting, moments of interesting acting. overall excruciating

See it if you love Josh Charles, but not enough of him. you like pointless meandering think- tank nonsense with one or two episodes of brilliance.

Don't see it if You want plot, narrative, continuity, any conceit of any goal other than verbiage.

Entertaining, Great writing, Intelligent, Relevant, Resonant

See it if you recognize the importance of good stories and appreciate the humor and hypocrisy of the current mantras of innovation.

Don't see it if you think first world problems are boring even when portrayed in a clever well written way.

Absorbing, Funny, Intelligent, Great writing, Thought-provoking

See it if about a brainstorming session in a conference room where the characters tell a variety of stories - true, fantastical or mythological

Don't see it if you need everything to be explained (never told exactly what the stories are for), need action, don't like wordy, quirky plays

Also Found it a little slow in the beginning but as some the stories became... Read more Read less

Brilliant philosophy, Unsatisfying play, Fine acting, Ambitious, Indulgent

See it if Why do we tell stories? Why are we willing to expose ourselves? Which stories are universal? The play explores these issues & feels like...

Don't see it if ...a late night college gab session (if your friends were really really smart). Character types are recognizable but do not develop.

Clever, Edgy, Indulgent

See it if If you enjoy Annie Baker plays. A snapshot of what a think tank determines to be relevant. Interesting personalities and back stories.

Don't see it if If you only enjoy light dramas.

Ambitious, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Absorbing

See it if You enjoy great acting in a thoughtful play. You don't mind sitting for two hours.

Don't see it if You want more of a plot driven play than storytelling.

Also I waited several days to write this review as I wasn't sure what to ma... Read more Read less

Confusing, Thought-provoking, Slow, Quirky

See it if You want to have an enjoyable hour with real laughter and insight , followed by an hour of confusion and psycho babble

Don't see it if You have no patience

This will definitely be one of the weirdest "plays" that you will ever experience....

See it if you have nothing but time on your hands and are looking to have and UNUSUALLY DIFFERENT experience...............not necessarily a good one

Don't see it if you are looking to experience a "REAL" play in the traditional sense of the word.

Also [NOTE: I was warned by MANY that that they HATED this play.] I went in... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Ambiguous, Funny, Great acting

See it if Notice reviewers scores, either brilliant, or 30. See reviewers you usually follow. 'Nough said? Held my attention full 115 minutes.

Don't see it if You like clear stories and characters. Look up definition before you go, (I did not).

Entertaining, Possibly confusing, Sui generis

See it if You like stories, lots of stories, well drawn, well acted characters, and do not require plot, conflict, resolution.

Don't see it if You are of the "well-made play" persuasion. You may question if this is a play at all.

Also It took me a couple of days to crystallize how I felt about this, and ... Read more Read less

April 23rd, 2017
"Annie Baker’s in-all-ways fabulous new play...Ms. Baker delivers a complete and confident narrative...As directed with a time-blurring seamlessness by Lila Neugebauer, and acted by a perfectly blended ensemble of nine, 'The Antipodes' leaves you glowing with a wondering satisfaction. I mean the ...
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April 23rd, 2017
"You’ve heard Hemingway’s blunt formula for writing: 'All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.' Annie Baker’s characters more or less follow that advice in 'The Antipodes,' her latest intensely vivid hypnotizing act disguised as a play...This hermetic premise—executed with gimlet-eyed fl...
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April 23rd, 2017
"Not to say it is sour or mean; the production, beautifully directed by Neugebauer, is just too thoughtful to settle for unkindness. So are the uniformly excellent actors...Some of the digressions and hermetic annotations feel a bit unprocessed...Baker is too thoughtful a playwright to make any t...
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April 23rd, 2017
"Despite its amusingly pungent dialogue and the expert performances, 'The Antipodes' ultimately feels as stifling as being trapped in a conference room during an interminable meeting. Neugebauer works hard to overcome the material’s inherently static nature...Baker’s writing proves provocative an...
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