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.
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
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
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
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
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.)
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.