The Apiary
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The Apiary

The Apiary NYC Reviews and Tickets

(119 Ratings)
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Absorbing, Clever, Thought-provoking, Ambitious, Great acting

About the Show

Two scientists plan something world-changing in a new play about sacrifice, ambition, and bees.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (70)

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123 Reviews | 21 Followers
Carmen herlihy is a star!!, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Edgy, Ambitious

See it if You’re open to science fiction and plays that take place in the future. Some may describe as experimental, but this is a fascinating genre

Don't see it if You want an easily digestible/easily understood without questioning type of play. Lots of thought provoking stuff. Great set too!

543 Reviews | 136 Followers
Brilliant, Weird, Great staging

See it if you're into strangely engrossing highly original plays, both topical & timeless, beautifully written with a great ear for dialog and rhythm.

Don't see it if you're looking for straight-forward structure or if you dislike plays that venture into dark and morbid places. Also, acting is a mixed bag.

111 Reviews | 19 Followers
Intense, Great staging, Edgy, Funny, Clever

See it if you like dark and funny science fiction stories that push moral questions to their logical extremes. If you like dramatic, clever set design

Don't see it if you’re squeamish about death and violence. If you don’t find dark, absurdist humor funny.

158 Reviews | 25 Followers
Thought-provoking, Great staging, Great acting, Delightful, Absorbing

See it if you like a unique show with great acting and very good staging.

Don't see it if you want a light, fun show with a huge production.

621 Reviews | 109 Followers
Great acting, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Resonant, Absorbing

See it if you enjoy topical dystopian drama with a dark sense of humor and affecting performances.

Don't see it if you only enjoy popcorn fare. Read more

107 Reviews | 32 Followers
Funny, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Great writing, Absorbing

See it if Fantastic acting in a futuristic science & societal exploration of what it might take to save the bees

Don't see it if Offended by talk of death, euthanasia. Read more

144 Reviews | 25 Followers
Edgy, Quirky, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Absorbing

See it if You're game for a short (70m) gut-punch of a play that delves into ethical questions of science, consumption, and mortality.

Don't see it if You aren't comfortable with sci-fi or horror elements. You need a tidy, spelled-out ending. (This one begs drawing your own conclusions.)

57 Reviews | 3 Followers
Great script, Great acting, Entertaining, Thrilling, Absorbing

See it if You like shows with small casts that make you think. It’s also super short, only a little over an hour long.

Don't see it if You want to see a show with a big cast or you aren’t a fan of science.

Critic Reviews (11)

The New York Times
February 13th, 2024

"In an endangered theatrical colony, that’s the best experiment of all."
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New York Theatre Guide
February 13th, 2024

" is quirky and dark and will leave you feeling appreciative for life and honey."
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New York Magazine / Vulture
February 13th, 2024

"There’s a broad, vaguely dissonant quality to much of the show’s theatricality"
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The Observer
February 13th, 2024

"...this high-concept play mixes sci-fi with black comedy."
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February 13th, 2024

" 'The Apiary' encourages us to consider the bees, their plight, our human complicity"
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Lighting & Sound America
February 20th, 2024

“As it conclusively demonstrates, a provocative premise can take a writer only so far."
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February 16th, 2024

"a cautionary tale mixing science and science fiction"
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Theater Pizzazz
February 13th, 2024

"For all the realism on display, the play is somewhat out of whack"
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