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The Commons

From 6 member  reviews
Members say: Funny, Entertaining, Clever, Slow, Cliched

About the show

This world premiere is a play about living with strangers and the things that seem small, until they aren’t. More…

From the show:

Missing almonds, empty apologies, and a pizza box in the recycling bin that clearly belongs in the trash. When space is at a premium, there’s no room for weak links. The Commons is a play about living with strangers and the things that seem small, until they aren’t.

Following their critically acclaimed New York Times Critic’s Pick production of Athena in 2018, The Hearth continue their commitment to nurturing the next generation of female artists with this world premiere play.

Member Reviews (6)


Funny, Entertaining, Clever, Slow, Cliched
Avg Score

Contemporary, Well-observed, Narrowly focused, Smart, Funny

See it if you want a sense of the joys & (mostly) woes of apartment-sharing in contemporary NYC.

Don't see it if you are looking for a broad statement about the human condition: This play is very narrow in its focus.

Also I have not lived with roommates since my last year as an undergrad. Th... Read more Read less

Relevant, Great acting, Funny, Clever, Absorbing

See it if Quite funny, entertaining and relevant for many who live or ever lived with roommates (or family!). Well done.

Don't see it if you want a big broadway show. This is a very intimate theater and a simple story. Staging could be better, actors often have back to you.

Resonant, Refreshing, Funny, Entertaining, Clever

See it if you have ever lived with roommates; or even a spouse! You like comedy/drama based on realistic situations to which we all can relate

Don't see it if you are annoyed by young people and their real or imagined dramas; you prefer musicals or dysfunctional family situations.

Also An enjoyable if somewhat over-long little show with relatable characte... Read more Read less

Slow, Disappointing, Funny, Banal, Cliched

See it if you want to see a story about four young adults living together and the conflicts that naturally come from being roommates.

Don't see it if you want three-dimensional, engaging characters and a story with a plot. This story is mainly about characters whining about minor problems.

Slow, Lacks impact, Funny

See it if You want to see talented actors and some occasionally funny moments.

Don't see it if You want a show that is story-driven and not overlong.

Quirky, Cliched, Funny, Entertaining

See it if You like light slice of life NEw Yorker fun

Don't see it if Group living complaining annoys you

February 14th, 2020
"'THE COMMONS' at 59E59 is a Humorous and Relatable Modern Play"
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February 13th, 2020
"A sometimes-engaging piece in the current style, which allows itself to go on too long at an hour and forty minutes."
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February 12th, 2020
2/5 Stars. "We're introduced to four flatmates, most in their 20s, who actually seek to communicate with each other in the flesh-and the results aren't pretty."
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February 18th, 2020
"Could there be five more self-involved, selfish, self-deceptive characters than those who populate Lily Akerman's 'The Commons' at the 59E59 Theaters? No, these five roommates aren't evil, just depressingly of the here and now."
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