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The Convent

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Members say: Absorbing, Great staging, Ambitious, Great acting, Thought-provoking

About the show

Jessie Dickey’s world premiere is a toothy dark comedy about desire, devotion, and the mystery of intrinsic divinity.

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In "The Convent," a group of women go on a retreat to live like nuns in the Middle Ages and are baptized with 80s pop, female mysticism, hallucinogens, and sex.


Member Reviews (26)

MEMBERS SAY:

Absorbing, Great staging, Ambitious, Great acting, Thought-provoking
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Avg Score

60
Banal, Cliched, Excruciating, Fluffy, Slow

See it if Had a great supporting actor. If you want a show about women in a contrived setting.

Don't see it if If you want a well written play. Very poorly written, slow, and banal.

85
Thrilling, Physical, A little schematic, Beautifully played, Smart

See it if you like scripts that take a risk & productions that do things that only live theater can do.

Don't see it if you are looking for a realistic peek into life among the nuns.

Also Jessica Dickey’s “The Convent,” not a flawless script, is a thrilling ... Read more Read less

75
Great acting, Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Confounding, Refreshing

See it if you're interested in a pretty incisive look at what it really means to discover yourself, and what it really costs.

Don't see it if you don't want theater that challenges you.

64
Convents are supposed to be quiet; not this one where women on a retreat carry on about their deep feminist concerns; result: an over-the-top group therapy session

See it if inventive set, some powerful acting, interesting feminist exploration of women's sex & relationship-based problems

Don't see it if cliche-ridden complaints about marriage, children, sex, god, etc.; 30 mins too long; too many strident angsty declarations

70
Great staging, Funny, Relevant, Slow, Ambitious

See it if a magnificent set and excellent direction is enough for an interesting evening.

Don't see it if you want plot twists that are surprises. Everything seems to be telegraphed before it happens.

60
Nice staging, Indulgent, Disappointing, The actors were fine but the play was uneven

See it if you want to see a play with all female actors focused on issues relevant to women. But very contrived situation. Not at all realistic.

Don't see it if I would not really recommend this play. It was not that interesting. Actors all did a good job though.

Also Sort of like if the girls from The Wolves (a play I loved) grew up and... Read more Read less

11
Excruciating

See it if You want to see a great actress with a bright future brittany anikka shine in a nice supporting role

Don't see it if You are hoping to see a play with a plot that makes sense. Also if you are bothered by over acting and a set that does not make sense

Also I don’t recommend anyone seeing the show but if you absolutely must se... Read more Read less

65
Absorbing, Ambitious, Over-dramatic

See it if You like feminist stories and unusual mistical journeys. Over the top acting.

Don't see it if You do not enjoy in your face conflicts or are bothered by mistical or religious storylines.

61
Indulgent, Great staging, Quirky

See it if You want a philosophical take on womanhood and getting what you want.

Don't see it if You like action (very little happens and a lot is said). You want a fully-baked script (it feels like some edits would help).

78
Absorbing, Ambitious, Funny, Great staging, Intelligent

See it if You are interested in spirituality and female mysticism.

Don't see it if You don’t like female-centered plays. You want more action than dialogue.

Also This was a fascinating and beautifully staged piece. It isn’t perfect ... Read more Read less

85
Absorbing, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Great staging

See it if you want to experience raw, visceral performances. The characters are predictable in some ways, but are portrayed with openness and truth.

Don't see it if you want to see something truly inventive. Some of the big moments are rather predictable, but there is still beauty in the telling of it.

Also The set is gorgeous. As soon as I walked into the space, I felt at hom... Read more Read less

55
Nicely staged, earnest, feminist, shrill, cigarette-smoking on stage (ugh)

See it if you’d root for (mostly) sympathetic women to achieve fulfillment at a convent, an ironic setting for this spiritual/quasi-religious retreat.

Don't see it if Don’t see it if you’re skeptical of EST and all the other spiritual/quasi-religious retreats that people pay a lot of money to go to.

Also The play’s thesis is presented, apparently without irony, as an axiom:... Read more Read less

66
Confusing, Great acting, Intense, Slow, Thought-provoking

See it if you love feminist work and historical feminist exploration. The actors are incredible, especially Brittany Liu. Script is funny at times.

Don't see it if you don't like half-baked scripts. I felt the directing was weak, based on how hard I saw the cast working. There were moments of beauty.

Also It was just an okay show. The script didn't quite accomplish what I th... Read more Read less

80
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Riveting, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to see a beautiful and fascinating play about a world of secrets and devotion. The play takes bold moves and risks, worth seeing.

Don't see it if you want to see a play fully formed that has a neat ending. There are compelling performances and the set is gorgeous.

80
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Riveting, Thought-provoking

See it if You question the way you’re leading your life, if you want to see an engaging show about the freedom and choices women make in their lives

Don't see it if You aren’t looking to question how you lead your own life after you leave the theatre.

70
Delightful, Intense, Relevant, Cliched, Slow

See it if You are a feminist and you want an insight on the kinds of things that are hot button topics in womens lives today.

Don't see it if You want a fast-paced and plot-heavy drama. This moves slowly and is very much about the characters' backstories

69
Ambitious, Dated, Entertaining, Great acting, Great staging

See it if You want to see some fine performances and stunning visuals as part of the scenery. The set was wonderful!

Don't see it if You are looking for a strong script. The play was wildly uneven and vacillated between brilliance and histrionics.

68
Ambitious, well-staged, undercooked

See it if You like earnest feminist theatre. A soupçon of irony would have helped. Interesting ideas here but not fully realized. A bit too schematic.

Don't see it if Maybe a rewrite short of being ready. It's a good looking production, mostly well-acted.

Also Worth a look for some of the performances, especially a superb Brittan... Read more Read less

73
Absorbing, Clever, Cliched, Relevant

See it if you want more feminism on stage, to grapple with motherhood in the 21st century, to ponder what's holding you back in your own life

Don't see it if you don't want to see an all-female cast uncomfortably staged by a male director, or want a true ensemble cast full of dynamic characters

60
Banal, Cliched, Disappointing, Slow, Indulgent

See it if You want to see a few solid performances (half the cast) and impressive production values for a play of this middling quality.

Don't see it if You would prefer to see a play instead of feeling like a voyeur at a paint-by-numbers womyn's consciousness-raising therapy session.

Also Sadly, once the cast start passing the talking stick around, that's ba... Read more Read less

50
Heartless, Expository, Intense

See it if You want to support female creatives - the actors did great work. Still a Jessica Dickey fan, though this was a miss for me!

Don't see it if You want to be saddened by hopeless brokenness. As a young woman, I was not empowered by this play, though it was dressed up to do so.

Also To be fair, I discovered I am not the right audience for the message o... Read more Read less

During previews
76
Absorbing, Great design, Great staging, Ambitious, Magical

See it if Wanted to love this more, there is lots of lovely theatre magic happening here, short and poignant, some beautiful feminist themes, images

Don't see it if Not into a play about spirituality, ensemble driven plays, it doesn’t seem quite finished, big ideas not always well executed in the writing

During previews
90
Clever, Delightful, Funny, Great acting, Great staging

See it if If you want to take a deep trip into yourself and laugh and cry listening to the wonderful performers!

Don't see it if If you want to miss out ! Great directing great writing great acting!!!!

During previews
79
Absorbing, Great staging, Intelligent, Ambitious, Refreshing

See it if You're sick of "you, me, our apartment, and our problems" plays, you love strong female performances and dynamic staging

Don't see it if You LOVE "you, me, our apartment, and our problems plays," because this is NOT that

Also Almost all the performances are on point, the directing is marvelous, ... Read more Read less

During previews
77
Beautiful set, a few great performances

See it if Ur interested in a somewhat cliched exploration of spirituality & feminism, I guess? I'm not totally sure what the goals were here...

Don't see it if It's not something I will think about for long. But I was engaged while I was watching it.

Also I loved the design of the show. There were some very obvious plot twis... Read more Read less


January 24th, 2019
"As the play’s structure comes to resemble a reality competition with arbitrary tasks, the six pilgrims likewise come to resemble the clichéd characters in a lifeboat story...These questions remain crucial ones to ask, but Ms. Dickey’s round-robin structure diminish their impact. In a way, so doe...
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February 1st, 2019
“A women’s retreat at a French medieval convent sounds as if it would be a quiet, drama-free endeavor—and who wants that at the theatre...Melodramatic plot twists and a reveal you will see coming for miles follow...This is the kind of stuff that Busch’s comedies parody, but Dickey’s commitment to...
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January 25th, 2019
"Dickey certainly allows a fair amount of ridicule to shine through such earnest 21st-century faux mysticism. Even so, neither Dickey nor her equally sardonic director Daniel Talbott ever mocks the quest for enlightenment itself...Dickey's resolution of plot threads is less elegant than her poeti...
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January 28th, 2019
“The women of ‘The Convent’ are almost entirely without inner lives. They're a shelf of empty vessels passing for characters, each defined by a single factoid...That there's a fine line between contemplation and navel-gazing is something with which ‘The Convent’ is incapable of grappling...’The C...
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