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