The Effect (The Shed)
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The Effect (The Shed)

The Effect (The Shed) NYC Reviews and Tickets

(188 Ratings)
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Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Clever, Intense

About the Show

A tale of love & ethics in a clinical drug trial, blurring the line between romance & side effects.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (54)

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51 Reviews | 6 Followers
Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting

See it if you like small productions, dramas with outstanding actors working with an excellent script, appreciate unique staging

Don't see it if you prefer a large cast and traditional setting, if you prefer theatre as escapism, do not want a show about mental health

54 Reviews | 0 Followers
Absorbing, Clever

See it if you want to see something thought provoking with great acting

Don't see it if you're expecting an intricate set, props and costume. it's a very bare bones production as is typical of jamie lloyd

60 Reviews | 8 Followers
Intense, Intelligent, Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing

See it if you like well written plays exploring mental health. The acting is excellent.

Don't see it if you prefer musicals or lighter comedies. This play deals with heavy subject matter.

353 Reviews | 73 Followers
Riveting, Exciting staging, Great acting, Outstanding direction, Absorbing

See it if I saw the original off Broadway production years ago, but the revisions and directorial vision make this a much better and more urgent play.

Don't see it if I was so enraptured with this production that at times it felt a bit stress inducing. This is exciting and smart theater.

79 Reviews | 14 Followers
Well-written, Thought-provoking, Edgy, Great acting, Intense

See it if You want a thought provoking play about falling in love, chemistry, psychiatry, medical ethics and cause & effect. Great staging and acting.

Don't see it if You are triggered by topics like drug reactions, unhealthy relationships, depression and suicide. You don't like box theaters in the round

643 Reviews | 153 Followers
Thought-provoking, Edgy, Great acting, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if you want a meaty play that might play tricks with your head; wonderful acting and completely engaging

Don't see it if psychological experimentation is of no interest to you; some might not enjoy a talky play, bare set & low lighting.

87 Reviews | 12 Followers
Intelligent, Edgy, Great acting, Engaging, Absorbing

See it if Riveted to the stage as the actors as they feel themselves out of control about love, medical ethics. Great staging.

Don't see it if If you like comedy or simple ideas. This shows the ethics of the pharmacy industry and its promotion of anti depressants.

762 Reviews | 422 Followers
Refreshing, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if A play about a medical clinical trial gone wrong. Wonderful acting.Great script.

Don't see it if If you prefer a musical or comedy then skip this one.

Critic Reviews (10)

The New York Times
March 13th, 2024

CRITIC'S PICK: "A soapy back story between the two psychiatrists...feels a bit contrived."
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Time Out New York
March 14th, 2024

"4/5 Stars...the actors' thrilling performances paint over the play’s flaws."
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New York Theatre Guide
March 13th, 2024

"...its big questions about mentality versus reality are lodged in my brain."
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The Observer
March 13th, 2024

"Prebble’s play is genuinely engaging and smart"
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March 13th, 2024

"The performances match the excitement of the stagecraft."
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March 20th, 2024

"The intermission has been eliminated...much of the slang has been changed"
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New York Theater
March 13th, 2024

so stylized and stylish that the stagecraft seems the primary point of the production.
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This Week in New York
March 14th, 2024

"...not quite able to cover up the flaws in the repetitive and confusing plot."
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