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The Great American Drama

From 42 member  reviews
Members say: Thought-provoking, Entertaining, Clever, Funny, Quirky

About the show

New York Neo-Futurists presents this ever-changing theatrical experiment inspired by what the audience says they want to see onstage. From the company behind the long-running hit 'Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind.' More…

What makes a piece of theater a success? 'The Great American Drama' is a living theatrical experiment to test the validity of the American Dream: that anyone, regardless of their given circumstance, can achieve prosperity and success through hard work and determination. Through interviews and surveys, you’ll tell the troupe how you like your theater and what would make you buy a ticket, and four Neo-Futurists will strive to deliver everything demanded of them. The cast will even invite the audience to review them each night and change the show accordingly in their pursuit of its success.


Member Reviews (42)

MEMBERS SAY:

Thought-provoking, Entertaining, Clever, Funny, Quirky
76
Avg Score

77
Absorbing, Intelligent, Refreshing, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to see an innovative concept executed well. It's an easy to swallow yet complicated enough experimental piece. Solid performing.

Don't see it if Experimental shows are not your thing. You don't have a curious mind.

85
Delightful, Entertaining, Quirky, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to take a unique journey w/the actors & audience for a moving & funny experience that's part theatre & social experiment.

Don't see it if You don't like experimental theatre. You don't like shows that were created through improv. You want a show w/a story.

75
Interactive, Thought-provoking, Sometimes silly, Experimental

See it if you like to participate in your theater, and you want to help a very earnest young playwright with an ambitious theatrical experiment.

Don't see it if you like traditional theater, you're unwilling to accept that when theater is created by the audience, sometimes it's pretty disjointed.

Also You'd be hard pressed to find a more unique experience at the theater,... Read more Read less

67
Indulgent, Intense

See it if You like in-your-face theatre that takes its prompts from online feedback.

Don't see it if You want a narrative, you don't like breaking the fourth wall.

Also Thinks it's clever, and it mainly is. But not consistently compelling ... Read more Read less

88
Ambitious, Relevant, Unique, Great music, Refreshing

See it if You're up for a fresh & different theatrical evening. Timely questions abound about the nature of time, life, ethics & the American Dream.

Don't see it if You don't want to engage, expect a storyline or traditional scripted play; or dislike having to think.

Also With scripted set pieces, improv, constant engagement with the audienc... Read more Read less

40
Confusing, Disappointing, Dizzying, Slow, Excruciating

See it if you want a show with no plot and jumps all over the place. The acting was fine, but it wasn't a show. Very disappointed.

Don't see it if you don't want to waste 1 1/2 hours thinking to yourself, what am I watching. there are a few scenes that are decent, rest awful.

Also I hate giving bad reviews, but have to be fair to the audience. The ac... Read more Read less

78
Absorbing, Delightful, Entertaining, Great acting, Resonant

See it if You want to see experimental threaters: including interactions with the actors and the actors' carrying out feedbacks from the audience.

Don't see it if You want a coherent story. Experimental theater is not your thing.

84
Clever, Ambitious, Entertaining, Original

See it if you're up for experimental theater. This is a clever, original premise that kept us guessing what was coming next; we weren't disappointed!

Don't see it if you want a plot, a 'through line,' or everything spelled out for you. You'll be thinking and talking about this for a while figure it out.

Also The premise is based on notes given to the playwrights about what peop... Read more Read less

68
Confusing, Dizzying, Indulgent

See it if you like starving artists in a therapy session on why they choose acting over another vocation. get over it & don't burden the audience!

Don't see it if you want entertainment. its original & creative but not enjoyable or worthy of a broader audience. dont burden us w/your financial woes

91
Absorbing, Ambitious, Entertaining, Edgy, Quirky

See it if You like interactive theatre that is creative and innovative. You like current topics and creativity!

Don't see it if If you like traditional linear shows and dislike being asked to be part of the theatre experience

65
Ambitious, Funny, Entertaining

See it if you want light entertainment with fresh ideas to keep audience interested.

Don't see it if you're looking for a serious play.

100
Must see, Masterful, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Intelligent

See it if You want to laugh uproariously in one scene and be on the verge of tears in the next. You care about what's happening in the world.

Don't see it if You're not familiar with theatre, you don't appreciate "meta" commentary. You want to see something that's just silly without a message.

Also See this show. It's brilliant. I went in thinking it was going to be g... Read more Read less

79
Uneven, Edgy, Clever, Entertaining, Thought-provoking

See it if you like episodic shows that are topical as well as entertaining

Don't see it if you need a show with a strong through-line or are put-off by a show that is hit or miss; some material works, some doesn't

69
Cliched, Entertaining, Indulgent, Ambitious, Funny

See it if you like devised pieces experimenting with outside ideas and a non-linear structure.

Don't see it if it is painful for you to see a style of show that feels dated and periodic forced moments.

56
Fluffy, Dizzying, Disappointing, Anomalous, Overrated

See it if you trust high scoring members reviews. Show is experimental mishmash of short vignettes. Approval is audience demographically oriented.

Don't see it if you trust critics' reviews. I could not connect with the show, yet audience give 90+% approval. This time for me improv stands for improve!

78
Delightful, Funny, Quirky

See it if you get a chance. I think it closed today. I'm sorry you missed this clever unique show.

Don't see it if you don't like unlinear shows.

94
Ambitious, Clever, Funny

See it if you like the neo's or just enjoy true theater that can be edgy at times.

Don't see it if you don't like non-linear, or continuos storylines, or are easily offended.

76
Entertaining, Funny, Edgy, Indulgent, Relevant

See it if you enjoy experimental theater w a talented, committed cast

Don't see it if you dislike improv or similarly free-form performances. There is no real storyline

86
Absorbing, Clever, Funny, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if you enjoy theatre outside the box. Very tongue in cheek but in a sincere way.

Don't see it if You don't enjoy theatre that will make you think. But if that's the case then stop going to theatre.

54
Clever, Edgy, Confusing, Ambitious, Disappointing

See it if you like experimental shows and are willing to provide the show with the space as it tries to improve. The show is edgy

Don't see it if you would like a show designed by committee (i.e. the audience) or a show that does not really have a focus.

Also The show would improve if the producers would show leadership by provi... Read more Read less

94
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Must see

See it if You like fun, interactive theater. This is a troup trying to make it big. See it

Don't see it if You want to see raw emotion in a production

79
Dizzying, Edgy, Great staging, Intense, Quirky

See it if you want to see great actors experiment with a show. You never know what version you will see since the show changes each night.

Don't see it if theater that tries to push boundaries makes you feel uncomfortable.

40
Confusing, Dizzying, Fluffy, Quirky, Cliched

See it if you want to see an ensemble of skits

Don't see it if you enjoy a traditional theater show with a cohesive story line

90
Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Funny, Entertaining, Clever

See it if you enjoy productions that are experimental in nature, and if you appreciate theatrical experiences that are never the same thing twice

Don't see it if you don't have a "ready-for-anything" type of attitude.

68
Clever, Intelligent, Quirky, Disappointing, Confusing

See it if you like improve, audience participation, and a series of skits.

Don't see it if like a well rehearsed show with a story line and well developed characters..


January 29th, 2017
"Based on the results of an online survey asking people to rank what they like best at the theater...So what do people want from a play? Turns out, many pollsters now equate theater with a certain blockbuster musical...The team struggled even more with requests like 'to be transported,' as skits ...
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February 1st, 2017
"The cast is ever game and always personable...But this is a largely shapeless, hit-or-miss evening of comic and/or dramatic bits, and around the two-thirds point my patience ran out. It doesn't help that the piece seems to end several times...If you visit 'The Great American Drama' not expecting...
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January 22nd, 2017
"There are instances of audience interaction both direct and indirect, and it's at these moments that 'The Great American Drama' feels most alive and the performers closest to connecting. Too much of the rest of the time, there's a crisply pressed artificial quality to the proceedings...The actor...
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January 24th, 2017
“A jagged series of meta-theatrical vignettes with the broad theme of The American Dream…It’s an uneven experience. Essentially it’s a glorified and arch 90-minute, scripted, sketch-comedy show…The staging of the scenes is swift and achieves the suitable tones of humor and occasional seriousness…...
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