Already closed | 1h 40m | Midtown W

The Moors

From 70 member  reviews
Members say: Quirky, Great acting, Clever, Funny, Slow

About the show

Playwrights Realm presents Jen Silverman's dark contemporary comedy riff on the lives and works of certain 19th-century novel-writing sisters.  More…

In the bleak and savage moors, there live two sisters. The eldest commands the house, leaving the youngest trapped in her shadow. But when a governess arrives, lies are revealed and loyalties shift...until someone reaches her breaking point. This play examines love, power, and our longing to be seen.​

1h 40m | Already closed | The Duke on 42nd Street (Midtown W)

Member Reviews (70)


Quirky, Great acting, Clever, Funny, Slow
Avg Score

Ambitious, Quirky, Slow, Good acting, Disappointing

See it if Silverman's Victorian/Wuthering Heights send-up has many great quirky scenes but fails to come together Good acting by ensemble (esp Cabell)

Don't see it if A whimsical/magic realism subplot fails to charm, slows main action Vague feminist/sexual motifs left undeveloped Yet manages to engross

Historical, Horrifying, Hilarious, Thought-provoking, Intelligent

See it if You have an interest in plays with a literary connection. You enjoy plays that surprise continually and have unexpected humor. I loved it !

Don't see it if You can't deal with horrific scenes. You have little interest in unusually written dramas in which poetry is used as a portion of the dialog

Ambitious, Clever, Confusing, Intelligent, Uneven

See it if an original idea in theater appeals to you. I can honestly say I've never seen a version of this story before.

Don't see it if you need a more cohesive story. The separate tracks here have nothing to do with each other, but their journeys are interesting nonetheless

Clever, Original, Uneven, Surprising, Quirky

See it if you are ready for the unexpected, don't mind a severe twist on Bronte-esque stories, and enjoy new works from bold playwrights taking risks.

Don't see it if you need a more realistic play (this one includes "talking animals" played by the actors) or are expected pure Bronte/Romantic literature.

Disappointing, Quirky, Needs an edit

See it if you are patient with a work-in-progress that has potential unfulfilled, fine acting with a weak script, horror-story narrative.

Don't see it if you expect more refined and polished work from this fine company,

Hilarious, Delightful, Clever, Quirky, Great acting

See it if you enjoy mocking takes on classic fiction, don't take your literature too seriously, and want to laugh, a lot. Birgit Huppoch is a joy.

Don't see it if you prefer classic, serious, deep theater. The play is a bit slow at first as the story builds, but the end is malevolently delicious!

Confusing, Quirky, Slow, Dizzying, Great acting

See it if You like offbeat shows

Don't see it if You like musicals

Funny, Quirky, Irreverent, Unpredictable

See it if you have always wanted to see a Bronte novel adapted by Monty Python, and enjoy plays where you have no idea what's going to happen next.

Don't see it if you have a low tolerance for black humor, talking dogs, fog, and copious stage blood.

Disappointing, Overrated, Cliched

See it if You don't mind bad acting, poor production values, unfortunate direction,and a convulted and slly plot.

Don't see it if You value good acting, excellent production effects, good direction, and an interesting plot.

Absorbing, Clever, Dizzying, Great acting, Great writing

See it if Exquisite writing, superb acting, the creation of a mysterious world with great female characters, moving themes, unexpected humour.

Don't see it if You do not enjoy peculiar settings, somewhat dark themes, and strange humour.

Quirky, Original, Thought-provoking, Slow, Resonant

See it if you want to see a sedate Rocky Horror meets the Brontes meets gothic like fierce women or isolation. Very dark. Very funny.

Don't see it if you like linear, clear plots. If you like to be told the answer. Though 1h40m, it dragged in places and is still a little in need of focus.

Clever, Disappointing, Slow

See it if you're a huge bronte fan, you love female-led pieces

Don't see it if personally I hate when people play animals in plays, so that was a huge turn-off. A few irrelevant pseudo-philosophical tangents

Clever, Ambitious, Enchanting, Funny, Great staging

See it if you like Victorian or Bronte-esque spins on love, life, and sisterhood that are quirky and oddball and dark

Don't see it if you don't like quirky, bizarre, or oddball humor

Clever, Slow, Unique, Refreshing

See it if you're interested in a unique with intriguing characters. You're interested in twisted takes on period pieces.

Don't see it if you are an impatient theatre-goer. A certain amount of generosity is needed to allow this play be what it is.

Also Birgit Huppuch is absolutely incredible in her commitment to her chara... Read more Read less

Funny, Clever, Quirky

See it if you like up-and-coming playwrights, contemporary humor and period dress, and/or have a fondness for Jane Austen, etc.

Don't see it if you can't stand stage fog machines!! Tons of fog. Cough.

Funny, Clever, Delightful, Intelligent, Refreshing

See it if you like original, quirky plays that are both dark and comedic

Don't see it if you prefer plays that go with the grain

Entertaining, Funny, Dizzying, Quirky

See it if you love the Bronte Sisters and Monty Python equally.

Don't see it if you need everything in a play to add up.

Ambitious, Clever, Funny, Quirky, Entertaining

See it if you like Jen Silverman's other work, or you enjoy quirky plays with strong female characters.

Don't see it if you don't like quirky plays or are expecting something serious.

Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting

See it if you are interested in female dynamics a la Emily Bronte. Not everything worked perfectly in this show, but it was very interesting to see!

Don't see it if You are looking for a safe bet or only have one night to see a show in New York.

Ambitious, Entertaining, Great acting

See it if You want to see great acting and great design (particularly the lighting)

Don't see it if You want a straightforward contemporary plot

During previews
Funny, Edgy, Long, Innovative, Clever

See it if you enjoy experimental works. Moors is wild, wacky, weird, and witty. It kept growing on me. Plot was unusual and engrossing. Strong acting.

Don't see it if you hate non-traditional theater. This is long (almost 2 hrs). Highly unusual script; much of it works. I would cut the dog and hen.

Also I was disappointed that this play, set in England, boasted no British ... Read more Read less

During previews
Slow, Indulgent, Quirky, Ambitious, Intelligent

See it if You want to check out a young playwright that's got a unique voice and an interesting one, just in desperate need of an editor.

Don't see it if You can't sit through an hour and forty minutes for a great forty-five minute play.

During previews
Confusing, Banal, Excruciating, Slow

See it if You want to support an emerging playwright and see a 7:30pm show that ends 9:25pm (no intermission). If you can follow confusing plots.

Don't see it if You value good acting and a coherent plot since that is severely lacking here.

During previews
Ambitious, Dizzying, Work-in-progress

See it if you want to see a show-stealing performance by Birgit Huppuch. She takes risks, and they all pay off!!

Don't see it if you want to see something more than a work in progress. This play is really not ready for prime time as yet.

Also A few things bothered me about this production, and I don't think they... Read more Read less

During previews
Slow and long. repetitive in places., Half mommie dearest/half monty python, Bizarre

See it if you like gothic tales with dark, twisted characters. I didn't feel that this production held together-audience more enthusiastic than I was.

Don't see it if You don't like edgy and want more trad storytelling. You are fog-smoke sensitive-LOTS of it. Some of the story interests, but it's bizarre.

Also I seem to have attended a different show from most of the reviewers. I... Read more Read less

March 13th, 2017
"An alternately intriguing and irritating production...Questions tease and tickle throughout 'The Moors,' which as you may have gathered has a high whimsy quotient. But they never acquire much momentum in Mike Donahue’s production...'The Moors' may sometimes feel sloppy, but it’s smart. Watching ...
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March 13th, 2017
"Jen Silverman's misfire 'The Moors' does, in truth, take aim at an interesting target...But the play keeps sabotaging itself. When it tries to be mystical, its jokiness undoes it; when it tries to be warm and silly, the story's fog of cruelty chills the air. The play's lowest moments are—as is o...
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March 13th, 2017
"Erodes the viewer’s patience for whimsy long before it can effectively make an argument or illuminate anything real...The play keeps undermining itself with falseness on the one hand and weak attempts at humor on the other...You can’t really blame the four actors playing humans for not finding a...
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March 13th, 2017
"Jen Silverman's laugh-out-loud dark comedy gently spoofs the Brontë sisters while treating us to a humorous (and brutal) take on the instability of gender roles...Silverman and director Mike Donahue have created an atmosphere in 'The Moors' that is at once mysterious, menacing, and savagely funn...
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