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The Sickness

From 8 member  reviews
Members say: Excruciating, Great acting, Intense, Disappointing, Ambitious

About the show

Set in the Lower East Side in the 1990s and early 2000s, this new work is loosely based on real experiences and follows the structure of Homer's "The Odyssey."


From the show:

"The Sickness" follows the idea of The Odyssey, only aboard a Ship of Fools, without beginning or goal, going nowhere, lost in mad pursuit of an Ithaca that cannot be found, sailing only for the incontinence and lunacy that waits at the frontiers of the “visceral rush of oblivion.”

Member Reviews (8)


Excruciating, Great acting, Intense, Disappointing, Ambitious
Avg Score

Insipid, Excruciating, Disappointing, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if You enjoyed a sad & depressing drama on drug addiction with an experimental theatrical touch.

Don't see it if Drug addiction is not a topic that would bring you to the theater.

Slow, Excruciating, Disappointing, Confusing, Banal

See it if Don't. It seems to be trying to maybe show what junk time is like: confusing/repetitive/boring/poorly lit/semi-nonsensical. The cast is ok,

Don't see it if the play isn't - it's 80 min that feels like 200. Not enjoyable in any way & not unenjoyable in a way that you'll appreciate. A big misfire

Uncomfortably-numb & compassion-free for 80 minutes, Felt banal and wasteful of acting talent

See it if You’re curious about heroin addiction: a death trip on a long bath tub ride to nowhere, escorted by a Peewee Herman look-alike Grim Reaper.

Don't see it if You don’t like shows that make you feel uncomfortably numb & lacking in compassion for those who stumble into the death spiral of addiction.

Also The story started well enough, with a dramatic bang. But it all went n... Read more Read less

Slow, Excruciating, Dated

See it if you wish the drug withdrawal scenes in "requiem for a dream" or "trainspotting" could be less artful and more repetitive/boring.

Don't see it if these folks clearly have acting talent, but this play is not good. I wasn't offended or shocked by the content, I was bored.

Edgy, Intense, Excruciating

See it if you are up for an intense, up close and personal night of barfing, drugging, moaning and groaning in an almost pointless play about pain.

Don't see it if you cannot stand staring at a toilet bowl, and bathtub and two sick, sad, moaning drug addicts with no intermission.

During previews
Experimental, Indulgent, Intense, Great staging, Great acting

See it if "X" & "Y" are coupled by the thrall of euphoria or withdrawal. No needles, just forehead thwaps. "This is nobody home/Junk kills your soul"

Don't see it if Junkies have vasts amount of time to reason in this solemn affair:"Did you ever see the soul bleeding,to death, methodically, slowly dying?"

Also "It makes me wrathful and frightened/The only difference between poiso... Read more Read less

During previews
Quirky, Indulgent, Disappointing, Confusing, Banal

See it if You're a great fan of 60's B&W surrealistic french cinema.

Don't see it if You've ever seen any other depiction of addiction.

Also I applaud the actors for their commitment to the view. Throughout the ... Read more Read less

During previews
Great staging, Ambitious, Great acting, Intense, Riveting

See it if you like experimental theater and very strong acting.

Don't see it if you’re looking for uplifting entertainment; this is is an intense depiction of addiction.

February 17th, 2020
"As a piece of literature, 'The Sickness' has promise but as a play it is brutal to sit through. When X and Y finally overdose, everyone gets to go home, perhaps a little more grateful for their own good fortune but no less judgmental of drug addicts than they might have been upon arrival."
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