The Stone Witch
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The Stone Witch

The Stone Witch NYC Reviews and Tickets

(180 Reviews)
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Great acting, Great staging, Entertaining, Slow, Absorbing

About the Show

This imaginative Off-Broadway premiere about a children's book author explores the power and the cost of creativity. Starring Dan Lauria ('The Wonder Years.')

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Member Reviews (180)

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754 Reviews | 124 Followers
Ambitious, Great staging, Confusing, Cliched, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to see an drama that is almost great. An interesting idea that is not fully explored.

Don't see it if you do not want to see a show where the audience has to mentally fill-in missing pieces of information for the plot to make sense..

567 Reviews | 147 Followers
Confusing, Slow

See it if Editor assigns young charge to cabin to coax eccentric author's delayed final book. Great set/ forest visual create maximum atmospherics.

Don't see it if Thin plot and underdeveloped characters force a tedious one-act 90 min. evening.

470 Reviews | 113 Followers
Great acting

See it if Poignant character study about an older writer who's all alone, getting older & jumps at the chance to buddy up with a younger writer.

Don't see it if Prefer more fast-paced action, as the beauty is in the characters here. Could use a 10-15 minute trim to the 95 min runtime.

431 Reviews | 130 Followers
All over the place, Too long, Pretends to go deep, but says nothing

See it if A Lauria fan, you're a would-be writer (I guess), like stories about creative journey (but you might be disappointed.) Lots of trying hard

Don't see it if Want plot 2 have some kind of story arc that's not obvious from the getgo, are hoping for character development. Some scenery chewing here. Read more

404 Reviews | 76 Followers
Cliched, Been there done that

See it if You want a great set with lots to look at. Dan Laurie always excellent.

Don't see it if You are tired of age old story: young protege and older wiser man at odds, then form close relationship, then young one grows Read more

395 Reviews | 97 Followers
Absorbing, Enchanting, Confusing, Quirky, Clever

See it if You are a Shel Silverstein fan. There are quite a few nods to him. You want to see a play that is both haunting and beautiful.

Don't see it if You want something "family friendly." Despite its themes, it is not really a show aimed at young audiences. Although kids can enjoy it too. Read more

384 Reviews | 81 Followers
Refreshing, Slow, Entertaining, Enchanting

See it if An unfortunate title for entertaining play. Good acting by the cast, a bit slow but it does deliver a message.

Don't see it if Do not see if you want a light drama or musical. You have to be patient with this to the end.

302 Reviews | 97 Followers
Clever, Great staging, Great projections, Fluffy

See it if you want to see an amazing set that improves the story.

Don't see it if you want the strongest story. The themes aren't made obvious.

Critic Reviews (14)

Time Out New York
March 25th, 2018

"Buried under long passages of nonsense in 'The Stone Witch' is a moving tribute to confronting one's heroes...The problem is Bitterman's focus on mental illness. When depicting insanity onstage, anything can happen and frequently does—but the mere absence of reason is rarely interesting. Zuckerman coaxes honest reactions out of his performers, but watching Peter repeatedly struggle with Simon's hallucinations grows exhausting as they slog through the largely meaningless confusion."
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March 27th, 2018

"A story of a promising young children's author who is sent to the woods to coax a new book out of his long-silent idol...Our veteran author lives in a world that straddles reality and fantasy...This binary world is both 'The Stone Witch's' greatest asset and its greatest obstacle. It heightens a relatively mundane story to a level of theatricality, but Bitterman and...Zuckerman, don't yet seem to know how to make these two realms theatrically communicate...Lauria's performance is the highlight."
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March 31st, 2018

"Lauria, playing an artistic genius suffering an extended dry spell, spends the better part of ninety minutes bombastically strutting across the stage, grandly gesticulating, and unpredictably modulating his growling voice into sudden shouts of passion and rage that will surely remind many of the late, great Zero Mostel...While the play is well-performed and nicely produced, and the dialogue has its entertaining side, the evening is done in by the abundance of predictability."
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Lighting & Sound America
March 26th, 2018

"'The Stone Witch' exists almost entirely as a vehicle for the actor playing Simon...If his state of mind isn't really believable, you can't say that Lauria doesn't put on a show. Rupak Ginn does as much as anyone could with Peter, one of the most thinly conceived roles I've seen in some time...A lot of 'The Stone Witch' looks like drama, but too much of it boils down to hollow speechmaking...As presented here, it is all very theatrical and very false."
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New York Stage Review
March 25th, 2018

"The real pain will be suffering through 'The Stone Witch,' a remarkably unoriginal drama...The threadbare scenario that is patchily embroidered by Shem Bitterman, the playwright, involves the trope regarding an insufferable genius and the admirer who tries to rescue him from creative malaise...A tedious 90 minutes, the play is flat in dialogue and thin in its characterizations...A tiresome mingling of shallow writing and whimsical visuals."
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April 8th, 2018

"The art of creation is a difficult one to portray on stage but playwright Shem Bitterman and cast have done a beautiful job of dramatizing the highs and lows of this well-worn theme. The additional theme of the mentor-pupil relationship is superbly depicted by Dan Lauria and Rupak Ginn. Carolyn McCormick brings a sense of both drollery and danger to her role as the high-powered agent who will stop at nothing to get what she wants…this is one of the few recent plays to be entirely satisfying."
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Theater Pizzazz
March 25th, 2018

"Fascinating and beautifully rendered...An intriguing and thrilling ride...Adroitly, sensitively directed by Steve Zuckerman...The stone witch appears and haunts...The metaphor for what it represents evolves brilliantly throughout Bitterman’s play...Zuckerman’s acute direction propels Bitterman’s rich themes and questions about art. Brilliantly, the actors move the action with suspense and engagement...Every lustrous design aspect of 'The Stone Witch' makes the production soar."
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Front Row Center
March 26th, 2018

"An absolutely gorgeous production. Which may be better than the play. It’s not that the play is bad. It’s not, it’s charming. It’s just that the so stunning that the play didn’t quite deliver the promise of the visuals...The cast is first rate...Dan Lauria is masterful at taking the confusing character of Simon Grundberg as written, and turning him into a real live flesh-and-blood human being we care about and have sympathy for."
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