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The Stone Witch

From 180 member  reviews
Members say: 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.') More…

Extraordinary art must be tamed. Simon Grindberg is the world’s most illustrious children’s book writer and illustrator —but his next masterpiece is a decade overdue. Peter Chandler is a starving artist with unparalleled potential—but he doesn’t yet know his own value. The two men are thrown together by Clair Forlorni, an ambitious editor who hopes Peter’s youthful exuberance can unleash Simon’s aging genius for one final story.

1h 30m | Already closed | Westside Theatre Upstairs (Midtown W)

Member Reviews (180)


Great acting, Great staging, Entertaining, Slow, Absorbing
Avg Score

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..

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.

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.

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.

Also Oh boy, did I have high expectations on this one. Sadly, even though I... Read more Read less

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

Also And becomes the wise accomplished one.

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.

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.

Entertaining, Slightly intense, Beautiful set / excellent projection, Ok book, Strong acting

See it if you'd enjoy 3 good performances. Book is slightly disjointed, but works itself out. Great set, smooth transitions, dazzling visual effects.

Don't see it if something light and fun is what you're looking for. Few chuckles here and there, but it's intense in parts, w/dementia as a recurring theme.

Also The actors deliver... somehow... despite the book.... Read more Read less

Slow, Disappointing, Lackluster, talky

See it if you r a fan of Lauria who stars in a talky play about a blocked writer who gets help from a young writer that is slow in building interest

Don't see it if you are not interested in plays that build up to an interesting story line, but have a lot of fluff filling time rather than action.

Clever, Enchanting, Great acting, Great writing, Great staging

See it if Superb acting and a fascinating story about the creative process of writers/artists. Beautiful sets. Compelling.

Don't see it if You aren't interested in a glimpse at the life of an artist

Entertaining, Great acting, Intelligent, Resonant, Clever

See it if You like intensive acting

Don't see it if You only like Broadway musicals

Great acting, Great staging, Slow, Absorbing

See it if Superbly acted play of a famous children’s book author who hit an 11 year dry spell.

Don't see it if You like only musicals, prefer a cast larger than 3, or want something light.

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.

Also I hope that this show continues to develop, because it's not difficult... Read more Read less

Great acting, Disappointing, Slow

See it if you love Dan Lauria or you like shows about writers.

Don't see it if you don't want to see Dan Lauria in a completely different kind of role or you are not interested in show abou writers.

Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great acting, Creative

See it if Strong acting.View of creative genius/artist haunted by brutalities inflicted upon his family- Insight into life & struggles of artists

Don't see it if for light entertainment.Can't closely follow dialogue to end. No interest in Pressures of artist to create to highest standards .

Good set, An adaptation of deathtrap, Well-acted, Slow, Shallow characters

See it if're a big fan of Dan Lauria. He gets to chew the scenery. Good set. Good projections. Story is an adaptation of Ira Levin's DEATHTRAP

Don't see it if Characters are thinly drawn, with minimal development or backstory. Slow-moving.

Disappointing, Great staging, Slow

See it if ...well, the show's already closed, so you can't.

Don't see it if ... the show recently closed.

Also the staging was great, and the acting was good. it was nice to see a c... Read more Read less

Slow, Great acting

See it if Very nice set. You like one of the actors.

Don't see it if You want a great story. It was slow.

Intense, Indulgent, Disappointing, Good staging, Uneven acting

See it if Good acting talent, but the lead went overboard. Attempt to pin the lead's writer's block on the Holocaust was less than believable.

Don't see it if If you are uncomfortable with irrational outbursts, lack of control, and unmotivated behavior.

Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Great writing, Must see

See it if An imaginative show about a children's book author needs his final swan song. Well written and starring Dan Lauria who is brilliant.

Don't see it if a strong drama performance by a successful man on his last mission is not for you

Great staging, Entertaining, Fabulous set design

See it if you like a story that pulls you in and makes you want to know what will happen next.

Don't see it if you want a fast paced, easy solution to a problem story.

Quirky, Slow

See it if I enjoyed the set. The story and the main character gave me a headache.

Don't see it if You don't like the element of science fiction

Absorbing, Great staging, Great acting, Slow

See it if you like dan lauria, are interested in the creative process and liked sleuth's focus on has-been writers v young, ambitious ones

Don't see it if you don't like 'small' dramas that are a bit confusing...

Enchanting, Great writing, Intelligent, Resonant, Relevant

See it if You love plays that make you think about your own creativity, it's importance in our lives and the process of making money at it.

Don't see it if If you prefer more action packed plays with less dialogue and more movement.

Great acting, Great staging, Great writing

See it if It was an enjoyable three-persons show with great acting and staging. It kept you guessing of how the storyline is going to end.

Don't see it if You are not interested about the aging writer and creative blocks.

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. Zuckerm...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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