Already closed | 1h 30m | Midtown W

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

Slow, Excruciating, Fluffy

See it if For no reason unless you love Dan Lauria... it’s a truly badly written and poorly acted piece of theatre. I almost left: intermissionless

Don't see it if Just don’t... it’s not very good at all

Disappointing, Banal, Boring

See it if you like Dan Lauria.

Don't see it if you like Dan Lauria!

Enchanting, Dated, Disappointing, Cliched, Slow

See it if you enjoy the merging of fantasy and realism, appreciate a beautiful set, and can stand some meaningless plot lines & cliched dialogue

Don't see it if you want to see a well-written show. A few things fall short here

During previews
Banal, Disappointing, Slow

See it if only you are that big of a fan of actor Dan Lauria.

Don't see it if you have a better place to hide out until the snow storm blows over.

Also The highlight of my experience that evening was sitting in a theater s... Read more Read less

During previews
Cliched, Disappointing, Insipid

See it if You want to see a modern-day Sunset Boulevard, but with a fun twist of even more batshit craziness and ties back into the Holocaust

Don't see it if You want an actually satisfying play about writing.

During previews
Quirky, Confusing

See it if you are a huge fan of Dan Lauria.

Don't see it if you need a play that is coherent, characters that are fully developed, or a sense of direction.

During previews
Confusing, Disappointing, Indulgent

See it if you get a kick out if Dan Lauria and like a beautiful unit set.

Don't see it if you’re expecting cohesive storytelling.

During previews
Meandering, Slow, Bitter, Showy

See it if great big, showy roles for veteran actors can be rare and this show offers one (Dan Lauria here, Judd Hirsch in its out-of-town premiere).

Don't see it if it's really never been clear, in both times I've now seen this script, what it's trying to say about art and about balancing art with life.

Also Characters' motivations seem to be shifting back and forth inconsisten... Read more Read less

During previews
Disappointing, Excruciating, Slow, Frustrating, Exhausting

See it if you are a fan of The Wonder Years because the guy who played Kevin’s father is in it. You like slow moving productions.

Don't see it if You are looking for something with solid acting, an interesting plot, and will leave you thinking/inspired.

Also If you look at my other reviews you can see that I am quite reasonable... Read more Read less

During previews
Banal, Imprecise, Disappointing, Bad writing, Slow

See it if 🤷🏽‍♂️

Don't see it if you prefer inspired plot and dialogue. The material is lacking and clichéd.

Also the relationships between the three characters lack depth, the actors'... Read more Read less

During previews
Banal, Cliched, Confusing, Disappointing, Great acting

See it if You’re a fan of Dan Lauria, because he’s the best (and only) good part of the show.

Don't see it if You have any self worth. This show was too long even at an intermissionless 90ish, minutes and made no sense.

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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