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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)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great acting, Great staging, Entertaining, Slow, Absorbing

79
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..

76
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.

77
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.

84
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.

70
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

70
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.

90
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

80
Entertaining, Great acting, Intelligent, Resonant, Clever

See it if You like intensive acting

Don't see it if You only like Broadway musicals

78
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.

79
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 .

80
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

78
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.

75
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...

87
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.

79
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.

76
Masterful, Entertaining, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You want to see an engaging play well written and acted about an aging author and his protege.

Don't see it if You find it difficult to watch someone who is suffering from dementia or Alzheimers.

80
Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing, Entertaining

See it if love an intimate setting, with terrfic cast, wonderful scenery, refreshing new work.

Don't see it if wish for a musical, don't like character studies, not into creativity, do not want to think

74
Absorbing, Funny, Intelligent, Enchanting, Slow

See it if You want to see a great new piece that speaks to the struggle of creating art and personal demons; incredible set, sound, lighting

Don't see it if You want a very well written script. Some was slow and clunky.

85
Witch craft

See it if a short, three-character, single-set drama about a flinty old writer and his eager young protege is your idea of entertainment.

Don't see it if you prefer a dash of histrionics with your dramas...and if a thinly-plotted talkfest will leave you squirming in your seat.

Also "The Stone Witch" features fine performances all around, especially by... Read more Read less

91
Absorbing, Clever, Enchanting, Entertaining, Exquisite

See it if you like psychological character depictions

Don't see it if you need a lot of action

95
Enchanting, Entertaining, Great acting, Great staging, Intelligent

See it if You want to see some great acting and explore the world of animation from the creative process to the publishing process.

Don't see it if You just like mindless entertainment.

83
Absorbing

See it if You like contemplation on art, or what it means to be a mentor or What it means to work with a hero. Really, just go see it

Don't see it if don't like plays about children's writers.

75
Great acting, Great staging, Dan lauria is worth seeing

See it if You enjoy a classic story. You LOVE theater like I do and appreciate a talented cast of 3.

Don't see it if You need an intermission. You like musicals or fast moving stories.

80
Absorbing, Great acting, Intense

See it if Interesting characters

Don't see it if It’s a Play

75
Delightful, Great acting, Great writing, Profound

See it if you like great staging and acting

Don't see it if you only like musicals.


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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