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
Avg Score

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.

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

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.

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

Indulgent, Quirky, Slow

See it if You are interested in the story of a young man who is sent to try help author get over his writers block a bit of supernatural. Interesting

Don't see it if You want to hear a lot of talking that could have been cut down to make the script more approachable.

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.

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Absorbing, Clever, Enchanting, Entertaining, Exquisite

See it if you like psychological character depictions

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

Disappointing, Banal, Boring

See it if you like Dan Lauria.

Don't see it if you like Dan Lauria!

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.


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.

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.

Absorbing, Great acting, Intense

See it if Interesting characters

Don't see it if It’s a Play

Delightful, Great acting, Great writing, Profound

See it if you like great staging and acting

Don't see it if you only like musicals.

Clever, Enchanting, Entertaining, Great acting, Great writing

See it if Enjoy magical, mystical tales dealing with life. Ages 13 and up will be transported into the home and head of an esteemed writer.

Don't see it if You don't like dramas with an edge.

Great acting, Intelligent, Masterful, Great writing

See it if Such a great play! The acting, the stage design , all top shelf!

Don't see it if If you prefer a lighter performance, this one make you think..

Absorbing, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if you enjoy a creative, well-intentioned & effective story about aging, hero-worship set in the childrens book literature world

Don't see it if You like a faster-paced, more clear-cut story.

Ambitious, Cliched, Great acting, Slow

See it if A Dan Lauria fan, like small Off-Broadway shows in a nice intimate theatre. You're into a night of twisted intense theatre.

Don't see it if You want to laugh or you want to see a light musical. You can't sit through a show without an intermission.

Enchanting, Great acting, Great staging, Intelligent, Slow

See it if The stage is a rich and beautiful work of art. Play is about aging/youth, creativity/lack of, money/lack of, freedom vs loneness.

Don't see it if You don't like to examine how fame, money can dampen freedom and creativity. Also if you don't want to think what youth now can soon become

Slow, Thin, Great acting, Enchanting, Ambitious

See it if Has a good message. Gets confused about how to get there. Ambitious exploration of storytelling tactics and concepts, but not reinforced.

Don't see it if Plot is slightly thin.

Entertaining, Great staging, Thought-provoking

See it if you want a show with a stunning set and great acting

Don't see it if you're looking for something completely new and out of the ordinary

Clever, Great acting, Edgy, Great staging, Quirky

See it if you like beautiful & creative staging with sets that help tell the story an an ingenious way. If you enjoy seeing wonderful Dan Lauria

Don't see it if you don't like angst-driven central characters with schizophrenic traits (example: I like you, I hate you, I like I hate you)

Also The stage set and the actors were enough to keep me interested in this... Read more Read less

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

Great acting, Masterful, Must see, Intelligent, Riveting

See it if you love great acting, smart writing, and a stunning design. Dan Lauria, Rupak Ginn, and Carolyn McCormick give incredible performances. GO!

Don't see it if You aren't a fan of plays.

Must see, Absorbing, Great acting

See it if You enjoy watching Dan Lauria perform. Set was beautiful. Superb acting from all. Not to be missed.

Don't see it if You're a musical theatre lover or only enjoy light-hearted plays.

Clever, Enchanting, Delightful

See it if you like books, authors, magical realism

Don't see it if you dont like a small cast

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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