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

Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting

See it if Good off broadway production and storey line was clever. The acting was very good. Nice staging. Deals with writers that loose their way.

Don't see it if you don't like serious drama

Thought-provoking, Slow, Refreshing, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if An entertaining and unique story. It really makes you think deeply about the main characters relationship.

Don't see it if A bit slow moving.

Delightful, Entertaining, Confusing, Absorbing, Clever

See it if You like great visuals and great acting. The story is magical

Don't see it if The story can be confusing and gets a bit dark in the middle

Great acting, Profound, Thought-provoking, Poignant


Don't see it if I liked it very much but if someone didn't like simple plays with a message, they may not

During previews
Enjoyable, Great acting, Sometimes slow, Fun staging

See it if Entertaining and well acted. Whimsical sometimes. Good story and great acting. Sweet story. Very nice staging, great projections.

Don't see it if You dislike watching "artistic" types acting spoiled. It's slow at times and some scenes could be shortened.

Also It's a solid production and I was entertained.

During previews
Entertaining, Great acting, Nice set

See it if It's an entertaining story with good performances from the cast. Set design was well done and I enjoyed the use of the projections & music

Don't see it if It takes a little bit to set up and some parts are a bit slow. They could probably trim the runtime by 10min. (Saw 2nd preview).

During previews
Great staging, Great acting, Entertaining, Absorbing, Slow

See it if You enjoy a good story, cleverly told, well laid out, takes its time to build full characters with lots of details and background. Nice set!

Don't see it if You’re looking for fluff. This is a nice, well paced well told story with some real depth of character and soul.

During previews
Clever, Funny, Great staging, Indulgent

See it if if you like great staging. Very innovative and excellent staging. The Character Peter was very good.

Don't see it if If you like a play that is consistent in it's story. The play delves to much in the last 45 minutes.

During previews
Great acting, Great writing, Profound, Refreshing, Enchanting

See it if You want a smart, layered, and wonderfully written play. Dan Lauria is outstanding as are the other 2 cast members.

Don't see it if You don’t like plays without an intermission. You prefer light fares with simple themes. This has layers.

During previews
Absorbing, Entertaining, Winsome, Earnest, Nice acting

See it if you seek a creative, well-intentioned & mostly effective story about aging, hero-worship & professional competition set in the kid-lit world

Don't see it if you expect a kid's show. [There were some uncomfortable parents who brought their small children to what turned out to be an adult play.]

During previews
Cliched, Disappointing, Slow, Ambitious, Well acted

See it if Excellent design (esp projections) & three hard working (very hard!) actors can't manuever around all the pot (plot) holes in the script

Don't see it if Bitterman's drama about a lionized author's writers block starts out strong but quickly sinks into soap opera & it's a quick sinking 'stone'

During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Quirky, Off-putting

See it if you’re interested in the tremendous pressure that maintaining a successful career in the arts can put on the artist.

Don't see it if you have no desire to spend an hour-&-a-half in the company of a self-centered, selfish, close-to-has-been genius who is no fun at all.

Also The production of "The Stone Witch" now playing at Westside Theatre is... Read more Read less

During previews
Great writing, Entertaining, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Great staging

See it if you would enjoy great acting with solid material that touches on true life situations: aging and burning out, starting your arts career.

Don't see it if you expect a children's story or lots of laughs. This is dialog and mannerisms that you need to pay attention to for the entire play.

During previews
Funny, Great acting, Great staging, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if You are looking for a interesting play to see. The story is funny and entertaining.

Don't see it if No intermission.

Also The cast of this play was excellent. Strong ego, aging writer he fears... Read more Read less

During previews
Cliched, Disappointing, Indulgent, Slow

See it if Best thing about this show is the set/lighting/projections. Very creative & unique. Never seen this technique before.

Don't see it if The acting was fine but the play was not. Very predictable, not that interesting or entertaining.

Also So almost every detail is from the life of Maurice Sendak including th... Read more Read less

During previews
Clever, Great acting, Great staging, Intelligent, Absorbing

See it if if you like a story about the difficulties of maintaining a high standard of creativity. Dan Lauria gives a strong performance.

Don't see it if you expect to see a children's story about a Stone Witch. This play is for adults not the kids.

Also As a children's book author and artist I really appreciated the situat... Read more Read less

During previews
Not quite ready for prime time!

See it if You're a fan of Dan Laurie. He works hard to elevate the script.

Don't see it if You're not a fan of Dan Laurie.

During previews
Enchanting, Great staging

See it if You want to see if the old master can do it once more and if the apprentice gets it.

Don't see it if You are looking for a children’s story.

During previews
Entertaining, Charming, Clunky, Appealing small story within the big story, Faltering

See it if you like children’s literature, witches, character design (as it relates to illustration & mythmaking), creators haunted by their creations

Don't see it if you want tight logic or a cutting edge, trendy play (w/ music, postmodern winking, “issues”). This missed the memo on NYC’s trend cycle

Also For all its flaws the show has a unique saving grace: the character of... Read more Read less

During previews
Ambitious, Great staging, Entertaining

See it if You are interested in the lives of writers and their proteges or are a fan of Dan Loria.

Don't see it if If you prefer complex story telling and very realistic characters.

During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if To see Dan Lauria's performance which is terrific. The play has a lot of big ideas but get lost in the visually over produced show.

Don't see it if you are looking for fluff.

During previews
Done before, Uneven, Disappointing, Good acting, Fabulous production values

See it if you like plays about writers and the writing process, aging issues, dealing with irrational people and superb set set design and graphics.

Don't see it if you dislike shows with themes (older irascible writers and their mentors) that have been done many times before and, often better.

During previews
Great acting, Great staging, Slow, Terrific projections

See it if an artist's struggles with creativity interest you. There is also a conflict of youth versus age.

Don't see it if you're looking for a plot with surprises. This was fairly predictable.

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
Enchanting, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Profound

See it if You have a creative spirit and want to see amazing talent on stage that will take you to some magical places in your heart.

Don't see it if You want a "once upon a time"story that follows a standard path. And if you don't want to see something that touches one very deeply...

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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