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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
74
Avg Score

During previews
92
Absorbing, Delightful, Entertaining, Great acting, Great staging

See it if You like very well acted, poignant tales with great staging. Very creative and high tech staging that is very well done.

Don't see it if You are looking for a musical. However, this is a very sweet, funny, well acted play.

Also Dan Lauria as an eccentric book author was great in this performance a... Read more Read less

During previews
78
Great scenic projections, Ambitious, Disappointing, Great acting

See it if you enjoy plays about artists with issues and/or the children's book world. There is more than a passing resemblance to M. Sendak...

Don't see it if you like thinking it is an easy process to create books/art. It did feel like there could've been some more explanations on plot points.

During previews
79
Resonant, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Great writing, Absorbing

See it if You will find the exploration of an aging creative minds interaction with the next generations talent, interesting subject matter for a play

Don't see it if You aren't a bit intrigued by what it is like for a creative icon to age. If you are not a Dan Lauria fan, you might want to skip this one.

During previews
49
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
77
Absorbing, Entertaining, Edgy

See it if if you like puzzling characterizations on a small stage.Also characters who definitely are flawed with flashes of friendship as well.go see!

Don't see it if if you like big broadway productions with a limited staff.if you don't like to guess what is actually happening in this play.

During previews
70
Disappointing, Great staging, Great acting, Funny, Slow

See it if You want to see good acting and enjoy stories about an older artist who is a bit of a curmudgeon. The staging was great!

Don't see it if You need a story where everything is laid out for you or you are not a creative type.

Also The acting was good, as were the sets and while I was never not paying... Read more Read less

During previews
77
Ambitious, Great acting, Intelligent

See it if you like interesting characters, amazing design and great performances (particularly by Dan Lauria).

Don't see it if you want a riveting story. I was waiting for an interesting plot twist or major revelation & it never happened. But I enjoyed what was there

During previews
74
Enchanting, Great acting, Great staging, Slow

See it if Uare into watching a neurotic, alcoholic man slowly decline from being a creative genius. Set design is fantastic, totally worth seeing it.

Don't see it if You need the writing to be perfect and hate neurotic angry delusional behavior.

During previews
79
Great cast, Great set design, Entertaining, Slow at times

See it if You enjoy children's literature or stories about eccentric authors. You like the cast already - all three have been on TV.

Don't see it if You like a faster-paced, more clear-cut story. You do not like fantasy elements brought into your experience.

During previews
62
Small cast, One act, Slow, Creative process

See it if you're interested in the following themes: the writing process, professional jealousy, mental health, and self-fulfilling prophecies.

Don't see it if you want a polished exploration of the themes listed above. This show is rough, and despite being only one act, it feels long.

During previews
70
Great acting, Great staging, Entertaining, Cliched

See it if You are a fan of Dan Lauria. All strong performances, interesting story of aging writer dealing with alcoholism, dementia, past trauma

Don't see it if You want something light. Some laughs-mostly very serious topics. Too long, uneven, could cut some of angry tirades, past trauma confusing

During previews
68
Slow, Cliched, Confusing

See it if you enjoy fine performers in a half-baked somewhat dull play, with several dream-like unrealistic moments. Lauria's character is pivotal.

Don't see it if you don't have empathy for the curmudgeonly main character, who fades in and out of reality. It is a long 90 minutes.

During previews
73
Ambitious, Fluffy, Slow

See it if You want to see a good play with good actors that could be better. The scenery is AMAZING!!! and Dan Lauria eats it for most of the play.

Don't see it if You are looking for something deep and perfectly written.

During previews
95
Absorbing, Must see, Enchanting, Delightful

See it if you are intrigued by interesting characters, thought provoking stories. Good acting. Lots of food for thought. Moving.

Don't see it if you don't like that is thought provoking.

During previews
74
Clever, Great acting, Quirky, Ambitious, Funny

See it if Interested in a play about the idea of creativity, being an artist/illustrator & the expectations of fame. Appreciate Maurice Sendak paralle

Don't see it if Want a musical or big splashy play. Aren’t interested in a show that explores the idea of creating and dealing with the horrors of the past

During previews
64
Great staging, Slow, Predictable, Disappointing

See it if you wish to see imaginative set design. A quite good young actor, Rupak Ginn.

Don't see it if you are expecting a musical. The story line is dated; and ever so predictable. Wanted to love it; didn't. 3 actors gave it their all.

During previews
78
Absorbing, Enchanting, Great acting, Great staging, Thought-provoking

See it if you're a fan of Dan Lauria (outstanding performance) and/or enjoy thought provoking entertainment. Also, wonderful set!

Don't see it if you don't like shows about serious life contemplations and/or don't have an imagination.

During previews
79
Terrific dan lauria, Charming, Quirky, Timeless theme, Engaging

See it if A classic battle-young talent challenges an acclaimed master interests U-Add a bottom-line driven editor for temptation. Dan Lauria is primo

Don't see it if You're wedded to realism. The publishing situations feel implausible. The denouement feels pat. But it was a fast, enjoyable 1 1/2 hours.

During previews
69
Slow, Cliched, Good acting, Excellent set design and projections

See it if you like plays about the creative process

Don't see it if you are looking for a play with deep insights

During previews
98
Great staging, Great writing, Intelligent, Riveting, Thought-provoking

See it if you enjoy a great small cast, telling an interesting story, with a creative set.

Don't see it if you don't want to think or to be engaged in an intriguing story.

During previews
100
Delightful, Enchanting, Great acting, Funny, Great staging

See it if are a child at heart and love stories and good acting. Beautiful heart warming story...and funny! Loved it!

Don't see it if you are looking for a Vegas extravaganza that is pure glitz and no substance.

During previews
82
Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Relevant

See it if Want to see a well acted, warm pkay about talent, fame, aging, mentor vs student/young talent and the creative process and trade offs.

Don't see it if You want a big splashy play . It is one act with 3 actors. Script could be a little tighter and some parts made clearer, drags bit in spots

Also Loved seeing a diverse lead character in the young man. Dan Lauria was... Read more Read less

During previews
86
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging

See it if you respect creative struggles and artistic integrity. Dan Lauria is stellar as a bullying blowhard who can't face his literary demise.

Don't see it if you like plain vanilla shows that are staged in a traditional manner without special effects, or aren't willing to suspend reality a bit.

During previews
43
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
72
Great staging, Great acting, Funny, Dramatic

See it if you like small casts and stories about artists' struggles. Main character had some real, interesting demons.

Don't see it if you dont like swings from humor to seriousness. Revelations about the character often come on the heels of a funny part. Its a bit jarring


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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