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The Terrifying

From 5 critic and 11 member reviews
Members say: Edgy, Intense, Confusing, Absorbing, Great staging

About the show

Minor Theater presents the world premiere of this horror story about a family that turns the tables on a fearsome creature. More…

In a creepy little village on the cusp of modernity, two teenagers and their families are stalked by a ravenous monster. How can people live with forces that want to destroy them? Perhaps by cultivating some dark appetites of their own.

Exeunt Magazine

“An object lesson in the magic of live performance, building a striking theatrical experience out of a slim, unsettling folk tale of a script…Jarcho breathes mood and texture into the play’s archetypal characters and broad narrative strokes. The piece is realized with confidence and control in every detail, anchored by Ben Jalosa Williams’s immersive live sound design and a bravura performance by Pete Simpson in all three leading-male roles.” Full Review

The New York Times

"This disregard of the classic elements of style makes scarefests a natural field of exploration for Ms. Jarcho, a queen of experimental mayhem. Traditional logic, coherent plots and credible acting have never been among her priorities...All these men are played with ripe and delirious hamminess by Pete Simpson, who is giving one of the most unlikely and dazzling comic performances of this season. Funny he may be, but it is Simpson who brings the show to its sobering conclusion." Full Review

Theatre is Easy

"While a visually stunning and cleverly staged production, there is still room for improvement. The script at times sacrifices clarity for intrigue, and none of the characters seem to have been developed thoroughly enough...The co-existence of camp and horror also seems to make them negate each other: the rapid shifts between styles make it hard to truly get lost in the story." Full Review

Time Out New York

"Jarcho has spun a metaphysical conceit around her characters, putting the audience inside what turns out to be a B-movie...On the page this is interesting, but on its feet the different modes create confusion. Is the goal black comedy?...Is it 'terrifying?' Well. Shows can be both comic and scary at once, of course...But it needs delicate calibration. This is where execution muddies the issue...The play's parts, which seemed so healthy separately, just won't make a functioning body go." Full Review

Theater Pizzazz

“Who’s more terrifying: the monster or its victims? Playwright and director Julia Jarcho...will answer the question in a tidy, melancholic monologue at the end of her new horror comedy, ‘The Terrifying.’ What she won’t do is scare you or make you laugh, though the production frequently tries to do both, pummeling you with a seat-rattling sound design and often goofy humor...All of it is a sensory overload and too much fuss for a messy commentary on how monsters come in all shapes and sizes." Full Review

Entertaining, Enchanting, Delightful, Funny, Absorbing

See it if You're a Moore fan, you are a Dem, open minded, like inspirational stories

Don't see it if You love Trump

Also This show was much better, more entertaining and varied than I expecte... Read more Read less

Great writing, Great staging, Edgy, Clever, Absorbing

See it if "Penny Dreadful" meets "Waiting for Godot" is your idea of good theater

Don't see it if you expect naturalistic acting in a metaphorical tale, or can't tolerate the same actors playing multiple roles (sometimes in the same scene

Also Julia Jarcho's gloom fairytale about the monster who feeds not only on... Read more Read less

Delightful, Dizzying, Intense, Quirky, Riveting

See it if You're interested in baroque language and fear. You can take pleasure in unusual, off-beat acting styles. You love amazing sound design.

Don't see it if You need naturalism in your theatre. You can't look past some bad acting and poor lighting design. You dislike jumpscares and/or malaprops.

Great staging, Confusing, Clever

See it if enjoy new works, horror, edgy, dark, downtown theater. Great use of space and sound design. Cast gives 100%.

Don't see it if want light-hearted entertainment; there is dry humor. I get that the writer is making social commentary but not quite sure what it is

Absorbing, Amazing set design, Intense, Edgy, Confusing

See it if you want to see a show with incredible design elements (and live sound design!) as well as a play that explores typical theatrical rules

Don't see it if you want a straightforward play that's easy to understand.

Slow, Intense, Disappointing

See it if you enjoy small theatre plays with limited cast and dystopia feel.

Don't see it if you're looking to be scared or creeped out. A lot of sudden loud noises meant to strike fear, instead caused some laughter.

Ambitious, Cliched, Confusing, Thought-provoking, Great staging

See it if you appreciate great tech. Really interesting use of the staging. Very intriguing to see a horror piece adapted to the stage.

Don't see it if you aren't willing to leave the theatre with a lot of questions. Ending came out of nowhere and was un-earned.

Edgy, Indulgent, Excruciating, Disappointing

See it if like a group willing to take chances.

Don't see it if want an interesting show or interesting characters to care about.

Also I so wanted to like this show. But the synopses just doesn't match the... Read more Read less

Edgy, Ambitious, Confusing

See it if You want innovative and moody theater.

Don't see it if You want your theater staid and usual.

Great writing, Intelligent, Intense, Edgy, Ambitious

See it if You enjoy defamiliarization and experimentation, horror tropes remixed, innovative set, sound, and costume designs.

Don't see it if You don't like loud noises or negative capability.

A+ sound design, Intelligent, Quirky, Edgy, Entertaining

See it if You like wildly creative downtown theater that makes you think (but doesn't take itself too seriously)

Don't see it if you aren't going to appreciate a little silliness

Cast & Creatives (13)