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The Thin Place

From 116 member  reviews
Members say: Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Slow, Clever

About the show

Playwright Lucas Hnath returns returns to Playwrights Horizons with a story about a friendship between two women—one who’s recently experienced a strange loss, and another who communicates with the dead. More…

From the show:

Everyone who ever died is still here, just in a different part of here. Linda can communicate with them. And if you believe, she can make you hear them, too — in the thin place, the fragile boundary between our world and the other one. With acuity and relentless curiosity, Lucas Hnath’s play transforms the theater into an intimate séance, crafting an unnerving testament to the power of the mind, which has a mind of its own.

Member Reviews (116)


Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Slow, Clever
Avg Score

Overrated, Slow, Fluffy, Funny

See it if While the show has at certain points some humor, a good story, it is to wordy and slow at points. Needs rework.

Don't see it if Like Hillary and Clinton, hnath throws up a stinker. Show goes to another needless place 60 minutes in.

Thought-provoking, Resonant, Mysterious, Challenging, Absorbing

See it if “You believe what you want to believe.” Other people’s belief systems can feel phony and unsettling. Maybe because our own isn’t solid.

Don't see it if You won’t enjoy a “real” psychic’s relationship with a “fake” psychic as a metaphor for deeper conflict between people’s beliefs & egos.

Also This was an entertaining yet difficult play. Some discussion helped to... Read more Read less

Slender, Disappointing, Thought-provoking, Enigmatic, Spectral

See it if you're a Hnath completist & will appreciate his novel experimentation with a timeworn premise such as communicating with the "other side".

Don't see it if you expect Hnath's experimentation to reveal anything clear-cut or fresh about faith, the paranormal or the reliability of storytelling.

Also Is The Thin Place brilliant or just pretentious? The jury's still out.... Read more Read less

Thought-provoking, Edgy, Great acting, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if Hnath's intellectual thriller is rigorously staged, stunningly lit & impressively acted (esp Danson) while embedding itself in your psyche

Don't see it if Slow, dense & elliptical drama takes its time before showing its true colors Patience & a certain credence in the supernatural required

Thought-provoking, Resonant, Quirky, Overrated, Edgy

See it if Playwrights is a great place to see theater. We always like to follow the writer..

Don't see it if The DARK scene needs a better sound system. The idea of house lights on for the major part of the show bugs me. ALSO

Also Confusion for us re: the purpose of the two late entering performer???... Read more Read less

Thought-provoking, Great acting, Great staging, Quirky, Clever

See it if Between realities, in a sliver, lies a netherworld where the past lives with the pesent. Twist relationship rests on the questioned truth.

Don't see it if Between worlds, in a thin place, rests a very thin plot. Gimmicky accent. Direct address. Cumbersome lighting cues.

It’s about communicating w the dead but that’s only a pretext to deal w some heavy epistemological issues; interesting philosophy, inconsistent theater

See it if rich in ambiguity; Lucas Hnath raises interesting ?s about what is real/what's not, how manipulation is key 2 effective communication

Don't see it if haphazard; story starts out strong portraying relationship between medium & subject, loses its way w irrelevant characters/plot

Overrated, Slow, Great acting, Disappointing

See it if The Thin Place is where life and death most closely reside; good premise run amuck; bright lights to make us feel exposed/darkness for fear

Don't see it if though well acted the play is very slow & talky; less a ghost story than a search to hold onto what is lost

Also For me, the play feels trite. This is not a new story, many of us have... Read more Read less

Different, Scary

See it if You are willing to take a chance on something weird and unusual. The writing is excellent.

Don't see it if You don’t like being scared. It’s not only keeps you at the edge of your seat but it is truly scary

Also Typically five minutes after a play ends I know exactly what I’m going... Read more Read less

Thought-provoking, Edgy, Great acting, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if You like stories about psychics. You like to be surprised. You like the intricate webs of Lucas Hnath’s Intricate characters.

Don't see it if You do not believe in mediums. You are easily startled. You have no imagination.

Disappointing, Overrated, Great acting, Promises a lot; doesn't deliver

See it if you like Hnath's work.I am a fan, but was disappointed.Story about why he wrote it & about the title was more interesting than the play.

Don't see it if you want a pay off for 90 minutes of build up.Has potential but needs work.Ending is very weak.

Okay, Banal, Tepid, Cliched

See it if interested in a Hnath play that's on the fluffier side of spooky. You don't expect a fast-paced or intense show.

Don't see it if Not the most potent play. I wasn't curious about the characters. The lead's wooden personality is off-putting even if intentional.

Also Leaving things unsaid/held back wasn’t enough to make this sufficientl... Read more Read less

Quirky, Slow, Indulgent, Confusing, Disappointing

See it if If you like ghost stories and tales where the dead may (or may not) speak to the living. The actors were fine...

Don't see it if ...but sadly stuck in a rare misfire by Lucas Hnath. I found the story boring. There is little to no action. The show kind of just ends

Slow, Quirky, Indulgent, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if you enjoy stories of the paranormal and enjoy Hnath's work.

Don't see it if a straighforward plsy is what you enjoy.

Thought-provoking, Intense, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you enjoy new creative theater that is both thought provoking and keeps you in suspense

Don't see it if you like elaborate shows with lots of scenery and traditional story lines that are not ambiguous.

Thought-provoking, (overly-)ambitious, Eerie in some places, Uneven writing, Atmospheric

See it if you don’t mind some gimmicks-of-ghost-story plotting, are a fan of Lucas Hnath’s works, and/or are invested in original yet sparse concepts.

Don't see it if you'll roll your eyes at talk of communicating with the dead, oddly-placed lesbian undertones, and cheap (but effective) lighting trickery.

Also True to Lucas Hnath’s works, The Thin Place is invested in small momen... Read more Read less


See it if Absorbing story of a timid, lonely woman haunted by her grandmother and mother trying to connect with an older strong female woman.

Don't see it if Get spooked too easily. Light in story/plot isn't your thing. More about the haunting, lonely feels.

Also Diversity: timid female protagonist. No people of color.... Read more Read less

Masterful, Absorbing, Great staging, Great acting, Great writing

See it if you are interested to discover the wonder of playwright Lucas Hnath. He takes you on a ride you could never expect. I like to be surprised.

Don't see it if you are not open to experience the surprise playwright Lucas Hnath sprinkles through the writing of his plays. It's like nothing you know.

Also I was eagerly awaiting to experience this new play of Mr. Hnath. He is... Read more Read less

Interesting concept that failed to deliver, Boring, Uninteresting characters, Slow

See it if I can usually find something redeeming about any show but this is a tough one for me. Concept was interesting but poorly exexuted

Don't see it if You value your time.

Confusing, Slow, Flatly directed, Quirky

See it if you're a fan of Hynath, especially in the same style as Hillary and The Christians.

Don't see it if you're expecting more to do with spiritualism or a plot-driven play instead of people sitting still talking about ideas for 90 minutes.

Refreshing, Quirky, Scary, Dizzying, Absorbing

See it if You like ghost stories, like the kind you tell around campfires. Also monologues and spooky lighting.

Don't see it if You don't like to suspend your disbelief, shiver, or use your imagination. It's a real play, but less "theatrical" than "storyfeeling".

Riveting, Great writing, Great acting, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if You’re a fan of Lucas Hnath. I am. This was not his strongest cohesively, but he’s always so entertaining. Funny, suspenseful, wonderful.

Don't see it if You need a big theater with big staging. You need a steady theme—you never quite know where this is going, even when you think you do.

Ambitious, Profound, Great acting, Intense, Edgy

See it if you like a surprise and aren't afraid to confront the afterlife (or what may be the afterlife).

Don't see it if you are easily spooked or are not a fan of being talked at during a show.

Great acting, Slow, Disappointing

See it if seeing the talented Randy Danson is enough for you even if you don't connect with the story

Don't see it if you're expecting a play as engaging and enjoyable as Hnath's Hillary and Clinton, The Christians, or Red Speedo.

Wordy, Chilling

See it if you love Hnath and/or would like to see something suspenseful.

Don't see it if you don't like to be startled.

December 12th, 2019
CRITIC’S PICK. "Death Is a Two-Way Door in ‘The Thin Place’: Lucas Hnath’s cunning new ghost story, about a psychic and her client, is a twisty yarn that won’t unravel."
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December 12th, 2019
4/5 Stars. "For most of its 90 or so minutes, Hnath’s perceptive play suggests a cross between David Mamet’s 'The Shawl'...and Wallace Shawn’s 'Aunt Dan and Lemon'...But the final part...plunges us into different waters. We emerge, shaken, with a heightened sense of the darkness around us and of ...
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December 12th, 2019
"Lucas Hnath’s 'The Thin Place' Is a Horror Drama that You Think You’ll Forget, Then Won’t"
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December 12th, 2019
"The new experimental drama by 'A Doll's House, Part 2' and 'Hillary and Clinton' playwright Lucas Hnath concerns the fateful friendship between a young woman who's recently experienced a loss and a professional medium."
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