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The Town Hall Affair

From 8 member  reviews
Members say: Disappointing, Quirky, Ambitious, Confusing, Absorbing

About the show

Maura Tierney ('ER,' 'The Affair') stars in the Wooster Group's exploration of the revolutionary fervor of feminist thinking and art “happenings” in 1970s New York City. More…

This new experimental piece is inspired by DA Pennabaker and Chris Hegedus' film 'Town Bloody Hall,' which documented a panel held at Town Hall in 1971. The event featured feminist thinkers and activists–including Jacqueline Ceballos, Germaine Greer, Jill Johnston, and Diana Trilling–with Norman Mailer serving as moderator. The Wooster Group both re-inhabits the original film and derails it, redirecting Mailer's pugnacious propensities onto himself and spinning out into Jill Johnston's vision of a revolutionary future.

Member Reviews (8)


Disappointing, Quirky, Ambitious, Confusing, Absorbing
Avg Score

Disappointing, Indulgent, Relevant, Slow, Ambitious

See it if you have nothing better to do and have any interest in feminism in the 1970's.

Don't see it if you can see the film "Town Bloody Hall" which runs through the show.

Absorbing, Intelligent, Quirky, Intriguing, Refreshing

See it if you enjoy avant-garde theatre with heavy multimedia components.

Don't see it if You require realism, or a straightforward plot to latch onto.

Also Post modern deconstruction isn't for everyone. But it certainly is for... Read more Read less

Clever, Confusing, Resonant

See it if You're a Pennebaker acolyte or you miss when New York still had enough intellectuals to rub together in a public forum.

Don't see it if Mailer and feminists sparring doesn't do it for you.

Absorbing, Enchanting, Entertaining, Funny, Great staging

See it if Really enjoyed this more than I was expecting. Consistently puts you off guard, animates & deflates an overpuffed feeling of masculinity.

Don't see it if Short and maybe a bit slighter than it could be, but still packs a wallop.

Hugely entertaining, scathing self-portrayal of patriarchy

See it if you are a feminist -- of any kind. Wooster Group kick-in-the-balls to Trump misogyny.

Don't see it if you're humorless and a Norman Mailer superfan.

Confusing, Edgy, Quirky, Thought-provoking, Disappointing

See it if you tend to like shows that are outside of the typical "Broadway" cannon. Interesting use of mixed media in this performance.

Don't see it if you aren't willing to try to understand experimental and/or avant-garde performance styles. I found this show to be confusing and aimless.

Intelligent, Overrated, Thought-provoking, Frustrating

See it if you are a fan of The Wooster Group.

Don't see it if you are looking for something beyond mimesis.

During previews
Ambitious, Disappointing, Excruciating, Indulgent, Quirky

See it if you want to learn more about the people being depicted in the show. It is not a traditional play.

Don't see it if I don't recommend it. But if you do go, it is short. Just an out an hour!

Also It was somewhat educational. As they are historical figures it was som... Read more Read less

February 10th, 2017
"A very timely and time-bending new mixed-media piece that’s churning up decades of sexual discontent...Like most of what the Wooster Group does, this is also juicy, visceral theater, translating outlandish concepts with highly disciplined technique. The synchronicity with which the cast members ...
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February 10th, 2017
"The show is a delight, a surprising leap into sweetness and reverence and nostalgia from a group known for a combative attitude...45 years have passed, and the conversation about feminism is somehow still ugly. But back then, there seemed to be some relish to be found in the battle. You leave th...
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February 12th, 2017
"It nevertheless requires of its audience a certain tolerance for randomness, and a willingness to tarry and teeter at the point where pretension threatens to tip into obscurantism...LeCompte and company treat the underlying material as a two-dimensional armature on which to build a three-dimensi...
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February 12th, 2017
"For all the theatrical ingenuity and excellent acting on display, the piece feels like little more than a clever technical exercise. Other than confirming Mailer’s macho bellicosity, the reenactments of scenes from 'Maidstone' add flashiness but little context to the proceedings. Ultimately, the...
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