This world premiere play from Pulitzer Prize finalist Will Eno is a high-spirited look at how a person comes into their identity, and how sometimes it’s life’s tiniest moments that most profoundly change our lives. More…
From the show:
In these divided times, The Underlying Chris serves as a celebration of our differences, our individuality, and the many mysterious, difficult, and beautiful things we share simply by being alive.
See it if Fascinating exploration of innate vs. acquired identity. Vignettes of "Chris" at different life stages. Warm, amusing & intellectual.
Don't see it if You would be confused by 10 actors of various ages/races/genders playing Chris. You prefer intensity & emotion to inward reflection.
See it if u want to learn the meaning of life in a play about universality & identity as told thru birth-to-death vignettes from the ever-astute Eno.
Don't see it if you prefer directness, realism & conventionality to allegory, abstraction & non-conformity.
See it if An unusual chronicling of a life from start 2 finish. Since all people have both male & female aspects to themselves Chris is no different.
Don't see it if you don't like when a playwright enjoys playing with his audience; you prefer a straight forward story that doesn't make you think.
See it if want brief reminder of what life & theatre can be. like expectations to B turned on their head, want to pay attention & figure it out
Don't see it if like not challenge of disruption of theatrical expectations, want ONE actor to play the same character all the way thru, fight 2 stay awake
See it if you like plays that make you think, that deal with issues like who are we,can we be good & bad at once,are we more than 1 person
Don't see it if you want a straight line, totally comprehensible play.This is probably one you should see twice.That's not a good thing.It should be easier
See it if You enjoy a play about what makes up our identity, blending gender, race and age into a variety of scenes that come to no real conclusion
Don't see it if You dislike a play about what makes up our identity, blending gender, race and age into a variety of scenes that come to no real conclusion
See it if ...a story about the events in one’s life that influence forever played by a variety of “Chris”. Needs to go deeper.
Don't see it if ...the appearance of a character before 1st scene to explain what the play is about worries you. It’s not that mysterious.
See it if life to death of Chris & his/her many incarnations of age, gender, race & how ordinary random occurrences shape his/her life progression.
Don't see it if non-linear, sometimes confusing, many brief scenes, occasionally tedious
See it if You want to see a play about celebrating our differences, individuality and being alive. You want to see some very good actors
Don't see it if You don't like performances that are in essence short plays. You don't like to see a different type of play. You want to see a musical.
See it if you enjoy vignettes exploring the development of human character, viewpoint, relationships, with racially/ethnically/gender diverse cast
Don't see it if you prefer spending more energy/time on play theme than on identifying each character played by different race/gender actors in each scene
See it if you want to see a brilliantly conceived, but not fully developed, play about life and its universality
Don't see it if you want "men" to be unique. Eno posits that there is far more to compare than contrast in our lives.
See it if You appreciate the plays of Eno.This is another unusual one, exploring the life cycle of a "Chris",portrayed by various actors of different
Don't see it if It is a unique work,but following the play can be confusing.
Also races,ages, and sexes. The performances are excellent.
See it if You like a talent cast of 11 (including children), who play multiple characters. It’s very emotive, well-acted, well-staged. If you watch
Don't see it if AND love ❤️ “This Is Us”, on NBC, then you’ll love this play. I love that the cast was diverse, in age, gender, ethnicity, size, etc. I love
See it if you are interested in thinking about life's big questions or like Eno's other work
Don't see it if you are easily confused or are uninterested in nontraditional theater/storytelling.
See it if You like interesting shows with a unique premise and shows that try to make a deeper philosophical point.
Don't see it if You want to see a straight-forward show with clear characters, that has a lot of action and forward momentum to the story.
See it if You can follow a slightly surreal, kind of non-linear plot. You like non-traditional stories. You like good writing.
Don't see it if You want something easy to follow or traditional. You’re looking for something big and flashy.
See it if you like to think about life, you are patient in waiting for a playwright to come to the point, you can tolerate a bit of confusion
Don't see it if you want a traditional play with traditional casting, you are easily confused
See it if you want a complex view on life & identity. This play does something interesting with the casting a views when following one character.
Don't see it if you want a fast paced spectacle. Or if you don't want an overly complex show that requires some brain power in order to appreciate.
See it if You can handle many actors in many roles doing many scene changes with many confusing storylines Trying to tell you the meaning of life
Don't see it if You can’t handle many actors in many roles doing many scene changes with many confusing storylines Trying to tell you the meaning of life
Also I’m the type of person who prefers Monty pythons “meaning of life”
See it if You enjoy seeing theater that tries to tell stories in different ways. This show was simultaneously completely relatable and foreign.
Don't see it if You don’t like to think at the theater. You like straightforward storytelling.
See it if you're into high-concept, low-narrative shows. What was intriguing to me may wear thin & annoy those seeking more traditional fare.
Don't see it if you're easily confused. It can be hard to keep track of who's who as characters get shuffled among actors of varying genders/races/ages.
See it if you like theater that portrays real, sometimes unlikable, mostly white people who are feeling stuck in their lives
Don't see it if you don't have patience for a play about a middling middle-aged white man and the women who take too long to realize they're better than him