The Underlying Chris
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The Underlying Chris
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The Underlying Chris NYC Reviews and Tickets

72%
(203 Reviews)
Positive
72%
Mixed
21%
Negative
7%
Members say
Thought-provoking, Confusing, Great acting, Ambitious, Clever

About the Show

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.

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85
Quirky, Thought-provoking, Funny, Clever, Profound

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.

90
Great writing, Profound, Intelligent, Clever, Absorbing

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. Read more

Critic Reviews (16)

The New York Times
November 21st, 2019

CRITIC’S PICK ‘The Underlying Chris,’ You Are Who You Were" Will Eno’s new play about the many people each person contains is glib at first, but grows, like life, from trick to tragicomedy.
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New York Magazine / Vulture
November 22nd, 2019

"The Understated Charms of 'The Underlying Chris,' and a High-Decibel 'Crucible'"
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The Hollywood Reporter
November 21st, 2019

"The latest play by Pulitzer Prize finalist Will Eno, author of 'Thom Pain (based on nothing),' chronicles a life from infancy to death in unconventional fashion."
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Variety
November 21st, 2019

"The subject of Will Eno’s new play is, he tells us, 'Life on Earth.'"
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Theatermania
November 21st, 2019

"The 'Underlying Chris' Asks, What's in a Name? It Might Not Be a Self Will Eno debuts his latest exploration of life, death, and the identity that coalesces in between.'
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BroadwayWorld
December 2nd, 2019

"Will Eno's Charming and Sweetly Philosophical 'THE UNDERLYING CHRIS'"
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Lighting & Sound America
November 27th, 2019

"Eno's efforts to universalize the title character works against him; his subdivision plan, parceling Chris out to different actors, allows us to follow him/her through the seven ages of man, but it prevents a recognizable person from coming into focus."
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Talkin' Broadway
November 21st, 2019

"One of the Chrises ruefully admits, 'It's easy for people to forget who they are sometimes.' Perhaps this is true, but in Eno's lovely and thought-provoking play, 'The Underlying Chris' makes a memorable and indelible impression."
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New York Stage Review
November 21st, 2019

4/5 stars "Will Eno's lovely and touching new play is a generous, kindly, and yes, downright old-school American look at an unremarkable life."
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New York Stage Review
November 21st, 2019

4/5 Stars "A journey from the beginning of a life to its end, through moments that may seem inconsequential but leave us with much to savor and contemplate."
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TheaterScene.net
December 6th, 2019

"Will Eno's 'The Underlying Chri's is challenging to put the pieces together and consequently not for everyone. However, under Kenny Leon's tight direction, the play is provocative and stimulating, asking more questions than it answers. Its riddles will fascinate some theatergoers, infuriate others."
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Theater Pizzazz
November 21st, 2019

"The fluidity of identity is a subject that almost seems tailor-made for Will Eno, one of our most philosophically-minded playwrights. So it's slightly surprising to discover how prosaic his new play on the subject, 'The Underlying Chris' turns out to be.
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Theater Pizzazz
November 22nd, 2019

"The fluidity of identity...is a subject that almost seems tailor-made for Will Eno, one of our most philosophically-minded playwrights. So it's slightly surprising to discover how prosaic his new play on the subject...turns out to be."
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Front Row Center
November 22nd, 2019

Score: 85% "As Shakespeare famously calculated, "One man in his time plays many parts, his acts being seven ages." But now, Will Eno has gone and changed the math."
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November 21st, 2019

"Engaging but complex...Under Kenny Leon's keen direction, the eleven members of the cast grapple successfully with the multiple roles they play with distinction."
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Theatre's Leiter Side
December 5th, 2019

"Nothing we see is particularly moving since the playwright’s conceit separates us intellectually from becoming deeply invested in what happens. Eno’s writing…is skillful enough to keep us curious, but the events of this universal life prevent anything from being especially surprising."
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