The Welkin (Atlantic Theater Company)
The Welkin (Atlantic Theater Company)
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The Welkin (Atlantic Theater Company) NYC Reviews and Tickets

81%
(148 Ratings)
Positive
85%
Mixed
9%
Negative
6%
Members say
Great acting, Absorbing, Ambitious, Intense, Great writing

About the Show

In 1759 England, 12 women debate a woman's fate amid Halley's comet's return. 

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Show-Score Member Reviews (71)

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109 Reviews | 14 Followers
94
Profound, Riveting, Resonant, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you want to see a great story with twists you don't see coming!

Don't see it if you can't deal with nudity and cursing. Read more

132 Reviews | 41 Followers
90
Thought-provoking, Funny, Profound, Great writing, Great acting

See it if Excellent play. Visually beautiful. An amazing cast. I am so glad I didn't miss it.

Don't see it if The first Act is slow but the second is a huge payoff. Read more

121 Reviews | 29 Followers
90
Must see, Masterful, Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you are a fan of Sandra Oh and want to see a female-led story that happened in the 18th-century England about a pregnant woman’s fate.

Don't see it if you are looking for light entertainment. This is a little bit dark-themed.

137 Reviews | 20 Followers
90
Profound, Great writing, Great acting, Funny, Absorbing

See it if You want to see a funny and riveting play about women and their place in society and how some attitudes have not changed 200+ years later.

Don't see it if You want to see a lighthearted play. While there are a lot of funny moments, the play is not a comedy. Read more

129 Reviews | 24 Followers
90
Masterful, Great staging, Edgy, Exquisite, Absorbing

See it if you like plays with strong messages. Powerful. Stunning. Fabulous performances. Twelve angry men…with women.

Don't see it if seeing violent acts disturbs you. Not for the meek. Dark, foreboding, eerie. Read more

83 Reviews | 4 Followers
90
Refreshing, Great acting, Ambitious, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You want to see a female-led, 18th century version of “12 Angry Men.” Well-acted, engaging, and funny, with a clever script. Good staging

Don't see it if You want a show that doesn’t take any risks. This definitely isn’t for everyone, and there are some off-the-wall choices. Continued - Read more

126 Reviews | 15 Followers
88
Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Ambitious, Resonant, Great acting

See it if You want to see a play centered on women and their experiences in 1759... or perhaps not limited to then. See it also for the strong cast.

Don't see it if You are in the mood for something light, funny, or short -- 2.5 hours long. Went by quick for me but may not be for everyone. Read more

558 Reviews | 136 Followers
87
Great writing, Great ensemble, Powerful

See it if you're looking for a dynamic play set in 16th century England, but takes a very relevant look at female oppression, empowerment & comradery

Don't see it if you can't keep track of over 12 characters on stage that aren't fully fleshed out, or don't care for totally unnecessary postmodern touches.

Critic Reviews (14)

The New York Times
June 14th, 2024

"CRITIC’S PICK:...clever perversion of a courtroom drama"
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New York Theatre Guide
June 12th, 2024

"...spiky meditation on women and motherhood as seen from every angle"
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New York Magazine / Vulture
June 12th, 2024

"Kirkwood’s play is concerned with the minuscule scale of our knowledge"
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New Yorker
June 13th, 2024

"The British playwright Lucy Kirkwood’s 'The Welkin' exorcises the jury-room drama."
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The Wall Street Journal
June 13th, 2024

"The Welkin illuminates the oppressed lives of women of the time"
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The Observer
June 12th, 2024

"That comet does a lot of heavy metaphorical lifting"
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Theatermania
June 12th, 2024

"The Welkin is a timely reminder that we’re all subject to the context in which we live."
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Lighting & Sound America
June 20th, 2024

“…vigorous, imaginative…one regrets how it peaks about halfway through the second act”
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