Closed 1h 25m
They Promised Her the Moon
Midtown W
64

They Promised Her the Moon NYC Reviews and Tickets

64%
(15 Reviews)
Positive
54%
Mixed
33%
Negative
13%
Members say
Absorbing, Great acting, Relevant, Disappointing, Intelligent

About the Show

Miranda Theatre Company presents a new drama based on the true story of Jerrie Cobb, the "almost first" female astronaut.

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Member Reviews (15)

65
Disappointing, Slow, Great acting, Relevant, Didactic

See it if You have an interest in women's rights issues or of the space program, you can learn about how both have grown over the years.

Don't see it if You want a story. This had a story line but the narrative was so strong about the injustice that it ended up feeling like a lecture.

71
Absorbing, Relevant, Ambitious

See it if Interesting story about important women I'd never heard of prior. Script is weak. Performances ok. Feels amateurish but has potential.

Don't see it if You need a finely polished work with dramatic staging and riveting action,

Critic Reviews (5)

May 17th, 2017

“Amanda Quaid and Andrus Nichols’s majestic performances salvage this choppy and uneven docudrama…Solidly written but unsatisfyingly structured as a clunky series of flashbacks, confrontations and historical exposition, the play snaps to life in its final scenes…Director Valentina Fratti’s staging is routine and doesn’t add much crackle to the numerous scenes and their transitions. Jennifer Harmon’s excellent choreography adds some needed aesthetic imagery."
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May 18th, 2017

"The play's most compelling aspect is watching innocent Jerrie first dream of the moon, then grow to understand the world...The mad joy that self-made pilots feel...isn't as fully expressed in this production as I might have hoped...This is a timely and well-designed production. Still, I wanted to see more nuance in what motivated the central characters to risk everything for flight, and in Jackie and Jerrie's relationship, so central and yet so disappointingly fleshed out in this piece."
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May 17th, 2017

“A heartwarming story…We have in this production a familiar theme. What is delivered, however, is a solid story by Laurel Ollstein, impeccably directed by Valentina Fratti and skillfully acted. Ms. Quaid is sincerely convincing...The rest of the cast provide just the right ensemble performances to bring us back and remind us that even some things haven’t changed much.”
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May 17th, 2017

“The story of Jerrie Cobb (the terrific Amanda Quaid)…When Cobb meets the leading woman in American aviation in 1960, Jackie Cochran (the equally wonderful Andrus Nichols), the play finally picks up…This really would have been a more interesting play, if the focus had been on the two women and not the early life and affair Cobb was supposed to have had with Jack Ford…The play did make me want to learn more and the show is well staged by Valentina Fratti.”
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May 17th, 2017

“If the play has a flaw, apart from the aforementioned pacing issues, it's that it's a little by the numbers. While genuinely affecting, there are moments when it feels like a Lifetime Original Movie…Barring minor complaints, ‘They Promised Her the Moon,’ is an excellent piece of theatre…Valentina Fratti directs her cast well, and Quaid's central performance is nothing short of a joy…A woman worth knowing about, and a play worth seeing."
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