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This Flat Earth

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Members say: Relevant, Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Great acting, Ambitious

About the show

At a middle school a seaside town, the unthinkable has happened, placing a bewildered community in the national spotlight. A world premiere from Playwrights Horizons. More…

Stuck at home in a state of shocked limbo, Julie and Zander, two thirteen-year-olds, try to make sense of the chaos they witnessed, their awkward crushes, and an infinitely more complicated future — but the grown-ups are no help at all. An urgent response to our times, 'This Flat Earth' is a deeply felt story of growing up in our confounding world.


Member Reviews (236)

MEMBERS SAY:

Relevant, Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Great acting, Ambitious
74
Avg Score

83
Ambitious, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if Relevant today.. Relationship between parent and daughter so well done. Interplay of teenagers so good see more re: the Mom and .....

Don't see it if Teenage Girls always portrayed in a negative way. Not sure if first few rows can see the entire set. Voices sometimes do not carry.

Also I am puzzled by the reaction of a grieving mom to the problem re: out ... Read more Read less

71
Movingly shows kids' response to parkland hs-like shooting; but various unrelated subplots flatten effect/cause the play to lose focus

See it if powerfully shows how shootings destroy communities, how adults fail kids on brink of adulthood

Don't see it if manipulative; tries 2 bite off much 2 much; child's whiny naivete unrealistic; response 2 violence, that "stuff happens" is ridiculous

Also Play leaves impression of playwright filling up a notebook with observ... Read more Read less

76
Great staging, Relevant, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if you enjoy plays that hold a mirror up to society and ask important questions.

Don't see it if you’re looking for escapism. This is about the aftermath of a school shooting. The message is important but some scenes are too on the nose.

69
Relevant, Disappointing, Timely, Contrived

See it if you're interested in topical subjects and how differently people react to trauma. See it for Lynda Gravatt and the cellist.

Don't see it if you're looking for a coherent plot. The story hovers around the main theme of school shootings then wanders off into nowhere land.

80
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Intense

See it if You like intelligent, current event focusing work

Don't see it if You’re looking for entertaining fun.

74
Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if you're interested in relevant plays about important issues in America, and might like play that attempts to use a young girl's point of view

Don't see it if you have seen enough plays about gun violence recently (although play is about aftermath/coping) and are looking for something more upbeat.

74
Great acting, Great staging, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Resonant

See it if You like topical theater that shows you the aftermath of a tragedy. Beautifully staged, great acting. Intense

Don't see it if You don't like slow stories that don't really go anywhere. It's a slice of life look at a world gone insane.

78
Ambitious, Disappointing, Thought-provoking, Great set, Uneven acting

See it if you want a show about the after effects of a school shooting.Show lacks focus, but has some interesting points to make.

Don't see it if you want a coherent look at our gun crisis.Show rambles and fails to show a convincing look at life after a school shooting.

61
Relevant, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Slow, Overrated

See it if Some nice performances. Shows the effect of school violence on the people that experience it personally.

Don't see it if Doesn’t say anything new about this issue, or the other issue - school inequality - it addresses.

65
Ambitious, Relevant, Disappointing

See it if you support any theater, even when it is mediocre, about important issues such as gun violence.

Don't see it if you are bored by characters that don't seem believable and a script that doesn't really come together.

86
Ambitious, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Topical, Moving

See it if you’d be interested in a riveting drama about the aftermath of an all-too familiar tragedy.

Don't see it if you’re seeking a frivolous and light-hearted theater experience.

65
Incoherent directing, Excellent set, Disappointing, Weak inconsistent acting, Relevant book

See it if you have kids who are age-appropriate (early to mid-teens), who'd enjoy a 90min play. Relevant and important story to talk about afterwards.

Don't see it if you expect good acting and excellent direction from 2017 Tony Award winning director. Very disjointed acting, zero semblance of listening.

Also High-hopes, big let-down.... Read more Read less

82
Absorbing, Great acting, Ambitious, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if you enjoy plays with great character development and watching how each character is impacted by a tragic event.

Don't see it if you don't want to think about sad things or you would rather see a musical.

70
Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if You want a story of how people respond to loss and hardship (it's sort of about school shootings, but not really).

Don't see it if You like fast-paced stories that provide answers.

69
Disappointing, Banal

See it if you want to see a play about a very pertinent subject in today's society told through annoying, unsympathetic characters that don't engage.

Don't see it if you don't want to see a play about the after effects on survivors of a mass school shooting, and how their lives are permanently affected.

50
Ambitious, Disappointing, Slow

See it if you are looking for a play that skims the surface of numerous relevant issues but never gets quite deeper than that.

Don't see it if you are looking for a play that really says something important about the world we live in. It doesn’t stay around long enough to invest in.

Also When the first thing I want to mention about the play is the nice set,... Read more Read less

75
Absorbing, Intense, Funny, Relevant, Intelligent

See it if You want to see a show that is relevant to real-world events. And I imagine it will stay relevant for the foreseeable future.

Don't see it if You do not want to to see a show that contains references to gun-violence.

Also This Flat Earth is a profound show. Despite what you imagine, it's not... Read more Read less

53
Banal, Cliched, Relevant, Slow, Indulgent

See it if you're interested in new plays about 2018 and current topics.

Don't see it if you're not a fan of unnecessary twists and overly-long endings. Or if school shootings are a difficult subject for you.

75
Intelligent, Relevant, Resonant, Great set, Several great performances

See it if You want to see a timely exploration of gun violence issues and can forgive a few strange plot points.

Don't see it if You cannot forgive a few far fetched plot developments.

78
Absorbing, Great writing, Great staging, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if you like relevant plays about current events. The story was absorbing and well written and had some poignant moments as well as surprises.

Don't see it if you are frustrated by uneven acting. Although Linda Gravatt's performance was so great it is worth going​ for that alone.

85
Absorbing, Edgy, Great acting, Thought-provoking, A dystopian "our town" for the 21st century where the aftermath of a school mass shooting changes lives.

See it if You want a meditation on how gun violence in school is affecting the present and the future of students and parents-hard but important topic

Don't see it if If you've been personally affected by such an incident, this might be too upsetting. No violence is shown, but the topic is searing.

79
Absorbing, Funny, Relevant, Intense, Flawed

See it if you appreciate drama with a sense of humor about a serious and timely subject.

Don't see it if you don't have the stomach for a play dealing with a school shooting.

68
Heartfelt but awkward as drama, Disappointing, Relevant issues, Characters' actions/reactions improbable

See it if you want to see Ferrentino's second new play this season (after AMY & THE ORPHANS); a probing writer, though this isn't her finest hour

Don't see it if you expect a cogent drama on the aftermath of a school shooting. Too many inconsistencies & improbabilities strain credibility

Also It's disappointing to report that Ferrentino, a promising playwright w... Read more Read less

66
Well-intentioned, Lovely, Far-fetched, Unhelpful direction, Timely

See it if you like to support a promising playwright and work that tackles current events in a personal manner.

Don't see it if you feel that even ambitious work has to have believable plots & you resent direction that fosters 1 flat & 2 overdone performances.

72
Cliched, Great acting, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if you like plays that explore contemporary issues - and if you like great acting.

Don't see it if you don't want to talk about or examine issues surrounding gun violence.


April 9th, 2018
"Very sincere and equally ungainly new drama. There is no denying the urgency of this work...Ferrentino is bravely attempting to contextualize 21st-century horrors within the sort of existential framework in which Thornton Wilder and Edward Albee specialized...The ambitious, potentially heart-sti...
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April 9th, 2018
"Despite a gutsy performance from the talented teenage lead, Ella Kennedy Davis, and despite the intermittent 'Mmm's of significance that rippled through the audience, I left Ferrentino’s play dry-eyed and weirdly restless...For a play that orbits a school shooting, 'This Flat Earth' is almost ag...
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April 9th, 2018
"Despite noble intentions and sensitivity, 'This Flat Earth' proves an awkwardly written and thoroughly unconvincing drama that squanders the sadly ongoing timeliness of its tragic subject matter...For long stretches, 'This Flat Earth' meanders aimlessly in search of something resembling a plot. ...
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April 9th, 2018
"The unconvincing 'This Flat Earth' at Playwrights Horizons proves that it’s actually not all in the timing...The show also lacks urgency and authenticity and, as directed by Rebecca Taichman, uniformly believable performances...Ferrentino, to her credit, is drawn to stories of people who are com...
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