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This Flat Earth

From 236 member  reviews
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

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

69
Confusing, Relevant, Disappointing, Contrived, Heartfelt

See it if you can handle a drama dealing with a Newtown-type massacre aftermath. Though the play is well-meaning, it strains believability at times.

Don't see it if you want something light or if a well-made play with a tightly focused message is your thing. The ideas here are somewhat scattered.

65
Disappointing, Slow, Insipid

See it if you want to support new plays, want to see something 90 min long, and aren’t bothered by plays about topical issues

Don't see it if you are sensitive to the topic of school shootings or would prefer to see a musical or a less heavy play

Also I was wildly disappointed by this play. The title intrigued me. I’m a ... Read more Read less

65
Ambitious, Disappointing, Relevant, Resonant, Entertaining

See it if you want to see how teens and a family deal with a tragic event (very much currently in the news). oddly entertaining, considering subject.

Don't see it if you want a show trying to be profound but doesn't quite reach that height. In its vagueness, it misses mark. Some moments don't feel real.

68
Cliched, Confusing, Relevant

See it if you wish to see a complex portrayal of a teenage girl well acted and you do not care about inconsitencies

Don't see it if you get easily frustrated when a talented author gets lazy or sloppy in their work

69
Intelligent, Refreshing, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if You enjoy a new exploration of the current events today & how younger people are dealing w/ the feelings they have about.

Don't see it if If you are not interested in how our world is changing rapidly & methods we’re all fing to cope

55
Ambitious, Cliched, Great acting, Indulgent, Relevant

See it if you enjoy "on the nose" propaganda for gun control. Also Ella Kennedy Davis is lovely.

Don't see it if you hate propaganda shoved down your throat....

69
Relevant, Insipid, Intelligent

See it if You are not finished having the gun control conversation in this country.

Don't see it if You look for theatre to further a conversation.

68
Intense, Resonant, Ambitious

See it if you want to be part of the solution to end gun violence.

Don't see it if you expect this play to give you one.

58
Banal, Disappointing

See it if I don't know.

Don't see it if You want a play that makes sense. Why would a young person in this day and age not know there are school shootings?

During previews
60
Unfocused, Artificial, Unconvincing plot, Superficial, This flat play

See it if you have a high tolerance for nonsensical behavior/dialogue and huge plot holes, then TFE might appeal. Strong Taichman staging. Weak script

Don't see it if you want an insightful, intelligent presentation of school violence. Set/lighting are good, but bad sightlines; live cello is strange choice

During previews
68
Relevant, Well-meaning, Stale, Derivative, Unengaging

See it if you don’t mind a stage play that feels like stale TV—until a powerful , fully theatrical finish.

Don't see it if you're expecting a dramatic engagement with the issue of gun violence in schools: the topic is a clothesline on which to hang other stuff.

Also Lindsey Ferrentino is an emerging playwright with 2 plays running on 2... Read more Read less

During previews
68
Relevant, Banal, Disappointing, Slow, Insipid

See it if You’d be really interested in any new play dealing with gun violence in schools.

Don't see it if You get annoyed when new playwrights that have good ideas but can’t execute them well get productions at major theaters.

During previews
50
Overrated, Contrived

See it if You want to see a show set after a school shooting occurred.

Don't see it if Characters feel like one dimensional mouthpieces, not real people. False and forced dialogue. Poor set design with obstructed views.

Also Do they really expect us to believe in the age of social media, newspa... Read more Read less

During previews
54
Good subject matter. flat play.

See it if You will see anything Playwrights Horizon does.

Don't see it if You want to see a well written play.

During previews
69
Disappointing, Thought-provoking, Ambitious, Timely, Unconvincing

See it if you want to see a new play by promising playwright Lindsey Ferrentino in a production led by Tony-winning director Rebecca Taichman.

Don't see it if you don't like plays that deal with school shootings and class inequality.

Also I did not like it as well as "Amy and the Orphans" or "Ugly Lies the B... Read more Read less

During previews
62
Relevant, Bleak topic, Awkward writing, Disappointing effort

See it if An underdeveloped play about teens suffering effects of adults making bad decisions set in a time of school shootings. Feels like a drama...

Don't see it if class assignment. Wooden, unconvincing acting. Not every newly staged playwright is ready for all her works to be brought to NY stages.


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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