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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

49
Relevant, Disappointing, Dull, Excruciating

See it if you want to explore the after-math of school shooting & it's affect on a whiny, self-absorbed, sheltered teenager.

Don't see it if whiny teens grate on your last nerve. Young lead actress has potential but her voice & mannerisms are excruciating. 1.5hrs no intermission

49
Disappointing, Cliched, Excruciating, Indulgent, Confusing

See it if you are interested in any play dealing with gun violence in schools no matter how unfinished or thought through it is.

Don't see it if you are looking for good acting, direction or writing. This had no business being produced. Sad, because it is a timely subject.

25
Tacky and pandering

See it if Watch Rebecca Taichman try to distract you from cloying characters in a hollow play with a live cello player.

Don't see it if You want any kind of interesting thought, questions, or characters onstage. You want to be challenged in any way.

Also Is this playwright desperate to be programmed? She seems to write play... Read more Read less

14
Cliched, Excruciating, Insipid

See it if You're interested in the topic of gun violence and children's reactions to it.

Don't see it if You are irritated by poorly thought out logic/plotlines, half-baked political ideas, and superficial timeliness.

During previews
35
Banal, Disappointing, Cliched, Inert, Heavy-handed

See it if you want to see one poetic monologue (delivered by a rather pointless character) in the last 15 min of an otherwise graceless, plodding play

Don't see it if you think -- just because of the topic -- this is a relevant, important or original contribution to the conversation about school violence.

Also The aforementioned monologue, albeit nicely written and lyrically spok... Read more Read less

During previews
10
Unfocused, Unconvincing, Slow, Relevant but misses the mark

See it if you are interested in another clinker from Playwrights Horizons. The only saving grace is Lynda Gravatt's final monologue.

Don't see it if Just don't. A waste of time and money.

Also Lindsey Ferrentino showed great promise with her first play, "Ugly Lie... Read more Read less

During previews
35
Disappointing, Cliched, Trite, Weak writing, direction, and acting, Painful

See it if You get a free ticket and need a nap.

Don't see it if You have even moderate expectations of realistic dialogue, genuine relationships, or beleivabke performances.

Also I see every show at Playwrights and unusually am a big fan. This is a ... Read more Read less

During previews
35
Timely subject

See it if You are eager to see a play on one of the most topical subjects of today.

Don't see it if You prefer a drama which reflects how people actually act and speak. The artificiality of this play is painful to endure.

During previews
49
Ambitious, Disappointing, Indulgent, Slow

See it if You want to discuss long afterward what you just saw.

Don't see it if You have lost someone, particularly a child, to gun violence and are looking for a meaningful, realistic portrayal of life after it.

Also This is a very slow, meandering story that goes nowhere told by people... Read more Read less

During previews
48
Bad child actors, Banal, Great set, Relevant, Heavyweight subject, lightweight play

See it if One day there will be a great play written about the catastrophic effects of school shootings on U.S. families, until then you have this.

Don't see it if You didn't like Amy & the Orphans or other plays by Lindsay Ferrentino. I've decided I do not like her work. Wooden dialogue/contrived plots

During previews
24
Confusing, Excruciating, Insipid, Cliched

See it if Hard to think of a reason.

Don't see it if You're anything like me.

During previews
31
Flat, Tepid, Stiff, Ponderous, Well-intentioned

See it if you want to promote well-intentioned shows dealing with serious contemporary issues.

Don't see it if you normally love Rebecca Taichman - it's shocking that a director whose work is typically vibrant would be attached to such a wooden show.

Also There's a common thread between this and another Lindsey Ferrentino sc... Read more Read less

During previews
15
Cliched, Heavy handed, Unconscionable, Manipulative, Excruciating

See it if can't think of a single reason, except perhaps if you believe that MAKING theater is always better than NOT doing so.

Don't see it if you object to cliched, manipulative, atrociously acted, vaguely directed, sorely underdeveloped "topical" pieces.

Also I walked out of the theater irrationally angry at having wasted 90 min... Read more Read less

During previews
40
Cliched, Confusing, Disappointing, Excruciating, Indulgent

See it if You identify with the characters. Strong performances from Cassie Beck and Ella Davis. Set is well-done. Adequate direction and staging.

Don't see it if Overloaded, with no discernible convergence to its many subplots. Julie's final monologue is disjointed as heck. READ BELOW.

Also This play makes me livid. Why do all white children/teen characters in... Read more Read less


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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