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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
74
Avg Score

During previews
77
Entertaining, Great acting, Intelligent, Ambitious, Relevant

See it if If you enjoy an interesting 90 minute show with excellent performances, plus some great live cello playing which is part of the plot

Don't see it if If you dont want a show that focuses on a school shooting and its impact on those involved

During previews
75
Ambitious, Great staging, Relevant

See it if You like "ripped from the headlines" pieces ... and ones with some non-TV plusses.

Don't see it if You like a plot that isn't riddled with implausibilities - really, worse - things that are bizarre ... esp. for the characters here!

During previews
81
Intelligent, Relevant

See it if Great acting, each actor gave an excellent and credible performance which helps tell this sad/realistic/life story. Script is well designed

Don't see it if you don't like anything a bit sentimental

During previews
95
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Great writing, Relevant

See it if you are interested in the human condition, thought provoking theatre that explores timely issues.

Don't see it if you require happy endings and mindless entertainment.

During previews
52
Disappointing, Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Confusing

See it if A play that tries to explore the tragedy of school shootings but then goes off onto other topics of lesser interest. You enjoy Lynda Gravatt

Don't see it if If you are tired of plays about obnoxious teenagers. The lead in this play gives a performance that is unsympathetic and sometimes hard to u

Also understand. Rebecca Taichman as usual does a masterful staging. Play r... 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

During previews
88
Clever, Great writing, Profound, Refreshing, Relevant

See it if You are looking for a play that harkens to our current realities

Don't see it if You hate bad acting

During previews
76
Relevant, Absorbing

See it if You have just seen Amy and the Orphans and want to see another play by Lindsey Ferrentino because you loved that play.

Don't see it if You expect more than chatter with no direction. Also if you expected more of the Playwright

During previews
91
Absorbing, Great acting, Profound, Resonant, Riveting

See it if you love great acting, an absorbing story and being moved.

Don't see it if you are not looking for something strangely and profoundly topical.

During previews
88
Great acting, Intelligent, Actual, Moving, Great staging

See it if you care about current kids against gun violence movement

Don't see it if (can't find a reason not to see this)

During previews
90
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Riveting, Relevant

See it if you want to experience how 12 year olds react to true life, especially when it "hits" them where they live!

Don't see it if the current wave of school shootings is an issue you can't bear to watch on a stage.


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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