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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

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.

91
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Relevant, Riveting

See it if You like well acted, powerful performances around lives impacted by a senseless tragedy that is sadly all too common. Highly recommended.

Don't see it if You prefer a light hearted play. This show is intense and extremely well acted.

Also School shootings and violence must stop; this play poignantly describe... Read more Read less

78
Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Intense, Excellent moments of levity

See it if you would like to see a smart playwright take on a hard topic in a mostly successful way, with great young actors at its heart.

Don't see it if a disappointing final 15 mins would ruin for you what is otherwise a very solid show or if you can't handle a show about a school shooting.

Also the show is only set in the aftermath, and not at the school, but if t... Read more Read less

78
Relevant, Intelligent, Intense, Resonant, Absorbing

See it if You want to see an exploration of how a school shooting impacts a couple families. The grief stricken mother is excellent!

Don't see it if Grief and anxiety are triggers for you.

70
Relevant, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if You appreciate pertinent social themes dealt with on stage.

Don't see it if You are triggered by mentions of gun violence or school shootings.

98
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great staging, Riveting, Relevant

See it if Loved this show. Acting was good. It makes you think about the ripple effect of crimes.

Don't see it if There is no reason not to see this show!

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

70
Disappointing, Slow, Thought-provoking

See it if You have patience for a meandering story.

Don't see it if You want a play with well written characters who will engage your interest.

Also Despite a compelling topic - I just didn’t find the characters engagin... Read more Read less

80
Absorbing, Great acting, Relevant

See it if You like good writing about topical subjects

Don't see it if You are disturbed by subjects related to school shootings.

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.

77
Relevant, Thought-provoking, Disappointing, Great acting

See it if you like plays that are about current issues and are interested by the different perspectives no matter how it is executed

Don't see it if triggered by current events involving school violence, looking for fluffy, you are a gun owner (or maybe do see it)

73
Ambitious, Relevant, Resonant

See it if you want to see a play on a hot button issue that focuses on how youth process tragedy.

Don't see it if a play falling apart in the last five minutes will ruin the whole show for you or if you want something light and uplifting.

90
Ambitious, Great writing, Profound, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if you like plays that tackle contemporary issues. This play deals with gun control and school shootings, and handles it very well

Don't see it if you want a light-hearted, fun, family play or anything like that.

92
Absorbing, Great acting, Profound, Masterful

See it if you want to be moved by looking at our insane world (school shootings/social inequality) through the eyes of young people.

Don't see it if do not like compelling theater that deals with real issues and makes you laugh, think and feel.

80
Relevant, Great acting, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to see a difficult subject handled with care by an incredibly talented cast. Ella Kennedy Davis is excellent.

Don't see it if Themes of school violence are difficult for you.

Also My one big critique is that Dane Laffrey's set, while interesting, is ... Read more Read less

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

81
Clever, Delightful, Refreshing, Profound, Relevant

See it if You want more insight on a current and controversial social issue.

Don't see it if You do not want to deal with a current and controversial social issue from a teen's point of view.

78
Absorbing, Ambitious, Confusing, Relevant, Intense

See it if Shows which are relevant to today's news

Don't see it if you only like light, happy plots

80
Ambitious, Absorbing, Resonant, Relevant

See it if you are open to a play that tackles a hyper relevant topic in a clever way but one that posits far more questions than answers.

Don't see it if you want something a little more cohesive and robust. This play has moments where it's not quite sure what it's trying to say.

79
Relevant, Thought-provoking, Intense

See it if You've been watching the news and you need to process your feelings.

Don't see it if you have a gun at home.

Also The first ten minutes of this play make you scared that the writer can... Read more Read less

85
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Intelligent

See it if you love a good play with serious issues, quirky characters and is about family and community.

Don't see it if you need logical characters and aren't willing to go for the feel versus straight facts. I strongly liked this one and will remember it.

85
Clever, Intelligent, Great writing, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if you like the clever writing of Lindsey Ferrentino. I had high expectations because everything she writes is gold and she delivered but..

Don't see it if gun control is a sensitive topic for you

Also The acting/staging was a little bit of a disappointment for me. maybe ... Read more Read less

90
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Heartbreaking, Relevant

See it if you wonder how the next generation is going to grow up in an era of violence and close-to-home tragedies. It's a heartbreaking story.

Don't see it if you are triggered or have some kind of PTSD from violence.

85
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if you enjoy fresh, timely theater that examines what is happening in our world now. If you are ready to laugh and cry at the same time.

Don't see it if you don't want to watch characters confront dark, complicated emotions. If you are turned off by anything having do to with shootings.

Also I think this play deals with the current topic of gun violence in scho... Read more Read less

75
Great acting, Relevant, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Great staging

See it if You enjoy works that are highly relevant to today's climate without being preachy. You like modern works.

Don't see it if You prefer musicals, are looking for a flashy production, school shootings are triggering for you. You can't stand child actors.


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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