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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

84
Ambitious, Absorbing, Relevant, Funny, Disappointing

See it if You are interested in plays on current topics- shootings in schools, enjoy creative staging and solid acting and willing to let author lead

Don't see it if Looking for profound writing, don’t like Theater that touches current events, straight plays bore you

Also This was an absorbing evening with strong performances and a quirky bu... Read more Read less

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.

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

85
Great acting, Relevant, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Great writing

See it if you don't mind heavy subject matter. Though the writer does a great job of keeping moments of (sometimes laugh-out-loud) levity throughout.

Don't see it if you're turned off by (unfortunately) topical themes and events.

75
Relevant, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Intense, Cliched

See it if Some really nice performances overall, very nuanced work in characterization. My heart broke for Cassie Beck's portrayal of a lost soul.

Don't see it if Heavy handed at times with some unrealistic writing. A little cliched as well, but it wasn't the eye-roll worthy squirm in seat type.

80
Relevant, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if Thought provoking and very timely subject matter: school shootings and its effect on the survivors.

Don't see it if I did not completely buy the interpersonal relationships. And did not like the “crystal ball” ending showing the future. Very unnecessary.

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....

79
Clever, Profound, Resonant

See it if you want a perspective on gun violence from a child's POV

Don't see it if you can't suspend disbelief that a 13-year-old would have never heard of a school shooting

70
Relevant, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Indulgent, Slow

See it if you enjoy topical plays that ask relevant questions.

Don't see it if you want a “feel-good” evening at the theatre. This piece provides the opposite.

75
Great acting, Great writing, Profound, Intense

See it if you like small theater productions

Don't see it if you only like musicals

Also I enjoyed this play very much. Nice staging, great acting, very import... Read more Read less

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

80
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Relevant, Entertaining

See it if you want a play about school shootings in america without being about school shootings in america. great young acting. great set + lights.

Don't see it if what exactly WAS the play trying to say? the final monologue from the most minor character had me a little confused at what the end goal was

80
Ambitious, Intense, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if you are interested in plays with immediate cultural/political relevancy, you love new works, and/or you enjoy shows featuring young actors.

Don't see it if you find discussions of school shootings upsetting/triggering, or if you are uninterested in plays with a specific political point of view.

Also This Flat Earth attempts to grapple with the daunting beast that is sc... Read more Read less

79
Ambitious, Relevant, Great directing, Great writing

See it if You like shows about/related to current events, you want to see remarkable young actors, you like emotional shows, you like one-act plays.

Don't see it if You want theatre to be an escape, you don't like tearjerkers, you want to always have a full view of the set --or just don't sit in the mezz

80
Slow, Cliched, Great acting

See it if You like your plays political and of-the-moment

Don't see it if “Issue” plays turn you off — this one leans unabashedly into that label

77
Absorbing, Relevant, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if You enjoy contemporary dramas that hold a great deal of relevance to today’s issues.

Don't see it if You are not a fan of dramas

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.

96
Resonant, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Funny, Great acting

See it if You have strong feelings about the world we are leaving our children. The acting and writing are top notch. Humor at all the right moments.

Don't see it if You don't want to be emotionally connected. If you want light fluff, this aint it. If you are a member of the NRA, this is NOT for you !

Also This was one of the best plays I have seen off Broadway in years. I sa... Read more Read less

80
Absorbing, Funny, Thought-provoking, Intense, Ambitious

See it if You appreciate current events, are a fan of child actors, and like elaborate sets

Don't see it if You cannot handle mentions of school shootings, or do not like emotional shows. Many people were in tears by the end

70
Absorbing, Relevant, Confusing

See it if you want a thought-provoking story about school shootings from the perspective of a middle-schooler.

Don't see it if you're looking for uplifting theatre or amazing acting.

72
Relevant, Resonant, Ambitious

See it if you want to see a play that discusses our world in a relevant way. Timely and important.

Don't see it if you aren't ready to see what is lacking in society; especially surrounding guns.

75
Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Timely, Relevant, Great staging

See it if You like new plays by modern playwrights concerning current issues.

Don't see it if You are uninterested in teenage angst or the problems of single parents.

Also I really liked the set design and the live cello playing.

84
Relevant, Thought-provoking, Intense, Clever, Absorbing

See it if Very relevent to today's times. It presents obvious or not so obvious questions as we take a first hand look into the lives of the victims.

Don't see it if If you prefer a more upbeat lighter play.

89
Absorbing, Intelligent, Must see, Profound

See it if Lots of family that go through these type of true stories

Don't see it if It is a must-see to understand the show


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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