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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

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.

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.

92
Absorbing, Intense, Must see, Masterful, Relevant

See it if you enjoy watching intense dramas in an intimate space about a shaken town in the aftermath of a school shooting with a small cast.

Don't see it if you don't want plays dealing with political issues or if you cannot deal with the stereotypes/tropes as mentioned in Laura 8060's comment.

Also This was DEFINITELY a must-see despite its problems. The acting and di... Read more Read less

100
Absorbing, Great acting, Ambitious, Timely, Thoughtful

See it if It was well written, well acted, and the overall message and topics are extremely timely

Don't see it if If you don't believe in gun control

89
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Relevant, Riveting

See it if You want some brilliant truth. Sensitive topics addressed through a lens that is impossible not to sympathise with. Fantastic performances.

Don't see it if You will get stuck on small plot issues. The play is more than that.

75
Ambitious, Great acting, Intelligent, Resonant, Disappointing

See it if You are interested in seeing plays about real world events, social problems. You want a new take on how certain events affect children.

Don't see it if You are triggered by mentions of violence in schools. A great idea, not executed as well as it could have been. Script needed more work.

90
Great acting, Great writing, Profound, Relevant

See it if You care about the topic of gun violence. Or if you go to the theater to think and get out of your comfort zone.

Don't see it if You’re looking for something light and entertaining.

84
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if Very topical, brilliant performance by female lead, enjoy theater with liberal social content

Don't see it if Can't see anything more about gun bio ok once, or not interested ok no a terrific story about teenagers

85
Great acting, Well-written, Poignant

See it if You’re looking for a piece of theatre that helps you to reflect on the current state-of-affairs in the US. Beautiful performances by cast.

Don't see it if You are looking to be entertained by high-energy or something light. This story requires an attentive ear active mind.

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?

91
Ambitious, Absorbing, Great acting

See it if You'd like to see solid emotional performances about current events

Don't see it if Triggers: school massacres, the death of a child/ children

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
84
Surprising, Great acting, Great writing, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if Relevant themes brought up in insightful ways. Slow reveals and plot twists.

Don't see it if A stretch of suspension of disbelief must be taken in order for poignant themes and lines to make sense.

Also Hard to say more without giving away anything. ... Read more Read less

During previews
84
Entertaining, Relevant, Great acting, Great writing, Thought-provoking

See it if Very timely subject matter. Author does a great job of including light & humor w/ such a heavy subject. Story moves along at a great pace.

Don't see it if The subject matter hits too close to home or is too upsetting (Won't spoil it here).

During previews
87
Intense, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Profound, Absorbing

See it if You want to see something that feels so incredibly current it’s uncomfortable at times because we are still working through personal grief.

Don't see it if You can’t handle some serious questions, some of them focused directly on you, about your culpability for gun violence in America today.

Also I knew nothing about this show before going in and it was just “coinci... Read more Read less

During previews
92
Great acting, Great writing, Profound, Masterful, Resonant

See it if The gifted pen of Lindsey Ferrentino paints beauty, vulnerability and truth once again. Acting is stellar from all. Go feel it.

Don't see it if Shows about gun violence in schools is too much for you.

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
73
Thought-provoking, Slow, Intense, Ambitious, Relevant

See it if With Parkland still stinging, Ferrentino tries to enter the mind of a young survivor of school massacre Powerful & disturbing but unfocused

Don't see it if Expert cast (esp Gravatt) led with skill by Taichman still can't navigate all the themes/plot lines author addresses Awkward set a hindrance

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
76
Ambitious, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Indulgent

See it if to learn about the aftermath of school shootings & some of academia's failings, see a good father-daughter play & role of music in a life

Don't see it if you don't want to be reminded of school shootings, the grieving process or insensitive parents, don"t like plays featuring adolescents

During previews
88
Relevant, Great writing, Great acting

See it if an affecting single-act dramedy centered on a middle-school pupil coping with the aftermath of witnessing a massacre. Touching and funny.

Don't see it if numb to all too current and pervasive headlines of gun violence in American schools. Same tone as "Amy and the Orphans" also by playwright.

Also "You're supposed to protect us..."

During previews
85
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Upsetting, Great writing, Beautiful

See it if you want to see a really impactful and thought-provoking play about young kids navigating growing up in this day and age.

Don't see it if you're looking for an escape from the horrible things going on in the world.

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

See it if An intimate, poignant play about growing up in our difficult times. Incredible acting by all 5, esp. young Ella Kennedy Davis (amazing!)

Don't see it if ...you don't want to see a play on the topic of school violence. It is very intense and sad but also well paced and quite funny at times.

Also I saw this because I had been very moved by Lindsey Ferrentino's "Amy ... 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
88
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Relevant

See it if you want to see a drama about violence in the schools. Excellent dialogue and great acting. Some parts are disturbing and very moving.

Don't see it if you enjoy comedy or do not want to see a drama about violence in the schools and our society and how we react to it, victims and survivors.

Also I was very impressed and moved by this play. The young and older actre... 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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