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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
50
Overrated, Contrived

See it if You want to see a show set after a school shooting occurred.

Don't see it if Characters feel like one dimensional mouthpieces, not real people. False and forced dialogue. Poor set design with obstructed views.

Also Do they really expect us to believe in the age of social media, newspa... 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
85
Clever, Great acting, Intelligent, Masterful, Must see

See it if You want to see a piece that focuses on seeing the world through the eyes of a middle school girl

Don't see it if You are expecting a big flashy Broadway production

Also This was the second best play I have seen so far in 2018!! 90% of the ... Read more Read less

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

See it if You are interested in a play about the aftermath of a school shooting ie how it affects close friends of the victims and their families.

Don't see it if You can’t deal with watching a play that so closely imitates our real lives today. You are looking for escapist fare; this play is not that

During previews
80
Thoughtful, Absorbing, Sad, Some scenes are lyrical and beautiful

See it if Want story re emotional effects after tragic event. Characters try to cope & make sense of prior horror. It's referenced but not the focus.

Don't see it if Can't suspend belief about some plot points, or don't mind a little magical realism. It's topical, sad, haunting & the teens felt real.

During previews
82
Great acting, Thought-provoking, Absorbing

See it if You want to see the aftermath of a school shooting through the teenage mind. Father-daughter relationship is realistic & well-played.

Don't see it if You are disturbed by the current discussions of how to keep our children safe. Psychological impact of trauma.

During previews
54
Good subject matter. flat play.

See it if You will see anything Playwrights Horizon does.

Don't see it if You want to see a well written play.

During previews
69
Disappointing, Thought-provoking, Ambitious, Timely, Unconvincing

See it if you want to see a new play by promising playwright Lindsey Ferrentino in a production led by Tony-winning director Rebecca Taichman.

Don't see it if you don't like plays that deal with school shootings and class inequality.

Also I did not like it as well as "Amy and the Orphans" or "Ugly Lies the B... Read more Read less

During previews
87
Thought-provoking, Serious subject leavened with comedy, Relevant, Great staging, Edgy

See it if viewing & listening to the unspeakable thru eyes & reasoning of a teenage girl, intrigue you

Don't see it if you expect your entertainment offerings not to deal with real world problems & reactions of others to school shootings

During previews
80
Relevant, Thought-provoking, Confluence of coincidences

See it if You’d like to see a drama that telescopes in on a tragic event that coincides with a coming of age, then zooms out in time as a cello plays

Don't see it if You don’t want to think about another school shooting or another example of adults failing to solve an ongoing problem.

During previews
75
Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Profound, Absorbing

See it if you enjoy timely plays that push the boundaries of human emotions when dealing with tragedy

Don't see it if you find plays that require you to think are not appealing to you

During previews
74
Entertaining, Relevant, Ambitious

See it if you are interested in families and their struggles with pre-teens and teens. Economic and situational stories are well presented.

Don't see it if you prefer happy plays and are not particularly interested in young people and their issues.

During previews
62
Relevant, Bleak topic, Awkward writing, Disappointing effort

See it if An underdeveloped play about teens suffering effects of adults making bad decisions set in a time of school shootings. Feels like a drama...

Don't see it if class assignment. Wooden, unconvincing acting. Not every newly staged playwright is ready for all her works to be brought to NY stages.

During previews
75
Intelligent, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Timely

See it if you want a timely play dealing with the aftermath of a shooting at a school. It feels unfinished.

Don't see it if the subject matter is not for you.

During previews
70
Ambitious, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if A play about youngster’s reaction to a school shooting. At times right on target however it looses it’s focus at other times. Great acting.

Don't see it if Do not see if the latest school shooting have been disturbing. Do not see it you perfer light plays.

During previews
78
Ambitious, Relevant, Moving

See it if you want to see an emotional show about the aftermath of a school shooting and its impact on one of the students.

Don't see it if you think you are going to see a simple antigun piece. It covers themes of grief, fear, honesty, first love, privilege from $, aging, etc.

Also I think there were too many themes. It tried to be all things to all p... Read more Read less

During previews
80
Relevant, Intelligent, Fine acting, Excellent writing, Absorbing

See it if you like plays that explore people's reactions to and dealing with current tragedies that includes political "overtones."

Don't see it if you dislike serious plays that deal with tragedy, its complex effects on people as they attempt to cope with suffering, loss and the future.

During previews
79
Absorbing, Ambitious, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Resonant

See it if You think about our post Parkdale world and how it impacts younger survivors

Don't see it if You are looking for a comedy

During previews
88
Absorbing, Edgy, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if You wonder what it would be like to be a teen and go through a tragedy like a mass shooting. I liked that they still seemed like real kids.

Don't see it if You've seen enough plays about mass shootings and you're tired of them.

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
75
Good acting, Relevant, Inconsistent, Important themes, Too "on the nose"

See it if you like contemporary plays that deal with timely themes. Some powerful moments but the show as a whole didn't completely work for me.

Don't see it if Can be triggering (school shootings). Parts didn't feel realistic. Relevant to what's going on now--it's almost too much to absorb.

During previews
85
Absorbing, Relevant, Resonant, Intelligent

See it if You like well developed characters probe the complicated subject of gun violence in school 90 minutes

Don't see it if Coming of age dramas and gun violence triggers and you want an easy resolution

During previews
80
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Relevant

See it if you want to see a play written by a young, gifted writer about an important topic.

Don't see it if you don't want to think about all the killings of school children in the USA today.

Also The playwright is so talented that I look forward to hearing about her... Read more Read less

During previews
75
Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if you are interested in young people trying to make sense of life's tragedies. Well acted, great sets. An engaging story keeps your interests.

Don't see it if you don't like shows with little action dealing with a serious subject.


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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