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Thunderbodies

From 20 member  reviews
Members say: Funny, Ambitious, Great acting, Entertaining, Excruciating

About the show

Soho Rep's new satire pokes, picks, and plucks at a society swimming, spinning, sloughing, and slurping through the fog of war.  More…

It’s springtime in America. The war is finally over. Grotilde has completed her life’s work of losing the last 10 pounds, General Michail has proposed, and the President is up to his new tricks. So what if the weather is a little strange and the last soldier won’t come home?


Member Reviews (20)

MEMBERS SAY:

Funny, Ambitious, Great acting, Entertaining, Excruciating
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Avg Score

85
Funny, Relevant, Dizzying, Edgy, Weird

See it if Giddy biting satire of American culture with exaggerated characters. Metal music. Zany over-the-top action. Challenging to interpret.

Don't see it if You don't enjoy weird edgy "nonsense" plays with campy characters saying ridiculous things. Small loud theater. Explicit sex talk.

Also Example: A midget with a broken tank who won't stop fighting after the... Read more Read less

5
Excruciating, Banal, Disappointing, Poorly staged, Poorly acted

See it if you want to see a play given a full production that is still in dire need of about 100 rewrites.

Don't see it if there are other plays on your "Must-See" list. Just skip it.

Also What a disaster! Mounting a new play that is at the workshop level. Th... Read more Read less

80
Entertaining, Funny, Great writing

See it if Deirdre O’Connell.

Don't see it if Nonsense annoys you.

74
Funny, Wacky

See it if It's underrated, Dierdre O’Connell was fantastic

Don't see it if ...

77
Ambitious, Raunchy, Clever, Relevant

See it if not sure how to place this - loved half of it, didn't care much for the other half. Certainly unusual/ambitious enough to be worth watching.

Don't see it if you don't like oversaturation of somewhat monotonous satire

Also There are two (occasionally intersecting) plotlines there. A soldier r... Read more Read less

9
Disappointing, Loud, Clever wordplay but just not funny or insightful

See it if you want to decide whether Jesse Green was too positive about this one. (He panned it.)

Don't see it if you want to keep thinking that Liliana Blain-Cruz can do no wrong.

Also Monique St. Cyr's performance was a bright spot. I will definitely be ... Read more Read less

50
Ambitious, Confusing, Absorbing, Funny, Excruciating

See it if You enjoy seeing experimental theatre and a fun set.

Don't see it if You are looking for your "normal" or "usual" theatre experience. This is odd!

10
Banal, Disappointing, Excruciating, Indulgent

See it if You like splash without substance and imagery without anything significant to say behind it.

Don't see it if You want something behind the absurdity to hold it up. As it is, this play is floundering and I'm shocked Soho Rep picked it for the season.

Also I'm sorry, but this was just lazy playwriting. Word play and nothing m... Read more Read less

90
Entertaining, Great acting, Great writing, Hilarious, Great staging

See it if You are open to the bizarre, weird and wonderful. This is a mad world of peculiar characters and it’s bloody brilliant! Brave work all round

Don't see it if If you don’t like experimental theatre or if you only like linear plots

95
Wild, Hilarious, Great writing, Quirky, Great acting

See it if you love watching actors be completely nuts and completely relatable at the same time

Don't see it if you don't enjoy experimental theatre or bright colors

90
Absorbing, Entertaining, Quirky, Funny, Dizzying

See it if You like thrill rides. This play is wacky, satirical, unadulterated fun. It also doesn’t care if there’s a clear message. It’s about fun.

Don't see it if You are epileptic. It is quite literally dizzying, and contains a full scene with intense strobes. But if you like the thrill, jump in.

Also While this play points the finger at modern America, it is only laughi... Read more Read less

89
Ambitious, Great acting, Funny, Clever, Absorbing

See it if Kate Harker is a brilliant young playwright who brings an astounding capacity for scathing word play and broad and incisive comedic insight.

Don't see it if If you are not in the mood for broad slapstick comedy with a cutting, message about our times, you won’t like this play.

During previews
80
Irreverent, Edgy, Thought-provoking, Quirky

See it if you want to see an anarchic, absurdist, futurist, madcap comedy that provides a profound, startling, satirical indictment of war.

Don't see it if you aren't prepared for the unconventional; you don't enjoy absurdist or political theatre; you're tired of dystopian visions of our future

Also If, like me, you admired Soho Rep's "Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again" (... Read more Read less

During previews
92
Delightful, Raucous, Savage, Brilliantly played, Brilliantly designed sound, set, costume & lights

See it if you'd like to see a dazzling example of the strain of savage farce that, since UBU ROI, breaks out from time to time in modern theater.

Don't see it if you are looking for a night of quiet contemplation.

Also I love Paula Vogel. But when I read her blurb for “Thunderbodies,” com... Read more Read less

During previews
10
Excruciating, Without meaningful artistic content

See it if You find sight gags and random verbal whimsey worthy if your time.

Don't see it if You are expecting satire, or any serious comment on society and war. I heard lots of laughter from the audience but this was without merit.

Also Soho Rep..really?!! I have to hope that they bought the elevator pitch... Read more Read less

During previews
42
Disappointing, Dated, Cliched, Ambitious

See it if you'd like to see what a contemporaty version of Jarry or Ionesco may look like, if done terribly.

Don't see it if you are looking for anything subtle, well written or well directed.

Also Thunderbodies starts at an eleven and has nowhere to go but over the t... Read more Read less

During previews
65
Ambitious, Great acting, Indulgent

See it if You want to see a superb, totally out there performance from Dierdre O'Connell, top notch design work, and your sense of humor is puns.

Don't see it if You have a low tolerance for the absurd and grotesque. I experienced the show as a very long inside joke that I was sometimes clued in on.

During previews
77
Clever, Ambitious, Edgy

See it if You're ready for a unique take on war exhaustion, you don't mind surprises, you enjoy rapid wordplay, you like to see great downtown artists

Don't see it if You can't bear criticism of the USA (even constructive), you abhor puns, you prefer that your theatre is pristine, you are prone to seizures

During previews
80
Great acting, Relevant

See it if You appreciate offbeat theater, can process a comedic/absurdist look at war & conflict, and want to see really good actors up (very) close.

Don't see it if You don’t have a sense of humor that values absurdity, or if you like your theater and it’s messaging served up in traditional fashion.

During previews
91
Enchanting, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Intelligent

See it if you like the work that soho rep does... they’re special because their work is singular

Don't see it if if you don’t want to be forced to think - whiled being entertained.


October 28th, 2018
"Stuffed with cute word twists and tiresome satire...But even if satire is your thing, you might like it to be funny or pointed. 'Thunderbodies' isn’t much of the first or any of the second. Its language is so promiscuous and its object so blurry it seems merely scattershot...Everything moves at ...
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October 30th, 2018
“A loud, filthy burlesque...’Thunderbodies’ seems mostly to be an excuse for linguistic, rather than political, mayhem...Blain-Cruz has a careful eye for goofy theater business...Jeffers makes several funny, subtle choices...In yet another splendid Off Broadway performance, O’Connell roars throug...
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October 28th, 2018
"Though 'Thunderbodies' is bursting at the seams with ugly vitality, its parade of rapacious cartoons feels like little more than a pair of middle fingers...Leaving the potential for real danger and real pathos untapped...Blain-Cruz hasn’t helped Hernández get below its surface...There’s always s...
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October 29th, 2018
"Mockery without bite, a screeching cartoon based on the proposition that constantly referring to genitalia somehow constitutes a mordant comment on the state of the world. Tarker is a new face, but it's hard to imagine what possessed the perfectly fine director Lileana Blain-Cruz to sign up for ...
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