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Time's Journey Through a Room

From 17 member  reviews
Members say: Slow, Thought-provoking, Great staging, Absorbing, Quirky

About the show

Set one year after the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan, PlayCo's drama is a portrait of how we move forward from life-changing events. More…

Part love story and part ghost story, 'Time’s Journey Through a Room' observes how hope can spring up alongside sadness and fear, and change can be realized if we are awake to the present moment.

Member Reviews (17)


Slow, Thought-provoking, Great staging, Absorbing, Quirky
Avg Score

Great staging, Thought-provoking, Edgy, Slow, Ritualistic

See it if ceremonial events interests you. The slow precise speech and long posed postures suggests ritual.

Don't see it if If you are looking for a traditional theatrical experience.


See it if Starts detached. Very slowly gets into their internal, emotional journey of coping with a dead partner and accepting a new one in.

Don't see it if Super. Slow. Talking. With. Lots. Of. Pauses. Irritate. ...You. Death of a partner is triggering. No real plot annoys you.

Also Ticket from Todaytix for $29.

Absorbing, Relevant, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if Sparse and poetic...see beyond your eyes. Brief and momentous,

Don't see it if Not ready to deal with loss and healing.

Absorbing, Edgy, Thought-provoking, Slow, Quirky

See it if You appreciate the subtlety of language and the disconnect of speaking in a translated dialogue which reinforces the Feeling of loss

Don't see it if You want an easy light evening of theater This is all about the subtitles

Slow, Interesting, Striking

See it if you enjoy avant-garde theatre.

Don't see it if you do not enjoy having to sit through dialogue delivered at a deliberately glacial pace.

Also I can’t help but think this could’ve been better performed in the orig... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Great staging, Great writing, Riveting

See it if you want to see contemporary Japanese writing in an exquisite production. An authentic representation of young adults dealing with grief.

Don't see it if You have problem with accents. You have an exceptionally short attention span. You need everything spelled out for you in drama.

Intelligent, Resonant, Slow, Romantic

See it if you're interested in a piece that is more an evocation of than a drama about grief and the journey past it.

Don't see it if you expect a probing psychological drama.

Also This piece probably comes as close as anything to translating a haiku ... Read more Read less

Slow, Thought-provoking, Quirky, Intelligent, Great staging

See it if You like thought provoking meditative plays. This play is as much about the conversation after, as it is about the actual show.

Don't see it if You like fast plays. It's slow, and when one of the characters instructed the audience to close our eyes I thought Is this a good idea?

Great staging, Intense, Quirky, Slow, Resonant

See it if A play set across time, we see memory and the present overlap. Likely the most formally interesting show running in NY now.

Don't see it if Some of the dialogue is banal on purpose, other times it is just banal. Fairly staid gender views. Slow pace (tho often to solid effect).

Confusing, Slow, Thought-provoking

See it if You appreciate works by non-United States born writers and stories.

Don't see it if You don't like shows without a clear plot.

Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Great staging, Quirky

See it if You enjoy small plays about big subjects, like survival after trauma and happiness, super sets and super choreography, though no dancing.

Don't see it if Actors are Japanese with occasional hard-to-grasp lines.

Banal, Cliched, Disappointing, Slow, Indulgent

See it if you want a Zen poem with very little action or poetry

Don't see it if you want a strong story or engaging performances

Great staging, Thought-provoking, Slow, Deliberate, Intense

See it if You want to see an inventively done play that is extremely deliberate.

Don't see it if You don’t like silences in plays, want a spectacle, want things to be extremely clear.

Thought-provoking, Profound, Slow, Exquisite, Poetic

See it if It is a beautifully spare production,a subtle yet powerful portrayal of love, and grief in the aftermath of tragedy. Excellent design

Don't see it if you don't have patience for a slow-paced, dream-like play. If you don't enjoy abstract or minimalist theater.

Absorbing, Enchanting, Great staging

See it if You appreciate cerebral interactions

Don't see it if You like fast-paced story development

During previews
Ambitious, Edgy, Slow, Thought-provoking

See it if If you are interested in a look at death as a transitional state. It is slow but thought provoking.

Don't see it if Do not see if you do not enjoy a slow with limited action play.

During previews
Take journey

See it if Interested in Japanese culture. Enjoy short, different theater.

Don't see it if Short length not enough bang for the entertainment dollar.

Also Playwright creates an existential situation and forces audience to mud... Read more Read less

May 21st, 2018
"'Time’s Journey' is a response to the Fukushima disaster, and the striking sensory evocation that begins the performance ensures that we make the connection. The translation, by Aya Ogawa, helps with that, too; fluid as it is, it does not feel like American speech...Told in fragments that come t...
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May 21st, 2018
"The glacially paced 'Time’s Journey' is challenging...Our heartbeats and our thoughts slow. In this down-tempo mode, 'Time’s Journey' feels like a marathon: Time staggers, creeps, crawls through the room. Your thoughts may be inclined to flutter out of the box that Okada and Rothenberg have made...
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May 21st, 2018
"Events unfold at a pace that may confound many Americans in the audience...'Time's Journey Through a Room' is never dull, yet it never deeply engages. And once again, one is left wondering if, in its detachment -- not to mention its allusion to still-recent traumatic events -- the play may have ...
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May 21st, 2018
"With its glacial pace, crypticness and arresting production design, Japanese playwright Toshiki Okada’s 'Time’s Journey Through a Room' at first seems more suited to a museum than a theater. However, halfway through its one hour running time it metamorphosizes into a majestic rumination on the p...
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