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TOUCH

From 41 member  reviews
Members say: Great acting, Absorbing, Intense, Slow, Thought-provoking

About the show

Libra Theater Company revives Toni Press-Coffman's drama about one man's struggle to move past grief and find human connection and love again. More…

Kyle Kalke, an astronomer since childhood and a high school 'science nerd,' falls for flamboyant, outspoken, open-hearted Zoe, who, astonishingly, loves him back. When she is kidnapped and murdered, Kyle is left to wrestle with the puzzling realities surrounding her death.


Member Reviews (41)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great acting, Absorbing, Intense, Slow, Thought-provoking
82
Avg Score

90
Intense, Profound, Resonant, Emotional, Romantic

See it if You want to go on a journey of tragedy, grief, and finally, hope. Excellent writing and character acting.

Don't see it if You don't want to be immersed in strong emotions.

85
Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Intense, Clever

See it if you enjoy shows about people dealing with loss.

Don't see it if severe loss upsets you.

Also the folding chairs that serve as seats are fairly uncomfortable.

70
Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Slow, Indulgent

See it if you like intimate small theater exploring difficult life issues, science vs spirituality, and can manage a meandering plot and execution

Don't see it if you don't like small theater, actor monologues, difficult subject matter, poetry

90
Great acting, Romantic, Absorbing

See it if You love the short stories on NPR radio where the story is told rather than performed. This is 10% show and 90% tell. Well done, but talky

Don't see it if You require action. Small quibble with plot resolution, but still an intelligent and moving high quality evening in the theater. Try it.

72
Absorbing, Slow, Great acting

See it if an intimate setting for an up close look at the impact of loss on decisions and relationships; strong storytelling

Don't see it if subject matter of murder is too emotional; extended periods of actor's storytelling is not engaging for you; you want something uplifting

92
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Riveting, Resonant

See it if you like to dig deep in your heart

Don't see it if you want a feel good show

85
Great acting, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if You like touching human dramas performed by strong actors.

Don't see it if You're expecting a lot of action.

83
Absorbing, Great acting, Intense

See it if you like completely engrossing long monologues to start a show, acted extremely well, a connected ensemble cast, & dark/sad themes.

Don't see it if you only like funny, witty plays with rapid banter, large, moving sets, or musicals!

68
Thought-provoking, Entertaining

See it if You like somewhat nonlinear stories exploring science, spirit and the aftermath of grief in the wake of crime

Don't see it if You or someone close to you have been the victim of a violent crime, or if you have very strong feelings about prostitution

75
Absorbing, Great acting, Slow, Intense, Edgy

See it if you like darker shows, vaguely reminiscent of The Night Of, or a slower-moving, more in-depth episode of SVU

Don't see it if you have little patience for slow/long monologues -- I definitely felt the show dragged at points, especially in the beginning.

69
Edgy, Quirky, Thought-provoking, Intense, Profound

See it if you enjoy deep emotional subjects, intimate staging

Don't see it if you are sensitive about dark realities, death, murder and rape, you want to see something light and entertaining

89
Absorbing, Clever, Edgy, Intense

See it if You enjoy psychological plays. Writing and acting are fantastic!

Don't see it if You don't like plays or small spaces. The space was perfect for the production, but maybe not for everyone.

During previews
69
Good story, Indulgent, Pedantic, Well acted, Slow

See it if they make severe editing. Plot has tremendous potential. Great acting but misdirected/saccharine. Good staging/lighting/sound.

Don't see it if Writing is pedantic, contrived, self indulgent, proselytizing (Keats). Unnecessarily long. Uncomfortable theater. 150 min should be 90.

During previews
62
Indulgent, Overly long, Slow, Uneven, Unfocused

See it if You're interested in shows about grief/loss. The lead & story are good but it would work better as a Lifetime movie w/ a script overhaul.

Don't see it if It's in need of some SERIOUS editing & refocusing. Some subplots are absolutely unnecessary. Kudos to Lenk who is a bright spot in Act2.

During previews
93
Great acting, Absorbing, Riveting, Must see, Profound

See it if you want to see extraordinary acting (lead is mesmerizing!) in a beatiful, well paced drama that feels honest and touched my heart.

Don't see it if you want a simple story. This one is uniquely told. Think of it as a mosaic. Some parts are dark but you need them to see the light.

During previews
80
Slow, Absorbing, Original

See it if enjoy good acting by those involved in a sad situation. The acting is intense.

Don't see it if you are not ready for a 30 minute monologue to start the play. There was a stretch where the actors (director's decision) speak too softly.

During previews
79
Ambitious, Quirky, Romantic, Intelligent, Slow

See it if You like tortured low key romantic heroes grieving stubbornly, two male BFFs who are there for each other, real-feeling lived in characters

Don't see it if Over broad romantic tales involving loss by violence are not your thing, you don't like bland mysteries, unreserved seating, exterior noise

During previews
90
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Resonant

See it if you enjoy excellent acting and an absorbing, if dark, plot interspersed with humor; you are a bit of a romantic.

Don't see it if you dislike monologues; you are totally unromantic; shows describing rape and murder upset you; you can't sit through a two+ hour show.

During previews
74
Absorbing, Sad, Great acting, Unfocused

See it if you enjoy superb young actors in a sad story about loss, astronomy & poetry. Wished for a clearer understanding of the playwright's intent.

Don't see it if you want action, a happy ending or a clear message. The script is a bit unfocused and could use some editing. Worth seeing for the actors.

During previews
83
Great acting, Intense, Affecting, Poignant

See it if You'd enjoy a wonderfully acted, almost mesmerizing meditation on love and surviving loss which is just a bit too long.

Don't see it if You cannot sit for two + hours on a reasonably padded folding seat without arm rests. (Maybe trivial, but you may want to know.)

During previews
94
Great acting, Absorbing, Intense, Romantic, Great writing

See it if You like intense shows that make you smile with the main character even when your heart is breaking for him.

Don't see it if You don't like dark, gut-wrenching plays in tiny theatres.

During previews
77
Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Depressing

See it if you can handle very upsetting subjects. It very well may make you cry. Also see if you like well done, long monologues.

Don't see it if you can't handle Law & Order SVU.

During previews
75
Great acting, Gripping

See it if you like intense stories. Terrific acting. Great first act. I didn't like the direction the second act took. Interesting, none the less.

Don't see it if you don't like slower moving dramas that take time to build. Could be a bit shorter.

During previews
75
Profound, Riveting, Great acting, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if Like original, new shows that are thought provoking with excellent young actors.

Don't see it if You don't want to see a show about death , rape and how to get through a spousal death.

During previews
80
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Ambitious, Too long

See it if like original plays on love and loss with good acting and staging.

Don't see it if you want a play that moves faster than this (it's too long), or has a happy ending or is more focused.


August 26th, 2016
"'Touch' is an affecting play wonderfully staged with superb acting…'Touch' tells a very personal story of abiding love, the deep pain of loss, and the potential for healing after a tragedy. It is a completely enthralling show. The four-person cast is exceptional in their roles as they capture ra...
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August 24th, 2016
"A tender and humane play about love, loss, mourning, and a search for meaning, opening tonight in a well-acted and, yes, touching production…'Touch' is at its best when it is fully focused on Kyle as a struggling and realistically complicated, not always pleasant individual…Under Nathaniel Shaw'...
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August 28th, 2016
“Toni Press-Coffman’s 2000 drama now having its first New York revival is a talky play whose first act is told almost entirely in monologues addressed to the audience. However, its depth of emotion and its detailed powerful character study make this an unusual evening of theater. Under Nath...
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August 24th, 2016
"This is a play for grown-ups and not those who have attention-deficit disorder...The splendid cast includes Pete McElligott (Kyle), who carries the play for the first half, and whose subtle, nuanced, always interesting performance is prize-worthy...The excellent director is Nathaniel Shaw...The...
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