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Toys: A Dark Fairy Tale

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Members say: Confusing, Disappointing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Edgy

About the show

59E59 presents this dark fairy tale that explores the lives that were torn apart by war, and asks what it truly means to belong. More…

Shari was born in a war-ravaged country, alone and fending for herself; Clara grew up in New York with the best of everything. These two very different characters—who led two very different lives—meet in an explosive encounter and discover a shared secret from their past. This presentation is made possible through the support of the Romanian Cultural Institute in New York.

Member Reviews (29)


Confusing, Disappointing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Edgy
Avg Score

Banal, Disappointing, Dizzying, Excruciating, Slow

See it if You like the sound of pointless screeching and a pseudo intellectual nightmare. HOKUM!

Don't see it if Unless someone has a loaded gun to your head

I just didn't get it. and i found the actors irritating

See it if I'm not sure who this would appeal to. I saw that someone said it had an appeal to a specific audience. It didn't say who.

Don't see it if You are not interested in ethnic war zone dramas with implied violence and a constant threat to pull the pin in a grenade. Sorry, I'm lost.

Confusing, Disappointing, Pretentious, Emotionally devoid, Insubstantial

See it if you like avant garden theater that deals with impact of war on people, misogyny, marriage and sibling relationships.

Don't see it if you like theater rather than performance art & dealing with serious issues in a way that touches your emotions instead of sterile stylism.

Banal, Disappointing, Insipid, Slow, Confusing

See it if You want to see a short play about one women's thoughts, The acting is very good, but the talented actresses can’t salvage this play.

Don't see it if Just don’t see it, It’s a waste of time,

Confusing, Nonsense

See it if You want to see a short show.

Don't see it if You aren't interested in seeing a meaningless heap of avant garde rubbish.

Absorbing, Confusing, Edgy, Thought-provoking, Resonant

See it if You're open to a non linear show where you won't have a clear answer to what's going on/who exactly the characters are. A creative journey.

Don't see it if It'd drive you crazy to not be able to follow the reasoning behind events. Violent subject matter, though not a painful show to watch.

Confusing, Disappointing, Intense, Quirky, Slow

See it if you like a condensed story

Don't see it if you like your stories to have a beginning, middle and end.

Dizzying, Edgy, Ambitious, Quirky

See it if You like creative and quirky show. The acting were good, especially the role of Madonna.

Don't see it if You don’t like the modern take of the war-torn family.

Also I don’t know if it’s the directing, but it seemed there wasn’t enough ... Read more Read less

Confusing, Edgy, Thought-provoking, Ambitious, Great acting

See it if If you're looking for more a performance piece than a play, and like risk taking and nonlinear structure.

Don't see it if You only like traditional theater with straight forwards plot lines.

Confusing, Disappointing, Weird

See it if Your are masochistic and want to suffer seeing a short show that seemed to go on forever.

Don't see it if You like to see a show with substance and purpose.

Also I have never given such a low score to a production. The actors were o... Read more Read less

Disappointing, Quirky, Overrated, Great acting, Confusing

See it if you like weird theater that's hard to follow.

Don't see it if you are expecting to have a good experience -- you won't.

Thought-provoking, Great acting, Confusing

See it if You like to understand the immigrant experience, and what difficulties they through. Great acting.

Don't see it if You are not interested in seeing something very heavy and co filing.

Great staging, Intense, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Edgy

See it if you'd like to see a short piece of experimental theater and are interested in the personal conflicts around immigration.

Don't see it if you don't want something too heavy-handed.

During previews
Horrific, Nightmarish, Disappointing, Original, Avant garde

See it if You enjoy nightmarish horrifying theatre ! You enjoy shows that are guaranteed to cause feelings of depression.

Don't see it if You are wanting to experience. an uplifting evening of theatre.This evening is a guaranteed downer

During previews
Confusing, Excruciating, Indulgent, Quirky, Experimental

See it if You really LOVE experimental theater and all the oddness that entails.

Don't see it if You need a coherent story and/or believable, appealing characters.

Also This felt amateurish from two actresses whose credits do them a disser... Read more Read less

During previews
Clever, Intense, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Deeply relatable to a specific audience

See it if you’re open to a show that doesn’t aim to spin a yarn, but to approximate a state of mind (of survivor guilt from a female perspective)

Don't see it if you don’t want to make connections btwn the spoken script, visual presentation, and your personal experience to derive meaning from the play

Also Toys will make the most sense to any first-generation American woman w... Read more Read less

During previews
Confusing, Edgy, Fluffy, Weird

See it if You enjoy watching a couple of women act strange for an hour

Don't see it if You could go to a different play that night

Also I think a great play could be written about a pair of sisters, one of ... Read more Read less

During previews
Ambitious, Confusing, Quirky, Thought-provoking

See it if Like ununusual, thought provoking and often disturbing drama. Do not need a story.Still not sure what message is intended

Don't see it if Lack of a story bothers you. Disjointed segments, some are upsetting.

During previews
Good acting, Creative, Impenetrable, Surreal, Fun

See it if About the pain and uncertainty of modern life, and the need for fantasy to cope. Or maybe it isn't. Amusing moments, but repetitious.

Don't see it if You seek clarity, logic and linear construction. Talented people, though.

During previews
Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Masterful, Profound

See it if This dark fairy tail is a poinient juaposition to the good life in the US vs surviving in a war zone. And that's just part one.

Don't see it if If avant-garde theatre is not your thing .

Also These two actress are mesmerizing. This play is well directed and writ... Read more Read less

During previews

See it if This is weird, confusing, performance art crap, with an obtuse storyline. Stay away from this one

Don't see it if After the performance, every audience member I made eye contact had the same verbal or non-verbal response, along the lines of: "WTF!"

Also I silenced my pesky cell phone. ... Read more Read less

During previews
Intense, Intelligent, Avant-guard, Surreal

See it if You are open to a different type of storytelling. Depressing topic but the ending was upbeat & amusing (& I loved the music). Good acting.

Don't see it if You are not a fan of avant- guard, physical theater. If you enjoy trying different forms of theater I think this is worthwhile.

During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if You like non-traditional theatre. Ve2ry creative. Makes you think.

Don't see it if You need everything spelled out for you.

During previews
Confusing, Indulgent, Insipid

See it if No reason to

Don't see it if Just don't see it.

During previews
Great acting, Thought-provoking, Indulgent, Disappointing, Confusing

See it if you have interest in how immigrants from eastern european countries, that had a history of severe social problems, try to fit in to the US

Don't see it if your looking for a linear play that is understandable. Two talented women caught in a mess of a play, Thankfully,it was short.

November 16th, 2017
"This two-hander is an engaging play, one that stirs the imagination...The adult fairy tale is completely original as merges reality and fantasy in surreal settings...Tunde Skovran and Julia Ubrankovics excel in their demanding roles as they master both the dialogue and the action of the show's e...
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November 14th, 2017
“Watching ‘Toys' is like attending an exhibit of abstract expressionism and trying to make heads or tails out of what you are seeing. Cryptic, bewildering, absurd, nightmarish...'Toys’ is unusual, to say the least, opaque in its delivery but nevertheless packed with meaning, like a particularly d...
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November 17th, 2017
“Hilarity and menace converge in Romanian-born playwright Stanescu’s absorbing and mysterious theater piece...Skovran as Shari and Ubrankovics as Clara are sensational...Stanescu’s dialogue is a heady mixture of Ionesco-style absurdism and fierce realism that sustains her intriguing work that tak...
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November 15th, 2017
"This staging of Stanescu's play is less about the story than about recreating a feeling of loneliness and disembodiment...I would be interested to see a production of 'Toys' that combines Stanescu's poetry and humor with less frenetic movement...It seems indulgent to direct a single actor to pla...
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