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Toys: A Dark Fairy Tale
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Toys: A Dark Fairy Tale NYC Reviews and Tickets

53%
(29 Reviews)
Positive
28%
Mixed
27%
Negative
45%
Members say
Confusing, Disappointing, Thought-provoking, Great acting, 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.

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Member Reviews (29)

25
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

30
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.

Critic Reviews (12)

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 enthralling scenes...'Toys: A Dark Fairy Tale' is an inventive show that challenges ideas about people's backgrounds and lifestyles. It is truly an unforgettable production."
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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 dense poem...You will either shrink away in bafflement, or take up the challenge to piece together the scattered remains of this convoluted jigsaw puzzle of a play.”
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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 takes the familiar framework of depicting political oppression into a fascinating dimension...Though brief in length, ‘Toys: A Dark Fairy Tale’ is stimulating, provocative, and memorable.”
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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 place, say, fifty plastic baby dolls in a checkerboard pattern while the audience watches. However, our patience is rewarded with powerful images that stick with you afterward."
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November 15th, 2017

“A piece that demands attention, but confuses as much as it enlightens...Director Tompa’s go-for-broke creation is meandering and disturbing as much as it is thoughtful...As theatre, it left me with lots of think about, but not engaged enough to try too hard...More time is needed than the 65-minutes given, that is if you are still interested in the end to do the reconstruction with the hope the finished images will be meaningful.”
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November 15th, 2017

“However much this loose narrative seems to make sense of a sort on the page, regardless of the many huge expositional gaps it exposes, in performance it often becomes indecipherable. That's because…director Gábor Tompa…has given it a radically theatricalized, non-realistic, surrealistic, avant-garde staging that diminishes whatever it's saying by drawing attention away from content to style…This isn't to say some won't find the production and its subject engrossing.”
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November 20th, 2017

"Skovran and Ubrankovics are fantastic as the two women. Every time they have a scene together we are captivated by their battles. We are yearning to be part of their journey. It’s when the linear narratives are broken down by more experimental scenes that interest gets a bit muddled. There are some truly perplexing moments, but most of them either are longer than they need to be...Despite this hiccup, 'Toys: A Dark Fairy Tale' delivers a strong and powerful tale."
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November 19th, 2015

"The crisply rendered and steadfastly unabashed atmosphere of ambiguity...Demands close attention – but it doesn’t necessarily depend on you absolutely understanding what is going on...Tompa brings a taut intellectual ferocity to the piece...Stanescu’s storytelling is intentionally disjointed...Performances are compelling, if inscrutable by design...A fascinatingly complex and not entirely comprehensible drama that actually leaves some vivid impressions for a long time after."
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November 29th, 2015

"Honest, raw, real and yet not real additionally adorned with a humorous confectionary finale...Tompa has chosen a more abstract allegorical progression...Unique directorial concepts that make the piece more ambiguous which remarkably results in a sharper clarity with the presentation overall...The composition of this play is beautifully, dramatically off-center...Bar none, in all its outward simplicity, experientially exciting and exceptionally manifested."
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November 19th, 2015

"The kind of play one might see in an Eastern European avant-garde theater...Highly stylized and tightly choreographed...Forget traditional construction, naturalistic dialogue, or a clear-cut story; 'Toys' unfolds in surrealistic fashion, with snatches of talk, sudden screams, bizarre images...Ubrankovics and Skovran give tour de force performances in this short, dark play, bringing energy and passion to their roles, and working together in smooth, seamless fashion."
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November 22nd, 2016

"Skovran, from Transylvania, sheds her character’s secrets along with half her clothing, displaying an acrobat’s skill at moving from one incarnation to another...There is nothing shy, retiring or apologetic about her performance or character...It is uncomfortable but with moments of surreal charm, much like the entire play...Ubrankovics portrays the more passive of the two women and is appropriately more fragile...A lovely foil to Skovran’s fierceness."
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November 27th, 2015

"Draws our attention to the effects a war-torn country has on both the individual and the culture...Tompa transports us on a surreal exploration to discover the meaning of identity as an immigrant...Production design is bare bones, the costuming was a little distracting with bad wigs and a misplaced DIY bridal gown, but the story and performance carry the show. This is a story that needs to be told."
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