Trainspotting Live
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Trainspotting Live
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Trainspotting Live NYC Reviews and Tickets

80%
(220 Reviews)
Positive
89%
Mixed
8%
Negative
3%
Members say
Edgy, Intense, Raunchy, Great acting, Absorbing

About the Show

This punchy, 75 minute production strives to recapture the passion and the controversy of the famous novel, then globally successful film, and repackage it into an immersive production.

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Member Reviews (220)

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92
Intense, Raunchy, Edgy, Entertaining, Dizzying

See it if You liked the movie. If you like immersive theatre-this is very good. INTENSE and may make you feel off center. Believe posted warnings!!!

Don't see it if You are offended by anything because they go EVERYWHERE! It’s loud...very loud and crude and rude and disgusting and I loved it. Read more

60
Cliched, Ambitious, Disappointing, Intense

See it if You adore the movie. Only reason to see it. Missable otherwise.

Don't see it if I love immersive and this was weak. Plus it was a sauna in the theater and made you want to escape.

71
Edgy, Excruciating, Intense, Raunchy, Quirky

See it if Immersive true-to-film adaptation of drug-fueled material w/ anti-excess message resolve. Audience is locked in young world of excess.

Don't see it if Trapped! Chaos at box office to seating to rave and cramped thatre. Humilate us as much as possible w/o limits. Needles, nudity, scat. Scat!

73
Great acting, Confusing, Edgy, Intense, Immersive

See it if you're looking for a unique theatrical experience or love immersive theatre. The performances are intense.

Don't see it if you're turned off by simulated drug use or sex, nudity, thick accents, or audience involvement. The plot is thin, but this isn't about plot. Read more

86
Ambitious, Dizzying, Great acting, Edgy, Intense

See it if You like theater that thinks WAY outside the box and you want something where you are IN IT. If you know the book/movie, this is worth it.

Don't see it if You can't deal with heavy accents or being talked to/sat on/manhandled. If you don't know the story, their heavy accents will make this hard Read more

49
Great acting, Raunchy, Quirky, Excruciating, Chilling

See it if if you are a fan of the movie/book. You want to get an idea of what being an addict feels like; you can overlook the shock value of the show

Don't see it if if you are offended by any of the long list of "contains" listed in the show's corridor. Not for conservative older adults. Too realistic. Read more

79
Visceral, Intense, Discomforting, Outrageous, Funny

See it if you are a fan of the book/movie & know what to expect; if you like immersive theater & don't mind the possibility of being touched & mocked.

Don't see it if you have trouble understanding heavy accents: if you don't want to be part of the action: if you are a sensitive soul. Read more

75
Clever, Entertaining, Dizzying

See it if You like interactive and unusual experiences, if you like night-clubs and prefer shock value to a well developed story line.

Don't see it if You do not like loud music, are bothered by strobe lights or are sensitive to nudity, gross scenes or extreme drug use.

Critic Reviews (9)

The New York Times
July 15th, 2018

"I missed the elements that make Boyle’s original film such an achievement: the nuanced humanity amid the ugly, brutal mayhem...The directors here go doggedly in pursuit of fun, and the result is way off-kilter. The actors are likable...The humor works. But we don’t get much sense of the characters as people...Neither does any sense of seamy tragedy...We’re cut off from the emotion of it...Without that dimension, the show is drained of all impact as it darkens toward the end."
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Time Out New York
July 16th, 2018

"The audience has the option to imbibe during the show; it definitely helps to be relaxed, since chances are good that you will be sat on, pulled onstage or spattered with bodily fluids (fake ones, I hope)...The sheer outrageousness of the crew’s escapades will probably get you laughing, or screaming, at some point before the show is over, but is anyone really jonesing to see Renton’s shit-stained ass up close? Board this train at your own risk—and bring towels."
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Theatermania
July 27th, 2018

"The characters shoot up, get in fights, and fling mysterious substances at the audience. We laugh and cringe at their antics as the performers shove their characters' dysfunction in our faces...To what end? And that's where my admiration for 'Trainspotting' runs out. The sensationalism seems to be the point, rather than the hook through which we can understand an opioid epidemic that is presently devastating communities across the globe."
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Talkin' Broadway
July 17th, 2018

“Spreadbury-Maher and Greg Esplin...transform the nightmare into a dream machine...The ensemble all do an impressive job...The sense of inescapability makes ‘Trainspotting Live’ one of the most powerful theatrical experiences in the city...I can't think of a better metaphor for addiction than the feelings brought on by this play...The human condition is rarely as exposed and memorable as it is in this show.”
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Theatre is Easy
July 15th, 2018

“For lovers of innovative and compelling theatre told by a vibrant team of artists, the best trip in the city right now is 'Trainspotting Live'...Turns what might normally be a passive viewing experience into something that feels more holistic and all-encompassing...The success of this emotional journey...speaks to the high level of excellence presented by every member of this creative team...This production grips you from the second you enter and never lets go.”
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C
July 15th, 2018

"From the moment you enter the rectangular, bisected room (chock full of haze, strobe lights and insanely loud music) to the play's final moments, the material has been given a presentation that is a bit too focused on making its audience deliberately uncomfortable. Not only is there a lot of almost inescapable audience participation, but I kept feeling that too many people watching the show were far too worried if they were going to become part of the show to fully focus on it."
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The Wrap
July 15th, 2018

"Outrageously funny and extremely immersive...'Trainspotting' in the theater is a little like attending an AA meeting, wherein the first half of an addict/alcoholic’s public confession is laced with hysterically rousing anecdotes of insobriety, followed by that big uh-oh moment when everything unravels tragically. On stage, Adam Spreadbury-Maher’s direction makes this difficult transition with unusual ease, in part because the lead performances take a naturalistic turn."
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Financial Times (UK)
July 17th, 2018

“The book’s scatological humour explodes all over the place...In the confines of this graffiti-strewn, strobe-lit black-box space, there is no escape. And the squalor and misery of Welsh’s overlapping stories seem viscerally real...For all its excremental antics and foul language, the play...ends up being an old-fashioned story of sin and redemption. That might not be a total delusion, but it does seem a little sentimental. Then again, even the best trip has its downside.”
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R
July 20th, 2018

“'Trainspotting Live' is crazy fun entertainment. I love the immersiveness of a show like 'Sleep No More,' but 'Trainspotting Live' takes it up a few notches as the actors acknowledge and revel in the audience, blithely taking us on a youthful, embarrassing and exhilarating trip most of us have long since outgrown."
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