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Tremor

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Members say: Great acting, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Disappointing

About the show

Part of 59E59's 2018 'Brits Off Broadway' series, this world premiere drama is about how we choose to see things and live in a world riven with tension, anxiety, and division. More…

Sophie and Tom's relationship fell apart in the aftermath of a catastrophe. Four years later, as they come face to face once again, the aftershocks of that fateful day can still be felt.


Member Reviews (57)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great acting, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Disappointing
71
Avg Score

50
Banal, Confusing, Disappointing, Indulgent, Excruciating

See it if you want a plain Jane play that does not delve deep enough into the characters. Unemotional show about unfortunate incident.

Don't see it if If you want a play that could have been more. If you like a play that leaves you wanting. It is both confusing at times and very slow at oth

75
Short, Intense, Schizoid, Bare, Powerful

See it if you find it exciting to experience several turns of plot per hour.

Don't see it if frequent turns of plot make you seasick.

Also “Tremor” has stretches of great power over its 60 minutes. 2 actors, m... Read more Read less

81
Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Intense

See it if You like 2 handers in which the subject matter is only revealed after a lot of dialogue. You are OK with no sets, it’s a bare stage.

Don't see it if You are looking for laughs. There is not a funny moment ! You don’t like plays that use heavily accented English. Lots of tense moments.

79
Absorbing, Great acting, Edgy, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if you enjoy intense two-person drama with a slowly unraveling story which leaves you guessing about what actually happened until the end.

Don't see it if you only enjoy musicals, two-person drama with minimal staging (none) is not for you; you need a tidy plot line with no surprises.

76
Intense, Psychological, Tension building

See it if Estranged couple warily circling on a spare circular mat, wrestling with the aftermath of trauma, ultimately reacting in opposite directions

Don't see it if You have trouble with British accents You dislike a play that is largely an internal drama that unfolds through discourse rather than action

78
Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Absorbing, Great acting

See it if you might like a 60-minute play that builds to slowly reveal about the characters and the reasons for encounter. The ending makes you think.

Don't see it if you prefer exposition to be revealed right away (takes some brain work to process play), you don't like intimate in-the-round seating

46
Confusing ending

See it if You like two person shows

Don't see it if You are not into very basic black box theater. There is no set and it’s just two actors talking to each other for 60 minutes

Also If you read a lot of the reviews you will see that people are very con... Read more Read less

79
Great acting, Edgy, Intelligent, Intense

See it if you like well written, talky shows that make you think.Acting is very good.Back story is slowly revealed.Has important things to say.

Don't see it if you want a straightforward play.This show is thought provoking, well acted, well structured.It's a play that gets under your skin.Relevant.

60
Disappointing, Misses the mark, Self-conscious, Detached

See it if you're interested in witnessing the destroyed relationship of 2 survivors of a horrific bus crash, both coping differently with their PTSD

Don't see it if you cannot listen to even a vague recount of a (possible) drunk driving accident examining racial prejudice, detachment & guilt

Also I'll grant that the ultimate 'resolution' of this short play is releva... Read more Read less

80
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if you enjoy great acting using a minimal set, and are OK with the whole show being 2 people face to face in a deep discussion

Don't see it if you expect an elaborate set, lots of movement and action. don't enjoy dark drama, don't enjoy politics being introduced

72
Didactic, Well-intentioned

See it if You are interested in what two actors on a bare stage can create. Just two people reliving a past tragedy trying to make sense of it.

Don't see it if Almost seemed like an actor's studio exercise.

Also .Seemed as though the author had a list of points to be made and you c... Read more Read less

78
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Absorbing, Great acting

See it if for a one act, 2 person bare-staged play that is thought provoking, interesting and not immediately predictable.

Don't see it if don't like to listen to long dialogue. For a tight easily resolved play or If you don't like to leave theater thinking about what just saw.

70
Psychological, Difficult, Observational, Thought-provoking, Anxiety-provoking

See it if you find dialogue without action interesting. You get inside the heads of two different people who react & deal with a life-changing trauma.

Don't see it if you don't have the patience to listen to long dialogues with lots of tension and anxiety. Don't like shows that are spare with raw emotions.

96
This is great theater: terrific acting and directing, and dealing with a theme of contemporary urgency. not to be missed.

See it if you appreciate the insidious building of intensity through pitch-perfect colloquial dialogue impeccably acted.

Don't see it if A Welsh accent is a problem for you or you require spectacle to be engaged. The set is minimal, which adds to its brilliance.

77
Absorbing, Great acting, Edgy, Intelligent

See it if you like timely and realistic shows that look at the world around us and hard decisions that people make.

Don't see it if you want something that serves as an escape from the current political climate.

80
Great acting, Relevant, Slow, Intelligent

See it if Two people play with intense acting

Don't see it if Two people play , slow

90
Absorbing, Intense, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if If you want to see some intelligent drama in a small venue

Don't see it if If you'd rather see a musical.

51
Confusing, Disappointing, Quirky, Slow, Relevant

See it if You like an element of suspense but don't mind being disappointed when your questions aren't answered.

Don't see it if You don't like confusing plays with a difficult to follow script

50
Confusing, Disappointing, Indulgent

See it if you like two-hander shows.

Don't see it if you like gripping theater.

During previews
60
Talky, Fully in-the-round, Out-of-nowhere ending, Slow, Disappointing

See it if you love 2-handers about current topics (survivors' guilt). Well-acted (esply Sophie). Dialogue mainly inane; goes nowhere (until crazy end)

Don't see it if you want coherent, well-expressed ideas. Tremors mostly held my attention (the actors), but gave no enlightenment. Left shaking my head.

During previews
65
Disappointing, Slow, Thought-provoking, Ambitious

See it if You like single conversation shows. It’s about survivor guilt basically, but the divergent ending feels misguided. 60 min felt like 80.

Don't see it if You don’t like single conversations shows or stories about dealing with guilt and pain.

During previews
78
Confusing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Intense

See it if You want an intense play that keeps all its secrets until the end. You enjoy discussions of big issues w/some moral ambiguity.

Don't see it if You don't want to work out the relationships & plot on your own. You prefer light comedies. You don't like moral murkiness.

During previews
76
Intense, Absorbing, Unexpected, Good acting, Relevant

See it if Want a psychological drama, (almost thriller) as former couple explore their differing views on a past tragedy. Are ok w LOTS of plot twists

Don't see it if You want more than 2 actors circling each other on bare stage as you sit inches away. The ending is surprising and perhaps too much so.

Also This one is going to divide the audience between those who thought it ... Read more Read less

During previews
69
Not sure what it’s about.

See it if You appreciate almost interesting two handler.

Don't see it if You want a good story clearly told.

During previews
64
Disappointing, Slow, The audience clearly had checked out

See it if If you are looking for a rather circuitous two hander that slowly reveals itself to be about xenophobia and anti-islamic sentiment.

Don't see it if You want to see a cogent examination of anti-islamic sentiment.


May 22nd, 2018
The success of Birch's play depends on a series of carefully timed revelations...Mercatali's direction of this taut, brief two-hander builds successfully to a climactic speech...A wounding recollection of two lives caught up in a disaster that became a political flashpoint and tabloid fodder...A ...
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May 22nd, 2018
“Starts off promisingly with an air of mystery and tension...Unfortunately...it lands with a thud at the end of a lot of lengthy speeches leading to faulty conclusions...Neither of the characters is developed much, not through the performances nor Mercatali's direction, which keeps them emotional...
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May 25th, 2018
"Tremor is more of an actors' exercise than it is a play. The two-character work concerns Sophie and Tom who come together for the first time in years. They are two of seven who survived a bus accident which killed 32 and which may have been a terrorist act on the part of the bus-driver, who, we'...
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May 22nd, 2018
“Birch’s intense, riveting drama...A simmering verbal confrontation that starts out strong and never looks back as the two-character play careens forward...A beautifully constructed back and forth that seems to never stop for air...Mercatali keeps the production’s brisk pace on track...The tensio...
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