Tripping on Life
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Tripping on Life

Tripping on Life NYC Reviews and Tickets

(24 Ratings)
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Indulgent, Entertaining, Ambitious, Disappointing, Absorbing

About the Show

In 1968, Lin Shaye's life shifts dramatically amid artistic growth and personal upheaval.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (19)

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107 Reviews | 20 Followers
Ambitious, Intelligent, Entertaining

See it if You like one woman shows about drugs and their impact on relationships. It was the 60's and the era of free love.

Don't see it if You don't like the performer reading from the script.

139 Reviews | 12 Followers
Refreshing, Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if If you are a fan of the lead. Slow at first, but picks up and pulls at your heart by the end. Pretty enjoyable and JUST Long enough.

Don't see it if If you want a big production. If you want amazing acting. You are not interested in Lin Shaye or one beautiful but heartbsummer in her life.

292 Reviews | 36 Followers
We got off to a bad start…

See it if You were a druggie in the 60’s and were mad for the music.

Don't see it if You want to see an actor for each character in the story rather than a telling of the tale. Read more

1061 Reviews | 310 Followers
Slow, Funny, Indulgent, Disappointing, Entertaining

See it if you'd enjoy a good story from the late sixties filled with drug use, hippie culture and some of the rock music. A few characters by 1 actor.

Don't see it if you expect to see a polished production-script in hand, the story is basically read to you. Minimal staging & long pauses in a one-hour show

73 Reviews | 11 Followers
Sad, Hippies, Sixties, Memoir, One-woman show

See it if you like off-off-Broadway one-person shows which tell stories of happiness and heartbreak.

Don't see it if you don’t like mentions of drug use, hippies, tripping, nudity, 1960s culture.

530 Reviews | 278 Followers
Vanity production, Banal, Indulgent, Excruciating, Disappointing

See it if you like seeing an actress read from her script.

Don't see it if vanity productions are not your cup of tea. This one needs a lot of work.

39 Reviews | 4 Followers
It's not a play or a show

See it if ... you like Lin although I was disappointed

Don't see it if ... you have something else on your list. Read more

47 Reviews | 5 Followers
Romantic, Indulgent, Ambitious, Slow, Disappointing

See it if you like one-person shows where the lead actor reads from a script.

Don't see it if you want to experience something moving, well-performed, or engaging - it's a bit of a snoozer.

Critic Reviews (5)

Talkin' Broadway
September 18th, 2023

"Certainly there is no shaking the read-aloud nature of Ms. Shaye's performance, but what differentiates it from a book-on-tape production are her eloquent facial expressions, gestures, vocal intonations, and an ability to bring all of her characters to life with heart, humor, and a gentle touch."
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September 18th, 2023

Shaye tells of a pot and drug-addicted couple who are totally disgusting parents to a two year old. That’s just not acceptable even though it was told as a funny hippy-dippy anecdote. Even so, Shaye is a great storyteller, her narration a perfect substitute for the absent camera. However, she is a poor developer of characters. Her insights end with naming the drugs each character takes. None of the characters seem to have any means of support, however colorful they are.
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Theater Pizzazz
September 18th, 2023

For all its futile attempts to sound humorously hip, with dozens of F-bombs, dudes, drug references, and exaggerated examples of the hippie syndrome (including young men who answer the door totally nude, even in a state of arousal), the narrative struggles to get beyond the sleaziness and surprising cluelessness of its characters, including Shaye’s own, or to define them in more than one dimension.
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Front Row Center
September 18th, 2023

“All in all it is a misguided and jumbled evening. This is a story filled with good intentions, and we want to care about this guy she loved so much. But we never get a chance to make it to first base. The inserted photos in the program prove more compelling than the show.”
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September 18th, 2023

The sleek and personable veteran actress Lin Shaye recounts for over an hour, indelible love and loss events from her life. These incidents mostly take place in dreamy and druggy 1960’s California, during her nostalgic self-written autobiographical staged reading solo show. It succeeds as a wistful theatrical memoir through its born to be wild theme.
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