Tripping on Life
Ends Oct 08 1h 15m
Tripping on Life

Tripping on Life NYC Reviews and Tickets

(13 Reviews)
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Indulgent, Disappointing, Entertaining, Ambitious, Dated

About the Show

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

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Member Reviews (13)

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1003 Reviews | 300 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

509 Reviews | 271 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.

11 Reviews | 3 Followers
Dated, Entertaining, Cliched

See it if You like some light hearted story of a hippie couple and enjoy such humor with a great actor on lead

Don't see it if Don't enjoy any comedy that had to do with incident that ha to do with substance use incident

1 Review | 0 Followers
Thought-provoking, Entertaining, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if Entertaining, provocative

Don't see it if If you’re not interested in seeing someone’s personal growth out of trauma

168 Reviews | 58 Followers
During previews
Indulgent, Funny

See it if one woman show where she reads about her lost love.

Don't see it if Basically just a reading Read more

622 Reviews | 366 Followers
During previews
Thought-provoking, Quirky, Edgy, Ambitious

See it if A woman’s retells the joys & sorrows of her life in the late 1960s.

Don't see it if Actor read from script. This play is not ready for prime time.

420 Reviews | 82 Followers
During previews
Intense, Indulgent, Edgy, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if You enjoy personal stories of hippie life in the 60’s & 70’s.

Don't see it if If these eras are not of interest to you.

322 Reviews | 71 Followers
During previews
Indulgent, Disappointing, Dated, Cliched, Confusing

See it if Despite its brevity (best asset) & verisimilitude, Ms Shaye fails to engage us w/either the dysfunctional family humor or the mawkish end

Don't see it if Nothing wrong with a solo memoir piece but it must transcend the personal into the universal This doesn't...& reading the entire script ugh!

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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