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Uncommon Sense

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

About the show

From Tectonic Theater Project, the creators of 'The Laramie Project,' 'Gross Indecency,' and '33 Variations,' comes 'Uncommon Sense,' a new play about living life on the autism spectrum. More…

Meet Moose, Dan, Jess, and Lali, four people on the spectrum, and discover the remarkable ways they and their families conquer challenges through humor, determination and love. Inspired by interviews with real people, this multimedia play reveals our universal challenges with “difference,” our desire to connect, and the lengths we will go for the people we love.

Member Reviews (102)


Great acting, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great staging
Avg Score

Well intentioned, Great set, Well staged, Amateurish acting/script, Ambitious

See it if you're interested in autism. US tries (not always successfully) to show diff challenges along the spectrum. Great set, used well by director

Don't see it if you require top-notch acting by all & a stellar script (some funny/warm moments, some grating). Least effective stories re: Moose and Rice.

Also Uncommon Sense sets out to tell the stories of several characters on t... Read more Read less

Profound, Hilarious, Great acting, Great staging, Intelligent

See it if You like shows where you learn something profoundly moving, almost without realizing it, you’re so entertained-it all works-lights; sets...

Don't see it if You want a musical or a strict “story”. This tells multiple stories but they are used in an attempt to enlighten a broader topic-it SO does!

Ambitious, Great staging, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Profound

See it if Well staged /designed & emotionally gripping Tectonic's theatrical piece about life on the autism spectrum from both sides of the experience

Don't see it if Following 4 separate stories, piece is slightly static Feel-good love story gets a little too much emphasis Parental story truly harrowing

Great staging, Thought-provoking, Ambitious, Intelligent, Intense

See it if you want to see a cast portray the spectrum of autism very well. Projection design and staging is very well done.

Don't see it if you are bothered by some weaker acting from some of the cast or the constant jumping among the four stories.

Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Heart-felt

See it if You're a fan of Tectonic Theatre, interested in autism & how it can be depicted on stage, enjoy several simultaneous amusing/dramatic plots

Don't see it if You are offended by "disease of the week stories, have no patience for young people with autism, don't enjoy abstract sets & multiple plots

Cliched, Disappointing

See it if you want to see some great staging, sound and lighting

Don't see it if you are expecting to see an accurate representation of people with autism

Also I have a few friends with autism and the thing that bothered me most a... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Great acting, Relevant, Riveting, Quirky

See it if You want to see fantastic actors tackle astoundingly honest roles with truth and a little bit of sass. Great staging and truly beautiful

Don't see it if You don't like stories about autism. You can't sit still for 90min or you're sitting front row balcony

Also The Sheen center balcony has a glass barrier up that makes sitting in ... Read more Read less

Great staging, Great acting, Relevant, Ambitious, Thought-provoking

See it if you want an intelligent show about autism. Beautifully staged and acted but because there too many stories characters aren't fully developed

Don't see it if the idea of a play about autism is not for you.

Must-see, Relevant & very moving, Clever staging, Great acting, Intelligent / thought-provoking

See it if you'd enjoy something new and different. Must-see, whether or not you know / understand / have been touched by autism. Moving AND humorous.

Don't see it if you'd get lost watching 4 separate stories told @ the same time, @ times by the same actors. Your loss: intelligent script and a great cast!

Also Education with facts and humor. I GOT it.... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to see an exploration of multiple people's experiences of life on the autism spectrum.

Don't see it if You want "inspiration porn" surrounding the autism spectrum.

Must see, Great staging, Beautiful, Great acting, Captivating

See it if you seek a better understanding of autism and its impacts to those who have it and their families. Expect to have your eyes opened!

Don't see it if you prefer a linear plot structure in your storytelling. This piece bounces between four different, unrelated characters.

Also I couldn't help but to fall in love with these characters--not only th... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Intelligent, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if you are interested in seeing characters on different levels of the autism spectrum portrayed

Don't see it if you have no interest in people with autism

Ambitious, Great acting, Great production design, Touching, Absorbing

See it if enjoy new works about misunderstood subjects. Tectonic works its creative magic opening locked door to glimpse inside the world of autism

Don't see it if you if think autism doesn't interest you. It will. or the lives of those with it and those love them will. It's not what you think.

Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Intelligent, Profound

See it if You are interested in special people with special problems coping with the world around them. Family's don't know who to turn to for help.

Don't see it if You're not interested in learning about autism and people who face difficulties not of their own making.

Ambitious, Well-meaning, Disappointing, Well designed

See it if you're interested in autism or want a simulation (through design elements) of how sensory phenomena may be perceived by one on the spectrum

Don't see it if you're looking for new insight into how folks on the spectrum navigate the world; the quartet structure forestalls any real depth

Also This piece, while clearly well-intentioned--even earnest--in its inves... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Resonant

See it if A beautifully executed play about the autism spectrum is brought to life by a very talented group of actors at the Sheen Center.

Don't see it if Unlike overrated & heavy handed "Curious Incident", this production also relies on technology, but without beating you over the head with it

Absorbing, Profound, Relevant, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if you are interested in new theater, you enjoy creative theater, you want to see something new and different (play is about autism spectrum)

Don't see it if you want big production values, want a predictable play

Also The Tectonic Theater Project's production is a great addition to theat... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing

See it if you want a thought-provoking, riveting and sometimes funny theater experience.

Don't see it if you are uncomfortable with the topic of autism.

Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Profound, Relevant

See it if You are interested in various gripping stories on the spectrum of autism. A show with great insight and heart. Profound. Highly recommended.

Don't see it if You aren't interested in autism. However there is so much richness and depth to this play it is definitely worth seeing.

Absorbing, Great acting, Thoughtful

See it if you want to better understand those who live with a different way of seeing and living life.

Don't see it if you are cold and unresponsive to others' differences. This show opens one's eyes to a host of traits that don't seem as odd as before.

Great acting, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Must see, Masterful

See it if If you like brilliant performances and an incredibly important and thought provoking show.

Don't see it if If you prefer one overarching story rather than several smaller stories within one show.

Funny, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Must see

See it if you have the chance, various story lines related to autism. A must see for everyone to try to understand anyone who's different.

Don't see it if you are expecting "Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime" both are a very good plays, just very different.

Absorbing, Clever, Thought-provoking

See it if To get a better understanding of people on the spectrum as well as those close to them.

Don't see it if You only like light easy Theatre.

Absorbing, Clever, Great acting

See it if You want to learn about how autism expresses itself in a myriad of characters without being beat over the head with it

Don't see it if ...see it

Clever, Dizzying, Resonant, Relevant

See it if You enjoy shows that deal with discovering what life is like for people and their families living with a mental illness

Don't see it if You don’t like sensory overload

November 5th, 2017
"Putting across so many medical factoids and bits of real stories has the paradoxical effect of diminishing a sense of emotional truth...The shape of the storytelling tends toward the conventional. Yet when uncomfortable scenes are allowed to develop naturally, real comedy, mixed with sadness, em...
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November 2nd, 2017
"Tectonic Theater Project’s moving and at times surprisingly funny play about autism. Playwrights Paris-Carter and Paris offer four nonintersecting but mutually resonant stories...Paris’s direction uses multimedia effects to convey the overwhelming sensory onslaught that several of the characters...
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November 2nd, 2017
"The acting is strong from top to bottom, but the characters often feel like paper-thin shells...We're invested in the successes and failures of each of the characters who suffer with varying degrees of autism, and can viscerally feel the weight on the shoulders of their loved ones. But the furth...
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November 3rd, 2017
“Paris' cast is nimble, often treating the material with more delicacy than it seems to merit...The elephant in the room at ‘Uncommon’ is ‘Curious Incident’, which so fluently used lighting, sound, and projections to get us inside the head of a kid with autism. Nothing in ‘Uncommon’ is so accompl...
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