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.

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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.


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85
Theatre is Easy

"Allows audiences to see a range of behaviors associated with autism...The play is frequently funny, but not at the expense of the characters. And while it shows many victories, it also doesn't wrap everything up nicely or shy away from the problems that people on the spectrum face in romantic and other relationships. But the design elements take a pretty good script and bring it to another level." Full Review

85
Exeunt Magazine

“An exceptional piece of theatrical craft, with strong performances across the board and every element of design working in harmony with Paris’s staging...In paying attention to the differences among the characters with autism and their connections with others, rather than their isolation and difference from neuro typical people, ‘Uncommon Sense’ brings welcome complexity to the dialogue, and does so with elegant theatricality.” Full Review

80
Theater Pizzazz

“The…complex, carefully crafted, but easy-to-follow structure allows for telling the stories by interweaving them, creating a mosaic…of experiences encountered by autistic people and their loved ones. The production allows both tears and laughs to flow…Apart from the autism angle, the stories are not particularly surprising. Still, the playwrights…are to be applauded for providing a non-maudlin, entertaining, and accessible approach to informing us about autism and the people it affect.” Full Review

80
Theater Pizzazz

“The…complex, carefully crafted, but easy-to-follow structure allows for telling the stories by interweaving them, creating a mosaic…of experiences encountered by autistic people and their loved ones. The production allows both tears and laughs to flow…Apart from the autism angle, the stories are not particularly surprising. Still, the playwrights…are to be applauded for providing a non-maudlin, entertaining, and accessible approach to informing us about autism and the people it affect.” Full Review

80
Time Out New York

"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 feel...A compassionate and nuanced work that eschews stereotypes, maudlin arcs, and pat resolutions, 'Uncommon Sense' invites us to experience a diverse and vibrant spectrum instead." Full Review

70
Theatermania

"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 further we travel through their stories, the more 'Uncommon Sense' feels like an academic presentation on the expansive breadth of the autism spectrum. " Full Review

60
The New York Times

"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, emerges...Under Mr. Paris’s sometimes inventive but sometimes awkward direction, there is too much information pressing in from all sides." Full Review

45
Lighting & Sound America

“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 accomplished...In trying to tell four stories, the authors do justice to none... It's too bad, because there are some hard, compelling truths here; this material deserves nothing less than their very best.” Full Review

90
The Northern Iowan

for a previous production "I knew that I was about to see something wholly unique and original. What I didn’t know was just how emotionally poignant and impactful the following two hours would be...The entire cast was able to convey a real, emotional depth to their characters that stemmed from a full awareness of the complexities of autism...They were presented as fully rounded human beings whose deepest and most profound fears and desires were made wholly relatable...Staggeringly honest and daring." Full Review


100
Absorbing, Ambitious, Clever, Profound, Great staging

See it if you want to feel through story, sound and light, what being on the spectrum can feel like for some. This show meant so much to me!

Don't see it if ...there is no excuse not to see this! They also offer lower sensory performances for those sensitive to light and sound.

100
Absorbing, Profound, Resonant, Great writing, Great staging

See it if you're a fan of good writing and good acting, if you know someone living on the Autism spectrum

Don't see it if you're not open-minded

Also UNCOMMON SENSE is now one of my all-time favorite plays. What I love t... Read more Read less

100
Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Rivetting, moving

See it if You want to know more the trials of living on the autism spectrum and be inspired by their personal journeys. Just see it! It’s a revelation

Don't see it if You lIke happy plays; plays on disability issues are not your cup of tea. I recommend you see it. It will inspire and educate.

Also I was absolutely captivated by the theme, personal stories, content, a... Read more Read less

100
Absorbing, Delightful, Enchanting, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if You love great direction, physical theatre! Incredible acting and meaningful plays!

Don't see it if You are afraid to go deep with you feelings and emotions.

97
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

97
Captivating, Beautiful, Great acting, Must see, Great staging

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

96
Great acting, Intelligent, Profound, Hilarious, Great staging

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!

95
Absorbing, Great acting, Profound, Relevant, Great writing

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.

95
Absorbing, Clever, Exquisite, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if WOW!LOVED THIS!!Fabulous play, outstanding acting, lighting and sound.Don’t miss,especially if you are on autism spectrum or caregiver.Bravo

Don't see it if Theme of autism is a trigger.

93
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if If you are curious about issues facing families with members on the spectrum and the impact on relationships and daily life

Don't see it if You are uncomfortable with portrayals of people who are not neurotypical and cannot empathize with the paths the characters deal with

Also This was excellently acted. I truly believed the characters were where... Read more Read less

92
Absorbing, Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Must see

See it if You know or want to know someone on the autism spectrum, or their parents.

Don't see it if You are looking for a block buster or you have no heart.

92
Great acting, Thought-provoking, Masterful, Must see, Relevant

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.

91
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.

90
Refreshing, Relevant, Resonant

See it if You want to know more about the autism spectrum. Or want to see a beautiful piece of art.

Don't see it if If you don't have any desire to know what it's like to be nero-atypical or see through someone else's brain.

Also What I loved about this show is that it looks at autism outside of the... Read more Read less

90
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if You are interested in seeing the world from a very different point of view. You are interested in plays dealing with autism.

Don't see it if You are not interested in autism. You only like musicals.

90
Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Profound, Relevant, Resonant

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

90
Absorbing, Profound, Relevant, Great staging

See it if You're a fan of Tectonic and enjoy their style of storytelling. You want a better understanding of the broad spectrum of autism.

Don't see it if You prefer one narrative over several. You don't like vignette-style storytelling.

Also Tectonic really knocks it out of the park with this one. There is no o... Read more Read less

90
Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if you want to learn about autism. A beautiful collection of stories of people who struggle on the autism spectrums.

Don't see it if you are not interested to see sadness or drama.

90
Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Entertaining

See it if you like great acting, enjoy shows about under-represented themes such as autism, and like off-broadway theater

Don't see it if you are looking for big special effects or need an intermission (there is none)

90
Clever, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Great writing, Great staging

See it if you are interested in the subject matter, you are or know someone on the spectrum and like non traditional shows.

Don't see it if You want to see a lighthearted show. Parts are emotional and you'll leave with plenty of questions.

90
Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Great writing, Great staging

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.

89
Absorbing, Great acting, Resonant, Riveting

See it if You are at all interested in the autistic spectrum. Or if you just want a really well done play.

Don't see it if You want an end to end comedy. There is humor here, but mixed with many other emotions.

Also The obvious comparison is to Curious Incident, and while there are sim... Read more Read less

88
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Profound

See it if you like work that is challenging and moving, and you don't need one linear story from beginning to end

Don't see it if people meeting personal challenges makes you uncomfortable, and you like linear plays with simple plots

87
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Touching, Great production design

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.

87
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


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