Uncommon Sense
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Uncommon Sense
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Uncommon Sense NYC Reviews and Tickets

84%
(102 Reviews)
Positive
90%
Mixed
7%
Negative
3%
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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Member Reviews (102)

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962 Reviews | 338 Followers
70
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. Read more

897 Reviews | 374 Followers
96
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!

706 Reviews | 200 Followers
80
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.

687 Reviews | 113 Followers
82
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

657 Reviews | 147 Followers
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

464 Reviews | 101 Followers
41
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 Read more

429 Reviews | 93 Followers
81
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 Read more

385 Reviews | 60 Followers
78
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.

Critic Reviews (9)

The New York Times
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, emerges...Under Mr. Paris’s sometimes inventive but sometimes awkward direction, there is too much information pressing in from all sides."
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Time Out New York
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 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."
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Theatermania
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 further we travel through their stories, the more 'Uncommon Sense' feels like an academic presentation on the expansive breadth of the autism spectrum. "
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Lighting & Sound America
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 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.”
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Theatre is Easy
November 6th, 2017

"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."
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Theater Pizzazz
November 8th, 2017

“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.”
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Theater Pizzazz
November 8th, 2017

“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.”
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Exeunt Magazine
November 2nd, 2017

“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.”
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