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Uncommon Sense

From 102 member  reviews
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

Intense, Ambitious, Disappointing, Relevant, Indulgent

See it if You want to have a better understanding of what Autism looks like in our society and how families cope with having a child on the spectrum

Don't see it if If you expect a story with an arc and resolution.

Confusing, Disappointing, Thought-provoking, Intense, Excruciating

See it if You enjoy learning about what makes different people tick but don't normally see much theater.

Don't see it if You get easily confused.

Ambitious, Fun, Touching, Fluffy

See it if you want a sweet, thoughtful performance trying to tackle some sticky matter

Don't see it if you're looking for the next Laramie Project and serious performance chops

Disappointing, Relevant, Slow, Overrated, Intense

See it if you're close with an autistic person

Don't see it if you care about a professional script and very talented actors


See it if Great set. Serious issues well intentioned some actors were authentic

Don't see it if Some amateur acting, boring

During previews
Ambitious, Great acting, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if you want a greater understanding of the nuances and scope of the autism spectrum.

Don't see it if you need a tighter script for this important topic. At times the script falls short of the well-acted performances & of the subject at hand.

During previews
Earnest, Educational, Youthful, Well-researched, Polished

See it if you're looking to educate a teenager -- or even an obtuse adult -- on the range of people diagnosed as "on the spectrum."

Don't see it if you think this is a Moises Kaufman production. It's not. It's the work of one of his very capable proteges at Tectonic Theater.

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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