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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

Great acting, Great staging, Disappointing, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to see a show about autism and it's characteristics. Unfortunately, I thought it was very stereotypical and a bit over-acted.

Don't see it if You don't like smaller productions or this subject matter.

Also Staging was excellent

Clever, Resonant, Relevant, Profound

See it if you enjoy stories about individuals on the Autism Spectrum. Some of the scenes were overacted and not a great representation.

Don't see it if you want to see a big production

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

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

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.

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

See it if you have a connection to autism or are interested in characters who experience the world differently; you like great acting and staging.

Don't see it if you are looking for a story that follows a central character through a beginning, middle and end.

Also Really interesting show with a great set and wonderful performances. I... Read more Read less

Delightful, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Intelligent

See it if you want to see a really positive and smart piece of theatre with great staging, design, and acting; this production is such a gem!

Don't see it if you are not interested in learning more about autism and you do not feel you want to see autism portrayed on stage

Ambitious, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Intense, Resonant

See it if you want to see an honest portrayal of people on the autism spectrum, and how it affects them and their loved ones.

Don't see it if seeing people with autism (and their loved ones) depicted onstage would upset you. It was heart-breaking, yet extremely touching.

Great acting, Absorbing, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to see characters on stage representing the autism spectrum in a truthful way.

Don't see it if you prefer traditional plays with few characters and singular storyline.

Absorbing, Great staging, Profound, Relevant

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

Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Exquisite, Great acting

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.

Overwhelming, Great staging, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if Want to get several different examples of lives of people with autism that aren't sugar coated

Don't see it if You would get too overwhelmed with all the displays though there are more sensory friendly performances

Absorbing, Ambitious, Clever, Exquisite, Great acting

See it if You like multimedia shows with multiple story lines.

Don't see it if You don't like less traditional, linear shows.

Intelligent, Profound, Thought-provoking

See it if your interested in learning about autism and how if effects the entire family

Don't see it if if you can handle the realities of autiam

Overrated, Tedious, Trite

See it if you're specifically interested in autism. If you have no particular interest in autism you'd be better off watching something else

Don't see it if I rarely leave early but I would have if I could and wouldn't have missed out on anything. I regret going to watch it based on goofy reviews

Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if for a fast-paced, excellent production of moving, heartwarming, heart-breaking stories about people and families living with autism.

Don't see it if you want light theater - this play inspires many emotions - humor, sadness, frustration, anger, empathy; you leave exhausted but satisfied

Absorbing, Entertaining, Enchanting, Delightful, Great acting

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.

Clever, Delightful, Great writing, Intelligent, Resonant

See it if you want to learn about autism in a nuanced and human way. This has biology lesson parts but it is more about the actual life side

Don't see it if you don't like conceptual pieces that can get a bit uncomfortable at times because of the subject matters and the actions of the actors

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

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

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

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.

Great staging and lighting, Universal story, Absorbing, Gripping, Profound

See it if you know someone on the autism spectrum or want to become familiar with it

Don't see it if you are not open minded

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.

Ambitious, Absorbing, Must see, Thought-provoking

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.

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.

Thought-provoking, Profound, Intelligent

See it if You want to get informed and/or know/care about people on the spectrum, you are interested in a highly diverse set of stories about autism

Don't see it if Each story has a narrative thru but if you aren't interested in stories that aren't more traditionally told, it's more of an exploration

Also Super important, learned a lot, some great performances, hi-five.

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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