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Underground

From 47 member  reviews
Members say: Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Relevant, Clever

About the show

Shrapnel Theatre & Hartshorn-Hook Foundation present the NYC premiere of this dramedy about the end of a bad date that turns out to be the start of a very odd evening. Part of 59E59's annual Brits Off Broadway festival. More…

After matching on a dating app, Claire and James meet for an awkward first date. On their way home, the brand-new Night Tube breaks down. Forced to get to know each other a little better, things start to get weird. Featuring an interfering loudspeaker system, a wise–if drunk–pub landlord, and a big swipe right, 'Underground' looks at the phenomenon of loneliness in a crowd, and what happens when the daily grind gets disrupted. 


Member Reviews (47)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Relevant, Clever
74
Avg Score

70
Accessible, Pleasant, Well acted, Relevant, Romantic

See it if you'd like an engaging portrayal of 2017 romance. Actors are likable, dialogue is mostly lively (altho not deep). Short (65 min) and sweet.

Don't see it if the trials of Brit 20-somethgs doesn't interest you. Opening monologus ineffective. Characters not fleshed out (little background info).

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74
Entertaining, Enjoyable, Charming, Confusing

See it if You like witty character pieces about online dating. Good acting and banter, but a confusing ending.

Don't see it if You don't like realistic dialogue or rom-com type works.

79
Delightful, Entertaining, Great acting, Great writing, Relevant

See it if you'd enjoy a charming play about on-line dating and the insecurities of today's youth; their interactions with the older generation.

Don't see it if you have no idea about today's online dating apps, tweeting, etc. You won't get much out of this play if you can't keep up. Seniors be aware

86
Clever, Funny, Great acting, Fun

See it if you like top tier acting in a fun little show.59E59 always does a great job with the Brits Off Bway. This is a gem of a show.

Don't see it if you are looking for something profound or eye-popping. This is a small intimate show about real people. Well worth seeing.

76
Funny, Great acting, Relevant, Romantic, Slow

See it if You want to see a simply staged performance about meeting a person of the opposite sex and their first date. You want to laugh.

Don't see it if You don't like simply staged plays. You are not interested in romantic plays.

90
Charming, Great acting, Great writing, Refreshing, Thought-provoking

See it if you like an honest portrayal of the challenging, skeptical but still hopeful striving by Gen Y for intimacy and meaning in digital dating.

Don't see it if you dislike small cast, minimal set, short, talky drama about a straight, romantic relationship between attractive, non-Hispanic Caucasians.

74
Entertaining, Confusing, Cute

See it if Enjoyable one act play in the style of a British romantic comedy, confined to the "meet-cute." Uneven script, baffling ending

Don't see it if Singles wading through the modern world of dating with a high emphasis on the tech and apps involved is not of interest

78
Clever, Intelligent, Quirky, Good acting

See it if you'll enjoy a play-at 70 minutes,more a sketch-about being young & single trying to find "the one" in a big city. It's a "fringe" type show

Don't see it if you're expecting something more than a 1 act play w/ minimal staging; prefer plays with a straightforward plot & fully developed characters

Also Dialog is very clever and believable.

60
Great acting, Disappointing, Confusing, Banal, Fluffy

See it if You like Short 60minutes British theater about online dating millennials 2 person dialogue driven plays

Don't see it if You want action stage sets. Deep development of characters and content

30
Banal, Disappointing, Excruciating, Insipid, Slow

See it if If you like two-handers with sparse sets where nothing happens -- literally.

Don't see it if I was bored. The characters did not seem to care about each other. I was happy there was no intermission -- it was over faster.

Also Nothing happened, nobody cared. They were not very likeable.

73
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Resonant

See it if You want to watch how strangers become acquainted and try to create intimacy.

Don't see it if You're not interested in relationships.

95
Underrated

See it if Pure, unvarnished one on one communication. Connecting and relating, theater's bare bones essence. Actors' excellence make time fly.

Don't see it if Fringe production values, but reflected in ticket price. Short length may not justify visit.

Also High quality Brits Off Broadway program, as usual. Cheers.

75
Absorbing, Delightful, Clever, Entertaining, Funny

See it if you like awkward first dates. so realistic.

Don't see it if you want action or avoid the awkward.

64
Undeveloped play, Romantic, Good acting

See it if like short plays. This one left me unsatisfied, the scenes didn’t include characters' emotions to allow me to take part in the story.

Don't see it if like well-written plays

75
Entertaining, Funny, Resonant, Quirky

See it if you've ever engaged in or thought about online dating

Don't see it if you'd like a typical romcom

92
Absorbing, Funny, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if you are interested in well written, well acted, small scale productions imported from the UK. Very funny, but also timely.

Don't see it if You are looking for a bigger, more complicated production.

60
Quirky, Unconvincing, Disappointing, Tedious, Cliched

See it if the process of navigating meeting people and developing relationships interests you

Don't see it if you expect believability from dialogue and relationship

70
Funny, Confusing, Edgy

See it if you enjoy the dating world of current 20 somethings.

Don't see it if you want a concrete straightforward story.

68
Slight, Millenial, A reach

See it if An ambivalent user of dating apps, or a successful one looking for a chance to gloat, a Gooner

Don't see it if Looking for a full plot or message, annoyed by split screen staging, damn kids get off my lawn

72
Entertaining, Clever

See it if you have ever been on a date which didn't quite turn out as expected.

Don't see it if you don't like small productions in small spaces.

67
Slow, Banal, Lackluster, Dull, Insipid

See it if You want to see two young people who have met on line and their resulting attempts to connect in person while dealing with annoyances.

Don't see it if You have problems with British dialogue. One plus is that theater is small -no more than three rows from actors.

53
Great acting, Disappointing, Slow, Dated, Ambitious

See it if You want a well-acted confusing romantic play.

Don't see it if You want something that isn't pretentious and confusing.

70
Disappointing, Great acting, Quirky, Slow, Thought-provoking

See it if You are interested in philosophical perspectives on dating and modern life.

Don't see it if You don't like minimal sets.

62
Romantic, Slow, Disappointing, Banal

See it if You want to see a show about single life in the Tinder era.

Don't see it if The ending will leave you staying, "and then what."

60
Cliched, Funny, Great acting, Disappointing, Banal

See it if You want to see some good actors. If you are part of the online dating app scene. Didn't love this. The device at end is heavy handed.

Don't see it if You don't like being categorized by stickers as an audience member.I HATED that and it wasn't used. This show is kind of pointless. Just Eh.


June 21st, 2017
"This is a humorous, engaging show with very broad appeal. It brings the phenomenon of online dating to the stage...The three-person cast does a great job of bringing this clever story to life in the theater's intimate space. Their portrayals of the characters are spot-on...'Underground' is an ap...
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June 18th, 2017
"All in all, it is the charming and credible performances of Mr. Jinks and Ms. Sanders, under Kate Tiernan's direction, that make the evening such an enjoyable one. Even without the offbeat events in the stalled tube, the time we've spent with them has been a smile-inducing act of eavesdropping o...
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June 25th, 2017
“Two likeable people, James (Michael Jinks) and Claire (Bebe Sanders) meet online, have dinner in a local pub owned by Steve (Andrew McDonald) and take the Underground home. That's about it. Of course, that's only the basic, very basic, outline. What makes ‘Underground’ a quiet delight is the way...
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June 25th, 2017
"Van Tricht has some compelling ideas here, but the themes and message are too underdeveloped for the audience to truly feel her vision. This play feels a bit like a first act of a two-act play, or like a play missing a final scene...Despite the play’s brevity, the three-person cast makes the mos...
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