Underneath
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Underneath
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Underneath NYC Reviews and Tickets

76%
(6 Reviews)
Positive
66%
Mixed
17%
Negative
17%
Members say
Absorbing, Great acting, Original, Great lighting, Dark

About the Show

Irish Arts Center presents the US premiere of 'Underneath', a solo show about a woman who was struck by lightning, and whose life is shaped by the disfigurement that resulted.

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Member Reviews (6)

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Uneven, Disappointing, Original, Slow, Ambitious

See it if You like experimental theater and "autobiograpical" tale-telling of a trauma victim who suffers terrible bullying and worse.

Don't see it if Unevenness offends. I like one-man stuff, Irish tale-telling, and inventive sets, but this didn't deliver consistently. Too many off-notes.

100
Brilliant acting. fantastic story. must see., Exquisite, Great acting, Absorbing, Enchanting

See it if You appreciate unbelievably brilliant acting, a story that will move you to tears. Irish culture and solo shows. Absolutely riveting.

Don't see it if You have problems with Irish accents, or don't like somewhat experimental theater.

Critic Reviews (7)

The New York Times
October 18th, 2015

"'Underneath' is an amiably meandering diversion for those who regard Halloween as a time for embracing the ghosts we run from the rest of the year...The attendant moralizing can feel a bit obvious and earthbound. But there are extraordinary spectral moments, both visual and aural, throughout that summon the beauty in conventional ugliness and vice versa."
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T
October 26th, 2015

"Kinevane is a master performer, as much mime as actor, and a fine singer, too, it emerges from this show. Under Jim Culleton’s perfect direction Kinevane changes mood on a razor’s edge, whether bottling corrosive emotion or being deadpan, almost distracted about catastrophe."
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Irish Times
February 25th, 2015
For a previous production

"Why does this play, which might have been Kinevane’s masterpiece and still could be, lose its way?Just because Kinevane has too close an identification with his character, you suspect...It’s comforting fantasy, but it doesn’t seem genuine...Still see-sawing between traumatic tales and leavening gags in the third act, the pace judders and drags. Kinevane’s striking performance, not to mention Denis Clohessy’s excellent sound design, really deserves the consideration of a lighting designer."
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The Irish Independent
February 23rd, 2015
For a previous production

"The show keeps scrabbling up the slopes of the sublime but slipping back down, as it repeatedly sabotages its own emotional build. This is a charming and engaging ninety minutes however, and Kinevane is a virtuoso performer. Whilst a bit more chill would be welcome, basking in his warmth is a delightful experience."
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The Public Reviews
February 21st, 2015
For a previous production

"Bold and unafraid of going where others have only dared to look, 'Underneath' explores the eternal and yet extremely contemporary conflict between skin-deep beauty and those that go through life without it. Everything in this production pushes us to question these tenets, to re-evaluate superficial priorities, highlighted by the contrasts embedded within all aspects of the show... It promises to be a crowd pleaser judging by the reaction of last night’s audience and standing ovation."
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T
February 21st, 2015
For a previous production

"One entertaining evening, that had the audience on their feet by the end of the performance. It is enjoyable and will have you laughing one moment, and thinking the next, but always taken in by Kinevane's performance, both dramatic and comic, intense and easy going, but always likable and compassionate."
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N
February 23rd, 2015
For a previous production

"There is a great deal of laughter from the audience and Kinevane likes to give the impression that he is taking one or two members of the audience into his confidence. He tells anecdotes which are of a homely type, some of which may have a double entendre which may seem a little juvenile. He is however trying to reveal the part of the human psyche where pretence, the words 'should' and 'ought' have no place...His 'underneath' is a fragile world and he mines it with deft gentleness."
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