What We're Up Against (WP Theater)
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What We're Up Against (WP Theater)

What We're Up Against (WP Theater) NYC Reviews and Tickets

(90 Ratings)
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Relevant, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Entertaining, Intelligent

About the Show

WP Theater presents the Off-Broadway premiere of Theresa Rebeck's comedy, a darkly funny and all-too-relevant exploration of gender politics in the workplace.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (90)

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179 Reviews | 30 Followers
Masterful, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Great writing, Great acting

See it if you want a sobering but unfortunately still true view of women in the workforce. The writing is brilliant!

Don't see it if you think that women have been integrated into the workforce and that sexism doesn't exist.

394 Reviews | 34 Followers
Relevant, Riveting, Great writing, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if you want to see an important, absorbing and delightful play dealing with a toxic office situation.

Don't see it if you don't want to see a relevant play about office politics. Read more

506 Reviews | 1005 Followers
Clever, Intelligent, Relevant, Resonant

See it if see also

Don't see it if see also Read more

509 Reviews | 337 Followers
Absorbing, Great acting, Entertaining, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if Extremely well acted, totally engrossing show. And totally relevant.

Don't see it if you have no interested in issues regarding women in the workplace. Play takes place in 1992. Still, unfortunately, totally current issues.

56 Reviews | 32 Followers
Entertaining, Great acting, Intelligent

See it if you'd enjoy a well-acted, plot-driven, not-preachy play about sexist challenges a talented young woman faces in a professional workplace.

Don't see it if you think there's nothing more to say about sexism in the workplace. Read more

256 Reviews | 86 Followers
Up up and away

See it if Play has snap, crackle and pop. Writing is near flawless, a female David Mamet. Direction is excellent. Stage design is brilliant. KR bomb.

Don't see it if You hate polemics disguised as plays or obscene dialogue. You hate actors with distracting tattoos. One actor has his hands full. Good grief Read more

93 Reviews | 16 Followers
Relevant, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting

See it if You enjoy intelligent, work place dramas, that reflect on relationships between the sexes. You're interested in women's advancement.

Don't see it if You only enjoy lighter dramas, comedies. You long for ALL aspects of life in America, of decades ago! Read more

541 Reviews | 490 Followers
Great writing, Relevant, Resonant, Must see, Upsetting

See it if you want to see an extremely well-written and incisive look at sexism in the workplace that makes you squirm in how accurate it is.

Don't see it if you want to leave the theater feeling good about the world.

Critic Reviews (18)

The New York Times
November 8th, 2017

“Ms. Rebeck’s play isn’t about sexual harassment. It’s about all of the other ugly ways that a woman can be foiled and dismissed, ostracized and worn down, when she’s just trying to do her job. It’s also about what happens when she dares to show her anger...As sitcomish as it sometimes feels, ‘What We’re Up Against’ has a complex view of its characters and their dynamics...The cast is an impressive assemblage of talent...Oddly, though, the flashiest roles belong to men.”
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Time Out New York
November 8th, 2017

“A bitterly funny workplace comedy...This is prime Rebeck territory—driven characters locking horns in pursuit of a prize—and the current political climate makes this 1992 play seem frighteningly timely...'What We’re Up Against' is not as fully realized as Rebeck’s later works; the premise wears thin, and the characters can come across as mouthpieces for a message. But director Campbell-Holt and her accomplished cast, send sparks flying as genders and generations collide.”
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The Hollywood Reporter
November 8th, 2017

"The play couldn't feel more dated...A provocative premise, but Rebeck's writing fails to do it full justice. The characters are so one-dimensional they might as well have their defining traits tattooed on their foreheads; the dialogue is repetitive and exclamatory; and the storyline feels padded despite the relatively brief running time...The performers bring a fierce energy to their characterizations that goes a long way toward compensating...It rarely rises above the level of cliche."
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November 8th, 2017

“With its undeniably sharp perspective and neat archetypal characters, ‘What We're Up Against’ is guaranteed to infuriate — which is why you should see it...The story is dramatically compelling, the rage behind it undeniably authentic, and the characters are recognizably human...Even if you disagree with Rebeck's take on the way women are treated in the workplace, it is impossible to resist this ever-unfolding Machiavellian tale...An uncomfortable but vital night at the theater.”
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Lighting & Sound America
November 15th, 2017

“'What We're Up Against' suffers from nagging little structural problems that occasionally prove undermining...The play that houses it could stand a firmer foundation...The play tries to occupy a middle ground between satire and drama that really means it, never really paying full tribute to either approach...The dialogue could use more zing at times...It suffers from a certain fuzziness of presentation that keeps it from landing a knockout punch."
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November 9th, 2017

"It's a solid setup, which leads to a mildly satisfying comeuppance. But nothing about Rebeck's play is particularly surprising or, more importantly, challenging, unless, I suppose, you happen to share Stu's mindset. And, if you do, you're probably not hanging out at the Women's Project Theater."
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Theatre is Easy
November 8th, 2017

"'What We’re Up Against' relies on some sitcom-y dialogue, and some standard dumb male tropes, though ultimately I found it to be an honest and realistic depiction of what it’s like to be a woman in the workforce...All of the actors are extremely well cast and committed to their roles...Perfectly directed by Adrienne Campbell-Holt, 'What We’re Up Against' feels like a realistic depiction of a toxic office."
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Stage Buddy
November 14th, 2017

“Relies very heavily on its dialogue. Fast-paced and yet annoyingly overly verbose at times...The play was relatable to anyone who has ever worked in any kind of office at any time; it was certainly not a black comedy, but more an accurate reflection of the day-to-day office politics with a funny observational commentary spattered throughout. The characters were certainly well established but never seem to grow."
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