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What We're Up Against (WP Theater)

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Members say: 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. More…

"Why is it still like this?” Janice sighs to Eliza. It’s 1992, and Eliza is the brainy new recruit at a small-shop architecture firm. But she’s struggling to get a foothold on even the lowest rung of the company ladder, and starts making moves to blow the lid off their pandora’s box of office politics and social maneuvering.

Member Reviews (90)


Relevant, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Entertaining, Intelligent
Avg Score

Smart, Great acting, Relevant, Resonant

See it if Deft script and superb performances help this 90’s work shine in 2017. Krysta Rodriguez is exceptional. Nice, intimate show.

Don't see it if Don’t like workplace dramas or issue about equality or harassment.

Funny, Edgy, Intense, Clever, Relevant

See it if Over-the-top comic satire of blatantly sexist office. Recently hired young woman is smarter than everyone else. Fireworks ensue.

Don't see it if You don't like caricatures. You don't see the humor in foul language. You can't laugh, scream and cry at the same time.

Intense, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Disappointing, Well acted & staged

See it if Campbell-Holt's energetic direction & an excellent ensemble (esp Rodriguez's unlikable heroine) elevate this gender/workplace diatribe

Don't see it if Written in 1992, still stingingly current but Rebeck's typical heavy handedness mars the discourse; written with a crayon instead of a pen

Clever, Intelligent, Relevant, Resonant

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Also A 95 by partner and an 88 gets a 92. The entire cast have his/her role... Read more Read less

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

See it if You're a fan of Rebeck or the cast, you'd like to see how a 2011 play set in 1992 about the glass ceiling holds up,

Don't see it if You're not a fan of office set, issue plays which frustrate because not a lot has changed since'92, don't like seeing people at their worst

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.

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.

Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Great staging, Relevant

See it if you enjoy a powerful drama about the difficulties of women in the workplace. Nice staging and good acting.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy stories about women's issues in the workplace.

Also With 2 levels of staging, you are better off sitting higher up so you ... Read more Read less

Too conservative and safe

See it if You want to see a show about a woman who rises up and does well in a predominately male driven workplace

Don't see it if You are looking for something different. This show took absolutely no chances and five minutes in you pretty much know what’s going to happe

Also This is the definition of what I would call a “safe” show. Everything ... Read more Read less

Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant, Resonant, Absorbing

See it if You are not tired of workplace dramas. You enjoy the twists and turns of the way sexism plays out in an office setting.

Don't see it if You can’t deal with lots of raw language. You have no interest in realism you are looking for fantasy. Realism portrayed is painful to watch

Dated. nothing new here.

See it if You are a fan of Theresa Rebeck.

Don't see it if You want fresh exciting theatre.

Rich material, Useful, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Great writing

See it if you’ll benefit from examples of how NOT to act at work (esp. a new job)—whether you’re skilled but unpopular, or privileged but talentless

Don't see it if you’ll use “unrealistic" characters as an excuse to not engage w/ the conflicts: woman/man, young blood/old pros, alpha-female/beta-female

Also A well-constructed thought-experiment of a play: if you tried to prove... Read more Read less

Entertaining, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if you're interested in an entertaining yet concerning portrayal of workplace sexism in 1992 which unfortunately remains relevant. Great cast.

Don't see it if you're looking for a play with a lot of new ideas—the plot is predictable, but fast-paced and deals with important issues.

Also The set is two levels so you may prefer to sit further back for the mo... Read more Read less

Resonant, Relevant, Profound, Thought-provoking, Spot-on

See it if you'd like to understand the depth and scope of the misogyny that got us a human twatwaffle running loose in the White House.

Don't see it if you'd like to cling to the belief that sexism isn't a systemic, relentless nightmare that propels mediocre/bad men above exceptional women.

Also Set in the early 90's, this play shows how far we really *haven't* com... Read more Read less

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

See it if A 90’s work place drama involving a womans treatment by a male dominated staff and other women. Well written and produced.

Don't see it if Do not see if you prefer musicals or light dramas. Do not see if you are put off by women’s issues relating to equality.

Great acting, Entertaining, Relevant, Wonderful writing, Excellent direction

See it if you like shows about misogyny, office politics, clever and perceptive writing, superb acting and direction.

Don't see it if you dislike shows about women's issues, dark comedies and satirical, somewhat stereotypical, characters.

Absorbing, Intense, Relevant, Slow

See it if you ever wanted to experience office politics which out having to actually be involved in them.

Don't see it if experiencing this office politics drama cuts a little to close to the REAL LIFE drama of your current work place.

Also Having been fired from three different architecture firms and then lai... Read more Read less

Banal, Great acting, Overrated, Relevant, Talky

See it if The current conversation about sexual harassment has you riled up.

Don't see it if You want the playwright to take you somewhere new.

Also Like other Reneck plays, she articulates the obvious very well; too ma... Read more Read less

Clever, Absorbing, Great acting, Relevant, Resonant

See it if Smart script, crisp dialogue, perfect actors, great sets. Fascinating window int 1990s gender issues at work. Lots of funny moments!

Don't see it if You don't like shows set at work or are looking for a musical. Otherwise, there's no reason to not see this witty play!

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.

Also This is a wonderful play that gives you something to think about and d... Read more Read less

Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if You want to see a play about work place politics, the treatment and how some women try to get ahead.

Don't see it if You are not interested in a play about the work place and how some women might be treated.

Relevant, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Funny

See it if you want to see a thought-provoking play about the dynamics and inequities that still exist for female workers

Don't see it if you are offended by cursing; or demand fully developed characters

Also I think this play overall did a nice job of exposing some of the probl... Read more Read less

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

Also Krysta Rodriguez is clearly the attraction, even in a play with Marg H... Read more Read less

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

See it if you like well-acted plays about important issues that make you thing, but don't have any easy answers.

Don't see it if you don't like plays that bring up issues that can't be resolved within the course of the play and that stay with you after you see the play

Cleverly plotted, Incisive humor, Underdeveloped characters, Sadly relevant despite period setting

See it if you like Rebeck's sharp wit; you enjoy Mamet-esque gender politics; want a workplace revenge parable more than a character driven comedy

Don't see it if you're expecting searching insights; these characters are largely illustrations of entrenched attitudes towards women in the workplace

Also I kept wondering why (aside from some plot points that perhaps would n... Read more Read less

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, ‘Wh...
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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...
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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...
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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 disag...
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