When It Happens to You
When It Happens to You

When It Happens to You NYC Reviews and Tickets

(71 Reviews)
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Relevant, Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Intense, Great writing

About the Show

Tawni O’Dell’s theatrical memoir is about a mother’s struggle to help restore a sense of safety and wholeness to her family after her daughter was the victim of a brutal attack.

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Member Reviews (71)

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911 Reviews | 265 Followers
Quirky, Thought-provoking, Great writing, Relevant, Intense

See it if you would enjoy the pain and comfort of a true story in which a family deals with the rape of one member. Intelligent language, some humor.

Don't see it if having the story teller break the fourth wall and not completely act, but often narrate would bother you. Lighting that blinds few few rows.

737 Reviews | 112 Followers
Relevant, Intense, Absorbing

See it if you want to hear a very disturbing true tale of rape told by the real mother with other actors.

Don't see it if you don't like the subject of rape.

473 Reviews | 119 Followers
Resonant, Relevant, Great staging, Self-indulgent

See it if you want a realistic portrayal of a family, through the mother, dealing (poorly) with the aftermath of rape.

Don't see it if a work that always feels like a solo with 4 actors will never work for you. Read more

316 Reviews | 79 Followers
Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Ambitious

See it if A true story of a young girls rape and how it affects her and her family members for years to come. The playwright also portrayed the mother

Don't see it if You prefer a lighter or more uplifting subject matter. The play was 90 minutes without an intermission.

302 Reviews | 87 Followers
Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Must see, Relevant, Great writing

See it if you want to experience, almost as vividly as first-hand, emotional and psychological consequences to modern rape victims and their families.

Don't see it if you prefer shorter or multi-act drama, comedy, or musicals, more action and less exposition, or are very upset by detailed rape descriptions Read more

283 Reviews | 54 Followers
Great acting, Relevant, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Absorbing

See it if You want to hear a true-to-life account of a horrific incident. 90-minutes long. 4 “actors” on stage, even though the writer/mother is not

Don't see it if An actress. Great acting on the other 3’s part. It’s a dramatic memory piece, with light humor and slight cussing 🤬. It’s therapeutic.

262 Reviews | 45 Followers
Profound, Great staging, Absorbing

See it if Part lecture...part dramatization pertaining to a mother and daughter journey after the daughter is raped.

Don't see it if rape or sexual abuse is a trigger.

245 Reviews | 37 Followers
Masterful, Profound, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if If you want to see a family struggle after violence. The sense of shame is effectively displayed by mom and daughter in different ways

Don't see it if You are too triggered by assault

Critic Reviews (2)

Lighting & Sound America
October 21st, 2019

"It's all very mysterious, since the more obvious route for O'Dell would have been to publish a prose piece, something at which clearly she has excelled, as opposed to exploring such sensitive and highly personal material in a format for which she shows little aptitude."
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October 15th, 2019

"This a work grounded in sober reality, a work that rejects the prevalent idea that 'closure' is something that will surely erase all scars and 'make whole' once more those who've lived through such traumatic incidents."
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