while you were partying
while you were partying
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while you were partying NYC Reviews and Tickets

75%
(7 Reviews)
Positive
71%
Mixed
29%
Negative
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Intense, Edgy, Indulgent, Ambitious, Thought-provoking

A bombastic comedy from theatre-makers Peter Mills Weiss and Julia Mounsey. 

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Member Reviews (7)

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254 Reviews | 58 Followers
63
Quirky, Intense, Indulgent, Edgy, Confusing

See it if you want to experience an original, confrontational, and rather shocking 55 minutes about suicide in our dystopian society. Buckle up.

Don't see it if you want it to be funny and don't want to feel like you are banging your head on a wall. Not sure if this was crap as art or art as crap.

243 Reviews | 19 Followers
71
Funny, Edgy, Ambitious

See it if You like your comedy dark…pitch black. You like theatre that thinks outside the box.

Don't see it if You want a traditional play. You want a narrative and characters interacting. You are turned off by stories dealing with suicide. Read more

124 Reviews | 5 Followers
70
Indulgent, Edgy, Ambitious

See it if You’re looking for something you’ve never seen before. You like mixing pain, comedy, and absurdity.

Don't see it if You want a play. This is more performance art. Read more

101 Reviews | 13 Followers
94
Hilarious, Intense, Thought-provoking, Riveting, Masterful

See it if you like weird shit, you like weird people, you want to see what theatre is capable of making

Don't see it if this show is super weird, it's off-putting, it's absurd and its dark.

44 Reviews | 10 Followers
68
Intense, Indulgent, Dizzying, Absorbing

See it if You're looking for something a little edgier than your typical theatre. You've got some deep, unexpressed rage.

Don't see it if You're particularly squeamish. You want a straight-forward story arc or satisfying narrative.

5 Reviews | 0 Followers
80
Intense, Great acting, Cliched

See it if I have a different view about a lot of things than others but I found this play really enjoyable.

Don't see it if I haven't any Idea why You wouldn't want to see this

2 Reviews | 0 Followers
87
Profound, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Intense, Intelligent

See it if You love powerful acting

Don't see it if Self-harm is a trigger

Critic Reviews (4)

The New York Times
November 10th, 2021

"Critic's Pick! “While You Were Partying” does not offer answers. It burrows under the skin like a parasite. There has not been a day since I saw this show when I did not think about it."
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Time Out New York
November 10th, 2021

"If you have a heart for downtown experimental theater, while you were partying may be the defibrillator you need. Soho Rep’s first production since the shutdown is a short, sharp shock of a play: an unsettling, creepily funny 50-minute exploration of anger, created by writer-director-performers Julia Mounsey and Peter Mills Weiss in collaboration with comedian Brian Fiddyment."
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Theatermania
November 10th, 2021

"And that certainly has to do with the heavy subject matter addressed in while you were partying, which is not some hand-wringing examination of how toxic men like Brian are created. Rather, it delves into our disdain and exposes it for self-loathing. It entertains the suspicion among many in our bloated creative class that an expensive university education wasn't actually a better investment than swords and Bitcoin. And it considers how our very American notions of merit and free will can be easily humbled by fate, say, in the form of a pandemic. That's a story worth telling — but I still don't think an actor needs to bleed in order to get there."
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The Wrap
November 12th, 2021

"Instead of katanas, though, this trio of young millennials has clearly been studying the history of avant-garde theater (perhaps the early work of Wallace Shawn and the Wooster Group). And rather than channel their enthusiasm into more modern endeavors like film, web series or podcasts, they are exploring the boundaries and limits of live performance in a way that can’t easily be replicated in other media."
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