Who Killed My Father
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Who Killed My Father
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Who Killed My Father NYC Reviews and Tickets

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(14 Reviews)
Positive
71%
Mixed
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Negative
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Slow, Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Quirky, Profound

New autobiographical work from the internationally-acclaimed French author Édouard Louis.

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Member Reviews (14)

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942 Reviews | 225 Followers
66
Slow, Quirky, Relevant, Ambitious

See it if It was a slow play. Father and son plot that never really gained traction.

Don't see it if You want a well written plot.

765 Reviews | 212 Followers
73
Slow, Profound, Thought-provoking, Quirky, Edgy

See it if you would like to experience one person's autobiographical relationship with his father. Softly spoken, interesting video & wild dancing.

Don't see it if you want to understand it all - it is personal and you are viewing a painful telling (why it is slow) of not being accepted by a parent.

677 Reviews | 150 Followers
78
Disappointing, Indulgent, Relevant, Slow, Thought-provoking

See it if You’re a fan of Edouard Louis & seen previous stagings of his work, curious about the real Eddy & his politics as well as the rest of story

Don't see it if Don’t like productions in foreign languages with supertitles, uncomfortable with gay situations, not a fan of French leftist politics

356 Reviews | 199 Followers
64
Overrated, Excruciating, Disappointing, Banal, Ambitious

See it if A one man show on the topic of the inter-personalization of a father & gay son.

Don't see it if Play was very slow & weak script.

337 Reviews | 70 Followers
84
Profound, Avant garde

See it if international theatrical conventions and thought interest you.

Don't see it if if you’re brain washed into the exceptionalism of the American Theatre. Read more

241 Reviews | 45 Followers
81
Contemplative, Moving, Bare

See it if you like slow, quiet, plays that take their time but get under your skin, in smart and tender ways, unusual directing and sensitive acting.

Don't see it if you dislike one-person shows, have little patience or hard time concentrating, or don't get episodic plays that rely much on the spoken word

85 Reviews | 42 Followers
93
Thought-provoking, Riveting, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you like a play that spends time watching a character go through a extraordinarily personal struggle.e

Don't see it if you like an easy ride in the theater.

33 Reviews | 1 Follower
80
Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Edgy, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if you enjoy the intimacy of a one-man show and a non-linear script that feels organic, almost stream of consciousness

Don't see it if you find supertitles distracting. Show feels like two separate stories, each is powerful but felt a little disjointed when combined

Critic Reviews (5)

The New York Times
May 23rd, 2022

"That’s the real drama here: Louis’s struggle to rationalize, within his politics, the irrational desire to forgive. Still, 'Who Killed My Father' is a strange way to do it, especially if you know (as neither the book nor the play tells you) that his father, despite the title, is alive. Just not onstage."
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New York Magazine / Vulture
May 22nd, 2022

"Reading happens in the perpetual present, so in the book version, many of these same statements feel fresh, captured by a mind still roiling with grief and anger. A reader’s inner voice also transmits Louis’s own anguish better than he can do as a performer. He is not an actor, so he has few tools to either access or imitate his emotion in performance; repeating these thoughts again and again has made them sound stale, false, forced."
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Lighting & Sound America
May 23rd, 2022

Louis makes a persuasive case that his father's coldness, especially regarding his gay son, was a symptom of something deeper and more pervasive, a poverty of the soul and pocketbook alike…Louis is urging us to imagine the world differently. As he conclusively demonstrates, the world we have is running desperately short on love.
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New York Stage Review
May 22nd, 2022

"Put succinctly, much of 'Who Killed My Father' is an ardent discourse on father-son relations, in particular when what constitutes masculinity is a dominant theme. More to the point, it’s an open display of his accepting himself for who he is and whom he wants to remain."
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Exeunt Magazine
May 25th, 2022

"The title is revealed not as a question, but as the heading of a list: Who Killed My Father. Here, Ostermeier and Louis unite in their political fury and use their art to highlight the injustices perpetrated by that cohort. The lull of the play’s first hour was merely a very long wick and they finally light a match."
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