Yerma NYC Reviews and Tickets

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(200 Reviews)
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Great acting, Great staging, Absorbing, Intense, Riveting

About the Show

Lorca’s 1934 drama about a provincial Spanish woman’s desperate desire to have a child is radically reimagined into a parable of modern life in this Olivier Award-winning staging starring Billie Piper ('Dr. Who.')

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Great acting, Great staging, Riveting, Intense

See it if Powerful story. Riveting performances from Piper & Cowell. Great writing. Spectacular staging! Must see.

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Absorbing, Great acting, Entertaining, Intense, Great staging

See it if The incredible staging combined w/ the outstanding performances (Piper is incredible) make this raw & emotional rollercoaster a must see.

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Critic Reviews (35)

The New York Times
March 28th, 2018

"One of the most harrowing - and compelling - productions you are ever likely to see...As appealing and vivid as Ms. Piper has reliably been, nothing she did previously prepares you for this blistering portrait...One of those performances that leave you bruised, breathless and grateful for an experience you wouldn't have missed for the world...What hooks and holds you is the magnetic emotional pull of the performances, and I mean all of them."
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Time Out New York
March 28th, 2018

"Stone's high-gloss infertility thriller...Piper's powerhouse performance, a thing of such hectic emotional commitment that you fear for her actual sanity...To some extent, this gorgeousness aestheticizes the terror...It's sometimes hard to get a purchase on the play behind the magazine-spread perfection...That’s what makes it so astonishing when Piper bashes her way into intimacy with everyone in the theater."
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The Hollywood Reporter
March 28th, 2018

"The genius of Stone's modern-day adaptation is how it reconceives this elemental, almost mythical drama into a shattering psychological study. 'Yerma' will leave you shaken long after you've left the theater...The characters and dialogue unerringly ring true...All of the members of the ensemble do excellent work...Piper's work here is simply staggering. Her character devolves in such heartbreaking, visceral fashion that the evening takes on the feel of Greek tragedy."
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AM New York
March 28th, 2018

"Whether or not the glass box concept is more than an elaborate, self-conscious gimmick is up for debate, and the play is certainly not easy to sit through. But for those ready and willing to take the ride, it offers pure tragedy played out with escalating, thriller-like intensity. Piper's high-pitched performance - a portrait of someone losing her mind - is full of restlessness, vulnerability, delirium and desperation and will not be forgotten anytime soon."
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Theatermania
March 28th, 2018

"A play that surges through the bloodstream like a nonstop adrenaline rush...While Stone's decision to steep Lorca's tale in upper-middle-class privilege might at first seem like yet another needless erasure of the poor, it actually ups the ante in this story...Nothing will leave you more shaken than Piper's penetrating performance...Will have you on the edge of your seat and gasping for air as our protagonist chases her illusive mirage across a scorching desert of ruined dreams."
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Lighting & Sound America
March 29th, 2018

"I'm betting that you won't be able to take your eyes off Billie Piper...You may also wonder what Stone and company are getting at...It's a stunning technical achievement...Without sufficiently operatic performances, one might be distracted, wondering how the magic was made. There's little worry of that here...Ultimately, the experience of watching her inside that box, coming apart spectacularly, comes to feel uncomfortably sadistic."
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New York Stage Review
March 28th, 2018

"Piper is delivering a monumental performance...Stone's modernized adaptation...Serves to make the play far more relevant to modern audiences, for sure, and allows a production filled with vibrantly startling images. The social pressures and character developments which justify Lorca's plot, though, are somewhat lost in the translation...Piper is astonishing...This is a grand performance, no question, and likely to remain unforgettable. Her five stagemates offer able support."
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New York Stage Review
March 28th, 2018

"This astonishing adaptation manages to address concerns in a contemporary context, exploring not only the limits of progress but also the fresh challenges it can pose...The character of Her is given remarkable life by Piper...Minimalist set encloses the characters in glass walls...The design not only reinforces Her's increasing sense of being trapped, but emphasizes our general vulnerability in a digital age that encourages us to live our lives in public, and be judged accordingly."
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Theatre is Easy
March 28th, 2018

"Even though all these elements separate us from the action, Piper's performance makes it impossible to disassociate...Sometimes when men try to write complex female characters, they still come across as a man's version of what a woman is, but in this case, 'Her' feels authentic , and it's especially refreshing to hear her talking about subjects like a former abortion and anal sex, topics that don't often get discussed in life or on the stage. More of this please."
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CurtainUp
April 4th, 2018

"Stone's 'Yerma' stays true to Lorca's tragic story...However, it's presented within the framework of contemporary London's blogging journalists...More an original story than an adaptation...A riveting theatrical outing...While Piper is the star attraction, the other cast members add to the all-around acting excellence...There are times when you'll want to look away from those darkening events. But there's no looking away from Piper's powerhouse performance and this imaginative reinvention."
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Front Mezz Junkies
April 2nd, 2018

"Simon Stone’s adaptation bares the weight of its history but drives it forward into the modern world of British culture and liberalism...It’s a sad and horrendous journey to watch, especially as enlivened by Piper and as coaxed through by director Stone into a journey riddled with complications and reactions that will be forever etched into my brain...If Piper doesn’t rip your heart in two, I’d wonder if you left it at home with your babysitter."
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Village Voice
April 4th, 2018

"'Yerma' feels new in ways both thrilling and terrifying...Piper is nothing short of astonishing, yet her turn also feels unselfconscious...What Stefan Gregory, who handled the music and the sound design, achieves here is just wild. Indeed, the whole production operates at a heightened level of technical ingenuity we are simply not used to seeing in the U.S. But this would be all moot if the human element did not keep up, and it certainly does."
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Gotham Playgoer
April 5th, 2018

"In this high-concept environment, the actors have their work cut out for them. Fortunately, they are up to the task and then some...Ms. Piper does not hold back; it is easy to see why she won the Olivier for her performance. Mr. Cowell is a fine foil for her. I admire Mr. Stone and designer Lizzie Clachan for the originality of their concept, even though I found it somewhat alienating. It was a stimulating evening."
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The Wrap
March 28th, 2018

"Anyone wanting to see a Lifetime movie on steroids should see Stone's 'Yerma'...Some plays have an arc...'Yerma' resembles a descending escalator. It sometimes runs slow, sometimes fast; it even stops on several occasions...The experience of watching the miked actors perform a series of brief skits through a glass wall is as close to going to the movies as anything you’ll find in live theater...Her is not much of a character, although Piper is very good at being hysterical and rolling around."
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W
April 2nd, 2018

"Production values are inspired, acting and directing ferocious. Billie Piper should be carried off on our shoulders...This is a GREAT, GUTSY performance. Billie Piper (Her) mentally and emotionally eviscerates herself on stage...She blazes, vibrates, grasps, strikes out, and mines something so deep and desperate, it’s painful to watch and impossible to turn away. Brendan Cowell meets Piper blow for dramatic blow...Simon Stone helms with viscera, humanity, and visual acuity."
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Stage Left
April 6th, 2018

"A modern tragedy on par with the Greek classics, harmoniously marrying visual, aural, and physical elements to produce a disorienting and enveloping stage magic at once heart-stopping and jaw-dropping, and wholly in service to the larger metaphors at work in the story...Piper gives an absolute knockout and haunting performance, painting a painful portrait of an increasingly tortured, depressed, and untethered Her...Stone's text is smart, natural and fast, matched by crisp and striking staging."
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Towleroad
March 29th, 2018

"A deft modern update...Piper’s performance is a tour-de-force from blithe start to bitter end. The entire cast, like Stone’s visually surprising production, is fine-tuned to optimize the story’s jolting emotional impact, by drawing us in so close we could press our noses against the glass."
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Daily Beast
March 28th, 2018

"Piper is utterly convincing, painfully so, but the play would benefit from scenes that would allow her pain to accrue and marinate in front of us. On stage, the character transitions can feel as sudden as the stunning scenery changes...A powerful production for sure, even if sometimes you find yourself wanting to sit longer with its wordsand with Her herself to fully understand her tragedy, besides taking a ringside seat for her graphic personal implosion."
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T
March 28th, 2018

"Stone puts domesticity and obsession under a microscope in the blistering, no-holds-barred 'Yerma'...Every aspect of the production has been ingeniously crafted to organically intersect into a wholly involving and shattering experience that will leave you physically and emotionally exhausted as well as thoroughly exhilarated...Piper is electrifying...It is a brave, bold, unforgettable performance that leaves it all out on the stage, literally and figuratively...Stunning, brutal production."
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W
April 1st, 2018

"'Her' is played by Billie Piper and it is the most compelling performance of the season. The role is Shakespearean in its complexity, moral ambiguity and rage, and Piper brings to it a snarling honesty that starts out with raunchy wisecracking and ends with a primal scream...Piper's ferocity, however, never overshadows the rest of the cast, despite their more restrained performances. It is a testament to their skill and that of Stone, who also directed the play...This production is a triumph."
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Stage Buzz
April 8th, 2018

"One of the best shows of this or any other theatre season...Featuring a tour-de-force performance by Piper...Stone's staging of his own adaptation is nothing short of brilliant...Another essential element of the story is the very intriguing set...Interesting when it starts and riveting by the time it finishes, 'Yerma' works best because it never forgets the various human elements in this all-too-real situation."
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M
April 15th, 2018

"The theatrical glass box stage has audiences looking in on two sides is modern and surreal...There is an overriding feeling of being trapped as a voyeur as much as the actors are entrapped within their glass house. A strong sense of confinement and impending sense of doom is overwhelming...What little joy there is in the play is fleeting...For thespians who yearn for a moving theatrical experience this will leave an impregnable punch to your gut."
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B
March 30th, 2018

"A transfixing work. Piper's Olivier-winning performance is justly celebrated. All the cast members contribute to the wrenching drama...From the start, we are not offered appealing characters...This stance that makes the play difficult to take...The dialogue here is often snappy...There is clearly an audience for the ugly characters of Neil LaBute. I am not part of it, and this is my prejudice. What I loved about the evening was my placement in an alternative theatrical space."
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TheaterScene.com
April 8th, 2018

"With every beat of Her heart she and the audience slip further into searing despair...in Lorca's scorching play...The creative director and playwright, Stone saw something timeless and universal in the Lorca story and reinterpreted it for a 21st-century audience...One of the most poignant moments in the play is when Her and John's union comes to its shattering end...Her takes us on hellish journey with a shocking conclusion, but you can't help but take the ride nor can you look away."
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J
April 5th, 2018

"Stone's breathtakingly intense Lorca adaptation...The actors in this production are unforgettably vivid, fearless and honest-particularly Piper as Her, a slow-building thunderstorm...At the same time, the joyless, sterile environment they're in underscores what a thorny problem modernizing Lorca is...At a certain point...The story's plausibility takes a big hit in its rush-rush final section...The play's violent conclusion seems to perpetuate a 'desperate woman' stereotype."
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What's On Stage (UK)
August 4th, 2016
For a previous production

"It blows the dust off Lorca's 1934 original and turns it into a challenging play for today...The smartness of Stone's rewriting is that it suggests that you don't need societal pressures to become maddened by a longing for a baby...My one real reservation, though, is that set. It is effective intellectually...But emotionally, it distances the audience...Piper's access to feeling is so immediate and the adaptation so urgent that I would have preferred to see it without a wall of glass."
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The London Evening Standard
August 5th, 2016
For a previous production

"What’s remarkable about Stone’s interpretation is its combination of technical rigour and moments of deeply uncomfortable humour...The action takes place in a glass box...Some will argue that this is a needlessly cold approach, but it heightens our sense of voyeurism and creates a series of unsettling visual and acoustic effects...In the end, though, it’s the quality of the performances that makes this a riveting hundred minutes, and Billie Piper is on raw, ferocious, spellbinding form."
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Independent.IE
August 8th, 2016
For a previous production

"A shatteringly powerful re­invention...It elicits from Piper a central performance of such devastating emotional force that I wasn't surprised to discover myself still visibly shaking from its effects afterwards...The action in this production is trapped within a glass box that increasingly makes us feel like the anguished voyeurs of some suffocating process...The production is both meticulous and merciless...modulating from smart social comedy to the tragic extremes."
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The Stage (UK)
August 5th, 2016
For a previous production

"Stone's version of Lorca’s tragic poem about a woman desperate to have a child is one hell of a punch to the gut thanks to Billie Piper’s mighty performance in the title role...Piper tugs at our sympathy as her demeanour changes from second to second, now cruel, now pitiable...In Stone’s hands the story progresses slowly, starting with a simple proposition to have a child, and escalating on a gentle gradient until it becomes something colossal and tragic."
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Time Out London
August 5th, 2016
For a previous production

"This heartbreaking classic is almost unrecognisable in Stone’s hands – turned into a fiercely modern story that’s electrified by Billie Piper’s central role. He’s razed Lorca’s country village to the ground to build something stark and new where it used to stand...As her desperation for a child grows, so does the play. It becomes huge, cavernous, an arena for Billie Piper to deliver a performance of career-defining horror...She’s fearless, furious, wildly funny – then utterly destroyed."
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The Guardian (UK)
August 7th, 2016
For a previous production

"Stone shows the yearning of the central figure, the pressure that builds up around her, and the desperation that engulfs her, as utterly contemporary...It would have been so easy for this reimagining to be glib. It is not...Crucial to the production’s triumph are its manoeuvres in and out of naturalism. This is loyal to Lorca. Though the speech is totally secular and 21st-century, the drama has a liturgical movement. It is a requiem for lost hope."
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British Theatre Guide
August 8th, 2016
For a previous production

"This isn’t a version of Lorca’s 'Yerma' done into English so much as a stimulating new play...Stone places the action inside a glass box, a vitrine for viewing. The audience-actor bond...is interrupted, but not its intimacy. We watch with almost microscopic intensity on a stage pared down to bare essentials...This version changes all the details but keeps the pain and the passion and rises to classic tragic dimensions in a production that is theatrically stunning."
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The Times (UK)
August 5th, 2016
For a previous production

"In this traumatic meditation on motherhood, Stone jettisons Lorca’s more problematic assumptions about female uterine fulfilment in favour of a deep, resounding empathy for men and women alike adrift on the universal anxieties of parenthood...Piper unleashes a torrent of fury. Like a specimen under a glass slide, we view her through a Perspex box...There are few things more effective at imitating life under a microscope...It is Piper who steals the show. Heart-rending."
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The Telegraph (UK)
August 5th, 2016
For a previous production

"An evening with Billie Piper means an evening of heart-wrenching, naturalistic emotion...With Her, our patience is sorely tested. She is a needy, navel-gazing nightmare...So it is a testimony to Piper’s devastatingly powerful performance that you end up feeling numb with pity. Appearing in all but one scene, she snares you – uttering each line with an extraordinary spontaneity which in turn brings an emotional truth that Stone’s production doesn’t always deserve."
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Financial Times (UK)
August 12th, 2016
For a previous production

"Stone’s bold transposition of Lorca’s 1930s drama of rural Spain to modern London is surprisingly effective...Piper compellingly redefines the central role...The transposition of the final horror from religious site to muddy music festival is one of Stone’s many inspired ideas...There is a moment when you think—hang on, this is just about a self-centred middle-class woman undergoing IVF. But Piper blows all that away with her devastating portrayal of all-consuming female despair."
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