Yokes Night NYC Reviews and Tickets

(13 Reviews)
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Great acting, Intense, Dizzying, Quirky, Confusing

About the Show

A Fringe Encore: Stay Up Late Collective and Bear Trap Theatre present Scott Lyons' Dublin-set drama about what happens when drugs are declared legal for one night. Inspired by real events! 

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Energetic, Imaginative, Confusing, Disappointing, Pointless

See it if you enjoy Irish storytelling. Thick accent made it hard to understand. I guess it was fantasy but it would be hard to imagine many relating.

Don't see it if you expect a normal story or even a quirky one that ends up being fun. This one left me unsatisfied.


See it if You enjoy a 45 minute 2-person show where a past experience is talked about by the woman and then things go downhill from there.

Don't see it if You get dizzy with disco balls & strobe lights, as they may make your head spin & are used throughout most of the show.

Critic Reviews (6)

British Theatre Guide
August 3rd, 2016
For a previous production

"It may only last 45 minutes but ‘Yokes Night’ is a fine play, performed to perfection by playwright Scott Lyons and Zoe Forrester…Harry is a born loser, though at least he has a job. Nirvana for him is Yokes Night, the day last year when Irish law changed to make all drugs legal, even hard ones…The ensuing scenes come straight from a horror movie but are evoked well in Jesse Briton and Dimitris Chimonas’s simple production that races along to a satisfyingly enigmatic conclusion."
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Edinburgh Guide
August 14th, 2016
For a previous production

"This fast-paced, poetic production buzzes with the energy of that crazy night and the younger generation’s frustration at the actions (or inactions) of the Irish government and adherence to outdated notions. Great, engaging performances are helped by a simple but effective set...The denouement is perhaps a bit obvious and the game-show trial is a little overused device, but it remains a show to rave over."
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The Stage (UK)
August 24th, 2016
For a previous production

"This riveting two-hander turns into a darkly innocent love story with a couple of surprises along the way…A lot of themes are packed into this new play by Scott Lyons...There’s a whole load of physical stuff going on too, thanks to director Dimitris Chimonas’ finger-on-the-pulse direction. Like 'Midsummer' on MDMA, Lyons and Zoe Forrester, as the strangely likeable couple, generate a chemistry that gets sparks flying throughout in a brace of winning performances."
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Fringe Review (UK)
August 21st, 2016
For a previous production

"Both actors go at this with the vitality of the young and it is not the worse for it. They have the characters in their heads and what we see onstage is both believable and visceral…The ending is particularly brutal and very surprising…It saves a script that I felt at times was a little lacking in depth but the overall punch it packs makes up for that – perhaps it needs a little more in the rehearsal room."
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Broadway Baby
August 21st, 2016
For a previous production

"Lyons gives such a strong, enthusiastic and easy performance that we utterly sympathize with his desire to find a soulmate…The energy he brings holds together this extremely demanding and at times incredibly dark tale. The talented Zoe Forrester’s Saoirse takes us in so completely with her naturalistic charm that we simply see her as the harmed creature she portrays…Raw, fresh, challenging and beautiful to behold."
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Edinburgh Festivals
August 11th, 2016
For a previous production

"There's a lot of superb writing here…Lyons and Forrester as Harry and Saoirse have real chemistry, and some hilarious and touching scenes...But underneath there is a sense of little more than an Adam and Eve for the post-rave generation, and a clichéd warning to avoid the temptress. The volte face feels a little forced and paints the duo's respective denouements into a corner. Nonetheless, 'Yokes Night' is a seething play with two superbly judged performances, and a lot of style."
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