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From 3 critic and 48 member reviews
Members say: Great acting, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Edgy, Intense

About the show

A FringeNYC Encore: Jamie has resurfaced the ice rink for decades, unnoticed by the world around him. On the brink of his mom's death, he begins a high-stakes journey of self-discovery through morally risky encounters. More…

From the Eccentric Theater Company and written by Sean-Patrick O'Brien.

Theater In The Now

for a previous production "Sometimes all it takes is a strong story and basic storytelling to make the perfect Fringe play. Those were the main ingredients of O’Brien's nearly flawless 'Zamboni'…It's a heartbreaking story. It's heavy but not daunting…'Zamboni' featured exceptional direction by Leslie Kincaid Burby…The play moved effortlessly with transitions from scene to scene blending into one another…'Zamboni' featured an incredible ensemble...Franchini gave a heartbreaking performance." Full Review

Theatre Reviews Limited

for a previous production "A remarkably honest and vulnerable performance. Mr. Franchini fills his character with uncertainty, frailty, instability, and addiction...It is a performance that is not easy to watch but should not be missed. There is a supporting cast that is brilliant…Deftly directed by Leslie Kincaid Burby each character embraces subtle nuance while remaining emotionally powerful. Mr. O’Brien is a fresh, new, young voice that hopefully will continue to be heard in a new generation of American playwrights." Full Review

Theatre is Easy

for a previous production “Although the plot's predictability may cut some of the tension, the script and acting are exciting enough to hold attention...Overall, ‘Zamboni’ is a thoughtful and prodding piece of theatre about a specific world, exploring the taboos and examining the unique moments within. I found myself captivated throughout, and excited to see the progressions and dynamics. The cast brings true presence and talent in a way that I’ve yet to see in this year's Fringe, and the piece is truly memorable.” Full Review

Absorbing, Edgy, Great acting, Relevant, Riveting

See it if You can watch a play that becomes very edgy. Can deal with relevant current situations that might make you a little uncomfortable

Don't see it if You're not comfortable with relevant current situations brought to life on the stage that might be uncomfortable for some

Edgy, Great acting, Intense, Thought-provoking, Quirky

See it if You want to see new plays deal with subjects that entice and disturb at the same time. When you wanna see a characters dilemma acted well.

Don't see it if You don't like explorations of new and dark territory even tho very well presented.

Absorbing, Edgy, Great acting, Original, Profound

See it if you want to hear a truly original story; you enjoy great acting in intimate spaces; you want to think about the play you are seeing

Don't see it if you don't enjoy watching plays focused on dark subjects; you don't like it when the "bad guy" isn't a black and white choice

Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Funny

See it if You appreciate excellent acting, thought provoking scripts and do not shirk from difficult subject matter.

Don't see it if You are squeamish about sexual pathologies. Otherwise you should definitely go.

Great acting, Edgy, Absorbing, Relevant

See it if You're interested in the story of a quiet pervert and how not to be him. He's the guy who keeps the skating rink ice nice but he's not clean

Don't see it if Zamboni! Jump on it!

Absorbing, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Intelligent

See it if you can tackle topics not always pleasant and don't mind a surprise along the way.

Don't see it if real life and taboo subjects offend you.

Absorbing, Ambitious

See it if Like to be feel sorry for characters and get creeped out, enjoy good acting

Don't see it if Feel uncomfortable w serious topics

Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting

See it if You want to see some quality acting on a subject some might find uncomfortable but told with humor, sensitivity and pathos

Don't see it if You might be offended or uncomfortable by the subject matter (sexual predators.)

Absorbing, Funny, Great actors, Quirky, Thought-provoking

See it if You're a fan of zambonis & are up for a solid cast & smooth direction in a quirky, very funny but ultimately dark comedy of self-discovery.

Don't see it if You're too easily disturbed by the sometimes darker nature of the human soul & where it might lead — even if you're laughing all the way.

Also Zamboni is a terrific evening of theatre, at turns & simultaneously qu... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Edgy

See it if Startling, unsettling theatre. Excellent performances. It was off putting and compelling at the same time.

Don't see it if you like easy answers and black and white characters. Audience seemed divided and uneasy.

Also Dawn McGee, Mickey Ryan and Mae Mitchell are standouts but the entire ... Read more Read less

Resonant, Thought-provoking, Intense, Great acting, Excruciating

See it if Wrote excruciating cause I was uncomfortable from moment Go. Difficult subject matter w/creepy lead man made hard to watch, yet done V WELL~

Don't see it if U cant take a (believable) story of a budding pedophile. He is so uncomfortable in his skin-that yours crawls! Must b able to handle subject

Great acting, Great writing, Edgy, Intense, Riveting

See it if You like great acting- the cast was outstanding in each of their roles

Don't see it if You are uncomfortable with sensitive & serious topics such as child molestation or like musicals or big theatrical productions

Absorbing, Profound, Resonant, Relevant

See it if you like theatre that is complex and captivating

Don't see it if you like big splashy shows, musicals or you don't like intimate shows.

Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Riveting

See it if you enjoy sharply drawn characters, great nuanced acting, and some dark humor

Don't see it if you are disturbed by dark material

Great acting, Thought-provoking, Edgy, Depressing, Great staging

See it if you are interested in the subtle handling of difficult subject matter.

Don't see it if the banality of evil disturbs you.

Ambitious, Intense, Uncomfortable, Great acting

See it if You are interested in exploring majorly flawed characters, even if it makes you uncomfortable and tense.

Don't see it if You want a feel good experience or want to leave the theatre feeling resolved and satisfied.

Absorbing, Intelligent, Well-structured, Unsettling

See it if you want to see the psychology of an unhappy person laid bare

Don't see it if you want to leave with all questions answered

Also Excellent performance in the leading role

Absorbing, Great acting, Edgy, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to see phenomenal acting. The scene transitions were also very well done. This is not a light play so be prepared for deep content.

Don't see it if You are sensitive to or disturbed by sexual abnormalities. This story will make you pretty uncomfortable.

Absorbing, Great acting, Original, Thought-provoking, Ambitious

See it if You can get out of your comfort zone when it comes to seeing theater. This play has a lot of cringe worthy moments but it is very well done

Don't see it if You're conservative and have a black and white view of morality/people. You need a concrete ending.

Absorbing, Great acting, Edgy, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to see an exceptional, nuanced performance by Joseph Franchini in a difficult role that evokes both sympathy & revulsion.

Don't see it if You don't want to confront an uncomfortable subject matter and a somewhat disappointing denouement.


See it if You don't mind dark and somewhat upsetting shows.

Don't see it if You're looking for something light hearted.

Absorbing, Great acting, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Resonant

See it if you are drawn to dramas about people who can't get their lives together.

Don't see it if you are looking for an "up" evening of theater.

Intelligent, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Ambitious, Real

See it if You are open to feeling the humanity of people with perversions

Don't see it if You are looking for a rousing good time show

Absorbing, Great acting, Edgy, Challenging

See it if you enjoy strong acting performances with difficult material and being challenged by material

Don't see it if you are uncomfortable with the subject matter

Great acting, Thought-provoking, Depressing, Dark, Awkward at times

See it if you appreciate solid performances from talented actors.Although,a somewhat disturbing plot,it is redeemed by welcome comic relief at times.

Don't see it if you are disturbed or offended by immoral and sensitive issues dealing with children.

Cast & Creatives (16)