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.

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

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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

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

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.

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

Quirky, Indulgent, Confusing, Cliched, Overrated

See it if You don't like obvious characters.

Don't see it if You like some resolution by the end.

Absorbing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Relevant

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.

Edgy, Thought-provoking, Uneven acting, Pitch dark comedy, Writing feels like an early draft

See it if You want a dark, dark, comedy about a very uncomfortable subject. You want to see a play in the early stage of developmnet.

Don't see it if You want to see a play that's more developed. You don't want to see a play about taboo topics.

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

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.

Original, Edgy, Intense, Thought-provoking, Controversial

See it if seeking provocative, original debut work with actors who sell the story through talent, rather than excessive props; you enjoy risk-takers.

Don't see it if easily offended by tones of pedophilia, dislike minimal staging, looking for a rollicking musical, or don't want to leave feeling depressed.

Edgy, Great acting, Intense, Riveting, Disappointing

See it if you like quirky characters and a fine performance by Mr. Franchini as Jamie

Don't see it if you can't handle a play where the ending is a bit of a letdown. The finale made me forget why I liked the play for most of the performance

Also The play has some rough ice at the end , and it needs one more pass of... Read more Read less

Great acting, Intense, Thought-provoking, Resonant, 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

Sad, Dark, Witty, Thoughtful

See it if you empathize with characters who are down on their luck, a little damaged, and who employ dark humor to get through tough times.

Don't see it if you'd be terribly grossed out & offended by one of the main story threads, an adult man in an inappropriate relationship with a young girl.

Ambitious, Indulgent, Banal, Disappointing, Slow

See it if Can't see any reason to see it

Don't see it if Just don't see it. There is a reason they call it Fringe

Absorbing, Great acting, Entertaining

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, 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

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

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.

Absorbing, Intelligent, Unsettling, Well-structured

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

Quirky, Slow

See it if you're interested in watching an everyman's fall from grace and struggle with identity.

Don't see it if you want something clear, fast-paced, and streamlined.

Absorbing, Edgy, Great acting, 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.

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

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

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.

This show should come with trigger warnings. if you think trigger warnings are spoilers don't read the review

See it if you like think it's important to empathize with pedophiles and like to watch awkward comedies

Don't see it if you don't want to watch a pedophile. He never acts on his desires... but it was still very rough to watch.

Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Riveting, Great writing

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

Confusing, Disappointing, Excruciating, Overrated, Slow

See it if You like to watch actors give strong committed performances in very difficult material.

Don't see it if You expect plays that deal with controversial subjects to have depth & authenticity. This felt exploitive & contrived.

Original, Absorbing, Edgy, Great acting, 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

Edgy, Quirky, Confusing, Disappointing, Thoughtful

See it if You are interested in the exploration of the journey of a lost man

Don't see it if You want a straight forward and coherent storyline

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

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