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A Burial Place

Members say: Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Clever, Entertaining
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Critics
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Members
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30 reviews
 

New Light Theater Project presents a new drama about three friends whose college summer vacation is disrupted by a criminal inquiry that threatens to expose one of their own.

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Following a rough sophomore year, Emmett, Colby, and Marcus were hoping to reunite for a fun night of beers and laughs at their annual summer sleepover. Instead, they find their hometown at the epicenter of a major police investigation. A gruesome discovery out in the woods where they used to play has resulted in public outrage and a growing list of unanswered questions. What's been found could be connected to an incident involving Marcus from years earlier, but if the boys go in search of the truth, it may pull them apart forever. Some secrets, no matter how far you push them down, never find a place to rest.

 

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Reviews (32)

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85
BroadwayWorld

"As inexplicable and strange as what happens in Panettieri's new play 'A Burial Place' may seem, there is something so real, so humanly relatable to its ethereal quality that it becomes this heartwarming story...All three actors really bring this bond of friendship to such a fundamental core, that there is little the audience can do but share in the experience, wondering if they could be as strong as these characters are." Full Review

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NY Theatre Guide

"Panettieri’s script is a master class in building character and drawing out tension. The three performances are superb...Director Brenneman does an exceptional job of creating a casual, natural atmosphere at the beginning of the play, and then, gradually, ramping up the tension until a moment of climax...It’s a play where you don’t know what is ever coming next, but it results in a satisfying conclusion that ruminates on friendship, loss, and growing older and apart." Full Review

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86
Absorbing, Clever, Thought-provoking, Refreshing, Entertaining

See it if Three energetic college age guys trying to figure out the seminal event in their lives. The author def knows his subjects, & it's a fun ride

Don't see it if Interests & lingo of teenage boys would irk you-or if you'd find the idea posited so unbelievable that you'd be unwilling to go along w/it~

90
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Great writing

See it if you like intimate, thoughtful shows that explore friendship in an unusual way. you like great actors performing well-written dialogue.

Don't see it if you are looking for a predictable, linear plot that ties up all the loose ends at the conclusion. There is no clear resolution here.

79
Absorbing, Intense, Great staging, Surprising

See it if you like plays with an unexpected twist

Don't see it if you find stories with what the play calls "magic realism" uninteresting

71
Funny, Quirky, Indulgent, Entertaining, Nostalgic

See it if you want some good old fashioned magical realism, with a brief foray into race, peppered into a concoction of millennial era nostalgia.

Don't see it if you have no connections to gaming culture from the past 20 years.

Also The show begins much too rapidly as the three actors seem to want to a... Read more Read less

68
Disappointing, Slow

See it if some charismatic performances anchor a character-driven play with an interesting, mysterious premise, but not enough happens

Don't see it if you expect a full storyline. Millennial nostalgia only takes this play so far. Not enough happens to warrant the (already short) run time

87
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Riveting

See it if You don't mind seeing small, interesting productions with great acting, and plots that draw you in to them.

Don't see it if You are looking for a bigger scale production with elaborate sets, and don't like small intimate theaters.

73
Thought-provoking, Quirky, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if You enjoy small stories, casts, and sets. An interesting story told in one small room that holds a lot of memories.

Don't see it if You don't like mysteries that don't get answered, or super wordy plays. This is pure dialogue and no questions get answered.

78
Great acting, Quirky, Disappointing, Slow

See it if You like shows that have good actors and an unpredictable story. I liked the actors and was interested but this show wasn't what I hoped.

Don't see it if You want to see a show that's believable.

95
Absorbing, Intelligent, Refreshing, Riveting

See it if If you enjoy a well acted show about the bonds and depths of friendship.

Don't see it if If you want an easy answer to a mystery.

90
Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if you enjoy shows that involve mystery, friendships and how they work together

Don't see it if you prefer large stage productions, don't like shows that make you think or prefer comedy

95
Funny, Absorbing, Enchanting, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if You want to hang out with three childhood friends as some very interesting thing develop during their annual sleepover.

Don't see it if You do not have an open mind. You are not ready for a left turn during the play that will keep you enthralled and wanting to see how it ends

93
Funny, Ambitious, Clever, Great writing, Slow

See it if You like unusual story, mystery, talks about past, small stage

Don't see it if You have problems with imagination

91
Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Thought-provoking, Great writing

See it if you want to go on a journey that takes a left turn half-way through but keeps you enthralled. Theater at its best. A small intimate venue.

Don't see it if you have no imagination, don't like magic realism or small venues

80
Clever, Delightful, Intelligent, Refreshing, Entertaining

See it if You want to share great times with friends

Don't see it if Not interested in intense drama

65
Absorbing, Great acting, Banal, Confusing, Disappointing

See it if Want to explore, what life is really about, and the steadfast friendship, that endures, on a 3 year reunion.

Don't see it if If you can't stand being constantly reminded, that you are the cause of our demise.

90
Funny, Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if You want to see some good drama, great performances, and a very unusual story line which keeps you absorbed throughout.

Don't see it if You want something splashy, with elaborate sets in a large theater venue. Sometimes simple is better!

94
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing

See it if A great new play worthy of a bigger production.

Don't see it if If you do not want to confront the unavoidable changes in friendship and love

85
Absorbing, Intense, Quirky, Relevant

See it if you enjoy stories of friendship, loss, and coming of age.

Don't see it if you don't like ghost stories or plays that deal with the violence against children. (It's not graphic, but it's discussed.)

79
Funny, Edgy, Thought-provoking, Profound, Quirky

See it if you like intimate settings, you like mysterious topics and thoughtful plays.

Don't see it if you don't like unusual ideas or fantastical notions, you need a show with closure or don't like open-ended thoughts

90
Absorbing, Clever, Edgy, Masterful

See it if You want to get into the minds of young people trying to figure out the complexities of life.

Don't see it if You're looking for a light fluffy play purely for entertainment without deep meaning.

92
Absorbing, Ambitious, Clever, Great acting, Great staging

See it if You're looking for a fresh new show. Something that will make you thing and something you can discuss over drinks afterwards.

Don't see it if You wouldn't care to see something with any dark themes, whatsoever. Really, it is a recent favorite of mine. I'm grateful I saw it.

80
Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if You enjoy small intimate venue without fancy props but very good acting, interesting & suspenseful story. Definitely worth seeing!

Don't see it if You like big productions, fancy theaters, light entertainment, straightforward plot with no ambiguity & all questions answered by the end

91
Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Great writing, Intimate

See it if Undying relationships and far-reaching friendships have a profound effect on you. A contemporary love triangle.

Don't see it if The ethereal is uninteresting. The subtleties might be elusive.

82
Funny, Absorbing, Clever, Thought-provoking, Great writing

See it if You like clever, funny dialogue and relationship-centric plays. Though not quite at the same level, it reminded me of MTC productions.

Don't see it if You prefer big, flashy shows and don't like intimate venues or character-driven works.

85
Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if You enjoy plays about friendship, secrets and the possibly supernatural. Linear and easy to follow. Well acted.

Don't see it if You prefer large productions or are not interested in stories of drama, friendship and growing up. Shows with an oddly supernatural feel.