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Abdication (Dream Up 2019)

From 17 member  reviews
Members say: Clever, Funny, Entertaining, Quirky, Thought-provoking

About the show

This darkly comedic multimedia romp features three separate stories, which offer a tongue-in-cheek view of technocratic society. Part of Theater for the New City's Dream Up Festival. More…

From the show:

A darkly comedic multimedia romp, Abdication! spins a tale of relatable characters grappling with two choices: 1. fight for their independence of thought and feeling, or 2. abdicate their responsibilities and succumb to a life that’s easier in the short run.

A tongue-in-cheek view of technocratic society, it depicts the near future not only with dystopian gloom but with a heavy dose of humor, shining a light on our shared human experience while faced with this critical question. What would you give up?

Member Reviews (17)


Clever, Funny, Entertaining, Quirky, Thought-provoking
Avg Score

Outside the box, Quirky, Intelligent, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You’re a fan of The Twilight Zone or Black Mirror. 3 short one acts, each a little “out there”. Strung together by a space age Rod Serling.

Don't see it if You don’t like sci-fi, or have to have all the answers, these may leave you with more questions. Or if you can’t handle low budget sets.

Also I thought this was great. I liked all three short pieces and the song ... Read more Read less

Original, Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Funny, Clever

See it if 3 provocative, imaginative, dark sci-fi skits played with humor & verve. Lively, sharp satirical musical intro before each skit. Loved it!

Don't see it if You are looking for a fancier production. You don't like short vignettes.

Delightful, Funny, Quirky, Entertaining, Clever

See it if you are up for an offbeat show with some light music and dancing, three scenes supplemented with television clips, well performed by a cast.

Don't see it if you cannot stretch you mind to the absurd, do not like family tension, don't like your drama mixed with musical and dancing introductions.

Absorbing, Entertaining, Quirky, Funny, Clever

See it if Three shorts stories. Before each stories opens you get a little introduction (little like " Tales from the Crypt").

Don't see it if Not your standard play.

Also It is like watching the older TV shows. After the play ended the first... Read more Read less

Incomplete, Interesting, Great acting

See it if you like short plays. These are three totally different plays that don’t have anything to do with one another

Don't see it if You are someone who values their time. This is the fourth show I have seen at this festival and all four of them have started extremely late

Also I’ve seen a lot of bad shows in this building over the years but I’ve ... Read more Read less

Confusing, Clever

See it if you like short plays with an organized sci-fi theme. Like a deeper themes and fast moving dialogue. Like ideas more than characters

Don't see it if You don't like lean staging and want a longer exploration of characters. Prefer full length plays.

Also I think the theme of show is pretty clear. Its how modern technology o... Read more Read less

Intelligent, Great staging, Funny, Entertaining

See it if It's 3 unrelated vignettes. It's more funny than serious, but the middle piece in particular will make you think.

Don't see it if There's a lot of multimedia that really adds to the experience, but if you're opposed to watching tv at the theater, you might object.

Self-indulgent, Derivative, Confusing, Banal

See it if Its heart was in the right place with its anti-racist sentiments, if that's what it was about. Well, some of it, anyway.

Don't see it if Felt like it was written by committee, with a claque of their friends yucking it up to show the rest of us where it was supposed to be funny

Thought-provoking, Refreshing

See it if You like plays with subjects that are though provoking and out of the ordinary.

Don't see it if You rather see a show with an easy to follow plot and if you don't like watching three short plays combined into one performance.

Cliched, Quirky, Entertaining

See it if you would enjoy "Black Mirror" if it was a lot sillier or had a singing narrator.

Don't see it if you would enjoy "Black Mirror" LESS if it was a lot sillier or had a singing narrator.

Edgy, Quirky, Thought-provoking, Clever, Absorbing

See it if you're looking for a light-hearted night of theatre that also makes you think.

Don't see it if you're looking for a full-length epic.

Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Delightful, Clever

See it if This is a smart, funny dystopian take on culture.

Don't see it if You want to think while enjoying a show

Great acting, Absorbing, Hilarious, Thought-provoking, Entertaining

See it if You like fairy-tale-like structure, cabarets, thought-provoking works, technology/government and the relation of self.

Don't see it if If you looking for a single full-length show, something clean and pretty. It's funny, but there is truth.

Also With this show, even though it is a lower budget production. That it t... Read more Read less

Great writing, Funny, Entertaining, Clever, Ambitious

See it if You're into technology, sci-fi, cabarets, cartoons, charged subject matter, thought-provoking theatre.

Don't see it if You need a standard play structure. This musical non-musical challenges several aspects of the traditional theatre-going experience.

Also 3 episodes -- all sharing the same theme: What are we willing to do wi... Read more Read less

Quirky, Great singing, Funny, Clever, Ambitious

See it if You want to see a fun and quirky show you have a drink and can take your friends to.

Don't see it if You don't like multimedia. This show has non-traditional elements like filmed footage and animation, which is not for everyone.

Also I'm in the industry so have seen many festival productions over the ye... Read more Read less

Profound, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Great writing

See it if you want an experience that will leave you looking at the world through a different lens after walking out of the theater.

Don't see it if you are looking traditional theater.

Also This play is comprised of three very different acts that all tie toget... Read more Read less

Intelligent, Relevant, Funny, Thought-provoking, Refreshing

See it if You’re looking for something smart and fresh. This show will make you laugh and think.

Don't see it if You’re not open-minded about the theater and want to see a production that tells one story from start to finish.

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