Already closed | 1h 35m | West Village

Alexandria

From 48 member  reviews
Members say: Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Great writing, Intelligent

About the show

In a small town in the deep South, two librarians are unlikely friends. When outside forces threaten their safe space, each has to decide what to save: their friendship or themselves.
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Winner of Sanguine Theatre Company's 2018 Project Playwright Competition, 'Alexandria' is a play about relationships that cross the deep divides of belief and conviction: what those relationships are worth, and what they cost.

1h 35m | Already closed | IRT Theater (West Village)

Member Reviews (48)

MEMBERS SAY:

Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Great writing, Intelligent
83
Avg Score

80
Ambitious, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Well-staged

See it if you'd like a powerful clash betw gay rights and Christian fundamentalist dogma. Sophisticated discussion is well-acted. Ending is far-out.

Don't see it if you're looking for lite entertainment. While absorbing and even occas'ly funny, ALEX is about the rise of theocracy and where that c lead us

90
Relevant, Resonant, Great writing, Great acting, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to see a show that feels like it’s written from tomorrow’s headlines. Darkly topical. Smart. Helps you see both sides fairly.

Don't see it if You don’t like to see outside your rose colored glasses. This feels very scary and very real and very much where we’re heading to me.

75
Ambitious, Intelligent, Relevant, Intense

See it if A show about a fundamental Christian and a person who is gay. Recommended, nicely done. The ending is a little crazy. Nice staging good dir

Don't see it if Direction.If you want something lite. If your not into controversial plays.

89
Absorbing, Intelligent, Balanced, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if to see a sharply dramatized polemic on religious tolerance, cogently enacted by a Christian zealot, his lesbian friends & a wayward gay teen

Don't see it if you're obstinate in your own feelings about gay rights (esp gay marriage) & Christian Fundamentalism; you've had enough of dystopian drama.

92
Political, Ethical, Sharply written, Beautifully played, Thrilling

See it if you’d like to see a play that’s both a polemic & a thriller that looks at the human consequences of the battle of the Evangelicals vs LGBTQs

Don't see it if you do not care at all about the battle of Evangelicals vs LGBTQs.

Also "Alexandria" is that rarest of theatrical birds: a play that successfu... Read more Read less

71
Robust debate between christian fundamentalist and secular lesbians about gay marriage; but ending completely misfires

See it if wonderful grown-up exchange of ideas btwn two opposing sides; initial fair fight showing religious advocate to be reasonable, even loving

Don't see it if consists of 2 many long-winded speeches; playwright puts thumb on scales and shifts tone thru unrealistic ending/see below

Also Playwright Vince Gatton refreshingly, at least initially, gives a stri... Read more Read less

88
Great writing, Great acting, Intense, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if you want a fresh look at the times we are in reflected by a fine cast portraying five very different characters in a small town - wonderful!

Don't see it if you have no tolerance for difference of opinion or religion - these characters are struggling with issues, but know you are missing a gem.

87
Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Entertaining

See it if Friends with different beliefs from each other. And things changes

Don't see it if About some people believe in religion and societies coldness and meanest to people who don't fix in their world according to their reglion.

89
Pointed, Culture wars religious basis, Trying for balance, Riveting possibilities, Great cast, production, writing

See it if welcome display of differing ideas & conflicts therein, want 2 bathe in the raging currents of possible events, want to be challenged

Don't see it if fear conflict, don't want to hear anyone else's side of things, believe all is well the way it is now, dislike intimate performance spaces

85
Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great acting, Talky

See it if Intelligent show contrasting differences in views on religion, sexuality, morals among people that consider themselves friends, but are they

Don't see it if you don't want to consider any point of view other than your own. There are a few long monologues & at times is overly talky,

Also The playwright attempts to be even handed in giving each side their sa... Read more Read less

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

See it if You want to see a well written play, performed by an excellent cast that is very entertaining, relevant, intense and thought provoking.

Don't see it if You don't want to see a great play. You don't want to see a play about unlikely friends in a small town in the deep south.

Also This cast was amazing. The staging was great. This play was so well wr... Read more Read less

80
Relevant / resonant / recommended, Thought-provoking / stimulating, Absorbing / intense / moving, Belief vs compassion / well-debated (mostly), Some good acting / nicely staged

See it if you like intense drama that warrants good conversation afterwards. Stephen Heskett ("Ray") & Kristen Vaughn ("Brenda") are near perfection.

Don't see it if the topic of debate doesn't interest you. Except for the ending, it's done well. Great little theater; nice set-design uses stage very well.

Also Evangelicalism & Fundamentalism are NOT the same.... Read more Read less

85
Great writing, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if You’d like a play that will stick with you - characters on extreme opposites interacting in what I see as a terrifying future.

Don't see it if You cannot watch plays with very opposite characters and issues - from gay rights to extremely conservative religiousness.

93
Edgy, Great writing, Masterful, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if you like shows that make you think after you leave the theater

Don't see it if you are more than half-intelligent and still believe that Revelations belongs in the Bible. Or you just go to theater to "have fun".

Also I walked out of the theater thinking this was an 87, but the more I ha... Read more Read less

62
Absorbing, Indulgent, Overrated, Slow

See it if You want to see a pre & post apocalyptic well acted.

Don't see it if You want to see an action filled play. This is monologue heavy.

84
Intense, Thought-provoking, Talky, Heavy, Well acted

See it if you like plays that make you think but don't hand you the answers. If you don't mind leaving the theater feeling unsettled.

Don't see it if you are looking to be entertained without working a bit. If you are uncomfortable with themes of religious extremism and homosexuality.

Also The ending took me by surprise and felt a bit disconnected from the re... Read more Read less

100
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Must see

See it if I can't stop thinking about this compelling story about what could happen in the "religious liberty" culture war of today. Don't miss this!

Don't see it if No, everyone should see this. It should be on Broadway or on Netflix or on primetime TV--it's that good and that important.

86
Absorbing, Intelligent, Intense, Profound, Thought-provoking

See it if Co-joining of people in small southern town who have wildly different world views but are "friends" with excellent presentation of opp POVs

Don't see it if U can't muster sympathy for a conservative Christian or a foul mouthed lesbian activist,or might find play's apocalyptic close too extreme

94
Great acting, Great staging, Great writing

See it if One of the best things I have seen in a long time. Both sides of the coin are represented beautifully with heart & mind thanks to the actors

Don't see it if Go and see this glorious production of "Alexandria", a timely and timeless play. The two lead actors are just sensational.

80
Excellent writing, Great acting, Intelligent, Deserves further development, Very relevant

See it if A wonderful surprise to see current hot-button topics explored with warmth and depth. Very sympathetic characters who speak intelligently.

Don't see it if Go. It's not a rehash like many recent LGBTQ issue plays.

88
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing

See it if You want a well acted,well written play about the religious right.

Don't see it if You don't want to be intellectually stimulated.

85
Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Absorbing

See it if if you would like to see an ultra Christian person and his friend/coworker who is a lesbian deal with each others beliefs

Don't see it if if you are not interested in being open minded on religion gay issues

82
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Great staging, Intelligent

See it if you enjoy an intelligent drama exploring current issues [civil rights, religious bias, terrorism] with complex characters & no easy answers

Don't see it if you prefer light-hearted fare, if profanity offends you, if you'd rather be at a musical; if you don't like your assumptions challenged

Also The great library at Alexandria, Egypt was a repository of ancient lea... Read more Read less

70
Thought-provoking, Ambitious, Entertaining, Intelligent

See it if You like good story-telling. You want serious drama to have humor as well. Debate on human rights vs. Christian ‘salvation’ is of interest.

Don't see it if You might be offended by a story that portrays a man who sincerely believes God wants him to live by rules made up by early Christians

Also two-thousand years ago and still wants acceptance and tolerance by oth... Read more Read less

95
Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Intelligent, Must see

See it if you enjoy a thought-provoking and absorbing show that has a twist ending. Highly entertaining!

Don't see it if you fear end times and don't enjoy an exploration of gay and Christian issues.


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