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Alternating Currents

From 6 critic and 28 member reviews
Members say: Great acting, Absorbing, Relevant, Slow, Thought-provoking

About the show

Working Theater's new drama is both a love letter to the community spirit of Electchester and a cautionary tale about the difficulties of creating community in the face of increased diversity. More…

When two newly married electricians move to Electchester everything seems perfect: spacious apartment, low rent, friendly neighbors, and an incredibly close-knit community. But as they settle in, they discover how much they may need to give up in order to really belong.

'Alternating' Currents is part of Working Theater’s Five Boroughs/One City Initiative, and will be performed in each of the five boroughs. Consult Working Theater's website for a full list of performances and venues.

1h 30m | Already closed | Urban Stages (Chelsea)


“Despite the complexity of the interactions of the people of Electchester and the poor folk at Pomonok, Kraar manages to end on a promising note. ‘Alternating Currents,’ produced under the auspices of the Working Theater, is a diverting look what happens to an idyllic place after decades of reality intrude.” Full Review

Culture Catch

"Takes an admirably complex view of the communities that it examines...Vaynberg and Bowen exhibit great chemistry together in addition to communicating their characters' conflicted personal journeys. Arcaro perfectly embodies the type of assertive, experienced working man that one could picture falling into conversation with...’Alternating Currents’ perceptively explores the messy realities of living and laboring in NYC, and, by extension, the United States today." Full Review

Manhattan With a Twist

"'Alternating Currents' hones in on the concept of community, and what it means to be a part of something bigger than yourself. In a city of 8 million people, it’s easy to be swept up in the hustle and bustle of everyday life without ever laying down roots, supporting the theory that people in New York never get to know their neighbors. 'Alternating Currents' flips that theory on its head through its exceptional cast." Full Review

Theater Pizzazz

“Written by Kraar, ‘Alternating Currents’ is rooted in creating theater for and about working people...The take away is both a positive and a in this utopian based grouping certainly creates a feeling of belonging, common goals and friendship. However, it has its inherent problems of divisiveness based on race and bias and the pressures of group expectations...The competent acting team furthers the contradictions raised in this environment.” Full Review

Off Off Online

“Part romantic drama, part social commentary, and a dash of historical pageant play...Kraar’s play evolved from interviews with residents of Queens...As interesting as the history is, it doesn’t really catch fire dramatically, with its overall ‘there’s good and bad everywhere’ take on things...Kraar’s scenes jump in time so the momentum is broken...The characters, though embodied by fine actors, take a back seat to a place and an idea.” Full Review

Lighting & Sound America

“Seems more interested in providing tidbits about Electchester than working up anything like drama...Elena and Luke are the blandest of ingenues, doomed to play second fiddle to a lively cast of supporting characters. Indeed, their troubles are barely dramatized; the playwright has opted for a jigsaw puzzle structure, needlessly jumping back and forth in time, with scads of unnecessary narration caulking up the empty spaces between scenes.” Full Review

Cliched, Great acting, Funny, Relevant

See it if You enjoy plays about communities.

Don't see it if You want an elaborate production: this is simple.

Great writing, Relevant, A very pleasant surprise

See it if Union housing in Queens welcomes interracial couple, but proves to be rife with prejudice. Electchester & Pomonok are real communities.

Don't see it if See it if you can. A poignant portrait of insidious prejudice in NYC

Delightful, Funny, Entertaining




Corny, Outdated, Good actors, Quirky

See it if You want to see a play about housing in the nyc area and if you want to see select few good actors make bad writing so much more bareable

Don't see it if You don’t have an hour and a half to kill, you find annoying actor/narrators obnoxious like me, can’t ignore weak writing

Also If I have to see a male white actor narrate a play the whole entire ti... Read more Read less

Banal, Cliched, Disappointing, Insipid, Dated

See it if You're interested in the lives of residents of a housing complex

Don't see it if You want some originality.

Also The talented cast is stuck with a script that is not up to their talen... Read more Read less

During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Refreshing, Intelligent

See it if Very original, see if you like smaller theaters with terrific scripts and sets, plays about something you may now nothing about

Don't see it if You only like big shows, or musicals.

Also This is one of those gems we theatre lovers hope for. A wonderful ense... Read more Read less

During previews
Absorbing, Entertaining, Intelligent, Resonant, Great writing

See it if you have opinions on the NYC real estate mkt & the socioeconomic factors of building a secure future, don’t mind think-pieces, know Queens

Don't see it if Not to deter anyone, but if you're unaware of why labor unions rose & fell in influence, key parts of this will seem remote

Also Granted, this won’t speak to everyone like it did me but I must throw ... Read more Read less

During previews
Great acting, Great writing, Relevant, Resonant, Refreshing

See it if You like local story from NY, how the community is created, their interaction with each other, great acting, a relavant story to our day

Don't see it if Small production theatre, with few cast, analyzing community description, lear about how people around us effect our life, relation etc

Also They gave us a card with one question and before the play started you ... Read more Read less

During previews
Absorbing, Entertaining, Funny, Great staging, Great acting

See it if You want to see an interestingly, well acted, dramatic, well staged and funny play about a real life place in Queens, NY.

Don't see it if You want to miss out on a very good play.

Also I enjoyed the performers. I feel they did a good job in this performan... Read more Read less

During previews
Savvy, Big-hearted, Hopeful, Resonant, Balanced

See it if you’d like to see an honest consideration of the Utopian ideal of cooperation across races & sexes, & the real obstacles standing in its way

Don't see it if the dog-eat-dog world has killed in you any hope that conditions could be materially different than they are now.

Also My background is white working class, early childhood in the Bronx, la... Read more Read less

During previews
Intelligent, Relevant, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Must see

See it if you enjoy plays that make you think while portraying credible characters faced with life-changing decisions.

Don't see it if if serious plays that deal with today's crucial social issues are of no interest to you.

During previews
Confusing, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if You enjoy plays based on real-life and real places in NYC.

Don't see it if You like a traditional play. You don't like actors who play multiple characters.

During previews
Absorbing, Entertaining, Intelligent, Masterful, Relevant

See it if You enjoy heartfelt community related stories and nyc electricians

Don't see it if You dont enjoy new works based on real relevant stories

During previews
Creative set, Quasi-documentary format, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if You are interested in the challenges of economic, social, and racial diversity that make it hard for communities to be functional.

Don't see it if You don't like small cast productions in small theaters. You like a more traditionally structured play.

During previews
Slow, Great acting

See it if You want to see strong actors in a story about a unique neighborhood in queens.

Don't see it if You do not enjoy stories about communities

During previews
Great acting

See it if You enjoy small productions. Some humor throughout. I thought the staging was done well considering this was a small production.

Don't see it if Don't like the actors portraying several characters throughout the play.

During previews
Thought-provoking, Funny, Great acting, Slow, Resonant

See it if You appreciate plays about social issues, know Queens, and are open to small productions. Enjoyable, thought-provoking, but a few slow spots

Don't see it if You wan a big fancy production, a linear script or are confused with characters playing multiple roles.

During previews
Disappointing, Great acting, Slow, Thought-provoking, Inconsistent

See it if You enjoy excellent acting

Don't see it if You’re looking for a consistently well written script and a cohesive theme and message.

Also It was sometimes difficult to ascertain the playwright’s message.

During previews
Relevant, Slow

See it if You like smaller, intimate productions

Don't see it if You want a story that deeply moves you

Also I didn't really love, but also didn't dislike the show. Some of the ac... Read more Read less

During previews
Entertaining, Ambitious, Disappointing

See it if you feel the Working class is underrepresented in NY theater

Don't see it if You don't like gritty realism

During previews
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Quirky, Resonant

See it if you're interested in a show that reflects some of the issues brought out by the last election, the idea of communal living and utopias.

Don't see it if quirky, semi-autobiographical theater bores you.

Also It's an interesting play - shows how even in "utopias," (which literal... Read more Read less

During previews
Clever, Confusing, Entertaining, Good acting, Tedious

See it if you enjoy farces, clever poetic rhyming and, at times, a very funny script and good acting.

Don't see it if you dislike farces, very confusing plot lines, extreme silliness and stretches of tedium between witty and funny wordsmanship.

During previews
Banal, Cliched, Disappointing, Fluffy, Indulgent

See it if If you ever lived in NYC public housing

Don't see it if You have no interest in union people and their problems

During previews
Thought-provoking, Slow

See it if You like small productions about social issues

Don't see it if You don't like community theater

During previews
Slow, Thought-provoking, Great acting

See it if You either have lived in Electchester or are familiar with this community. The audience for this play is a narrow one.

Don't see it if You are looking for great theater with a clear message and theme. Actors did their best within the confines of a sub par script.

Cast & Creatives (13)