Already closed | 1h 10m | East Village

American Tranquility

From 52 member  reviews
Members say: Great acting, Absorbing, Great writing, Clever, Relevant

About the show

Four very different Americans reflect on the human divide in 21st Century America in this comic, unsettling, and timely solo show.


From the show:

After acclaimed runs in NYC and, most recently, in Washington DC, Daniel Damiano’s timely, funny and unsettling multi-character solo play, focusing on 4 very different Americans who reflect on the human divide in 21st Century American, returns to the East Village Playhouse for a limited engagement.

1h 10m | Already closed | East Village Playhouse (East Village)

Member Reviews (52)


Great acting, Absorbing, Great writing, Clever, Relevant
Avg Score

Unfocused, Thought-provoking, Strong acting, Teeny-tiny theater, Clever

See it if you like intense character studies, done w/humor (some scatalogical). W ltd props, Damiano embodies 4 men w/diff perspectives on Amer life.

Don't see it if you want high productn values. Or dislike tiny venues. Or want a longer show (60 mins). Or don't enjoy solo shows wh are often talky.

Also Damiano's acting is very good (he's a master of accents), but his mate... Read more Read less

Great acting, Interesting, Absorbing, Without focus, Detached

See it if You think you’d like to see four short monologues about timely, topical political issues.

Don't see it if You want to see a show that has any sort of arc or plot. 4 short monologues that, while very well done, lead nowhere, and make no point.

Also This was a hard show to score. The acting was really quite good, as wa... Read more Read less

Profound, Intelligent, Great acting, Funny, Ambitious

See it if Damiano does a great job in playing four different roles. Funny, and resonant he does a great job.

Don't see it if If you do not like solo shows in small theaters.

Entertaining, Intelligent, Profound, Great acting, Great writing

See it if you want a quick take on our times by a good actor playing four characters with minimal costume/staging changes and great accent changes.

Don't see it if you would not enjoy light exposure to how different people in society react to what is going on: aged, new immigrants, talk hosts, recluses.

Great writing, Amusing, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if Character monologues each expressing a different opinionated life view with political undertones excites you.

Don't see it if Four unrelated short pieces is not what you come to the theater to see. There are no plot points or reversals, just clearly drawn characters

Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Funny

See it if Does shorts of four people, parts are funny. Not a long show.

Don't see it if If you want a story, with a ending.

Also Been to this theater a few time it is small and seats are not that com... Read more Read less

Overrated, Portrait of the polarized, Accessible, Typical op-eds

See it if Exactly as advertised—listenable monologues of 4 different, if rather extreme, characters. Straightforward, not abstract or experimental.

Don't see it if I mean, you could also just ask four people how they’ll vote and why and get a similar show—although w/ a much longer run time.

Also Funny—particularly the first monologue—but the opinions aren’t unique.... Read more Read less

Relevant, Absorbing, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining

See it if You want to see a solo performance by a talented actor as four different people. You want to laugh and think. You want to be entertained.

Don't see it if You don't like solo performances. You don't like small theater. You don't like thought-provoking theater. You don't want to laugh.

Resonant, Great acting, Entertaining, Clever

See it if You like 1 man shows , monologues from different perspectives in an intimate minimalist setting well executed

Don't see it if You want a linear plot or a big broadway style production

Relevant, Great acting, Entertaining, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You want to see a very talented actor portray 4 relevant charatercters,

Don't see it if You don’t like one person shows.

Relevant, Great acting, Entertaining, Clever, Absorbing

See it if you enjoy solo commentaries on the current situation in our country, good acting

Don't see it if you're not interested in other perspectives on life in the USA, don't enjoy solo shows, few props

Also Show was good, reflected on several points of view about what's going ... Read more Read less

Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Great writing, Relevant

See it if You want to see a small but powerful one-man show that really takes the pulse of where people's heads are at today. A little gem.

Don't see it if You don't like one-man shows portraying different characters giving timely, pertinent and funny monolouges.

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

See it if You’d like to see one man show, see political view of four different characters, great acting by the playwright himself

Don't see it if You are not a fan of intimate theater with bare bome stage, political play about current issues

Also What a phonemonal one hour, amazing writing and acting. Whether you li... Read more Read less

Tiny & very uncomfortable theatre, Great acting, Uneven material, A versatile actor, great with accents, Some laughs here & there

See it if you enjoy solo shows; you can appreciate terrific acting; political satire makes you laugh; you don't mind uncomfortable seats for an hour

Don't see it if you are offended by 4-letter words, political opinions, or jokes about foreigners; if you hate tiny, claustrophobic venues or folding chairs

Also Daniel Damiano's quartet of monologues has focused on what America mig... Read more Read less

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

See it if enjoy solo performance. Mr .Damiano writes and gives life to four very different, resonant, fully-formed individuals. Beautiful.

Don't see it if You are looking for a big show. This is a simple, stunning work where listening is of utmost importance.

Also If you’ve made it this far, I haven’t seen work of this caliber since ... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Relevant, Intelligent, Great writing

See it if Add wry, sardonic and pessimistic. But very well worth seeing for the writing alone. And in the weirdest little storefront theatre in NYC.

Don't see it if You don't like to think. You're very optimistic about the future. Problems? We got problems?

Great writing, Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting

See it if If u like solo shows this one is certainly a gem. Writing and acting very good

Don't see it if If you don't like super small theaters.I sat behind and the window didn't have a curtain:light,noise and cold air were super uncomfortable.

Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if U want to be captivated by a 1st rate solo act that is well written & superbly acted & relevant to current America. Has solid humor to boot!

Don't see it if Close minded extremist on either side of social, political, & cultural spectrum unwilling to respect different points of view. Have no humor

Also I see 2-4 performance events a week but even though many are good, I h... Read more Read less

Relevant, Thought-provoking, Must see, Great writing

See it if You like well-written one man shows that resonate with our current state of affairs. Each of the 4 characters is a recognizable archetype.

Don't see it if You don’t like one man shows that provoke thoughtful discussions & democratic debate. What you see on the surface isn’t always what you get.

Also With this one man show Mr. Damiano created 4 very recognizable America... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Ambitious, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if You like well performed one actor shows that display a fantastic blend of political and identity satire.

Don't see it if You have thin skin. Some moments in the show might land a little too close to home.

Also Damiano is a true talent. Love the passion he brings to his writing an... Read more Read less

Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great writing, Great acting, Clever

See it if you want to see a very talented actor inhabit the personas of 4 distinct individuals whose viewpoints represent the polarity in this country

Don't see it if you don't like one man shows or don't want to reflect on the current state of affairs.

Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting

See it if you want to see a talented, funny actor play four interesting characters, each expressing his view on life in the USA.

Don't see it if you want characters who will give you real insights on the current US political situation or the meaning of life.

Intelligent, Intense, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if If you want to see one actor brilliantly portray 4 very different men, who each have a relevance today. The right wing radio host was scary!

Don't see it if If you want an elaborate stage setting or fluffy feel good musical. Great talk back after which was very healing. A must see, run to see it.

Interesting solo performance but not that moving. very good acting. tight uncomfortable space.

See it if Enjoy a one person show portraying different characters that make up American today.

Don't see it if Don’t like hearing different political and life viewpoints While well acted, not any new insights. Cramped space. Thankfully show is 1 hour.

Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Intelligent, Great writing

See it if You appreciate a one person show that is well written, well acted, timely and performed in the intimacy of a tiny venue.

Don't see it if Don’t have an open mind, and appreciate a liberal perspective on current America.

April 21st, 2018
for a previous production "Probably one of the best one-person shows that I’ve ever reviewed, both in terms of its performance and its concept...I was skeptical...whether Mr. Damiano could actually pull off a performance of each of these diverse characters...Yet I was easily proven wrong. The play does a very fine job at ...
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October 18th, 2018
for a previous production "A window into the lives of four very different Americans, each with his own ideas about tranquility and prosperity...While the characters are often humorous, the perspectives they represent are all too real...Supporting these lofty themes is a truly impressive performance on the part of Mr. Dami...
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Cast & Creatives (3)