Already closed | 1h 25m | Chelsea

Animal

From 63 member  reviews
Members say: Great acting, Intense, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Intelligent

About the show

Atlantic Theater Company presents a darkly comic play about the underside of domesticity, the complexity of the brain in chaos, and the thin line between sinking and survival.

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Rachel has it all: marriage, house, career. So why does she suddenly have this creeping feeling? Did she leave something behind? Or is there something in the walls? Her husband thinks she needs time; her psychiatrist suggests positive thinking. Then the visions start.

1h 25m | Already closed | Atlantic Theater Stage Two (Chelsea)

Member Reviews (63)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great acting, Intense, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Intelligent
75
Avg Score

91
Riveting, Intelligent, Profound, Absorbing, Great acting

See it if You want to see some of the best acting I've seen in a long time. Particularly Rebecca Hall is outstanding.

Don't see it if You don't like plays that don't follow a linear timeline and perhaps don't tie everything up with a pretty little bow at the end.

90
Intense, Great acting, Edgy, Relevant, Intelligent

See it if Woman struggles with trauma induced mental issues. The play has a lot to say about an aspect of life that I can't mention.

Don't see it if You have to suspend your disbelief to buy into the revelations, but look beyond that to the character's history and her real battle.

88
Ambitious, Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Quirky

See it if you're a Rebecca Hall fan, you enjoy writing filled with grit and honesty, you enjoy new, innovative approaches to lasting themes

Don't see it if mental illness and depression are not issues with which you are comfortable, WWIIl stories bother your duties tomorrow,

84
Clever, Great acting, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Intimate staging

See it if you're looking for an intimate theatrical experience with first-rate performances and honest writing about a delicate subject.

Don't see it if you're in the mood for something light and fun. This show is great, but its subject matter might bring you down.

77
See extraordinary rebecca hall in one of the best performances of the season; not an easy play to understand

See it if Hall is one of the best actresses on stage today, fierce, sardonic, mercurial; see this play to see her performance

Don't see it if not easy play: tale of Hall's character's mental illness is confusing but causes audience 2 share Hall's disoriented perspective

Also SPOILER ALERT: we do not find out until the end that this perplexing p... Read more Read less

59
Confusing, Ambitious, Great acting, Excruciating

See it if you like to hear a person vent for most of the performance. I did not know till almost the end why she was venting.

Don't see it if you like comedy or drama without the mental anguish.

Also If I had known why the main character was venting I might have enjoyed... Read more Read less

82
Absorbing, Great acting, Edgy, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if You like plays about mental illness, effects on relationships,Rebecca Hall is superb!

Don't see it if You are uncomfortable with twisted realities, and mental illness;physical and emotional confusion and abuse

Also See this play before forming opinions by talking to your friends or re... Read more Read less

3
Confusing, Excruciating, Slow

See it if You enjoy dense slow-moving talky plays with mostly 2-person conversations where you don't figure out anything until the very end.

Don't see it if You have any aversion to cigarette smoke, as there are several cigarettes smoked that will burn your eyes (very small theater).

66
Absorbing, Great acting, Cliched, Intense, Manipulative

See it if you are an avid fan of Rebecca Hall and relish the chance to see her close up.

Don't see it if you don't like a psychological drams that resorts to cliches and ends up with an unexpected and unsatisfying explanation of events.

Also Hall does not disappoint. Greg Keller is droll as her therapist. Morga... Read more Read less

93
Absorbing, Edgy, Great acting, Great staging, Thought-provoking

See it if you like shows that make you think.Nothing is presented all tied up in a bow.Terrific acting.Great directing.This one is a real gem. GO!

Don't see it if you like things that the Mint Theatre does.This one is heartbreakingly beautiful, funny, touching, and makes you think. Do not miss it.

79
Absorbing, Ambitious, Clever, Dizzying, Great staging

See it if you are looking for an out –of-the-box theatrical experience, with twist.

Don't see it if you find an intimate examination of a marriage partner a little too close for comfort.

Also Animal is a wild ride I unsuspectingly boarded, but it was one that I ... Read more Read less

71
Great acting, Edgy, Intelligent, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if great acting--Rebecca Hall especially; it's an interesting psychological drama. Bare-bones staging, but it's a solid, 90 minute show

Don't see it if you want a big production, don't enjoy watching a mental breakdown

84
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if You want great acting. Rebecca Hall is very convincing as the wife seeing a shrink for unclear reasons. Surprise ending.

Don't see it if You don't care to see post-partum suffering.

72
Confusing, Edgy, Ambitious, Disturbing, Intense

See it if you're patient and willing to go along for the bumpy ride.

Don't see it if you don't appreciate drama that doesn't doesn't become clear until the end.

51
Disappointing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Intense, Confusing

See it if You want to see good acting no matter the content or quality of the play.

Don't see it if You want a riveting story that moves along nicely.

78
Intense, Riveting, Resonant, Well acted and staged, Intelligent

See it if you appreciate drama relevant to serious subject matter.

Don't see it if you'd prefer a song or a hearty laugh. And I would not recommend for children.

77
Edgy, Intelligent, Moving, Great acting

See it if you want to see a great performance by Rebecca Hall. You may get frustrated or confused but just stay with it.

Don't see it if you like everything explained up front or don't want to deal with a serious subject.

Also I understand if you don't want to read more about spoilers but I wonde... Read more Read less

80
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent

See it if you want to see a great performance by a very talented actress, Rebecca Hall. the show keeps you engaged even during it's dark depictions.

Don't see it if you and easy, light evening of theatre. this requires thought and emotional investment.

Also Rebecca Hall is wonderful to watch . because the theatre is so small y... Read more Read less

68
Slow, Quirky, Disappointing

See it if you want to see Rebecca Hall. There are a few interesting ideas, but they get lost among the rest of the stuff in the play.

Don't see it if You're expecting a new take on an old problem. This play needs to be tightened up. And some of the speaking is a little shrill.

75
Great acting, Confusing, Absorbing

See it if Excellent acting and good character development offset a too-convenient denouement. On balance, a worthwhile evening of theater.

Don't see it if You are not comfortable witnessing the painful disintegration of a personality and a marriage.

75
Great acting, Sad, Intelligent

See it if You love Rebecca Hall ( and Morgan Spector).

Don't see it if You are prone to -------depression.

60
Ambitious, Great acting, Great writing, Thought-provoking, Intense

See it if You're of a mind to spend 90 minutes in post partum depression.....though very well performed

Don't see it if We saw the last performance so you don't have to go

86
Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to see a truly compelling performance from Rebecca Hall

Don't see it if You are frustrated by narratives chocked full of ambiguity and misdirection

80
Great acting, Confusing, Edgy, Great writing, Thought-provoking

See it if You enjoy great acting & writing. Dark at times. A happy ending is always welcome.

Don't see it if You have a hard time dealing with marital complexities & everyday life.

70
Great acting, Resonant, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if you would like to see the incredible work of Rebecca Hall, while ignoring poor writing. She carries the play and makes it so much better.

Don't see it if you are not into psychological plays or quirky story-telling. Some may find it confusing, while it can also seem very straight-forward.


June 6th, 2017
“‘Animal’ ultimately disappoints and even infuriates…But the play, directed with clinical focus by Ms. Upchurch, has the virtue of allowing us to sit within touching distance of Ms. Hall as she plumbs the depths of toxic unhappiness. It is a pursuit to which she brings the expertise and bravery o...
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June 6th, 2017
"As Rachel unravels—thrillingly, in Hall’s hands—we’re always at least a few steps ahead, right up to the supposed shocker of a final twist. It’s easy to see why Hall was drawn to this material: She gets to span the emotional gamut, from brittle to ferocious. And although Rachel’s off-the-wall di...
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June 6th, 2017
“Brilliantly played by Rebecca Hall, Rachel is one hot mess, and it’s the actress’ sterling performance that makes Clare Lizzimore’s gimmicky drama worth the discomfort…‘Animal’ can be a bit of a slog—slow-paced and lacking in narrative momentum…The glib resolution feels more redolent of a playwr...
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June 6th, 2017
“Unfortunately, the material is replete with tired, female-cracking-up clichés, and coasts mostly on Hall’s considerable stage presence. For a while, that’s good enough… Hall’s performance devolves into a series of noisome rants...The dialogue reeks of playwriting, especially as we’re able to tel...
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