Animal
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Animal NYC Reviews and Tickets

75%
(62 Reviews)
Positive
73%
Mixed
24%
Negative
3%
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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Member Reviews (62)

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1002 Reviews | 412 Followers
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.

712 Reviews | 215 Followers
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.

708 Reviews | 155 Followers
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,

643 Reviews | 279 Followers
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 Read more

697 Reviews | 106 Followers
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. Read more

496 Reviews | 727 Followers
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.

503 Reviews | 77 Followers
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.

470 Reviews | 113 Followers
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).

Critic Reviews (23)

The New York Times
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 of a veteran spelunker…The scariest thing about this half-cooked play is that even after its catchall denouement, it’s still Rachel’s nihilism that feels like the most legitimate way of looking at life."
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Time Out New York
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 digressions outshine the central narrative, this intimate production presents an exceptional opportunity to witness, up close, an actress of Hall’s force probing the limits of custodial rage."
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The Hollywood Reporter
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 playwright’s trickery than an exploration into the human condition…Hall’s superb performance provides the main redeeming element.”
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Entertainment Weekly
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 telegraph the clumsy direction that the story is going…Hall deserves sharper, tougher, better material. For a performer capable of such exquisite emotional control, 'Animal' is too off-the-leash.”
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New York Daily News
June 6th, 2017

“Rebecca Hall is so striking and sympathetic in 'Animal' she almost makes up for shortcomings in Clare Lizzimore’s play. Almost — but not quite…The play is designed to be a puzzle…Eventually the root of Rachel’s problem comes out in a late-in-the-game revelation you don't see coming. But surely the issue plaguing Rachel would have come up in therapy, so the twist feels like the author is playing mind games with the audience. Although the play wilts, Hall stands tall."
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Theatermania
June 6th, 2017

“Hall is astonishing in her ability to convey the subtleties of this inner tug-of-war…Considering the skill with which we're kept off balance through the majority of the play, it resolves incongruously neatly, and with a surprisingly pointed diagnosis. The overly explanatory ending takes away some of the raw punch…However, if all for the sake of bringing an underexplored facet of woman nature to the stage, a moment of human clarity is forgiven.”
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BroadwayWorld
June 12th, 2017

"The confusion one might feel trying to follow Atlantic Theater Company's production...is no doubt an intentional reflection of the emotional state of its central character...Rebecca Hall, as Rachel, as gives the kind of gutsy, layered performance that keeps viewers intrigued while the playwright slowly drops bits of information that lead up to a puzzle-completing conclusion...Though the 80-minute piece lacks a satisfactory conclusion, Hall is always a captivating presence."
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Lighting & Sound America
June 7th, 2017

"Hall is an actress of such coruscating intelligence that she can even make madness seem lucid...The twists packed into the latter part of 'Animal' are surprising, but they are also self-defeating...Such game-playing keeps us guessing but also undermines the play's serious intentions...Still Upchurch's production keeps us vitally interested in what is happening to Rachel...If 'Animal' doesn't quite have the impact it aims for, it has many gripping passages."
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