Members say: Great acting, Absorbing, Great writing, Great staging, Thought-provoking

About the show

The Wild Project presents a modern adaptation of Eugene O'Neill's Pulitzer Prize-winning drama about a young woman’s struggle for redemption and a chance at a new life.

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Harboring a troubling secret from her past, Anna reunites with her father: a captain, a master of the sea, and a man she hardly knows. As the wild and dangerous waters would have it, Anna meets a shipwrecked young sailor and the two fall in love. When she finds she can no longer hide her past from the two men in her life, the bonds of love are tested.

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Theatre is Easy

"Working Barn Productions’ earnest re-imagination of Anna Christie brings the Eugene O’Neill classic up to date…Therese Plaehn brings out the strength and vulnerability of O’Neill’s multifaceted heroine…Plaehn and Chase’s easy chemistry makes the love at first sight believable. Chase’s presence is electrifying as Mat Burke…Working Barn's production makes an excellent case for this piece's continued relevance." Full Review

Ethan Kanfer: New York Theater Reviews

"In addition to embodying the vernacular poetry of O’Neill’s language, the actors capture the human, often comically contradictory traits of characters’ personalities. D’Ambrose’s Chris is both worldly and naïve, Plaehn’s vibrant Anna shows the scars of a hardscrabble life along with the angelic purity that causes Mat to mistake her for a mermaid. The show’s impressive production values also help to deepen the mood and advance the story." Full Review

Stage Buddy

"Plaehn has a strong stage presence...Aiello and Johnson convince and amuse in their supporting roles while D’Ambrose plays beautifully...Chase’s Irish accent often wanders too big an ocean and it appears to distract him from being altogether present...Towards the end of the play, there is too much demonstrative melodrama as the two men react to Anna’s confession, which raised titters from the audience. This aside, Richards' handling of 'Anna Christie' anchors a steady balance." Full Review

The Reviews Hub

"While some of the text does feel dated in these actors’ mouths, the themes that were so cutting edge in 1921 are still surprisingly, or perhaps depressingly, relevant...Combined with a slight directorial confusion around Anna’s objectives in her relationship with each man, this production has a slightly muddled point of view. Chinks aside, this production is effective, and manages to find the truths in its world." Full Review

NY Theatre Guide

"A thoughtful, atmospheric revival...Anna’s decision to tell both men the truth about her past is the tortured heart of the play. O’Neill doesn’t victimize her; she accepts the consequences of her actions...Director Richards and the actors keep the outbursts to a minimum. In doing so, Anna is neither a suffragette nor flapper of her era, but an independent woman...Therese Plaehn’s Anna succeeds at being both plain-spoken and vulnerable." Full Review

Exeunt Magazine

"The results are mixed...The production remains mostly faithful to O’Neill’s original script, save Plaehn’s interpretation of Anna...In quieter instants, her interpretation clashes with the character’s actions. Plaehn’s Anna might possess a more updated psychology, but her motives no longer make much sense...If only fate had led to a production that better connects the outmoded morals of the past to the ideals of today." Full Review

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Enchanting, Great writing, Dated, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if Never can go wrong with O'Neil. Very simple stage, very good directing and acting. Main character is outstanding as is the cast.

Don't see it if Gets slow at times, must like O'Neil and his style of writing. If you don't like deep, oft depressing stories.

Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Thought-provoking, Riveting

See it if You want to see masterful actors in a classic O'Neill play. Performances were powerful; staging was good.

Don't see it if Irish accents are a problem for you. Did miss a bit of dialogue but it wasn't enough to detract from wonderful night at theater.

Ambitious, Great acting, Resonant, Dated

See it if you enjoy O'Neill's plays or you like shows with complex characters that make you think.

Don't see it if you can't follow a complex narrative or have trouble understanding accents.

Great writing, Dated, Uneven, Melodramatic

See it if you are an O'Neill fan and prefer intimate stagings of his work. The set is simple but effective.

Don't see it if you expect cohesiveness in an ensemble. Anna's characterization felt much too contemporary in what is supposed to be a period setting.

Great acting, Intelligent, Great writing, Great staging

See it if you want to see a classic stage play done well. The staging and set are top rate.

Don't see it if you are bothered by accents or lays with sailors in them.

Great acting, Must see, Great staging, Wonderful production!

See it if you enjoy seeing a really well-done revival of a O'Neill. All the elements worked well together and I truly enjoyed it.

Don't see it if Can't think of a reason not to see it.

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

See it if you want to see O'Neill's feminist side, presented by a truly remarkable cast. Also, if you enjoy seeing strong female characters on stage.

Don't see it if You don't relate to the idea that a 1922 play can still be relevant and fresh.

Great acting, Great writing, Dated

See it if Like well performed drama

Don't see it if Don't like O'Neill characters. Play is a bit dated

Funny, Absorbing, Enchanting, Great acting

See it if You enjoy seeing characters interact. The three leads are great, and played off each other well.

Don't see it if Parts dragged. You don't like plays without much action. It picks up significantly in the second act.

Absorbing, Great acting, Masterful, Must see, Riveting

See it if You appreciate top-notch acting of a classic play.

Don't see it if You want to see something light and hilarious.

Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Thought-provoking, Entertaining

See it if You appreciate things lost and found and family ties.

Don't see it if You have a short attention span and no depth.

During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Resonant

See it if you enjoy o'neill and his style; great acting, compelling story; interesting staging

Don't see it if you want a light, cheery or contemporary play

During previews
Great acting, Profound, Great writing, Brilliant rendering of an american classic. we're lost in the fog of the bad old days of hard lives, hard drinking, and women without a chance in a man's world.

See it if You want real insight into early O'Neill on his way to becoming the foremost American playwright of deep human tragedy.

Don't see it if You can't handle an unblinking look at the ugly underbelly of the struggles of immigrants to America back in the very early 20th century.

During previews
Great staging, Spot on dialects, Dated, but it's o'neill, so forgivable, Anachronistic anna

See it if you enjoy early O'Neill and you're up for a trip off the beaten path. The set was very impressive for such a small space.

Don't see it if The story is dated and forced, and it's not helped by an odd performance by this production's Anna. The other players are very fine.

Also Therese Plaehn makes a compelling but anachronistic Anna. She has flaw... Read more Read less

During previews
Great acting, Slow, Dated, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if You like Eugene O'Neil plays

Don't see it if You want a deeper storyline

During previews
Absorbing, Intense, Thought-provoking, Great staging

See it if well done, well made plays appeal to you. The theme revolves around dramatic points that should be dated but disturbingly remain relevant.

Don't see it if your taste favors experimental, interactive or environmental theater. This show is a very traditional drama. Also theater is far from subway

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

See it if You want a non-stuffy, well-paced production of a classic with great acting & directing. You enjoy character driven stories.

Don't see it if You prefer contemporary plays. You're not a fan of O'Neill.

During previews
Ambitious, Intelligent, Great writing, Disappointing, Entertaining

See it if U want to see the writing that makes O'Neill a master. Well produced & capable production but performances were uneven. Matt & Marthy terrif

Don't see it if Anna, however (v superficial actress), began play vulnerable-making no transition from woman of the street to woman utterly changed by sea.

Also There are a number of cuts to this production.

During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Masterful, Riveting

See it if You're O'Neill & classics fan. You're waiting for great drama with first rate acting, directing, & staging. Know gems don't have to be Bway!

Don't see it if You don't care for classics or intense drama. You want light frivolous themes. You expect big stage sets & gimmicky lighting & sound.

Also Directed with perfect pace!WOW is for such great acting ! Mr. D'Ambros... Read more Read less

During previews
Absorbing, Intelligent, Great writing

See it if You like the classics up close and personal, can overlook the anachronisms of the play and enjoy good acting and staging in a lovely theater

Don't see it if You are going to laugh hysterically at the dated aspects of the play (as some did when I saw it). Written in 1921, but still relevant.

During previews
Great acting, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Great writing, Great staging

See it if you like Eugene O'Neill, family dramas, or plays relating to the sea. This is also a shorter piece, clocking it at a merciful 2 hours or so.

Don't see it if you want something light & fluffy, you don't like Eugene O'Neill. Not good for young kids.

During previews
Absorbing, Intelligent, Resonant, Great staging

See it if you love a beautiful production of an O'Neil classic. All four actors do the job to a T.

Don't see it if you are waiting for Liam Neeson to come back to redo it.

During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Great writing

See it if You enjoy classic American theater, well done revivals, strong acting, interesting characters, good staging in small space, intimate theater

Don't see it if You don't enjoy revivals, are looking for a big production, prefer light entertainment.

During previews
Great acting, Great writing

See it if you like O'Neill, like well-written realistic dramas and aren't thrown by off-off-Broadway scale and aesthetics.

Don't see it if you don't like intimate theater in a small house where you can see the close-up magic of actors tearing it up without major sets & distance.

During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Great writing, Great staging

See it if you want to experience a well-acted production of a classic Eugene O'Neill play in an interesting neighborhood that is way off-Broadway.

Don't see it if your idea of theater is high prices, star power, and theater district crowds. The show and the journey are both worthwhile.

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