Apes at Play
Closed 1h 10m
Apes at Play

Apes at Play NYC Reviews and Tickets

(13 Ratings)
Members say
Confusing, Clever, Funny, Quirky, Ambitious

About the Show

Part detective story, part meta‐noir, this Kafkaesque comedy takes us on a topsy--turvy quest that explores everything from the time continuum to criminal clowns. Part of the 2018 Dream Up Festival.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (13)

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147 Reviews | 39 Followers
Clever, Ambitious, Confusing, Intelligent

See it if Some good writing and acting saved the day. But trying to incorporate several viewpoints made it something of a structural mess.

Don't see it if You don't feel comfortable with experimental theater.

145 Reviews | 28 Followers
Clever, Funny, Great writing, Quirky, Absurdist

See it if You enjoy something delightful and a little weird

Don't see it if Absurdist plots are not your thing, or you need to have everything fully resolved at the end of a play.

1152 Reviews | 340 Followers
Confusing, Quirky, Funny, Edgy

See it if you have 65 minutes to be whizzed through this story, sometimes on the mark and sometimes short. Some good acting and some funny moments.

Don't see it if you want a polished production. The production value is good for off-off-Broadway but it needs more cohesiveness.

79 Reviews | 33 Followers

See it if You like absurdism or low-tech chamber theatre. It’s also short, not even an hour long.

Don't see it if You have trouble following confusing, absurdist storylines. You want a convincing resolution at the end. You want realistic acting. Read more

279 Reviews | 38 Followers
Ambitious, Disappointing, Fluffy

See it if It's relatively harmless. And a mouse ran across the stage when I saw it, which I added 3 points for. It has an ok script and moves quickly.

Don't see it if The acting varies from horrid to adequate. The story doesn't make a ton of sense. Also, I can't promise a mouse at any other shows.

582 Reviews | 140 Followers
Sleep inducing, Earnest cast, Absurdism for absurdists, Includes a mime clown, Meta-noir?

See it if want 2 support Dream Up Fest, earnest cast & playwright Jonathan Yukich "whose plays receive over 200 full productions each year"

Don't see it if absurdism, mimes, seeming pointlessness, voice-over narration, projected scene titles, would drive you to fall asleep at the tedium Read more

277 Reviews | 38 Followers
Confusing, Disappointing, Indulgent, Thought-provoking, Promising

See it if you like supporting small theater. You want a fever dream quality mashup play of Guy Noir Private Eye and Borges.

Don't see it if you're expecting a polished production, coherent script, or high production value. This is a barebones, black box experience. Read more

61 Reviews | 19 Followers
Confusing, Excruciating, Indulgent, Slow

See it if You're looking for something challenging, new - will leave you with lots to discuss. Some very funny moments and fun musical moments.

Don't see it if You're looking for any level of professional theatre or something of substance. Or if you're looking for a 1 hr piece that feels like it. Read more

Critic Reviews (1)

September 8th, 2018

“A short but ironically succinct piece that gets to the core of what it means to live within the possibility of the inexplicable...The audience is not simply present to be entertained, but to think...Although what happens in this show is mostly farfetched, the overall concept of it really compels the audience to think...Great acting, an intriguing plot and just a touch of inquisitiveness to laugh at and mimic life all at the same time; it was an undoubtedly good time.”
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