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Apes at Play

From 14 member  reviews
Members say: Funny, Confusing, Clever, 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. More…

A seasoned assassin is hired to wipe out an obscure fringe playwright. Yet as she moves closer to the kill, she uncovers an inexplicable link between herself and the target. 

Member Reviews (14)


Funny, Confusing, Clever, Quirky, Ambitious
Avg Score

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.

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

Also I give it 50 points for getting it up, and for getting it seen in a fe... Read more Read less

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.

Also The lead actress playing Flynn is very strong and brings interest and ... Read more Read less

Dreadful, Amateurish, Boring

See it if You are a friend or relative of a cast member; Are supportive of the experimental Theater of the New City and new playwrights

Don't see it if You really expect a " meta-noir, Kafka-esque" comedy; need a coherent play or thought-provoking plotline to grab onto

Also I understand that my initial review of this play has displeased someon... Read more Read less

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.

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.

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.

Confusing, Funny, Silly, Absurdist

See it if you enjoy silly, absurdist low tech productions.

Don't see it if you enjoy plays that make sense, plays that are well written.

Also This silly and at times very funny show is really more of a college-li... Read more Read less


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.

Also Maybe I shouldn’t review this because I missed the first five minutes ... Read more Read less

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.

Also A few scenes were funny and fun, but the piece just didn't come togeth... Read more Read less

Clever, Entertaining, Quirky, Delightful, Funny

See it if you like comedies and are looking for a short play that will give you a few good laughs.

Don't see it if you are looking for a larger production. The set is very simple and requires imagination and paying attention to the narration.

Funny, Quirky, Clever

See it if If you enjoy easy to watch theater

Don't see it if If you take life very seriously

Funny, Ambitious, Quirky

See it if You like experimental works that don't conform to the Aristotelian mode. Funny.

Don't see it if You prefer conventional, formulaic theatre with a manufactured pay off.

Also Saw the opening performance, and laughed a lot. If anything, too ambit... Read more Read less

Entertaining, Clever

See it if you like absurdism

Don't see it if you are averse to weird and different plays, and barebone sets

Also Wasn't sure what to make of it at first. Still not sure, to be honest.... Read more Read less

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...
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