Apes at Play
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Apes at Play
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Apes at Play NYC Reviews and Tickets

57%
(14 Reviews)
Positive
36%
Mixed
43%
Negative
21%
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.

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Member Reviews (14)

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764 Reviews | 212 Followers
68
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.

450 Reviews | 126 Followers
50
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

280 Reviews | 81 Followers
20
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 Read more

276 Reviews | 39 Followers
40
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

173 Reviews | 30 Followers
64
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.

147 Reviews | 39 Followers
70
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.

119 Reviews | 19 Followers
70
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.

89 Reviews | 12 Followers
55
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. Read more

Critic Reviews (1)

BroadwayWorld
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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