Already closed | 1h 30m | Brooklyn

Arlington

From 61 member  reviews
Members say: Confusing, Thought-provoking, Ambitious, Absorbing, Edgy

About the show

St. Ann’s Warehouse presents an avant-garde, multi-media work by Tony winner Enda Walsh that conjures a strange and tender love story set in a terrifying world. More…

Isla sits in a waiting room in a tower as a man watches her, documenting her every move and pulling her dreams from her. In this brave new world, Walsh dares to imagine that the individual might somehow survive and that there’s still a place for love. A companion piece to 'Rooms' at the Irish Arts Center.

1h 30m | Already closed | St Ann's Warehouse (Brooklyn)

Member Reviews (61)

MEMBERS SAY:

Confusing, Thought-provoking, Ambitious, Absorbing, Edgy
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Avg Score

73
Confusing, Absorbing, Relevant, Disturbing, Great acting

See it if You like dystopian ambiguous drama. It's certainly good for conversations about what it was you just saw!

Don't see it if You want a clear story line or any sort of resolution.

65
Confusing, Overrated, Dizzying, Disappointing

See it if nice sets, nice dancing but...

Don't see it if not to my taste as quite confusing

10
Boring, Confusing, Disappointing, Indulgent, Overrated

See it if you enjoy plays where a lot of information is held back by the playwright. It will not be easy for the viewer to come to any conclusions.

Don't see it if you like everything spelled out for you.

Also This is a rather disappointing ending to St. Ann's Warehouse otherwise... Read more Read less

70
Cerebral, Emotional, Confusing, Thought-provoking, Great acting

See it if you enjoy avant guard theater with enigmatic meaning; extraordinary acting and dancing; tugs on your heartstrings.

Don't see it if you need to read the reviews to almost understand the story; get bored when meaning is just beyond your reach.

79
Thought-provoking, Haunting, Disturbing, Intelligent/absorbing, Edgy

See it if want theater to keep you guessing, are ok w little plot/unexplained worlds. This is a character study in a dystopian future. Not easy.

Don't see it if Don't like dark, experimental/edgy stuff. It's confounding, intense, melancholy both in script & production. Read the Brit reviews before.

Also I liked this play and was focused throughout. However,I'm pretty sure ... Read more Read less

70
Great staging, Slow, Ambitious

See it if you're open-minded and want to see a well-staged show about isolation and love with a lot of movement and dance

Don't see it if sitting through some long dance scenes in between the dialogue-driven scenes sounds torturous to you

90
Haunting, must see, beautiful integration of sound, words, and movement

See it if you want to think. want to feel. want to see redemption and hope. To call it dystopian is accurate but ultimately untrue.

Don't see it if You want a straight narrative which requires no interpretation, you want a light comedy.

Also I think this play is best served by letting the emotions flow over you... Read more Read less

81
Ambitious, Absorbing, Edgy, Great staging, Intense

See it if you can let yourself go and appreciate how the staging and dialogue and acting come together to form something new and meaningful.

Don't see it if you prefer straight forward plots and don't like sci fi, particularly when it is about a dystopian future.

51
Confusing, Dizzying, Edgy, Ambitious, Thought-provoking

See it if you like dark Orwellian play with little dialogue; "experimental" works including dance; don't care about plot

Don't see it if don't like modern choreography (I do so deduct 10-15 points from score); plays about totalitarianism, isolation; don't like blackouts

Also Not a clear plot.... Read more Read less

45
Banal, Confusing, Disappointing, Excruciating, Indulgent

See it if you want to be bewildered for 85 minutes and wonder what this is all about.

Don't see it if if you are looking for theater that has something to say.

71
Confusing, Slow, Epic

See it if You enjoy dystopian pieces, heavy in monologue, where little is revealed.

Don't see it if You dislike a lack of clarity or a seemingly random dance section.

66
Quirky, Indulgent, Excruciating, Slow, Ambitious

See it if you are comfy with minimal dialogue or cues as to plot, time, place, or purpose; curious about the Warehouse venue (I was and liked it).

Don't see it if you need firm traditional structures, you don't want movement to have to convey content; you want resolution & clear meaning. Impenetrable.

60
Great staging, Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Quirky, Intense

See it if you are interested in different forms of theater. Dance and other non-verbal actions are a big part of the piece.

Don't see it if you are easily confused. The "plot" can be hard to follow with all the additional elements.

79
Absorbing, Confusing, Edgy, Thought-provoking, Great acting & dancing

See it if you want to see something totally different and very emotionally tugging despite being a bit confusing, with unique blend of acting/dancing.

Don't see it if if you don’t like seeing something without a straight story line; dislike silent or dark moments, or loud noises with the lights out.

Also The three performers were great. They set the mood from the beginning ... Read more Read less

65
Thought-provoking, Overrated, Confusing

See it if You are prone to dystopian fever dreams. You like Becket, Sartre & Judd Apatow.

Don't see it if You have trouble with amplified miking and torrential dialogue. You don't like being confused. You thought this is going to be like "Once".

Also A difficult work with a startling and moving 20 minute solo dance in t... Read more Read less

81
Powerful, Dystopian, Edgy, Thought-provoking, Great acting

See it if you can be patient, letting the understanding build piece by piece. Walsh creates a stark image of the future; not a tale for the faint

Don't see it if you don't want to be disturbed. Themes include suicide, classism, torture, the reaction of humans to isolation, the failure of humanity

75
Absorbing, Edgy, Confusing, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if There were flashes of brilliance, particularly in the parts with dance.

Don't see it if Although I was never bored, I was very confused. Still am.

89
Absorbing, Great acting, Profound

See it if you enjoy a unique theatre experience. I found this to be so absorbing with many interesting and creative ideas. used dance brilliantly.

Don't see it if you like to have everything explained and do not like ambiguity.

75
Ambitious, Dizzying, Intense, Thought-provoking, Resonant

See it if You're really into experimental theatre, absurdist work (Beckett et. al.), are interested in the how of a story's construction.

Don't see it if You are looking for plot, clear explanations, or a happy ending.

62
Confusing, Disappointing, Indulgent, Overrated, Slow

See it if For Walsh fans who want to see what he's up to. Avant guard, theatrical, multi-media assault

Don't see it if Big themes but not an engaging plot. Confounding, makes little sense, tedious

75
Ambitious, Bold, Thought-provoking, Quirky

See it if you like an avant-garde portrayal of a totalitarian state and the capacity to survive

Don't see it if clear, straight-forward dialogue is what you prefer

90
Great acting, Great staging, Profound, Edgy, Surreal

See it if Whooo this intense theatre work is as surreal as it gets. Part bag dream meets installation art you might find at the Whitney .

Don't see it if It you don't like avant guard Surreal theatre

Also The physical Body work is amazing

80
Intense, Masterful, Profound, Refreshing, Ambitious

See it if you can immerse yourself in poetic, challenging, troubling yet beautiful experimental theater. Edgy, stimulating, well acted & choreographed

Don't see it if you want fluff and fun & fret over linear plot lines. Tormented & not easy to grasp. Definitely not for everyone, but I loved the experience

60
Disappointing, Intense, Quirky, Edgy

See it if like lots of physical activity on stage but not much of a story

Don't see it if looking for entertaiment

70
Absorbing, Confusing, Quirky, Thought-provoking

See it if you're intersted in an avant-garde, multi-media, take on isolation and imprisonment. Echoes of 1984. Stunning choreography and projections.

Don't see it if you don't like works that mix mediums. The piece is theatre, visual art, and dance. It certainly isn't for anyone, but a breath of fresh air


May 10th, 2017
"A riveting fever dream of a play...Jolts the system through some of the most sophisticated visual and sound effects on display in New York...The subjects of these experiments are portrayed by Murphy, Doherty and O’Conor, in bravura performances...In the play’s final sequence, Walsh lets this ent...
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May 11th, 2017
"While there is frequently beauty in Walsh's works, there's also self-indulgence...Walsh is looking in the mirror, and he can't tear himself away. And when he directs, as he does here, we're fully in an environment of his devising, which only has one criterion: what's coolest...Taken in images, '...
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May 9th, 2017
“A dystopian cocktail of theater, dance, and performance art that somehow still leaves you with the sweet taste of a love story…It's a testament to Walsh's talent for dialogue that we care so deeply about the connection between two strangers who have never met face-to-face...It's also a testament...
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May 12th, 2017
"A fairly straightforward drama, if an enigmatic one...I fear that such vaguely conceived dystopias tend to be surprisingly uninteresting...'Arlington' is never boring, however, largely because of the extraordinarily committed performances by its three-person cast...A lot happens but what it all ...
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