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Arthur and Esther

From 1 critic and 23 member reviews
Members say: Thought-provoking, Great acting, Absorbing, Slow, Intelligent

About the show

New Light Theater Project presents Ross Howard's dark comedy about a husband and wife, set on Earth and in the afterlife. More…

A laid-off librarian tries to determine which suicide methods will hurt the least while his wife waits impatiently. But where does she wait? A play of two worlds, this affecting two-hander explores love, loss, and the lives we impose on others.

Theatre is Easy

"Their story is tragic, but is told with warmth and hope. The language is poetic with hauntingly beautiful rhythms that capture the spectator's imagination with vivid imagery. The simple staging of the story is sufficient for the play to appear sincere, and for the audience to focus on the depth of the characters and the beauty of the text. 'Arthur and Esther,' in summation, is like an intimate art house film, well-written and well-executed, with two excellent performers." Full Review

Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Thought-provoking, Intelligent

See it if You enjoy witty dialogue and dark humor

Don't see it if The idea of suicide and death upsets you

Great acting, Intelligent, Quirky, Slow, Thought-provoking

See it if you like simple, engaging stories

Don't see it if you like lots of movement - this is just 2 actors talking to the audience

Great writing, Profound, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Exquisite

See it if You want to see a beautifully written, life-affirming, meditation on life & love. You want a concise, perfectly edited play.

Don't see it if You're uncomfortable with talk about suicide. You don't like monologue format. You want characters to talk to each other.

Also The only "ding" in the production is the actors' voices: she's raspy, ... Read more Read less

Great acting, Thought-provoking, Intense, Confusing

See it if If you like shows that unfold in a nonlinear way with good acting and emotional characters

Don't see it if If you want to a story that answers all the information it puts out or is light weight.

Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing

See it if you are looking for something different and edgy. The story unfolds expertly - I never had any idea where this play was going. A great ride.

Don't see it if you are upset by talk of suicide. Or if you want dialogue. This is a series of interwoven monologues.

Great acting, Intelligent, Profound, Slow, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to catch excellent performances by the two actors. A thought provoking drama -1 is about to commit suicide, the other already has.

Don't see it if U need action-not much actually occurs and the actors never interact. Its a bit of a downer, saved by a somewhat uplifting end. V well acted

Great acting, Clever, Absorbing, Thought-provoking

See it if You are interested in a well-acted, thoughtful show about life and suicide. Steven Rattazzi is particularly good.

Don't see it if You are bothered by references to suicide, or you don't like minimally-staged, somewhat static shows.

Clever, Thought-provoking, Intense, Absorbing, Edgy

See it if you appreciate theatrical focus on characters' introspection, conflicts, development, relationships and resolution with minimal set/movement

Don't see it if you prefer musicals, dance or frequent large movement, elaborate sets or large casts, or are tired or extraordinarily upset by suicide

Great acting, Thought-provoking, Slow, Resonant, Absorbing

See it if You like small-scale productions about the human condition, loss, and pain

Don't see it if You want to see something peppy, or enjoy bigger productions that are less introspective

Intense, Quirky, Intelligent, Indulgent, Absorbing

See it if you would enjoy an intense look at the inner turmoil of two characters.

Don't see it if you don't have a dark sense of humor.

Absorbing, Resonant, Riveting, Thought-provoking, Intense

See it if You like shows about what happens when you pass away and relationships

Don't see it if You like large cast shows

Good acting, funny, at times engrossing but other times a bit slow,

See it if you like solid acting, some funny content, and minimal staging.

Don't see it if you have trouble watching monologues, you like big productions.

Also There are some interesting themes in this play (forgiveness, taking th... Read more Read less

Great acting, Thought-provoking, Great writing, Clever, Absorbing

See it if you like intimate plays that focus on storytelling.

Don't see it if you like a lot of action.

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

See it if You like a great one person show. This is like two one person shows in one. You like drama and shows where the actors talk directly to you.

Don't see it if You want many performers to keep your attention. You want a musical. You get uncomfortable when the performers look at you and talk to you.

During previews
Clever, Absorbing, Great acting, Riveting

See it if Clever, unusual show

Don't see it if you want a large cast; you don't want a short show (it is just over an hour)

During previews
Great writing, Profound, Masterful, Intelligent, Funny

See it if You enjoy difficult material told with humor and sympathy. Good acting, great writing. Recommended.

Don't see it if You like very linear, straightforward story telling. prefer interacting rather than two stories told at once.

During previews
Thought-provoking, Entertaining, Absorbing, Funny

See it if you enjoy dark comedies or relationship dramas.

Don't see it if you're sensitive to the topic of suicide or dislike when the actors directly address the audience.

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