Members say: Absorbing, Dated, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Great writing

About the show

William M. Hoffman's groundbreaking 1985 AIDS drama asks: what would you do if your best friend and lover fell ill, and the whole world felt like it was against you?

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'As Is' highlights the often forgotten heroes of the American healthcare system: the friends and families of the sick, and the workers who keep it going against unimaginable odds. It offers an earnest exploration of the fear, rejection, and acceptance that New York men and women faced in the early stages of the AIDS crisis.


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85
On Stage Blog

"What makes this play distinct is the way it focuses not so much on the broader, more political aspects of this time period. Rather, it hones in specifically on the more personal and intimate aspects of dealing with AIDS...The result is a very poignant story that, while taking place in 1985, could still potentially be relevant even today in 2018...Staged beautifully...Wonderfully cast, filled with actors who do a magnificent job at bringing the show to life." Full Review

85
Drama Queens Reviews

"A play about love and friendship in crisis, which is something to which everyone can relate...Director Marcus Gualberto allows the actors to navigate the overlapping dialogue and the emotional landscape without overmuch fuss and fugue, guiding everyone gently toward the poignancy of the ending without veering into melodrama...Reminds the audience that situations are only addressed when they are identified, spoken about, and rallied around." Full Review

80
Not Another Book Review

"Focuses less on the ostracism and political fight for medical treatment than extraordinary love and friendship amid the crisis...A real strength of Regeneration's production is how it recreates the post-Stonewall world of quick pick-ups, ephemeral romance and gritty sex...Director Gualberto made this material fresh...In 'As Is' human dignity is a reality worthy of respect...I was greatly moved by the kindness and accuracy of this production." Full Review

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49
Ambitious, Disappointing, Slow, Dated

See it if you have grown nostalgic to see a production of the first play ever written about AIDS.

Don't see it if you were hoping to see lighting captured in a bottle again after 33 years of its premiere. Trust me when I say, you will be disappointed.

Also In 1985, I attended a performance of the new Broadway play As Is and w... Read more Read less

60
Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Indulgent, Disappointing, Slow

See it if are interested in the AIDS epidemic of the 80s

Don't see it if you like well written shows that give you an experience rather then factual information

Also I was very conflicted with this show as I really enjoyed that the dire... Read more Read less

77
Thought-provoking, Profound, Resonant, Dated

See it if you would like to learn what is was like when aids first hit and be able to now realize how much medicine has helped keep people alive,

Don't see it if this topic doesn't interest you.

84
Absorbing, Great acting, Profound, Relevant, Great writing

See it if you want to understand what the AIDS epidemic meant for thousands of gay and bisexual men in the 80's and 90's. Still relevant today!

Don't see it if you are homophobic or refuse to face the reality that AIDS is still a serious decease. Then again, maybe you should see it.

68
Inconsistent, Dated, Interesting, Noteworthy

See it if you're curious about seeing one of the first plays to depict the AIDS pandemic. It's oft-forgotten & not performed very often.

Don't see it if you're looking for a profound take on the subject. It's dated & pales in comparison to The Normal Heart (which came out a few months later).

Also I had only ever read this play (& didn't even know it existed until a ... Read more Read less

90
Great acting, Intelligent, Profound, Great writing, Historic

See it if Exquisite, nuanced acting brings this historic play to life in minimalist setting. Truly captures the essence of early days of AIDS crisis.

Don't see it if Unfortunately, the minimalist setting doesn't serve the play well. Tragic subject might make some uncomfortable. Not a light evening.

75
Great acting, Intense, Thought-provoking, Slow, Emotional

See it if You see how people reacted how so many people were afraid. You also see a deep friendship, caring, love, also the anger.

Don't see it if you don't want to know what happened to people life when they first found out they have AIDS.

81
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Indulgent, Great writing

See it if You’d like to learn what it was like during the early days of the epidemic

Don't see it if You are offended by homosexual sexual references

65
Romantic, Disappointing, Slow, Classic

See it if you are interested in seeing a rarely performed piece of LGBT theater history.

Don't see it if you're looking for top-notch production values or any new insights into a classic.

70
Dated, Uneven acting, Sentimental, Affecting

See it if you want to see a pioneering play, written in the midst of the AIDS crisis, on the effects of the disease on its victim & those around him.

Don't see it if you expect a contemporary take on the subject. It's a respectful revival of a time-specific play, cutting edge in its time but stale today.

73
Absorbing, Intelligent, Dated, Accurate

See it if you're interested in experiencing some of what gay life was like in NYC as the AIDS epidemic took hold.

Don't see it if you would rather not experience the extreme grief & frequent hopelessness of gay life in NYC as the AIDS epidemic got worse & worse.

Also “AS IS” is a true timepiece: It captures accurately what it felt like ... Read more Read less

79
Ambitious, Relevant, Resonant, Timely, Important

See it if you don’t remember what the AIDS crisis felt like. This work shows the fear that infected relationships, workplaces... even medicine itself.

Don't see it if you lived it and don’t particularly want to re-live it.

Also The type of hysterical fear that caused people to treat their co-worke... Read more Read less

70
Poignant, Intense, Period piece, Uneven acting talent, Strong script

See it if you'd like an of-the-moment, well-written work about AIDS. AS IS paints a detailed, honest portrait of the disease. Memorable characters.

Don't see it if you want a polished production. Varying levels of acting skill. Bare-bones set. Occasional lags--and forced laughs--in the script.

Also I had never seen Hoffman's play which is quite good. It would have bee... Read more Read less

78
Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Resonant

See it if you want a thoughtful drama about the aids crisis

Don't see it if you're looking for something light, or a musical.

79
Absorbing, Clever, Edgy, Relevant, Entertaining

See it if Very good directing, acting and staging. A very moving piece on the AIDS epidemic. Very good story by Hoffman, good cast.

Don't see it if If you do not like the subject matter on AIDS.

81
Absorbing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Great writing

See it if you want to know the circumstances being dealt with at the onset of AIDS. This play reviews many of the issues faced at the time.

Don't see it if you want an up-to-date view of the gay community or the advances made in treating this disease.

26
Disappointing, Excruciating

See it if Meet the production of misfit actors. Every actor projects on a different volume level besides most of them not being master of their domain

Don't see it if This play always feels like a poor stepchild of "Angels in America". The writing and narrative feels forced and, at times, unrealized.

76
Intense, Profound, Relevant, Slow, Dated

See it if Breathing fire, broad composite look at AIDS crisis as it was actually going on Both protagonists a bit one-dimensional but deeply human

Don't see it if Production lacks the urgency of the writing & ensemble needs tightening but effective Like St.Vincent's, a testament to those who were there

75
Dated, Touching, Heartfelt, Uneven performances & direction

See it if u want to see an important play about the early years of the AIDS crisis that focuses on the humane relationships rather than the politics

Don't see it if you are not interested in revisiting the events of that time.

Also The acting is very uneven with some performances quite good & others b... Read more Read less

97
Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Masterful, Great writing

See it if Your interested in a beautiful play that is so touchingly directedThe cast is brilliant It is an emotional play with some laughs.

Don't see it if Your homophobic

84
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Profound, Great writing

See it if Early days of the AIDS plague--if you were there this will pack a powerful emotional punch; if you weren't you can really learn some history

Don't see it if You feel revulsion for gay people and the AIDS crisis--in which case you should also probably move to Alabama or something.

70
Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if You want to consider one of the first shows on Broadway that addresses the AIDS crisis, you don’t mind a historically situated one act

Don't see it if You want to see something with a contemporary sensibility about queer identity in NYC, this may not feel relevant to a young critical person

74
Ambitious, Intense, Romantic, Dated

See it if You want to see a classic gay play that has lost its relevancy (thank god),

Don't see it if You are expecting the perfect AIDS show

Also The acting troupe was good and should get better as they get more perf... Read more Read less

77
Absorbing, Great writing, Powerful, Important classic, Weak direction

See it if you want a powerful, classic play -- snapshot of life of gay men early in AIDS epidemic (1985). Emotionally resonant and well-written.

Don't see it if you want Broadway-level production. This piece deserved better direction and vision -- but is redeemed by the power and beauty of its text.

72
Ambitious, Edgy, Great acting, Intense, Dated

See it if You want a revival that was a stand out for its time. There have been better plays about AIDS since then, but was interesting to revisit

Don't see it if You're expecting Normal Heart or Angels in America...not nearly in the same league. But some great acting and some beautiful writing


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