As Is NYC Reviews and Tickets

75%
(47 Reviews)
Positive
81%
Mixed
15%
Negative
4%
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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Member Reviews (47)

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965 Reviews | 339 Followers
70
Period piece, Poignant, Strong script, Uneven acting talent, Intense

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. Read more

983 Reviews | 229 Followers
79
Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Edgy, Relevant

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.

811 Reviews | 221 Followers
81
Intelligent, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Great writing, Absorbing

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.

MJK
677 Reviews | 187 Followers
70
Sentimental, Dated, Uneven acting, 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.

687 Reviews | 114 Followers
76
Dated, Profound, Intense, Slow, Relevant

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

668 Reviews | 155 Followers
73
Absorbing, Dated, Intelligent, 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. Read more

612 Reviews | 125 Followers
75
Slow, Great acting, Intense, Thought-provoking, 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.

470 Reviews | 112 Followers
55
Slow

See it if Some poignant moments (at the bar, hospital bed). The guy with AIDS and the doctor are the 2 standouts in the cast.

Don't see it if Very uneven cast, monologues slow down the play. Would have had far greater impact with faster pacing & a more talented cast.

Critic Reviews (3)

On Stage Blog
February 4th, 2018

"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."
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N
February 6th, 2018

"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."
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D
February 5th, 2018

"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."
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