As Is NYC Reviews and Tickets

75%
(47 Ratings)
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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Show-Score Member Reviews (47)

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215 Reviews | 150 Followers
97
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Thought-provoking, Masterful

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

281 Reviews | 27 Followers
95
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Relevant, Riveting

See it if You want a Fabulous Show, better than the Broadway show done The 80s. A real steal at off-Broadway prices intimate yet Broadway quality

Don't see it if You’re homophobic or looking for a lighthearted fluffy show this one’s serious yet has comic relief

52 Reviews | 31 Followers
93
Great writing, Raunchy, Riveting, Funny, Great acting

See it if You want to see well written, well acted play about the AIDS crisis in the beginning.

Don't see it if If gay themes and thought provoking words are not your thing.

79 Reviews | 33 Followers
92
Absorbing, Relevant, Great acting, Resonant, Important

See it if you appreciate historical shows or shows that are blunt about AIDS, the "gay community," homophobia, and complicated personal relationships.

Don't see it if you are squeamish about frank sexual talk (including kinky or raunchy subjects), or AIDS makes you uncomfortable (though you should anyway). Read more

50 Reviews | 28 Followers
92
Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Profound

See it if You want to see and remember what AIDS did to our community but know there are stories of love that can be drawn from it. This was one .

Don't see it if You have no interest in the gay community, AIDS, love or anything remotely heartfelt.

538 Reviews | 158 Followers
92
Ambitious, Superb acting !, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Intelligent

See it if You are interested in the way the beginning of the AIDS epidemic in the early 1980’s affected the NYC gay community + those close to them.

Don't see it if You can’t deal with raw language and simulated gay sex scenes. You are wanting to see an uplifting drama. You have no interest in Aids.

108 Reviews | 35 Followers
90
Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Profound, 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.

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64 Reviews | 17 Followers
85
Absorbing, Intelligent, Profound, Resonant, Intense

See it if You never saw this classics 80’s AIDS drama and you want to better understand the pain of the time.

Don't see it if you think theatre should be light and fluffy.

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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