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


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

95
Absorbing, Great acting, Relevant, Riveting, Great writing

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

93
Funny, Great acting, Raunchy, Riveting, Great writing

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.

92
Absorbing, Great acting, Relevant, 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).

Also "As Is" was written and first performed when the AIDS epidemic was in ... Read more Read less

92
Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Profound, Resonant

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.

92
Ambitious, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Superb acting !

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.

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.

85
Absorbing, Intelligent, Intense, Profound, Resonant

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.

85
Absorbing, Ambitious

See it if You can re-live the early times of the AIDS epidemic. A love story.

Don't see it if It could be too emotional to handle.

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.

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.

84
Resonant, Emotional, Love story, Snapshot of aids era

See it if interested in an 80s classic & gay love story, reminder of fear of all we didn't know, solid revival

Don't see it if no interest in AIDS history or gay story lines, or intimacy of OOB productions

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

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.

81
Heartfelt production of a classic play

See it if The late Bill Hoffman's classic AIDS play given a stirring rendition in a small space. Still tugs at the heartstrings as a love story

Don't see it if It's a paean to the valor of many during the AIDS crisis -- and shows how some chickened out. A tribute to the memory of St. Vincent's Hosp.

79
Absorbing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Great writing, Dated

See it if You like dramas with humor to ease the intensity. You weren’t here at the start of the AIDS crisis. Landmark plays are of interest.

Don't see it if Intense drama involving AIDS, or gay related subject matter disturbs you. You are bothered by explicit sexual content (no nudity).

Also This was a well-done, bare bones production. The acting was a bit unev... 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

79
Absorbing, Dizzying, Intense, Dated, Melancholy

See it if You enjoy seeing historical perspectives on the gay community and how AIDS affected a population and families

Don't see it if You don't enjoy seeing about how people deal with medical tragedies and relationships

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.

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.

78
Absorbing, Intelligent, Intense, Dated

See it if You want to see one of the earliest dramatizations of the AIDS epidemic.

Don't see it if You would find such an experience more painful than enlightening

78
Clever, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if You are interested in stories about the beginnng of the AIDS crises.yo

Don't see it if If you’re not comfortable with the graphic truths about what gay men and their supporters endured.

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.

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.

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


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