Austin
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Austin NYC Reviews and Tickets

53%
(12 Reviews)
Positive
34%
Mixed
33%
Negative
33%
Members say
Disappointing, Great acting, Intense, Thought-provoking, Confusing

About the Show

Midnight Lunch Productions presents Edla Cusick's new drama about sobriety and cross-generational romance. Starring longtime character actor Thomas G. Waites.

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Confusing, Disappointing, Cliched, Insipid, Weak acting

See it if you enjoy Tom Waites. Otherwise, stay away. FAR away. Horrendous script, feebly supported by even worse acting & staging. Confusing ending.

Don't see it if you enjoy Tom Waites. SO wanted to see him live; SO disappointed. And his daughter is in the show, too. A new career should be considered.

69
Banal, Disappointing, Fluffy

See it if You enjoy dysfunctional family dramas

Don't see it if you like well acted, intense drama

Critic Reviews (6)

Lighting & Sound America
August 5th, 2016

"'Austin' is a real lulu, an undercooked Mulligan stew of family dysfunctions. The playwright has no knack for creating plausible characters...Not only does she have no idea how to structure a scene or build to a curtain line, the play unfolds in ten scenes over the course of 90 minutes, and it often seems as if half of the running time is taken up watching stagehands rearrange furniture in the dark...This family needs therapy, stat; so does 'Austin,' the play."
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TheaterScene.net
August 5th, 2016

"'Austin' is a painfully ludicrous tragic play set in the present that is bizarrely written, unevenly performed, and ineptly presented...Cusick presents a jumble of short scenes that shift locales with overdone characters in ludicrous situations spouting cliché-laden dialogue...Watching Mr. Waites is exhausting and bewildering...Director Ed Setrakian’s staging is barely adequate."
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Theatre is Easy
August 8th, 2016

"There’s a lot to like here, and Cusick has certainly picked some compelling themes and created some engrossing characters. However, the scenes feel incomplete, as if the best pieces were edited out...While these unresolved questions help propel interest, their ambiguity leads to confusion about who these characters truly are and whether we should be invested in them emotionally. Cusick has created the groundwork here for a great play, but as is, 'Austin' has not fulfilled its potential."
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Theater Pizzazz
August 5th, 2016

"As portrayed by Thomas G. Waites, Austin is tough, tender and very flawed. It is a virtuoso performance that keeps the entire show afloat...This cast of five creates a microcosmic look at a family in turmoil, a family that hides its real feelings and sins from each other...All the performances are robust and very New York...Ed Setrakian directed, working hard to avoid melodrama and overacting. He succeeded admirably."
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Theatre's Leiter Side
August 5th, 2016

"Perhaps a better production might have made some of this less squirmworthy (some scenes read better than they play) but director Ed Setrakian strikes out on several fronts, including his inability to evoke from his players the right blend of comical lightness and emotional depth. He’s also failed to inspire a simple unit set from designer Tsubusa Kamei (set and lights) that would have helped move the episodic piece along at a steady clip."
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Off Off Online
August 5th, 2016

"Luckily for Cusick, the director of her new play hired very good actors; they are the saving grace for a rambling and extremely shopworn script...'Austin' is riddled with narratives, most of which are poorly thought out...Setrakian’s staging for the most part is passable. However, he hasn’t helped the writer clear up some of the clumsy story lines, and much of the blame for the play’s failure belongs to him...Even with the quality of the actors, there isn’t a character worth caring about."
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