Beautiful Day Without You
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Beautiful Day Without You

Beautiful Day Without You NYC Reviews and Tickets

(21 Reviews)
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Confusing, Intense, Absorbing, Disappointing, Great acting

About the Show

Origin Theatre Company presents the world premiere production of this drama about neighbors in a Chicago suburb housing project are brought together by a deadly encounter involving their dogs.

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Member Reviews (21)

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407 Reviews | 67 Followers
Dizzying, Confusing, Excruciating, Indulgent, Overrated

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65 Reviews | 24 Followers
Cliched, Disappointing, Slow, Confusing, Banal

See it if you like stories about random encounters that change the trajectories of people's lives, stories about neighbors, small theater spaces

Don't see it if you don't like heavy-handed discussions of race/gender/sexuality; you don't like bad poetry that attempts to be meaningful. Read more

294 Reviews | 66 Followers
During previews
Excruciating, Slow, Great acting, Disappointing, Confusing

See it if you like episodic acting scenes that circle around ideas--all at a very loud volume, with provocative announcements​

Don't see it if you want clarity about whether this is a comedy or a serious show about race and social issues. Acting was excellent but play made no sense.

294 Reviews | 75 Followers
During previews
Cliched, Racist, Confusing, Nokia, Excruciating

See it if you want to see an actor from Frasier almost trip constantly on puddled canvas everywhere. If you like cliche stories about racism and jogs.

Don't see it if you need a clear, coherent script not saddled with unfocused characters and unclear writing. Read more

245 Reviews | 107 Followers
During previews
Cliched, Excruciating, Unintentionally hilarious, Trying, Nokia

See it if You want to see a play so bad that it's kind of good. I'm definitely still talking about all the absurd things that happened.

Don't see it if You want to see a fully realized production. The "set" is a couch &box covered in canvas that extends to the seats as well, for some reason. Read more

Critic Reviews (4)
November 10th, 2018

"Occasionally hilarious and absorbing...This realistic premise’s off-beat treatment is reminiscent of Yasmina Reza’s provocative comic manner and the dialogue has the profane snappiness of Mamet. It’s a dense 90-minutes that are often confounding but ultimately rewarding. The minimalist presentation serves the material well...Calvani skillfully spins this out with tension, suspense, symbolism and an alchemical quality that infuses the events with poignant depth."
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Theatre's Leiter Side
November 8th, 2018

"Unfortunately, the play's fuzzy writing, overabundance of topical subjects, and confusing production succeed more in throwing up new barriers than bringing down the old ones…The dialogue exposes us to racism, homophobia, addiction, same-sex marriage...But the characters are so superficial and the treatment…so commonplace they seem like dramatic garnish than matters of serious concern…Given the naturalism of the performances…the non-realistic setting becomes a distraction."
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Off Off Online
November 8th, 2018

“The connections joining the characters are tenuous at best, and the play lacks satirical bite and caustic social commentary. That said, Calvani deserves credit for tackling pressing cultural issues in the U.S. They seem to derive from the perspective of an outsider...The characters and their devotion to one another come across not as simply insensitive but borderline psychopathic...Would have been more effective if it were grounded in the here and now.”
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Plays to See
November 10th, 2018

"From the beginning, the play never really does get off the ground, probably the result of an astonishingly unexceptional script. The dialogue is simplistic and repetitive, and rarely, if ever, do the actors speak in more than three-word phrases...Overall, the play is disappointing and falls well short of its potential. The serious issues it portends to examine remain elusive, its humor is tedious, its dialogue is undistinguished, and its acting is uninspiring."
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