Beloved
72

Beloved NYC Reviews and Tickets

72%
(42 Ratings)
Positive
71%
Mixed
19%
Negative
10%
Members say
Great acting, Edgy, Absorbing, Raunchy, Intense

About the Show

This darkly humorous and sexually graphic one-woman show asks: what are you willing to sacrifice to achieve fullness in life? Originally produced produced in Stockholm, the play was adapted into the film 'Pure.'

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Show-Score Member Reviews (42)

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JR
141 Reviews | 27 Followers
90
Edgy, Thought-provoking, Raunchy

See it if you like to be challenged. This is a story about a young woman and the choices she makes -- most of which are not good.

Don't see it if you don't like solo performances. Or if you want clear, concise storytelling. This one is very messy with unexpected twists & turns.

Also An award worthy performance.

88 Reviews | 6 Followers
85
Clever, Delightful, Funny, Great acting

See it if you enjoy well-acted and funny monologues. Very entertaining and different.

Don't see it if you are offended by sexually explicit scenes and profanity and prefer plays or musicals.

78 Reviews | 8 Followers
85
Delightful, Funny, Great acting, Great staging, Entertaining

See it if You like one woman show. Very smart, good acting, good story

Don't see it if If you don’t like one woman show

61 Reviews | 20 Followers
80
Great acting, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if you want a great one-woman show that has a direction and great acting and a story line that is thought-provoking and has a messaage.

Don't see it if crude language is not your thing.

Also Elinor DiLorenzo captivates from the first word. Well-acted and she makes the point of the writer clear. This play is not always easy to watch or hear but well done.

168 Reviews | 38 Followers
80
Absorbing, Great acting, Clever, Funny, Quirky

See it if you enjoy strong acting (and a solid script). Dilorenzo holds your attention nonstop for 90 minutes - she's funny, quirky and a little scary

Don't see it if You're offended by swearing or descriptions of sexual acts - although both are just a small (but meaningful) part of the play.

1393 Reviews | 372 Followers
78
Resonant, Edgy, Great staging, Absorbing, Clever

See it if If you like a deep show that lies even deeper beneath the surface. Good directing and acting as well as sound.

Don't see it if If you dont wsnt to think. This show will get past a passive viewer. Very thought provoking.

245 Reviews | 37 Followers
78
Ambitious, Raunchy, Quirky, Intense, Disappointing

See it if If you want to see a one woman show about the other woman. This woman is angry, jilted and doesn’t stay at jobs or with relationships long!

Don't see it if You don’t like people who live in the moment without thinking of others. If you think extra marital affairs are trashy.

431 Reviews | 129 Followers
70
Confusing, Uneven, Exhausting, Intense, Raunchy

See it if OK with fearless actress portraying woman on the edge & sliding to madness over an affair. Billed as dark comedy, but I found it just dark.

Don't see it if Don't like solo shows, acted-out descriptions of graphic sex, or annoyed if actor plays constantly with hair. Edgy, odd, unresolved plot.

Also Despite my lowish score, I did stay absorbed with the story (until the end when it just gets sorta "Wait, whaaaat?") This play takes you to the limit of comfort and I found myself both liking and being annoyed with the actor. She's directed to have wild mood swings with her portrayal of a manic personality. and if watching her doesn't make you cranky, you might find her character fascinating. There's a curious set, some weird staging and wardrobe, and the story takes a very odd turn at the end. Saw this in the Lion Theater in mid-August, 2018.

Critic Reviews (8)

Talkin' Broadway
August 8th, 2018

“Dark tale of illicit passion...The play would benefit from slowing down somewhat as the breakneck pace inhibits the opportunity to truly get to know the characters...There is a plot twist late in the play...Unfortunately, the development is both too sudden and wildly unbelievable, and the play never completely recovers...By the end of the evening we know where we are and how we got there — which may be more than can be said for the existentially adrift main character."
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TheaterScene.net
August 9th, 2018

"As a solo play, it’s a straightforward memory piece that has some film noir twists such as getting away with murder but is not very compelling...The blonde and animated Ms. DiLorenzo employs a slight Scandinavian accent, is quite engaging and holds attention for 75-minutes. It’s a strong performance exhibiting a range of emotion in routine material. Director Kathy Curtiss’ staging of the bulk of the piece is smooth and varied."
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Theater Pizzazz
August 8th, 2018

"It’s difficult to find any socially redeeming value in 'Beloved'...This is a one-person work and DiLorenzo’s performance as Katerina is nothing short of heroic...We watch Katerina grow intellectually–reading Kant and Spinoza—and culturally—listening to Mahler, among others. However, she doesn’t grow in terms of character...There are graphic descriptions of sexual activity yet they are not erotic. Surely the title, 'Beloved,' is ironic...The excellent direction is by Kathy Curtiss."
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Front Mezz Junkies
August 12th, 2018

"The play attempts to entangle us in with the strands of her overriding urgency. She’s upset, that’s clear, but as directed with an unending need for movement and distraction by Kathy Curtiss, the tremor in her voice never digs in deep enough to her terror and discomfort...I wanted weight in her voice and to feel the trapped passion in her soul...But it never felt that dangerous or violent, just nervous and frustrated like a teenage girl not getting what she wants."
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Diandra Reviews it All
August 9th, 2018

"DiLorenzo’s performance, in many ways, is a humbling lesson on how young women fall for manipulative, older men...'Beloved’s' words are real, quick-witted, and devastating. Katerina feels like a a living zombie; the vivacious corpse of a young woman that never had a shot at life. For however dynamic and enthralling DiLorenzo plays her, this character feels like she is dying in the 'humdrum' of what her life is supposed to be versus what is could be with Adam."
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T
August 8th, 2018

“A lovely new Swedish play....With heart and humor, Langseth’s play transcends cultural barriers to push against the line between love and obsession, healthy change and rash infatuation...DiLorenzo is charming and captivating as Katerina...Curtiss’ direction moves the play along at a riveting pace...The clarity with which every element of this play is addressed is dramaturgically bulletproof. ‘Beloved’ is worth battling crowds to experience before its brief run comes to an end.”
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A Seat on the Aisle
August 9th, 2018

"Katarina delivers an extraordinary monologue describing her social, cultural, intellectual and sexual growth while in thrall to Adam – and the price she pays for it...Elinor DiLorenzo’s performance as Katarina is spot on, capturing the passions, the frustrations, the aspirations, the resentments and the ambivalences of a young woman in today’s politically correct yet still largely patriarchal society. It is a performance not to be missed."
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Z
August 9th, 2018

"Discovering how life works is what resonates the most in Lisa Langseth’s one-woman show...The strength of playwright Lisa Langseth’s writing is her ability to present real life and draw the audience in. 'Beloved' leaves the audience wanting to know more about all the various characters...I left 'Beloved' with a million questions, but instead of wanting to ask the playwright, I wanted to ask Katarina herself. I will be mulling over her experiences for quite some time."
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