Already closed | 1h 30m | Midtown W

Beloved

From 42 member  reviews
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.' More…

Katarina is a restless, beautiful young woman who is trapped in a mundane daily routine and a passionless relationship. She meets Adam, a celebrated conductor at a prestigious opera house and climbs the social ladder in search of an enlightened, heightened, and pure reality. 'Beloved' depicts the challenges of a modern woman in search of herself and the shifting power dynamic that exists between Katarina and a successful older man that she admires. Is this a passionate love affair or a brutal game of power, gender and class?

1h 30m | Already closed | Theatre Row / Theatre One (Midtown W)

Member Reviews (42)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great acting, Edgy, Absorbing, Raunchy, Intense
72
Avg Score

67
Absorbing, Entertaining, Disappointing, Confusing, Ambitious

See it if You want to see a one person show that’s NOT an autobiographical show. A fun story, a little hard to follow at times.

Don't see it if You want a seamless show. Not sure if the trouble comes from the translation or actor error but some points were confusing or uneven.

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.

70
Disappointing, Thought-provoking, Edgy, Cliched, Relevant

See it if you want a current take on love with many perspectives shared by an enthusiastic actress in a solo performance. Great classical music.

Don't see it if you want to hear every word spoken. I missed much from row H due to a soft voice and some background music.

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... Read more Read less

60
Raunchy, Slow, Disappointing

See it if you want to watch a show delivered by a very unlikable character. She does nothing but complain while continuously playing with her hair.

Don't see it if you want to watch a pleasant character with some redeeming qualities.

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.

30
Banal, Cliched, Excruciating, Raunchy, Maybe it lost something in translation from swedish, but this solo piece left me cold.

See it if You're interested in one woman's account of her unhappy relationship with her very poor choice of a boyfriend from hell she can't get rid of

Don't see it if A endlessly whiney baby doll voice endlessly complaining about her bad choices and mistreatment would drive you up a wall--like it did me.

69
Slow, Confusing, Cliched

See it if You are interested in a deep-dive into one woman's intellectual awakening and extramarital affair.

Don't see it if You are hoping for any new insights to these themes or a resolution to the character's situation

Also After reading some of the other reviews, I feel like I saw a different... Read more Read less

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.

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.

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

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 ma... Read more Read less

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.

70
Cliched, Slow

See it if You enjoy intellectual awakenings and one woman shows

Don't see it if You don’t enjoy seeing mania romanticized in clichéd storylines

Also I find it really odd that so many described this show as provocative, ... Read more Read less

78
Cliched, Confusing, Quirky, Thought-provoking

See it if One woman show scorned is of interest to you

Don't see it if Provocative situations offend you.

35
Confusing, Ambitious, Slow

See it if It’s an ambitious piece and could be great in the righ hands.

Don't see it if Don’t like solo shows.

69
Great acting, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if you like one woman shows, like thought provoking, soul searching theater

Don't see it if do not like obscene/sexual language and/or acts, you are left feeling uncomfortable at the end of a the show

20
Excruciating, Indulgent, Overrated, Slow

See it if You enjoy seeing a woman with an incredibly annoying voice complain about everything in her life.

Don't see it if You have anything else to do. I mean it. Wash your hair? Take out the garbage? Clip your nails? All of these are a better use of your time.

15
Disappointing, Insipid, Raunchy, Slow

See it if you get off hearing a young woman curse like a truck driver.

Don't see it if You want a show with a watchable plot or an actress who sounds like a professional

During previews
50
Disappointing, Edgy, Raunchy

See it if you like a one woman show, about a woman who is very shallow, selfish and without scruples. I could not become interested in this character.

Don't see it if you do not like one person shows or shows with explicit dialogue. I found the explicit dialogue as boring as actress's monotone voice.

During previews
70
Absorbing, Great staging, Edgy, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if You like a solo artist on stage telling a story which became very graphic and edgy. You want to hear about her sex life, the ups and downs.

Don't see it if You are uncomfortable with the "F" word being used often while she is telling her story. You don't like a one woman show.

Also I am a conservative person but I was not offended by the language beca... Read more Read less

During previews
82
Riveting, Raunchy, Great acting, Funny, Intense

See it if you like one-woman shows. want to see a woman wrestling with the fallout from intense interpersonal drama.

Don't see it if contains a lot of obscenities and sexual frankness. not a linear narrative. doesn't wrap up everything in a neat package.

Also Ellinor DiLorenzo gives an absorbing, manic, nervy performance. When t... Read more Read less

During previews
70
Absorbing, Edgy, Great acting, Raunchy, Confusing

See it if you enjoy one-woman plays, are ok with graphic sexual descriptions and a slow moving story

Don't see it if are offended by detailed descriptions of sexual acts & very explicit language, want a show with more depth & a more uplifting story

During previews
68
Disappointing

See it if you like plays about women living with someone and having sex with an older man.

Don't see it if you like good dramas with good actors.

During previews
74
Great acting, Edgy, Intense, Confusing, Raunchy

See it if you like 1 handers exploring coming of age not just sexually, but intellectually and philosophically with literary speech mixed w vulgarity

Don't see it if you don't like the f-bomb mingling with abstract ideas and rarefied references; formidable, nuanced acting but poor articulation a problem.

Also Very helpful if you feel that classical music and philosophical inquir... Read more Read less


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 n...
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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 perform...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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