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

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

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.

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.

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
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

During previews
76
Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Romantic, Intense, Great acting

See it if You would like to see a play about a young woman between two lovers from two different world, social class clashes, jealousy, murder, music

Don't see it if You are not a fan of one act/one woman Play about adultery, working class vs upper class, use of foul language, classic mistress story,

During previews
80
Absorbing, Great acting, Surprising, Intense, Very well-written and directed

See it if 80 min poignant portrait of a charming young woman trying to better herself. Gets involved with an older man. Infidelity ensues. No nudity,

Don't see it if ...you don't like solo shows, or intimacy described on stage. Erotic situations depicted in unexpected ways. Could be deepened, lengthened.

During previews
80
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Edgy, Ambitious

See it if you want a good look into human nature and how we delude ourselves.

Don't see it if you don't want to watch a woman fall into delusion. .

During previews
90
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Intense

See it if Beloved is an emotional rollercoaster, with a heroine who wants to transform her life through art and love, and a storyline with a tragic

Don't see it if You do not like one-person shows

Also plot twist. Elinor DiLorenzo delivers a compelling, amazing and terrif... Read more Read less

During previews
76
Absorbing, Great acting, Edgy

See it if You want a well written and acted story about a woman falling apart at the sseams..

Don't see it if You want something fluffy..

During previews
82
Edgy, Graphic language, Sexually explicit, Great acting, Quirky

See it if you enjoy a solo show with frank explicit language that charts a young woman's "rite de passage" steered by a cultured, suave, married lover

Don't see it if the "F" word & sexual situations offend you; if you're prudish; if adultery is offensive to you; if you prefer a more family friendly show

Also "Beloved" is a Bildungsroman focused on the psychological, intellectua... Read more Read less

During previews
80
Raunchy, Absorbing, Indulgent

See it if you want to see a well written one person show with a fairly novel perspective and decidedly adult themes.

Don't see it if You don;t like one person plays, excessively sexual (verbal) content, and little production design value.

Also Although I generally don't like one person shows, this was better than... Read more Read less

During previews
80
Absorbing, Great acting, Refreshing, Resonant, Relevant

See it if you like plays regarding class differences. You like one woman solo show. Acting is good.

Don't see it if N/A

During previews
88
Absorbing, Great acting, Profound, Relevant, Edgy

See it if You want to be totally entertained by a one woman great show and love sex, power and consiquences

Don't see it if You dont like powerful one woman shows

During previews
76
Absorbing, Edgy, Intelligent, Intense, Raunchy

See it if You want to see a character working it out on stage philosophically and sexually, which means absorbingly. Elinor Dilorenzo is dynamic.

Don't see it if The show is wonderfully jarring but seems to need a little support from either the production or the script for it all to hang together.


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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