Bobbie Clearly
Closed 2h 20m
Bobbie Clearly
79

Bobbie Clearly NYC Reviews and Tickets

79%
(75 Ratings)
Positive
80%
Mixed
20%
Negative
0%
Members say
Thought-provoking, Great acting, Absorbing, Ambitious, Great writing

About the Show

The Roundabout Underground presents this New York premiere, a comedy-about-a-tragedy set in small town Kansas.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (75)

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202 Reviews | 36 Followers
100
Entertaining, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Relevant

See it if If you like great ensemble cast work and quick dialogue exchanges and thoughtful, engaging writing and great actor/audience connections.

Don't see it if If you don't like actors to be very close to you and acting all around you or if you find the subject of teen murder too difficult.

175 Reviews | 8 Followers
91
Ambitious

See it if you like risk taking. a clever play. outside the box.

Don't see it if you like traditional plays with traditional structures.

165 Reviews | 34 Followers
90
Absorbing, Funny, Intense, Relevant

See it if You like beautifully written characters, fully developed by a very talented director and cast. Be prepared to be astonished,

Don't see it if Tales of bullying and vengeful action disturb you. Also, don’t go if seeing an animal gutted will upset you. Read more

302 Reviews | 99 Followers
90
Entertaining, Intelligent, Quirky

See it if you enjoy non-linear plot development and a mix of humorous/silly and heavy/deep. It’s a true ensemble piece that makes you think.

Don't see it if you don’t like small venues with minimal staging or if you need straight-forward action. The style is mockumentary.

245 Reviews | 54 Followers
89
Great writing, Great acting, Funny, Thought-provoking, Captivating

See it if You love and support new theatre. It’s bold and ambitious in it’s style and direction. So so cool and interesting!

Don't see it if You are uncomfortable in tight spaces or with actors being in your face

350 Reviews | 163 Followers
88
Darkly comic, Great acting, Great character development, Sometimes purposefully uncomfortable, Captivating

See it if you can appreciate dark humor or like mockumentary-type pieces (i.e., The Office, Christopher Guest movies).

Don't see it if you aren't willing to explore the comedic side of a tragedy or don't like dark humor. But this piece deserves a chance. Read more

458 Reviews | 101 Followers
88
Great acting, Great writing, Great direction, I really enjoyed this mash-up/smash-up

See it if You like problematic, imperfect plays that require you to think, while you laugh and cringe and learn about people you will never know.

Don't see it if drama laced with farce and irreverence offends, you want answers to senseless murder. I totally checked out for the gratuitous buck gutting. Read more

70 Reviews | 10 Followers
84
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if you are interested in small theater performances that touch on relevant and poignant issues.

Don't see it if you want a show that has a lot of pomp and circumstance, or don't want to see a dramatic show.

Critic Reviews (9)

The New York Times
April 3rd, 2018

"Takes on many difficult subjects, in several styles. Lubischer seems to have packed his first professional NY production with a sampler of his skills, as if it were a résumé...I wish the production achieved better control of its tone, which seems to wander...Davis does right by the play’s moments of highest tension and emotion...Plays are also about characters, and most of the ones in 'Bobbie' are too contradictory for the cast to act convincingly."
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Time Out New York
April 3rd, 2018

"Lubischer demonstrates a rare sense of command...Borrowing motifs from everything from 'Our Town' to 'Serial', he displays real craft and scope. The performances, too, are executed precisely...The play’s bold combination of violence and jokiness—the horrifying content told with such gentle mockery—left me confused and sometimes even angry...Lubischer is very interested in Bobbie and has written him a complicated and intriguing play. He’s scarcely imagined Casey, though."
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Theatermania
April 3rd, 2018

"So we spend much of 'Bobbie Clearly' struggling to understand why the title character would want to move back to the community where he murdered one of his classmates...Lubischer's play jumps the rails, as contrivance and sensationalism overtake what was a sensitive exploration of a difficult story...None of it would work without emotionally vulnerable performances from the actors...We never get to see Bobbie clearly, which feels simultaneously less satisfying and more truthful."
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Lighting & Sound America
April 13th, 2018

"As a group portrait, 'Bobbie Clearly' is often quite gripping...The playwright, Alex Lubischer, is clearly talented -- he certainly knows the territory -- and he finds plenty of drama in fraying friendships and the strange permutations that can be caused by grief. His three-act structure is awkward, however...Sets up a bizarre climax...at which point 'Bobbie Clearly' loses any sense of reality...A distinctly flawed work, it is nevertheless an affecting look at a community living in tension."
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Talkin' Broadway
April 3rd, 2018

"An awkward mix of satire and sad reflection...Lubischer has captured the community spirit...Either the playwright or the director has incorporated a tone of parody that unnecessarily pulls us away...The hodgepodge of darkish humor and authentically dark emotions never fully coalesces...In need of careful revision. With the exception of Constance Shulman's pitch perfect portrayal of the town's lone cop, we spend far too little time where it is needed."
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New York Stage Review
April 3rd, 2018

"Fearless and mesmerizing...Chase emphasizes the uncomfortable intimacy, sometimes having actors appear directly behind audience members in the back rows...In revealing these characters at their most self-conscious and aspirational, the playwright initially flirts with mocking clichés about small-town folk...But as the play progresses, Lubischer, who is in fact from Nebraska, makes his townspeople increasingly difficult to pigeonhole."
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New York Stage Review
April 3rd, 2018

"Lubischer has created a boldly compelling and mysterious piece, filled with interesting characters. It is a play that is intentionally withholding, and it ultimately fails to fully engage only because it remains too stubbornly opaque...A simple conceit, elevated by Davis's creative and dynamic staging...There are smart bits..But because we’ve never really found out what happened—what exactly Bobbie did, what motivated him, how he processed it—we can’t engage in this examination of the fallout."
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Gotham Playgoer
April 3rd, 2018

"Lubitscher was aiming for a portrayal of small-town life...rather than a portrait of Bobbie. The performances from the talent show are more entertaining than relevant...The quality of the acting varies widely...While I admire the playwright's ambition and raw talent, I do not feel that he was able to maintain firm control over his material. The tone wobbles from moment to moment...Davis keeps things moving along smoothly. While I would not call it a success, I am not sorry that I saw it."
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