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Bobbie Clearly

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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. More…

Bobbie killed Casey in the middle of a cornfield in Milton, Nebraska. Two years later, Milton’s residents are ready to tell you their side(s) of the story. 'Bobbie Clearly' pushes the boundaries of the Roundabout's Black Box Theatre, with a sprawling cast of eccentric characters and an ambitious narrative that pulls back the husk of rural life. Written by Nebraskan Alex Lubischer, a second-year candidate in the Playwriting Program at Yale School of Drama and the newest playwright discovered by Roundabout Underground.


Member Reviews (75)

MEMBERS SAY:

Thought-provoking, Great acting, Absorbing, Ambitious, Great writing
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76
Ambitious, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Incomplete, Quirky

See it if you like sagas of midwestern small towns spread over multiple years about a murder by a 14-year old boy & its aftermath, to see town react

Don't see it if you are expecting answers to its mysteries, don't like quirky characters that make fun of such locales, can't relate to troubled young folk

76
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Great staging, Relevant

See it if you enjoy a drama about a murder and how it affects members of a small town in Nebraska. It is well staged and acted.

Don't see it if you like comedy or a great set. The staging is good but simple props are used.

Also I enjoyed the natural acting of the characters but the Why question is... Read more Read less

59
Ambitious, Disappointing, Indulgent, Overrated, Slow

See it if you want to see a wonderful performance by Constance Shulman.

Don't see it if you don't like long dramas. Also, the title character is a cipher.

Also I felt that the playwright, Alex Lubischer, was packing a little too m... Read more Read less

82
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Thought-provoking, Resonant

See it if Story of a small town trying to cope with a tragedy and forgive. Covers the thoughts and lives of the residents over 10 years. Victims?

Don't see it if You are disturbed by violence and blood. Cannot see two sides to every story.

Also Constance Shulman from OITNB is outstanding as the town police officer... Read more Read less

78
Absorbing, Quirky, Thought-provoking, Entertaining

See it if you might like a genre-bending story about a tragedy in small town and lasting effects over years (drama, comedy, documentary elements).

Don't see it if you don't see the humor in cringe-worthy talent show performances or don't like intimate staging in which the house lights are often on

72
Disappointing, Ambitious, Slow, Thought-provoking

See it if you like shows that deal with the results of a violent crime.Explores impact on family, on the community, and on the killer.

Don't see it if you want clearly drawn play that explores these issues.Cast is too large.Hard to remember who is who.Acting is good, but writing needs focus

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.

Also It took me a long time to reconcile my verbal introduction to Bobby as... Read more Read less

80
Well-crafted writing, Polished ny debut, Edgy, Characterizations thin

See it if An outwardly funny piece about a tragic occurrence, nicely developed if a little long. Some characters are sketchily drawn & remain...

Don't see it if tangential to the story but the emotion is palpable & as in reality not all questions are answered. A fearless new voice.

80
Promising "bones", Overly-ambitious or mysterious?, Uneven, Surprising, Somewhat dissatisfying

See it if you're forgiving towards a young playwright's workshopped play-in-progress, where ambitious ideas and promising writing sometimes flounder.

Don't see it if you're expecting well-polished writing, a neatly-tied-up finale, mesmerizing and groundbreaking work, and feel-good-vibes: it's a dark one.

Also Bobbie Clearly can be mysterious, alluring, and ambitious: a motiveles... Read more Read less

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.

70
Disappointing, Confusing, Slow, Incoherent

See it if you want to see a play about a murder in a small town and how the citizens react to it and the murderer during a 10 year period.

Don't see it if you don't want to sit for 2.5 hours and not get a satisfying answer to a most important question in the play.

79
Great acting, Great staging, Thought-provoking

See it if You like shows that do not spoon feed the points to the audience; you are ok with complexity and ambiguity.

Don't see it if This is incorrectly billed as a comedy and tragedy but it’s not funny enough to be considered a comedy.

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.

Also I was very captivated by everyone's performance in this show. At times... Read more Read less

79
Great ensemble acting, Thought-provoking script, Uneven, Well staged, directed, and lighted, Purposely slow

See it if you like a thought provoking script in its early developmental stage performed by a very talented ensemble cast on a well designed stage.

Don't see it if you blindly follow professional critics. Sure there are flaws-including one very big one at the end-but overall this is a promising start.

69
Confusing, Disappointing, Dizzying, Overrated, Absorbing

See it if you enjoy long drawn out dramadies; don't mind no real conclusion

Don't see it if you want a show with a real ending, something not so confusing

Also Show doesn't answer important questions, explain necessary facts. It l... Read more Read less

59
Intimate, Meandering, Thought-provoking, Unfocused

See it if you enjoy melodrama.

Don't see it if you dislike intimate staging and/or suffer secondhand embarrassment.

Also there are flashes of brilliance in this script, but ultimately it does... Read more Read less

79
Ambitious, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if You enjoy multi-talented actors, strong direction and new young playwrights with real promise. Extremely well-produced.

Don't see it if You prefer not to spend over two hours sitting shoulder-to-shoulder on lightly-padded folding chairs. You don’t want to turn your head every

Also few minutes to see the actors who are all around you. The play takes o... Read more Read less

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

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.

Also A heartbreaking and hilarious story. The ensemble is superb, with capt... Read more Read less

53
Uneven, curious, portentous

See it if the murder of a child by another child in a small town arouses your interest.

Don't see it if you're looking for a coherent examination of a senseless murder and its after-effects.

Also The play seems to be a documentary 10-to-13 years after the murder in ... Read more Read less

67
Great acting, Thought-provoking, Slow, Disappointing

See it if you like mockumentary style dialogue. you don't mind a show that hasn't found a clear lens or focus

Don't see it if you want a story that is masterfully and intelligently told with clear reasons behind writing decisions.

Also For this show to work, the characters need to be captivating and since... Read more Read less

68
Entertaining, Unsatisfying, Charming, Impractical, Frustrating

See it if you want to see crisp staging and pacing from Will Davis, who's getting to be a master of that. Plus, some really delightful folksy humor.

Don't see it if you want legit answers or social commentary on the violence at the heart of the play. It's content to just be witty and light instead.

Also This is one of those situations where a play is doomed by misleading m... Read more Read less

56
Banal, Confusing, Disappointing

See it if Ambitious but too long and not very satisfying.

Don't see it if Clearly a first effort

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.

70
Ambitious, Entertaining, Riveting, Cliched

See it if you want to see an ambitious, winding take on a multitude of difficult issues. You are happy to be engaged for a couple of hours.

Don't see it if you want some coherence. The interview format is a bit lazy and the characters reductive leading to the actors floundering.


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 moment...
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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 mocke...
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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 st...
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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 awkw...
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