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BREWED (FringeNYC)

Members say: Great acting, Absorbing, Edgy, Intense, Original
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Critics
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2 reviews
Members
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15 reviews
 

Part of FringeNYC: In this fast-paced thriller teetering between caustic comedy and warped kitchen-sink drama, six sisters must stir a pot. 24/7. They're tied to it. By trauma? By magic...? They stir, brutally brawl, and wonder: does this really keep Babette alive?

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Categories: Drama, Comedy, Local. Written by Scott T. Barsotti. Directed by Jessi D. Hill.

FROM THE ARTIST:
BREWED tells the story of six sisters (and one stranger). Six sisters who must never stop stirring a pot. Six sisters who take care of each other, are deeply loyal to each other, and at the same time, as playwright Scott T. Barsotti puts it, do not “settle disputes by arguing. They do it with their fists and their knees. They head butt and arm bar. They ground and pound.” The words they call to each other “ You and me, sister” reverberate through their isolated world, linking them, binding them, and, ever so slowly, causing tiny fissures, pushing their way toward the surface.

BREWED is directed by Jessi D. Hill (terraNOVA, The Acting Co.) and features Vivia Font (Rattlestick, Oregon Shakespeare Festival), Rachael Jenison (Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, The Goodman), Alexis McGuinness (Yale Rep, GEVA), Danielle O’Farrell (Chicago Shakespeare Theatre), Deb Radloff (Classic Stage Company), Stephanie Roetzel (The Old Globe), and Aubrey Saverino (San Diego Rep, The Old Globe).

 

Reviews (17)

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73
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70
Theatre is Easy

"Barsotti’s intriguing script is brought to life by heartfelt performances. The cast works off each other so organically you could believe they are sisters. Warden’s purposefully ungraceful fight choreography also helps set the dark and raw tone of the show...Yet the show feels slow, at times painfully so. Sometimes it drags so much even some fight scenes feel redundant...'Brewed' has a voice to offer in discussions of feminism and women in theatre, and I look forward to seeing where it goes." Full Review

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Time Out New York

"Although the summer heat can be stifling, the venue’s small size does put the audience in close proximity to the stellar all-female cast—a key factor in our enjoyment of the show. As the play mixes Christmas-dinner-gone-awry family dynamics with mystical plot points that keep the audience wondering what’s going on, the actors create a sense of real sisterhood. Within the strange world that Barsotti has created, they keep the play at a lively boil." Full Review

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85
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46
Excruciating, Waste of time

See it if you want to see an all-female cast playing a family on edge with each other, constantly swearing and fighting.

Don't see it if you want something that is interesting or funny. As best put by another audience member: "Who writes that shit?" I give a C-/D+ grade.

100
Original, Absorbing, Intense, Must see, Riveting

See it if you're looking for an intricate plot and complex characters

Don't see it if you're not ready for a dark play, lots of fighting, and sudden violence

90
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Intense

See it if You want to see seven very talented actresses bring life to seven distinctly different roles - all of whom are given their moment to shine.

Don't see it if You don't like being kept in the dark too long. The plot is mysterious and the reveals are late in the play. But they're worth the wait.

97
Funny, Absorbing, Great acting, Confusing, Entertaining

See it if You want to laugh and cry simultaneously and understand the complexity of familial relationships.

Don't see it if You don't enjoy extended metaphors or like everything tied up neatly at the end or hate August Osage County

78
Original, Absorbing, Great acting, Quirky

See it if You're interested in finding out how they could make that crazy plot look compelling.

Don't see it if You like to find all the answers at the end; you don't like shouting.

95
Original, Edgy, Great acting, Intelligent, Great writing

See it if like interesting, thought provoking, dark, plays with a mysterious edge. Wonderful acting by 7 talented women! A truly great show.

Don't see it if are not comfortable with swearing and need a straight forward narrative.

91
Ambitious, Edgy, Epic, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if You like to be at the edge of your seat.

Don't see it if The sight of blood makes you faint.

100
Absorbing, Edgy, Great acting, Intense, Great staging

See it if Really good. Very dark. Great acting and direction.

Don't see it if You're in the mood for light comedy.

95
Original, Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Quirky

See it if You like suspenseful storytelling

Don't see it if You don't like violence

95
Original, Great acting, Intense, Thought-provoking, Resonant

See it if 1) You want to see confident women with a strong presence own a stage and audience. 2) You'd like to see original costumes.

Don't see it if You are looking for a run-of-the-mill comedy.

100
Absorbing, Delightful, Entertaining

See it if You love suspense with great characters and acting

Don't see it if You don't like action

92
Original, Edgy, Great acting, Intense, Hilarious

See it if you are looking for a gritty, funny and intense show with an amazing ensemble of women.

Don't see it if you boycotted the new Ghostbusters movie or Mad Max: Fury Road based on the sex of the lead characters.

94
Funny, Clever, Edgy, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if You're interested in plays about families that aren't just people sitting on sofas & crying. If you love strong women and burning questions

Don't see it if You have a problem with women expressing their feelings with their fists.

90
Absorbing, Edgy, Great acting, Intense, Riveting

See it if You're interested in seeing 7 immensely talented actresses battle it out.

Don't see it if You're bothered by open-ended questions/plot elements.

93
Absorbing, Ambitious, Edgy, Great acting, Intelligent

See it if you like heady pieces that use extended metaphor and horrific imagery to explore the beauty and toxicity of familial relationships

Don't see it if you're just looking for something light and fun. This play has many very genuinely funny moments, but it is heavy and thought-provoking.