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Broken Bone Bathtub

From 15 member  reviews
Members say: Absorbing, Enchanting, Refreshing, Thought-provoking, Quirky

About the show

Solo artist Siobhan O'Loughlin returns to NYC with an immersive theater experience that explores themes of trauma, suffering, human generosity, and connection. More…

'Broken Bone Bathtub' is an interactive work that takes place in an actual bathtub. After a serious bike accident, a young woman musters up the courage to ask for help and shares her story. The audience takes on the role of her close friends, not only listening but sharing their own experiences, and assisting the cast-clad artist in the actual ritual of taking a bath. Must be age 21 or older to attend. One-drink minimum required. 


Member Reviews (15)

MEMBERS SAY:

Absorbing, Enchanting, Refreshing, Thought-provoking, Quirky
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Avg Score

94
Absorbing, Clever, Refreshing, Resonant, Enchanting

See it if You like a real, raw performance in unusual setting. Siobahn is a great storyteller and knows how to engage the audience, A fab experience!

Don't see it if You don't like the company of others or are not willing to share. If you are not open to new experiences or need a traditional "show."

76
Ambitious, Moving, Indulgent, Refreshing

See it if you like immersive, very VERY up close and personal theater.

Don't see it if you don't like audience participation, small spaces, stories about youthful angst or perching on a toilet or a tiny stool for an hour or so.

Also Siobhan is very talented and this is a singularly unique experience. S... Read more Read less

90
Absorbing, Clever, Enchanting, Profound, Must see

See it if You want to experience raw, fascinating and deeply personal Performance art in an intimate setting. You'll be guided on a brilliant journey.

Don't see it if You are uncomfortable with intimacy among strangers, but I sincerely hope you'll try to push through the discomfort.

95
Unique, Thought-provoking, Refreshing, Clever, Intense

See it if you want something incredibly intimate, you want to feel connected to the performance and the performer

Don't see it if you get uncomfortable sitting in a bathroom for a long time, you want a spectacle

100
Absorbing, Ambitious, Exquisite, Quirky, Resonant

See it if You've ever looked at a stranger across the subway platform and contemplated the unknowable mystery of their lives. (Best date show. Ever.)

Don't see it if You're not into new friends, new experiences, or compassion. Also, if you're super claustrophobic.

95
Profound, Thought-provoking, Riveting, Intelligent, Unlike any other

See it if you want to experience a moving evening in a very unconventional setting.

Don't see it if you are a prude. Or have issues with cramped spaces. Or steam.

100
Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Edgy, Great staging

See it if You love immersive theatre. An intimate show between actor and audience member in a private setting. Brave, moving, fresh.

Don't see it if You prefer traditional theater and need to know your seat number.

Also Siobhan tells this story in a bathtub which enhances the vulnerable st... Read more Read less

100
Absorbing, Enchanting, Edgy, Great writing, Refreshing

See it if You enjoy true, poignant theatre and thought-provoking dialogue.

Don't see it if You don't like baths.

100
Profound, Enchanting, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Exquisite

See it if You enjoy soul searching and connecting with others. Siobhan is a masterful storyteller and truly engages her audience.

Don't see it if If you don't have an open mind and immersive performances aren't your thing.

59
Confusing, Intrusive, Interactive

See it if You like speaking with strangers

Don't see it if You don't want to interact

90
Absorbing, Quirky, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Profound

See it if You're looking for the next level of intimacy in your performances, or if you want to feel truly seen by someone.

Don't see it if You're claustrophobic, uncomfortable being in close proximity to nudity, or uncomfortable divulging a few of your secrets in front of others

100
Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Quirky, Resonant, Refreshing

See it if you like nontraditional theatre, you love storytelling, you're looking to be moved and experience something thought provoking and new

Don't see it if you aren't prepared to participate or get nervous interacting with strangers or if you have clausterphobia

80
Quirky, Edgy, Dated, Enchanting, Ambitious

See it if ...you have a high tolerance for weird.

Don't see it if ...you don't like interactive theater or being slightly uncomfortable.

95
Brave, Original, Intimate, Intelligent, Must see

See it if you are open to a uniquely new experience, by someone who dares to reveal herself on an emotional level in an unusual, intimate environment.

Don't see it if uncomfortable with sharing any emotions or uncomfortable with someone who is able to look you in the eye and be open and "real".

Also My son and daughter-in-law (both of whom are mental health professiona... Read more Read less

100
Absorbing, Delightful, Funny, Intelligent, Refreshing

See it if You're looking for an interesting new experience and want to connect with others

Don't see it if You don't like immersive theatre


February 20th, 2017
"As with all immersive work, the experience is fluid. Theater is a living art form to begin with, but when you add intensive audience participation and change venues nightly, the experience is even more changeable...Ultimately it's O'Loughlin's open and compassionate heart that gives meaning to '...
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January 16th, 2017
"O’Loughlin is a gifted raconteur, her warm, conversational banter as disarming as it is engaging...Her non-confrontational style encourages sharing and makes 'Broken Bone Bathtub' as much our story as it is hers...I cannot think of a single person who could not relate to the piece on some level....
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February 2nd, 2017
"The messages of good shows land with people when the artist asks one profound question, and not 20. What makes this show great is that O'Loughlin is in no hurry to push us toward an answer, but seems sure enough of herself to let each performance yield its own conclusions...O'Loughlin is paying ...
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January 26th, 2017
"If it sounds voyeuristic, or gimmicky, it’s O’Loughlin’s approachability as a storyteller and a listener that makes 'Broken Bone Bathtub' both compelling theater and a cathartic group experience...That dynamic of openness and sharing causes every performance to be unique...The ending isn’t exact...
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