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Burnished By Grief – A Romantic Comedy
East Village
63

Burnished By Grief – A Romantic Comedy NYC Reviews and Tickets

63%
(5 Reviews)
Positive
60%
Mixed
20%
Negative
20%
Members say
Great writing, Intelligent, Delightful, Clever, Funny

About the Show

La MaMa presents 'Burnished By Grief – A Romantic Comedy,' a love letter to the chaos of cramped New York City living from Obie award-winning playwright Ellen Maddow.

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Member Reviews (5)

20
Banal, Cliched, Excruciating, Indulgent, Slow

See it if you enjoy sophomoric theatrical ventures. I am still trying to rationalize why this company has been around for so long.

Don't see it if your taste runs to more realistic plays rather than over-the-top ones like this.

85
Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Relevant, Resonant

See it if you appreciate seeing the foibles and challenges of the human condition portrayed by brave performers

Don't see it if you've already made your mind up about who is wrong and who is right; you want theater to be fluff

Critic Reviews (3)

January 28th, 2016

"A mildly morbid but irrepressibly effervescent lark...The play evolves into an exuberant celebration of color and quirk…This production grew out of Ms. Maddow’s experiences as a volunteer in Brooklyn Civil Court. The influence is palpable...Ms. Maddow reminds us that for all the strains attendant upon urban living, every now and then novel and wonderful relationships emerge."
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February 4th, 2016

"'Burnished By Grief' works in part because nobody in the cast or creative team seems to take anything too seriously. The actors clearly take great joy in their performances, playing each moment, no matter how severe, with a wink to the audience in a way that is endearing rather than frustrating...While the heightened style might not be for everyone, the consistency throughout creates a complete picture."
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January 27th, 2016

"There are no stand-outs in the cast, only in the sense that every single actor imbues his and her character with that commedia zaniness that makes even their griefs transform into joie de vivre. Maddow’s witty, intelligent dialogue lifts us up. Her text and characters are exuberant, infecting the audience with joy."
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