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Candlelight NYC Reviews and Tickets

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Ambitious, Great acting, Confusing, Absorbing, Great writing

A world premiere play by Pulitzer Prize-winning writer, John Patrick Shanley. 

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754 Reviews | 124 Followers
Thought-provoking, Edgy, Confusing, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if for the innovative approach to the subject of child abuse which includes magic realism, folk tales & ghosts as well as amusing staging.

Don't see it if child abuse is triggering. If treating a serious subject with fantasy seems disrespectful.

459 Reviews | 116 Followers
Great acting, Great direction, Great writing, Brilliant, Absorbing

See it if you are willing to see a brilliantly written merciless play is, unfortunately, not commercially viable

Don't see it if you do not want to see a show where every scene contains a "trigger" - pedophilia, incest, rape, drugs, alcoholism, murder, suicide Read more

395 Reviews | 97 Followers
One-of-a-kind, So-bad-it's-good, Baffling, Confusing, Ambitious

See it if You like theatre that's so-bad-that-it's-good. You enjoy truly bizarre theatre.

Don't see it if You don't have the patience and fortitude to sit through something that was clearly written by an author who took no notes from anyone. Read more

270 Reviews | 48 Followers
Great writing, Great acting, Ambitious, Entertaining, Clever

See it if you want to see a well written show about how a ten year old girl copes with the world after a major loss and a abusive father

Don't see it if you want a lighthearted comedy

243 Reviews | 59 Followers
Resonant, Loved it but others may not, Quirky, Intelligent, Ambitious

See it if You enjoy both playful & tragic narrative

Don't see it if You want something straight forward or light hearted

Critic Reviews (4)

New York Magazine / Vulture
December 1st, 2022

"Candlelight is a tab of acid, given to you right before a job interview...I was not prepared for a fantasy-filled fever dream about a 10-year-old girl who discovers that she is the target of a supernatural murder plot, the object of her father’s lust, and an incarnation of the Virgin Mary. I continued to not be prepared through the show’s entire running time of 90 minutes, as the plot took wild hairpin turns, doubling back on itself, plunging into awful chasms that always seemed to include some kind of sexual assault."
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December 1st, 2021

Set in a nightmare world of children, the play covers child abuse, sexual assault, drug addiction, violence, all presented as a fairy tale for children. One wonders who the target audience for this is: it is too mature for children but too whimsical for adults.
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Stage Buddy
November 30th, 2022

"John Patrick Shanley's new play Candlelight is sort of like West Side Story--but with 10-year-olds, Jim Henson-esque demons, and a scantily clad fairy...Sadly, I found that to be the case for most of the play. An imaginative cast of characters and a delightful disregard for theatrical conventions seem like a recipe for success, but the absence of a strong plot and cohesive tone cause Candlelight to quickly fly off the rails. Still, I'll give Shanley and the team credit for trying."
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New York Theater
December 2nd, 2021

John Patrick Shanley imagines what it would be like if Romeo and Juliet were both Nuyoricans, and ten years old. In place of feuding families or gangs, Esperanza and Tito live in a make-believe world of talking mirrors and magical robes… Shanley messes with reality – and clarity — in ways that only Off Off Broadway allows. The results are mixed…the main draw is the terrifically appealing cast.
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