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From 21 member  reviews
Members say: Slow, Disappointing, Ambitious, Entertaining, Cliched

About the show

Theater for the New City presents a screwball comedy of the art market: its jargon, its people, its economics, and its overnight sensations. More…

The two-act comedy starts out in a gallery under renovation, with a charming and loquacious plumber, placing an assembly of pipes on a sculpture pedestal created by a sassy and articulate female  woodworker. She embellishes this "sculpture" with a lipstick-kissed fragment of mirror and the plumber mockingly christens it "Fluidic Rapture." It is harmless fun until a wealthy, matronly trendsetter sweeps into the gallery, pronounces their assemblage a conceptual masterpiece and insists on adding it to her collection. The two construction workers are thereby catapulted into the stratosphere of the art market, assisted by the opportunistic gallery owner. The ensuing play becomes a comedy on the jargon and puffery of the art scene.

Member Reviews (21)


Slow, Disappointing, Ambitious, Entertaining, Cliched

Absorbing, Slow, Relevant, Funny

See it if U like a story that mixes contemporary art world w/contemporary politics & society. Needs further editing, it’s 2 long & repetitive.

Don't see it if You’re impatient and looking for a fully developed play.

Quirky, Resonant, Entertaining, Clever

See it if Support smaller venues, enjoy a fun night out, see a satire on the A listers, can apprciate the absurd, can laugh at the absurd.

Don't see it if You don't like satire, need a fancy venue, don't like traveling downtown, aren't open to new experiences, expect a fancy set.

Also I enjoy seeing productions at Theater for the New City. And I support ... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Clever, Entertaining, Great staging, Quirky

See it if You like an ambitious show that satirizes the art scene and wealthy, power-brokers. You're patient with off, off B'way fare that needs work

Don't see it if You expect a finely honed, B'way -type comedy,with an experienced cast. You don't see any shows, located south of 40th Street in Manhattan.

Also As with many newer plays, this one could really use a strong edit. It ... Read more Read less

Clever, Refreshing, Slow

See it if You are interested in the hype, folly of art collecting and social position. The message being the rich and powerful can create anything.

Don't see it if You arent interested in seeing a novel subject that affirms our beliefs in the manipulation by media and the rich. Could have been cut down.

Great writing, Entertaining, Slow

See it if you like plays with a lot of speaking and little action.

Don't see it if you want things to move along swiftly.

Ambitious, Intelligent, Quirky, Slow, Thought-provoking

See it if You enjoy making fun of the art world as I do.

Don't see it if You take the NYC art world too seriously and don’t enjoy a rather slow play.

Great acting, Disappointing, Indulgent

See it if You enjoy shows poking fun at the rich and the art world. Erinn Holmes was outstanding!

Don't see it if You like a point taken too far. Started out great and went down hill quickly.

Also The writer should cut at least a third or more from the script.

Ambitious, Clever, Relevant

See it if you want to see a quirky comedy about art collecting/collectors.

Don't see it if you can't handle a bit of plot wander. I was hoping the play would go in a #metoo direction but ultimately it was a love story.

Also - I especially liked the scenes (the first scene in particular) with 1... Read more Read less

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