See it if Virtuosic actors play multiple roles of different genders/generations in a heartbreak family drama. Funny/ebullient act 1; sad/tragic act 2.
Don't see it if The two acts are so different. Maybe the point is that the bonds of family & friendship are fragile? The acting alone is well worth seeing
See it if Stunning tour-de-force for 3 stars of off-Broadway Biehl. Esper & Serralles dazzle in cross gender/generational roles via expert direction
Don't see it if Unfortunately, Chung's drama is not up to actor's caliber. Dysfunctional family saga begins interestingly but dissolves into confusion
"Under Ken Rus Schmoll’s direction, typically cool and precise, they differentiate their roles but also twin them, showing how parents are echoed in their children.
Does all that structural sophistication serve the play? The doubling, though often masterly (I’d swear Ms. Serralles’s pants fit her differently as Daniela than as Lon), makes it harder to pin down any one character...It makes some scenes harder to parse, which dulls the play’s horror."
"So smoothly virtuosic that it takes a while to realize how good it really is...Afterward, reflecting on the play, you may marvel at how finely Chung has woven her thematic threads (about family, heredity, nationality, genetics) into the tapestry that unravels with such violence in the play’s second half. This is challenging material, but the actors come through with stunning work...'Catch as Catch Can' is what Off Broadway theater can be at its best. Don’t miss it."
"'Catch as Catch Can’ is multiple plays in one. The first act is a play exploring the notions of family, love, and how our responsibility to each shifts from generation to generation. I was interested in this play, but then it was lost to the second act, which seemed an entirely different play about mental illness. I similarly would have watched a piece with this issue as its main focus, however, within the frame of this larger piece, that ‘play’ felt incomplete and underdeveloped.”