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Catch As Catch Can

From 3 critic and 23 member reviews
Members say: Great acting, Ambitious, Confusing, Intense, Clever

About the show

In Page 73's world premiere, six characters are brought to life by three actors playing across gender and generation, capturing father/daughter and mother/son in a family drama. More…

The Phelans and the Lavecchias grew up in each other’s homes in a tight-knit working-class community, sharing the good times and the bad. As the younger generation grapples with complicated life choices, a shifting crisis is set in motion that threatens the bonds of this extended family.



95
Time Out New York

"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." Full Review

70
Front Row Center

"'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.” Full Review

65
The New York Times

"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." Full Review


95
Clever, Edgy, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if If you like smart, adventurous writing performed by an exquisite cast.

Don't see it if If you're lazy and don't want to engage the playwright's mind.

92
Great acting, Intense, Masterful, Great writing, Great staging

See it if incredible writing: soulful, sharp, risky. Funny & harrowing theatricality, gorgeous performances.

Don't see it if you might find it more engaging intellectually than emotionally.

Also the getting-ready-for-dinner scene is a masterpiece.

90
Absorbing, Ambitious, Clever, Exquisite

See it if You like adventurous original writing. Exceptional acting.

Don't see it if You want something easy and light that requires no thought.

85
Funny, Clever, Dizzying, Great acting, Confusing

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

85
Ambitious, Intelligent, Intense, Thought-provoking, Entertaining

See it if You enjoy great acting in a structurally ambitious show that is by turns funny and heartbreaking.

Don't see it if You need an easy night in the theater.

82
Absorbing, Ambitious, Riveting, Confusing, Disappointing

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

81
Ambitious, Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Refreshing

See it if the NY preem of a terrific writer with a lot on her mind about identify formation, inheritances, and much more. beautifully acted & directed

Don't see it if if you have trouble engaging with demanding, formally ambitious work, this may not be for you

80
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting

See it if you like an off-beat take on family drama.

Don't see it if doubling actors confuses you.

Also Amazing cast of 3 playing 6 characters!

80
Funny, Great acting, Intense, Opaque, Compelling

See it if you want to see some really virtuosic performances--all three actors are doing astounding work.

Don't see it if you want a show where you can leave thinking "I know what that was about." This one you can't (and I think that may be what they wanted).

80
Clever, Great acting, Relevant, Resonant, Great writing

See it if you want to see three actors in six roles give great performances in a play by a new author

Don't see it if you are easily confused by actors playing multiple parts

79
Quirky, Unique, Challenging to watch, Ambitious experiment in acting

See it if Three actors portray six characters of different ages and genders in a two-generation dysfunctional family with issues still unresolved.

Don't see it if Sometimes hard to distinguish character changes and relationships. Plot is confusing to follow.

Also Catch As Catch Can - Anything goes and does not have to be planned or ... Read more Read less

78
Terrific performances. interesting story. a little hard to follow.

See it if You appreciate good performances and interesting story telling.

Don't see it if You want a straight play told simply.

77
Delightful, Great acting, Intense, Quirky

See it if ...you enjoy rapid, clever, overlapping dialog. 3 actors play 6 characters. A bit difficult to follow in act 1.

Don't see it if ..you don't like plays about mental illness.

72
Ambitious, Intelligent, Intense, Great writing, Confusing

See it if Careful what parents teach their children, it might prove detrimental. Three-actor/six-role two-act comedy/drama. So many dichotomies.

Don't see it if Lost in the shuffle. Better actors could've pulled this off, but the gender & tonal switches from first to second acts make this labourious.

72
Ambitious, Great acting, Confusing, Slow

See it if you want to see three amazing actors trying to portray six roles.

Don't see it if you don't like white family dramas with an excruciating amount of small talks and unimportant details.

53
Ambitious, Indulgent, Confusing

See it if Interesting concept and writing.

Don't see it if Very confusing from the start. Actors playing multiple parts and genders.

Also This would have been a great play if there had been normal casting of ... Read more Read less

41
Ambitious, Edgy, Indulgent, Disappointing

See it if You enjoy experiments in theater presentation. A test of director, actors and audience makes everyone work hard, you decide if it's worth it

Don't see it if You want to sit by and enjoy a show. It was disappointing for me to see good actors fail to meet the challenge presented.

89
Great acting, Intense, Masterful, Quirky, Resonant

See it if Wow. 3 virtuoso actors doubling as mother/son or father/daughter, often within seconds. Masterful, tender, and finally heartbreaking.

Don't see it if you want to see a conventional play, or if you're easily upset by an intense story of family breakdown.

Also Still unsure what the playwright wants to say about family and mental ... Read more Read less

60
Indulgent, Confusing, Disappointing, Excruciating, Overrated

See it if You like watching 3 actors shift into 6 different roles onstage and the resulting effort it takes to sort out who said what to whom.

Don't see it if You don't like plays that start off as a self-conscious comedy and abruptly shift into a suicidal drama for no reason and with no pay off.

58
Great acting, Indulgent, Slow

See it if You want to revel in the virtuosity of performers playing across gender and age. And have time to spare.

Don't see it if You want to see succinct storytelling. The flashy structural device of the casting did not pay off in the story of the second act.

Also Cuts in the first act (no need for an intermission here) would have he... Read more Read less

90
During previews
Dizzying, Edgy, Great acting, Must see, Great staging

See it if You want to experience THE most unusual play now in NYC and I am positive the most unusual you have even seen performed flawlessly !

Don't see it if You can’t deal with shows that don’t follow the traditional dramatic arc. You want to just sit back and let the play flow over you, not here

81
During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Great staging

See it if You want to see 3 actors at the top of their game. 3 actors play 6 characters. Sometimes at the same time. Brilliant..

Don't see it if You don't like having women play men or men play women roles.

80
During previews
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Riveting, Confusing

See it if you enjoy seeing new works by up and coming writers and you want to see three terrific actors at the top of their game!

Don't see it if you are easily confused. Each actor plays 2 roles. It does take time until the relationships are made clear.

Also I saw this play in an early preview and I am certain some rewriting wi... Read more Read less


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