Charlie's Waiting
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Charlie's Waiting
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Charlie's Waiting NYC Reviews and Tickets

80%
(22 Reviews)
Positive
86%
Mixed
14%
Negative
0%
Members say
Great acting, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Funny, Clever

About the Show

"Charlie’s Waiting," a world premiere by 2017 Parity Commission winner Mêlisa Annis, follows two women the night before their wedding. 

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Member Reviews (22)

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712 Reviews | 215 Followers
90
Romantic, Quirky, Insightful, Suspenseful, Intense

See it if You like being suspended on a knife edge by a sadistic playwright. The lovers-with-secrets plot seems bizarre, but then oh-so-real.

Don't see it if You don't enjoy relationship exploration plays. You will be disturbed by a plot device which makes the characters seem irrational. Read more

754 Reviews | 124 Followers
70
Indulgent, Disappointing, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great writing

See it if for the beautifully written, directed and acted two women scene that opens the show.

Don't see it if you are not prepared to be disappointed. The whole play seemed to me to be a set up for a second act that never came.

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506 Reviews | 1001 Followers
90
Relevant, Intelligent, Great acting, Clever, Absorbing

See it if Great story for TODAY. Great acting esp by Xanthe Elbrick and Stephanie Heitman, Love the intimate stage at the Lab see ALSO

Don't see it if We wanted" More...." but see ALSO. Read more

442 Reviews | 232 Followers
91
Entertaining, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if Well written & acted with an very unique & interesting plot!

Don't see it if You don’t like British accents.

434 Reviews | 127 Followers
79
Quirky, Entertaining, Slow, Relevant, Intelligent

See it if you enjoy shows which leave things unsaid to achieve dramatic tension. You have no objection to lesbian relationships, or English accents.

Don't see it if you are overly sensitive to homosexual relationships portrayed on stage; you like a clear, uncomplicated plot; you prefer musicals to drama Read more

414 Reviews | 72 Followers
72
Incompletely developed, Intriguing idea, Great acting 2 of 3

See it if On the eve of their wedding, a couple discover how little they know about each other and prefer NOT to know.

Don't see it if Unless you are OK with a big revelation that the characters react to with inaction, denial, inappropriate argument, cruelty, almost nothing

364 Reviews | 101 Followers
75
Modern, Interesting, Slow

See it if This show had a very Sam Shepard vibe, but through a lesbian British lens. The plot had some very interesting ideas, but the writing and

Don't see it if directing didn't quite come together. But perfectly worthwhile if you're interested in supporting work by female creative teams.

289 Reviews | 92 Followers
96
Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Funny, Clever

See it if You like plays that are funny with an underlying twist that keeps you on the edge of your seat. Don’t miss it.

Don't see it if If you like happy go lucky happy endings. Not gonna give any spoilers

Critic Reviews (6)

TheaterScene.net
April 10th, 2019

"Ludovica Villar-Hauser, the play's keen eyed and eared director (and artistic director of Parity Productions the company responsible for this presentation), paces the fine actors for the ultimate tension, making the most of every innuendo. All three actors portray their characters with subtlety, their eyes revealing as much as their voices, carefully avoiding sliding into what might have been melodrama."
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Theatre is Easy
March 31st, 2019

"Playwright Mêlisa Annis provides a thought-provoking, well-crafted script. Director Ludovica Villar-Hauser knocks it out of the park with her vision of a seemingly simple world gone awry...But the icing on this delicious cake is the cast. Xanthe Elbrick, Stephanie Heitman, and Amy Scanlon breathe life into 'Charlie's Waiting,' creating rich, intriguing characters that inspire a desire to know as much as possible."
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Theater Pizzazz
April 11th, 2019

“The play wallows in the murkiness of uncertainty and dark cruelty...At the least we understand that Louise selfishly, desperately, sacrifices Charlie who waits for deliverance. A controlling Kelly encourages Louise’s blindness to satisfy her own warped agenda. Both seek illusion and fantasy, a sick twist, to keep the inconvenient past at bay. Ironically, by abiding in lies, they open themselves and each other to a world of future self-torment, guilt and abuse.”
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Times Square Chronicles
March 31st, 2019

"This well written play feels half finished. Tony nominee Xanthe Elbrick, Stephanie Heitman, and Amy Scanlon are all at the top of their game thanks to the wonderful direction by Ludovica Villar Hauser...I do look forward to seeing this play expand and truly get into the issues, while opening up our discussions."
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BlogCritics.org
April 4th, 2019

"The first half of this 70-minute one-act is a taut, very funny, and brilliantly played dance of wits and emotions...The second half is more drama than comedy, and less focused, though realistically imagined and well played...Wisely, though, Annis leaves the future uncertain. Has Annie’s visit built a rock-solid barrier between the lovers, or will love conquer? The end of the play is somehow both neat and open-ended, predictable yet leaving us with questions."
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Off Off Online
April 6th, 2019

“The first part...flows, punctuated by well-balanced characters; excellent comedic scripting and timing; and curious and clever attention to detail...The second part depends heavily on the actors’ abilities to act through the silence and the weight of the thing that is not being talked about...Cliffhanger endings are challenging, and this one may leave you feeling manipulated into caring about the characters but dissatisfied at not being privy to what happens next.”
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