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Charlie's Waiting

From 22 member  reviews
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.  More…

A pregnant Louise is busy with all the planning while her fiancée Kelly busies herself feeding the goats. Everything is going to plan, that is until Louise is forced to confront questions of trust and intimacy, and she discovers how quickly plans can get derailed.

1h 15m | Already closed | Theaterlab (Midtown W)

Member Reviews (22)


Great acting, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Funny, Clever
Avg Score

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.

Also (Spoiler alert) I related strongly to the issues in this relationship.... Read more Read less

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.

Also Our first reaction was the ending could not be the ending. After some ... Read more Read less

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.

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

Also A very interesting play. The ending was a bit vague to much of the aud... Read more Read less

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

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.

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

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.


See it if To support a female playwright with very good writing chops. Excellent performances, interesting set-up. Really liked the first half.

Don't see it if You're expecting a dark comedy as billed - dark but def not a comedy. Tense and threatening in the beginning but then the tone dissolved

Also And the ending was lacking.

Good writing, Good acting, Thought-provoking, Funny, Intelligent

See it if you like stories of unconventional families told with wry humor and wit

Don't see it if you don't like accents or stories of lesbian couples

Funny, Quirky, Riveting, Thought-provoking, Slow

See it if you like underlying dramatic tension that builds through people trying to pretend everything is normal while speaking good dialogue.

Don't see it if you mind a thin plot, a play that is slow and short, characters you want to like acting in ways you don't like, Kelly being unfilled out.

Also So I recommend this play above my rating as I think its an interesting... Read more Read less

Refreshing, Thought-provoking, Romantic, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if You want to see a fantastic play. The night before the wedding, an unexpected guest reveals secret of the past. Stellar acting, great cast

Don't see it if Same sex marriage might bother you, British accent, small theater, all female cast, etc not interest you

Also Wish the ending worked a little bit more. Never the less great show.

Clever, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if you enjoy a lesbian love story with a twist

Don't see it if you are not willing to suspend your disbelief

Unrealistic/underdeveloped, Great acting, Disappointing, Absorbing

See it if you are in the area and want to see an engaging performance

Don't see it if you are looking for something that really has a message; you want to understand and sympathize with character choices

Also Would have been better if relationship between the two women had been ... Read more Read less

Thought-provoking, Great writing, Great acting, Funny, Absorbing

See it if You enjoy intimate theater, want to support female driven creative team. Plot & characters interesting, feeling of tension/mystery thruout

Don't see it if You want a clear, fully resolved ending. I actually felt the ending was very good & promotes a lot of discussion afterwards.

Also Highly recommend seeing this play. Writing is very good and acting str... Read more Read less

Disappointing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Ambitious, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy contemporary relationship dramas that seem mildly unfinished and somewhat open-ended (in a good way)

Don't see it if you expect a "dark comedy," which this show is not at all. Also skip it if you expect a fully developed script.

Also The premise is intriguing and 2/3 of the characters are well developed... Read more Read less

Delightful, Unexpected, Smart

See it if a tantalizing little story — with some topsy-fury aspects that unfold slowly but cleverly — is appealing to you.

Don't see it if you are put off by same-sex relationships, or want a big, splashy production.

Also This is exactly the kind of show that demonstrates why off-off-Broadwa... Read more Read less

Intense, Great acting, Clever, Absorbing

See it if Like small productions with great female actresses.

Don't see it if Don’t want a big flashy play with lots of action.

Absorbing, Quirky, Entertaining, Great acting, Edgy

See it if You like a twisty plot with great acting.

Don't see it if You do not like same sex relationships with a small cast.

Slow, Quirky, Great acting, Funny, Clever

See it if You enjoy quirky productions infused with subtle humor and dark undertones.

Don't see it if You must have a completed vs. an open ended plot and prefer upbeat themes.

Also I enjoyed the production, well scripted and played.

Confusing, Disappointing, Thought-provoking, Great acting

See it if you want to see good acting, well written play except the ending about an lgbt relationship and their secrets revealing on their wedding day

Don't see it if you put off by lgbt relationships, dislike open ended dramas. The ending for me was disappointing, it felt like it was lacking.

Great writing, Great acting, Funny, Clever, Absorbing

See it if If you like a really good drama with a twisty plot and really good intelligent humor. The playwright is really good and one to watch.

Don't see it if I would have to reveal the plot twist and don't want to spoil it but if you have an issue with humans doing something not so nice at the end

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,...
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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 breath...
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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 s...
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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 ...
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