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Chatting with the Tea Party

From 6 member  reviews
Members say: Clever, Funny, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Absorbing

About the show

This new play is created from the highlights of over 63 hours of interviews plus notes from events the playwright attended to create a play that strives to show the people behind the politics. More…

'Chatting with the Tea Party' is a documentary-style play by Rich Orloff about a New York liberal playwright who decides to travel around the country interviewing leaders of local Tea Party groups, to get to know people whose political beliefs are diametrically opposed to his. For a year the playwright attended Tea Party meetings and events in cities large and small in every region of the country.

Member Reviews (6)


Clever, Funny, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Absorbing
Avg Score

Thought-provoking, Refreshing, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if You're interested in a balanced, probing take on liberal vs conservative politics, all completely true and taken from real interviews.

Don't see it if You don't want to see Tea Partiers as real people, with real, albeit alarming, insights and concerns.

Acting is very good, Not action-packed, Very talky, Didn't leave me with a clear idea of why tea party members think the way they do

See it if you enjoy plays about politics.

Don't see it if you hate plays about politics.

Absorbing, Clever, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to examine some of your thinking. You'll be surprised that some of your cherished ideals are suspect. Nothing is black and white.

Don't see it if are closed minded and fossilized in your thoughts.

Quirky, Confusing

See it if You want to hear directly from Tea Party members.

Don't see it if you like your plays to have some type of conclusion or culminating thought.

Clever, Funny, Well-written

See it if you are tired of proliferating stereotypes and crave a fresh look at people whose opinions differ from your own. It's funny!

Don't see it if you are a cookie-cutter NYC liberal who never changes their mind about anything.

Exquisite, Funny, Clever, Intelligent, Great acting

See it if You like political entertainment

Don't see it if You don't appreciate political entertainment

February 4th, 2016
"Rich Orloff calls his 'Chatting With the Tea Party' a 'documentary-style play,' but it’s also a personal-journey play, which is what saves it from being either too dry or too smarmy...Much of it you’ve heard before or can imagine, and the acting, under Lynnette Barkley’s direction, isn’t as effo...
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February 7th, 2016
"Wolf is an agreeable narrator with an infectious curiosity...While Rich is the central and only recurring character in the play, three other actors all play at least a handful of different roles each…The challenge here is that none of these roles ever progress past surface level, and thus very l...
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February 9th, 2016
"A thoughtful and earnest exploration of the opinions of Tea Party members...A sincere attempt by the playwright to understand, not condemn, people whose opinions differ from his own...The sweeping conclusion is that Tea Party members are just people too. While I appreciate this ostensibly open-m...
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February 2nd, 2016
"Orloff hits on the multifaceted nature of people, who can be outrageously crazy and narrow-minded but also surprisingly kind, well-spoken and passionate about their ideals...Hopefully, 'Chatting with the Tea Party' is one way to start a dialogue, maybe even with someone you think is your enemy."
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