Chatting with the Tea Party
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Chatting with the Tea Party

Chatting with the Tea Party NYC Reviews and Tickets

(6 Ratings)
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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.

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273 Reviews | 41 Followers
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.

63 Reviews | 26 Followers
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.

291 Reviews | 716 Followers
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.

182 Reviews | 30 Followers
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.

375 Reviews | 111 Followers
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.

9 Reviews | 2 Followers
Exquisite, Funny, Clever, Intelligent, Great acting

See it if You like political entertainment

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

Critic Reviews (11)

The New York Times
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 effortless as it needs to be. But Rich’s reactions to what he’s hearing are illuminating."
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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 little character development or empathy is within reach. That being said, director Lynnette Barkley is particular about distinction, and as a result none of the additional characters feel extraneous or unremarkable."
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Theatre is Easy
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-minded sentiment, I find it a bit simplistic."
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Stage Buddy
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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February 2nd, 2016

"'Chatting with the Tea Party' might have come up with a format more theatrical or imaginative than Orloff’s straightforward reportage, but it does leave you with plenty to think about, and it refuses to reduce its often provocative political discourse into shrink-wrapped sound bites."
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The Huffington Post
February 2nd, 2016

"What makes 'Chatting with the Tea Party' so engaging is Orloff's reach across the divide. He has made a civilized attempt to discover why certain Americans feel the way they do...America is a big country, and Orloff has assembled a series of voices that illustrate not only our differences, but our shared humanity."
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Reflections in the Light
February 9th, 2016

"One of the best scripts of the season, Broadway or Off. The action, directed by Lynette Barkley, keeps us engaged as the skilled actors walk in and out of personas. Orloff has the gift of slick writing, so the many elements are anchored (often with some sharp humor) and paint quick vivid images of the characters without relying on stereotype."
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January 31st, 2016

"What Rich Orloff, the playwright, does not understand is that all people of all ideological perspectives develop their opinions on the issues based on their own individual principles, values, and priorities, whether or not they have thought them through...While the playwright's smug, leftist, superior attitude may annoy you throughout the play, the actual interviews will provide you with a variety of perspectives held by Tea Party leaders. 'Chatting' is informative and insightful!"
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