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Child's Play

Members say: Absorbing, Great acting, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Entertaining
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Critics
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2 reviews
Members
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24 reviews
 

Rising Sun Performance Company and FRIGID New York @ Horse Trade present the NYC premiere of this drama in which a therapist journeys into a young patient's imagination.

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'Child's Play' centers around a traumatized child who has stopped speaking. As her therapist struggles to peel back the layers of mistrust, she realizes she must enter this little girl's internal world to help her confront the dragon that has stolen her voice and threatens to destroy her completely.

 

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Reviews (26)

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Avg Score

80
BlogCritics.org

"A mystery story, cleverly crafted to keep us glued to scene after short scene. The solution to the mystery isn’t much of a surprise. In fact, I was a little disappointed...But in this psychological what-done-it, the psychology is smartly conceived and revealed...Hill and his cast make it engaging and effective...Cantisano’s mute performance is a thing of beauty in itself...'Child’s Play' isn’t perfect, but it’s a strong piece of theater on a number of levels." Full Review

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Theater In The Now

“Cantisano’s performance as Cindy and her transformation from tortured girl to triumphant young person in control of herself is worth watching. Mercedes Vasquez gives a dynamite performance as a very strong woman who is shutting out her family…Director Brock Harris Hill helps us get into the characters’ heads so we can confront the sensitive, unpleasant truth. This happens at a decent pace, never boring, always making me want to embrace the evolving complexity of the story.” Full Review

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77
Avg Score

72
Absorbing, Great acting, Relevant, Predictable, Entertaining

See it if you are into psychology and have interest in following the progress of one child's therapy.

Don't see it if you are looking for a polished performance.

81
Absorbing, Clever, Relevant, Riveting

See it if Well written and acted drama about a child therapist working with an emotionally distressed youngster and her family.Realistic and engaging

Don't see it if If you are uncomfortable seeing dramas containing issues of sexual abuse and family dysfunction.

71
Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if you are interested in seeing a play in the mid stages of development

Don't see it if you are looking for a light frothy comedy

79
Absorbing, Clever, Enchanting, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if you want to see a play about a child, how she copes with abuse and how she and her family are helped helped through therapy.

Don't see it if You want to see a polished production dealing with child therapy.

Also This is a low budget production that deals extremely well with child t... Read more Read less

85
Absorbing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Resonant

See it if you like an intimate theater experience, a good storyline about what might lead a child to stop speaking and want to support local theater.

Don't see it if you only like tourist-y, big productions and/or don't want to be engaged in a story about how a therapist might unlock a child's secrets.

75
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant, Entertaining

See it if You would enjoy observing a series of child therapy sessions to help a child deal with extreme trauma.

Don't see it if You are looking for a highly polished production. This is definitely rough around the edges. No interest in the methods of play therapy.

74
Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if You know someone or someone's child who is dealing with this issue (you probably do). A good portrayal of therapy with a child.

Don't see it if You aren't interested in independent and experimental theatre.

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Dizzying, Disappointing

See it if you feel you want to see community theater in NYC.

Don't see it if you want to see a polished professional play.

Also The play has a nice twist at the end but there is no build. I have see... Read more Read less

77
Absorbing, Ambitious, Thought-provoking

See it if I was pleasantly surprised. I was completely drawn into the story and enjoyed this production.

Don't see it if It's a small downtown theater so bear that in mind. But it is an intriguing story and some of the actors are really wonderful.

100
Great acting, Relevant, Resonant, Riveting, Great writing

See it if great acting and story telling make choosing what to see easier. Great production, craft, performances and costumes.

Don't see it if you are looking for large production or for a less serious or light hearted look at therapy.

89
Absorbing, Intelligent

See it if You enjoy a gentle delving into the reasons why children are traumatized

Don't see it if You don't care about children and their parents

80
Ambitious, Edgy, Great acting

See it if If you enjoy serious theater about pyschology

Don't see it if If you want something light and entertaining

99
Funny, Epic, Great acting, Quirky, Wonderful

See it if Because i've seen the movie

Don't see it if because i dont want to

100
Clever, Exquisite, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Great writing

See it if you love great original work!

Don't see it if you don't like to feel feelings.

100
Absorbing, Edgy, Great acting

See it if Really grabs your attention!

Don't see it if n/a

86
Funny, Absorbing, Delightful, Intense, Relevant

See it if the issue presented in the play is one that we need to keep fresh in our minds- the show was light but true to its core.

Don't see it if if you are afraid of the dark secrets lurking in families all around you

91
Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Quirky, Entertaining

See it if You enjoy thought-provoking commentary.

Don't see it if You don't enjoy fictional "side" characters.

100
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Intelligent, Entertaining

See it if Anyone who likes the theater. The play was intelligent, interesting and well performed!

Don't see it if You don't like sadness.. However, it ends positively.

100
Absorbing, Great acting, Must see, Resonant, Entertaining

See it if You can relate with a difficult past and if you love to laugh and be entertained at the same time.

Don't see it if If you aren't able to deal with revisiting past hurts.

100
Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if You like good acting

Don't see it if NA

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Relevant

See it if Eloquent direction, a poignant play

Don't see it if I have nothing to say.

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Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Riveting, Entertaining

See it if you like a fast moving well acted timely play.

Don't see it if if you're looking for a comedy.

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Banal, Excruciating, Cliched

See it if You want to support Independent Theatre

Don't see it if You like going to see good Theatre

Also The play was poorly written and lack any sound structure, which was ex... Read more Read less

100
Clever, Enchanting, Thought-provoking, Profound, Quirky

See it if You're looking for a warm engaging piece tackling a difficult and heavy topic which has effected many people. Very important

Don't see it if You're expecting a large big budgeted production with spectacle or dense serious drama