Already closed | 1h 45m | West Village

City of Glass

From 3 member  reviews
Members say: Confusing, Funny, Slow, Ambitious, Delightful

About the show

Untitled Theater Company #61 presents a stage adaptation of Paul Auster's book, a film-noir inspired meditation on the nature of language and identity, wrapped in a mystery. More…

Daniel Quinn receives a phone call. On the other end of the line is a man asking for Paul Auster, private detective. Quinn claims to be Auster and falls down a rabbit hole, meeting a man who grew up without language, the femme fatale who serves as his protector, and a father who may want him dead.

1h 45m | Already closed | New Ohio Theatre (West Village)

Member Reviews (3)


Confusing, Funny, Slow, Ambitious, Delightful
Avg Score

Ambitious, Confusing, Excruciating, Thought-provoking

See it if you like Paul Auster, have read the novel & liked it,, enjoy post-modernism. Interesting staging, good acting

Don't see it if you don't want to sit thru 2 hrs of tedium w/o a break, don't like cerebral, post-modernism, don't like Auster

Clever, Delightful, Funny

See it if You love quirky and funny shows

Don't see it if you are the serious type and like exactly what you like and dont like the idea of new things

During previews
Confusing, Intense, Slow, Original, Great acting

See it if You enjoy the works of Paul Auster, or if you like to get inside the main character's head, where he is several characters simultaneously.

Don't see it if You are unfamiliar with Paul Auster's writings, as it makes the production confusing and hard to follow.

February 26th, 2016
“Conceptually the gambit works well, but it falters in performance, which has as much or more to do with the source material as with Mr. Einhorn’s approach. ‘City of Glass’ is a meta-literary novel, and its pleasures are largely found in the twisty language and tricksy twining of themes — element...
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February 27th, 2016
"'City of Glass' falls flat as Edward Einhorn, the director/adapter, manages to take one of the least literal texts in modern literature and stage the whole affair verbatim. The obscurity and 'meta'-ness that make the novel so powerful are thrown away in favor of a play that sticks with a clear a...
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February 24th, 2016
"For the first ten minutes, it's hard to figure out what's going on. In the second ten minutes we gradually get it. We may even admire what Einhorn is trying to do. But after a while, the various devices he employs grow stale. 'City of Glass' will be just fine for people who like to see intellect...
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February 29th, 2016
"While one may be tempted to define 'City of Glass' as theatrical and literary onanism, this isn’t always such a bad thing, if it is artfully done...Fortunately, the script handles the kaleidoscope deftly, often humorously, and avoids the pretentiousness that often attends such heady pursuits...T...
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