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Collective Noun

From 14 member  reviews
Members say: Thought-provoking, Ambitious, Relevant, Confusing, Intelligent

About the show

Part of the 2019 Corkscrew Festival, "Collective Noun" is a love letter to an unsung history of collective action and a battle cry for radically re-envisioning what it means to fight for change. More…

From the show:

Shirin is working on a book about post-Occupy Wall Street grassroots movements and trying not to succumb to anxiety attacks. CJ is a public defender navigating NYC’s fucked up judicial system, while trying to make time for a meaningful personal life. Elizabeth needs to finish college and figure out what to do next. Oh, also, there's a mysterious bug infestation in the kitchen. Hashtag millennials, amirite? Putting an urgent spin on stories about "girls" in any medium, Collective Noun is a love letter to an unsung history of collective action and a battle cry for radically re-envisioning what it means to fight for change.

Member Reviews (14)


Thought-provoking, Ambitious, Relevant, Confusing, Intelligent
Avg Score

Profound, Relevant, Intelligent, Great acting, Great writing

See it if You’ve got an anarchist in you just dying to get out, or if you’re struggling for words to help you make sense of these emotional times.

Don't see it if You support that aged orange hunk of profanity in the White House right now or if you’re offended by the idea that you might be the problem.

Also I loved, Loved, LOVED this show. Some really odd directorial choices..... Read more Read less

Indulgent, Disappointing, Confusing, Cliched, Banal

See it if A show about politics and social injustice. A wordy play that goes nowhere.

Don't see it if A wordy lecture about politics. A direction that is all over the place. A play that preaches rather than a play.

Engaged, Smart, Political, Messy, Rich

See it if you want to see a young adult generation engaging today’s crucial issues, & be entertained while doing it.

Don't see it if you are looking for a traditional play or feel that theater & politics shouldn’t mix.

Also This theater experience is a bit of a mess & I loved every minute of i... Read more Read less

Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Relevant, Slow, Ambitious

See it if you are willing to bear the first 20 minutes that are a bit confusing and loaded with too much sound track, but then it turns to importance.

Don't see it if you cannot sit for a long period without an intermission, do not like the action around you or are impatient for the story to come forward.

Wordy, Dizzying, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Quirky

See it if you like plays written from a young female perspective and can handle "issue overload".

Don't see it if exploration of current issues doesn't interest you or you have trouble following speedily recited monologues.

Also I could have done with less of the laugh track/sound effects.

Intense, Indulgent, Intelligent, Disappointing

See it if It's something of a celebration of people fighting to change the system. But it's very much preaching to the choir.

Don't see it if It feels like a college lecture much of the time, and not in a good way. I thought I should be taking notes. The characters are clichés.

Excruciating, Disappointing, Confusing, Cliched

See it if As much as I wanted to enjoy this corkscrew theater Festival production with its young actors and playwrights unfortunately I did not.

Don't see it if Although the actors weren't bad this play was tedious boring and was way too long I noticed a few people leaving for the exits early..

Also I felt the play could have been cut by at least a half an hour and the... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Edgy, Thought-provoking

See it if You like thought provoking plays. It seems they have some good talking points about politics, min wage, but purely arguments, no solutions.

Don't see it if You are easily aggravated by people beating around the bushes. Strong performance but weak arguments.No actionable solutions, felt pointless

Also The seating arrangement is too intimate, it may be uncomfortable at ti... Read more Read less

Words words words, Confusing, Dizzying

See it if You want a list of the ills of the world in sound bites. A crash course in injustice with unnecessary sound effects

Don't see it if You are looking for something light and fluffy to escape the horrors of today

Queer, Promising, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Intelligent

See it if you're interested in stories about queer women, women of color, leftist politics, 20-somethings in NY, and/or American political change.

Don't see it if you don't like loud sound effects or are looking for a slightly more developed point. It felt like this one has good ideas but isn't ready.

Quirky, Topical, Confusing

See it if you enjoy radical feminist, socialist, or emerging playwright pieces, you've seen Girls and you like it or you don't like

Don't see it if if you absolutely loathe Millenials, liberal thinkers, or quirky staging

Also Collective Noun is an early piece in the playwright's career. The scri... Read more Read less

Slow, Bold, Intriguing, Imperfect, Ambitious

See it if you like a play with lots of ideas by a playwright with tons (too much?) to say.

Don't see it if you value a clear narrative over diatribe.

Also I often found myself leaning into moments of this play, moved by the i... Read more Read less

Great writing, Great acting, Edgy, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if you want awareness on the issues plaguing society today.The Corkscrew Festival presents up-&-coming writers & @HalehRoshan is noteworthy.

Don't see it if you can't handle fast-paced real conversations and sitting in the middle of the action.

Intense, Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Great acting

See it if you care about workers' rights and NYC's criminal justice system. This is a heavy political drama with an immersive audience.

Don't see it if you want to see a light-hearted play.

Also Terrific acting! These three actors deliver a heart-wrenching performa... Read more Read less

“Collective Noun” hasn't been reviewed by any Critics (yet!)

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