Crude NYC Reviews and Tickets

70%
(55 Reviews)
Positive
56%
Mixed
37%
Negative
7%
Members say
Funny, Great acting, Entertaining, Disappointing, Relevant

About the Show

Black Lab Theatre presents 'Crude,' a dark comedy about the fallout from an ecological disaster and the price you pay for selling your soul in the new millennium.

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Member Reviews (55)

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81
Intelligent, Original, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Funny

See it if You like topical dramas told with humor.

Don't see it if You can't look at an issue from both sides.

71
Cliched, Entertaining

See it if You'll enjoy the scenes with the woman since they're lively and fun.

Don't see it if You probably won't like the scenes with the 3 guys as they are cringe-worthy (frat boy antics and poor acting). Storyline far-fetched.

82
Clever, Great acting, Great staging, Funny, Refreshing

See it if Like to see a married couple argue about different points of view on a topic. Are a fan of Nico Totorella and like wonderful young actors.

Don't see it if You are under age 16 or are offended by heavy drug use and sexual innuendo.

85
Resonant, Relevant, Original, Funny, Great acting

See it if a brisk, unsparing tale of choosing between your best & worst self appeals. "Younger" fans will enjoy this departure for Nico Tortorella.

Don't see it if Crisp, unmerciful writing and acting that fully realizes it aren't your thing.

55
Cliched, Disappointing, Slow, Thought-provoking

See it if you like new works. It has a familiar hit them on the head feel. A lot of the dialogue could be reworked, however, some of it is funny.

Don't see it if you don't like long winded shows. It was too much big oil bad, green energy good. Characters have no depth and fall flat.

88
Clever, Great acting, Entertaining, Resonant, Relevant

See it if You want to see absolutely top-notch acting in a well-written piece which ably breaks down a relationship, friendship and moral challenge.

Don't see it if Youd like a creative challenge-this is a straightforward piece. Also, you may dissaprove of characters choices & thus, not sympathize w/them

63
Entertaining, Funny, Cliched, Sitcom-y

See it if you're up for a chuckle.

Don't see it if you're expecting deep social commentary on serious environmental issues.

80
Absorbing, Funny, Edgy, Original, Quirky

See it if you like a good storyline; you want to see a contemporary story

Don't see it if you are offended by language or drug use

Critic Reviews (6)

The New York Times
May 4th, 2016

"Watching Mr. Tortorella is the pleasure of this production…The play itself is too much like an extended sitcom, and the issue-based arguments that Mr. Jaffe orchestrates can seem wildly inorganic…What keeps things interesting is Mr. Tortorella, who surfs the switchbacks of Jaime’s moods with unusual grace…Do we care, though? Mr. Tortorella’s impressive effort notwithstanding, I don’t know why we would."
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Lighting & Sound America
May 6th, 2016

"If 'Crude' is any indication, Jaffe isn't doing much for the environmental cause; so blatant are his tactics that his play ends up a sermon aimed straight at the already converted. Rarely have the dramatic possibilities of a catastrophic situation been mined to so little effect...The director, Kel Haney, struggles to get much of anything out of this and her cast seems equally lumbered...The title also applies to its dramaturgy."
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Stage Buddy
May 17th, 2016

"The play, by Jaffe, pits societal issues such as environmental responsibility against the ugly realities of the corporate world and its money-driven agenda...Under Haney’s tactical direction, 'Crude' challenges audiences to consider what is worth fighting for. This dark comedy boldly makes a statement about the struggle of staying true to one’s identity and values – and how failing to do so can be the reason one's life goes up in flames."
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Theatre's Leiter Side
May 6th, 2016

"This isn’t to say that the well-acted play doesn’t offer some worthwhile thoughts; it’s just that its socially important concerns are buried in a playwriting spill of marital squabbling and irresponsible behavior that are more concerned with the personalities involved than the larger issues. ‘Crude’ covers its potentially potent ideas with sitcom attitudes the way the dispersant Corexit dissipates oil into smaller particles; it may look better on the surface but the underlying problem remains."
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The Huffington Post
May 4th, 2016

"'Crude' is Jaffe’s grenade thrown at questionable oil practices...It’s doozy banter...'Crude' is also a character study the handsome Tortorella calls on his major acting chops to portray. One of Jaffe’s achievements is that in only 85 intermissionless minutes he presents one promising young man’s total disintegration, and Tortorella is up to the demands...Directed with understanding and skill by Kel Haney."
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On Stage Blog
May 6th, 2016

“With a good amount of things that somebody might consider lowbrow and in bad taste, ‘Crude’ is full of self-irony and little delicious nuances...This is not a theatrical production to which you would take your grandmother. The good part is that all the salty humor is backed up with fresh and somewhat unconventional performances, inventive director’s work and a disturbing drama of the modern generation.”
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