Dear Jane
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Dear Jane
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Dear Jane NYC Reviews and Tickets

50%
(67 Reviews)
Positive
13%
Mixed
51%
Negative
36%
Members say
Confusing, Disappointing, Indulgent, Ambitious, Dizzying

About the Show

Set in a New York City rehearsal room, this new play focuses on a passionate artist named Julie as she explores her dramatic past. 

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Member Reviews (67)

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Cliched, Fluffy, Slow

See it if you like this piece that deals with this period, periods.

Don't see it if bad directing, staging, slow moving and bad plot.

51
Incoherent.

See it if Don't.

Don't see it if No reason to see.

Critic Reviews (11)

Lighting & Sound America
July 27th, 2017

"'Dear Jane' is a concept in search of a play, a bewildering collection of dramatic bits that pretend to lay bare the soul of playwright Joan Beber while revealing nothing at all...Theatregoers who spend money to watch a play about a woman writing a play about herself may not be amused...'Dear Jane' is more painless that you might expect, because the director, Katrin Hilbe, makes sure that her cast -- every one of them personable and a pro -- maintains a lively pace."
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Theatre is Easy
July 26th, 2017

"Despite trying to cover too much ground at once, this is a well-acted, emotionally charged drama...There are plenty of touching moments of dramatic tension, but perhaps too many to encompass in just one play, to the point where some important moments are sped through to get to the next one...Despite a disorienting beginning and lack of character development, 'Dear Jane' becomes an enthralling play once it gains momentum. Under the direction of Hilbe, it features strong acting."
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Front Row Center
July 27th, 2017

"There are a lot of talented people doing excellent work on 'Dear Jane'...If only they had a play that was less frustrating than an all-white jigsaw puzzle to work with...I could recommend it...As it is, however, I can’t do that. Nor can I tell you what 'Dear Jane' is about. Which is the problem...Thank goodness the cast was so invested, talented, and magnetic that even though I was floundering, I still felt compelled to watch."
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Stage Buddy
July 27th, 2017

"'Dear Jane,' a very nice and hardworking play, is tangled in the weeds of the details of its story...The events themselves, jumping from one era to another, and never lasting for more than a minute, don’t coalesce into something substantive. We are left longing, at times overwhelmed, with a lot of details and not much understanding...This play has some serious self-reflection, and where many solo performances that deal with similar content fall short, 'Dear Jane' stands out."
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Front Mezz Junkies
July 26th, 2017

“The first few scenes held promise…There doesn’t seem to hold any reason to these quick succession of scenes, but we are given no time to dawdle on such details…The cast is game to all these quick and rapid-fire scenes...The director does manage to keep it moving and as focused as the text would allow, but doesn’t manage to save it from mangling itself.”
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Broadway Blog
July 26th, 2017

“Whatever plot there is has to be pieced together from the shards of Julie's life flying by in countless bits and pieces…Unfortunately, very little is particularly dramatic, the characters are too vaguely conceived for audience empathy…and scenes frequently end almost before they've started. This 'now you see it, now you don't' approach creates so few opportunities for emotional development that the production's lack of tension makes its 90 minutes seem twice as long.”
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Times Square Chronicles
July 30th, 2017

"'Dear Jane' is beyond confusing...Julie is constantly rewriting, as if to get a better ending. This wouldn’t be so bad if the dialogue weren't so cliché and trite...Who does succeed here are the actors...Katrin Hilbe does a good job in making her actors look good despite this material...'Dear Jane' seems written by somebody with dementia and we are expected to make heads or tails out of fragmented thoughts. In the end, I just needed an aspirin."
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R
July 26th, 2017

"'Dear Jane' is the non-linear, semi-autobiographical story of performance artist Joan Beber. Although the images, art and music of Ms. Beber are fascinating, the story is not captivating. It is too vignette driven to engage the audience fully."
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Plays to See
July 30th, 2017

"Conflict is exactly what is missing from this adequately staged but ultimately flat, confused, and unmoving production...The characters never emerge as anything close to complex individuals, but rather are mere outlines of people...The play is occasionally enlivened by short dance numbers and smatterings of song, but neither that nor the competent acting can overcome the flat characters, stale dialogue, and haphazard structure."
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Off Off Online
August 2nd, 2017

“Beber’s structure presents a challenge to the audience…Events do not fully develop, and they do not succinctly build upon one another…Any universal message that Beber is trying to convey is undermined by the awkward structure…Hilbe has cast a talented ensemble of actors who must nevertheless play multiple age ranges during different decades, and their efforts are not believable…The talented cast is left without life vests as they try to keep this punctured piece afloat.”
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LA Splash
July 27th, 2017

"Relationships are complicated. Having two twin friends, one who passed away and one named Jane, really put me in the thick of their lives...I must take this time to say how impressed I was with the entire cast. This is not an easy production for these actors. At some point, they all play multiple parts and do it beautifully. This small group of professionals slip in and out of character flawlessly to allow the time lines to merge."
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