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Dear Jane

From 67 member  reviews
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.  More…

Delving into her fractured relationship with her identical twin Jane, her love affairs, questionable parenting skills, and her time as a political activist, 'Dear Jane' finds Julie striving to understand how art is the ultimate expression of meaning—even when it's beyond her boundaries.


Member Reviews (67)

MEMBERS SAY:

Confusing, Disappointing, Indulgent, Ambitious, Dizzying
50
Avg Score

40
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.

66
Great staging, Confusing, Great acting, Ambitious, Intense

See it if You don't mind plays that are a bit over the top...and willing to go with the writer.

Don't see it if If want to see plays that make sense.

57
Banal, Confusing, Disappointing, Insipid, Quirky

See it if Small glimpse into backstage storylines intrigues you

Don't see it if You want Coherence

69
Ambitious, Indulgent, Great acting, Predictable, Disappointing

See it if You’re up for the play-within-a-play device, a mulch held together by lead Jenny Piersol & company, solid direction, light, sound & design.

Don't see it if You're expecting an autobiographical vehicle that has a point or something solid to impart.

50
Meaningful to the author but not the audience. heroic effort by the talented and energetic cast to make me care failed utterly. a hot frenetic mess. sorry., Banal, Confusing, Indulgent, Overrated

See it if You know the author personally and find her life story endlessly fascinating.

Don't see it if You avoid people who bore you to death endlessly talking about their troubles..

44
Confusing, Disappointing, Slow, Good acting

See it if Although the playwright wrote about the play that “it is about me and my identical twin” it is only about the main character life,told in

Don't see it if if you are not open to experimental theatre

Also fragments of time, while her twin is watching over her, throughout the... Read more Read less

25
Excruciating, Not interesting, Not funny

See it if you're drawn to a protagonist who is awful in just about every way, aware of it, and does nothing to improve herself.

Don't see it if you don't know someone directly involved with the production, and therefore, have no one who will be sad if you're not there.

Also The play accomplishes nothing beyond allowing the playwright (as prota... Read more Read less

50
Confusing, Disappointing

See it if You like the challenge of trying to follow a story where the time line bounces back and forth.

Don't see it if You want to see something that is funny or makes sense.

24
Dizzying, Excruciating, Confusing, Banal

See it if Don't seeit

Don't see it if You want to be entertained

48
Confusing, Disappointing, Excruciating, Indulgent

See it if If you know the author and if you want to be bored and confused.

Don't see it if you don't know anyone involved in the play and you want a story that is consistant

Also This is probably one of the lowest scores I have ever given to a play.

77
Disappointing, Confusing, Indulgent

See it if you just enjoy seeing shows. The cast was talented.

Don't see it if you like going back and forth on the timeline. Choppy short scenes.

25
Confusing, Banal, Disappointing, Insipid

See it if If you want to waste your time

Don't see it if If you don't want to waste your time

70
Confusing, Disappointing, Dizzying

See it if you want non-stop action, but not a lot of order

Don't see it if you like a plot, and if you want to keep track of what is happening at any moment

18
Disappointing, Confusing

See it if you want to be bored and confused

Don't see it if you want to see a good play

50
Confusing, Disappointing, Indulgent

See it if You like pieces that jump around a lot of flashbacks and indulge one actor. You need a good memory to follow the story.

Don't see it if You like a linear story with a clear plot, conflict and resolution.

50
Disappointing, Slow, Great writing, Confusing

See it if You are not a actor and you like to see a little more about how a rehearsal is. Or you are a play-writer you have an idea all the process.

Don't see it if I don't really know what to say but I guess if you look for action and entertained, this play is not a option.

77
Dizzying, Confusing, Great acting, Great singing, Great staging

See it if You like fast moving action.

Don't see it if You want a clear story....

19
Confusing, Dizzying, Slow, Indulgent

See it if you want to take a nap, sorry usually a show would be nice to watch if you can understand it, but it was all over the place.

Don't see it if if you want to spend money on a better play show,

30
Disappointing, Ambitious, Banal

See it if You know a cast member and feel it necessary to show them loving support in light of a bad play they are wasting their talents on.

Don't see it if You enjoy interesting, thought-provoking, and dramatic plays that offer a strong narrative.

61
Slow, Great writing, Dizzying, Confusing, Great acting

See it if you like indie plays

Don't see it if you can't follow things easily

85
Romantic, Must see, Enchanting

See it if you are into elizabethan era with a modern twist!

Don't see it if you don't have a heart.

79
Entertaining, Great acting, Charming

See it if You would like to see a group of charming young actors work together seamlessly as they tell the story of a woman's life.

Don't see it if You want everything to be in chronological order.

During previews
47
Excruciating, Indulgent, Fluffy, Insipid, Slow

See it if You want to see an uninteresting show done sort of well. Honestly it's hard to tell if they were even good actors the material was so bad.

Don't see it if You value your time. It's all about someone's life that just isn't very interesting. At least it's not written well enough to seem it.

During previews
55
Disappointing, Ambitious, Excruciating

See it if The cast did their best. At least it was short. Very disjointed and tough to sit through though.

Don't see it if Time to rework this one. I recommend seeing soemthing else. Sorry!


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 Ja...
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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...Des...
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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....
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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 ...
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