Dinner With Georgette
Dinner With Georgette
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Dinner With Georgette NYC Reviews and Tickets

50%
(26 Ratings)
Positive
23%
Mixed
46%
Negative
31%
Members say
Confusing, Ambitious, Quirky, Dizzying, Excruciating

About the Show

Next door at NYTW presents this new work that begins as a farce, and evolves into a fantasia, on the subject of the closet.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (26)

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688 Reviews | 116 Followers
77
Ambitious, Confusing, Great staging, Dizzying, Intelligent

See it if Burkhardt's epic historical time-tripping gay fantasia is an edgy mash-up of Foucault, Whitman, Kushner & Hammett Golden's cherub is great!

Don't see it if Dense, philosophical, post-ironic dialogue often confusing & rigorously demanding but worth it Last 1/2 hr of script spins out of control

1393 Reviews | 372 Followers
75
Great acting, Great staging, Ambitious

See it if had very good acting and excellent staging. They used the stage well. If they rework the last 20 minutes, this could be a good one.

Don't see it if The last 20 minutes hurt this show, it became not so much confusing as it got away from the main plot.

73 Reviews | 21 Followers
75
Ambitious, Confusing, Epic, Great writing, Great staging

See it if like complex, layered, queer narratives. Inventive staging and challenging ensemble work. Great use of music and physical acting.

Don't see it if you need linear stories with easily consumable takeaways. The play definitely veers into fantasia halfway through act I.

Also Despite the copious references to Michel Foucault as a sort of intellectual forebear, the play is more of a love child between Tony Kushner and Judith Butler. Jaker, Balti, & company wrestle with an intense relationship with political narratives and how those narratives confine and mutate their personal ones. The similarities between the Cherub and Kushner's Angel are hard to miss as both beings pass on their divine knowledge and mandate through sacred sexual congress. The writing style, in perfect Butlerian style resists easy interpretations, which might put off some audiences, but I found that if you try and soak in the play rather than to sieve through it, you get a much more full and impressionistic understanding of the work. Great use of complex chorus work, both in having the role of the eponymous Georgette be played by four different actors for the majority of the show, but also making use of the Chorus voice to inflect a third person omniscient narrator.

524 Reviews | 134 Followers
73
Kaleidoscopic tale of gay lovers

See it if Ditzy gay relationship complicated.by arrival of uptight grandma. Lesbian friends try to help. All four actors play the old lady for a while

Don't see it if you can't follow a non-linear narrative with quite a bit of fantasy. Confusing but hypnotic. Chubby chasers will also find a lot to like.

754 Reviews | 128 Followers
65
Quirky, Edgy, Resonant, Interesting use of space, Original

See it if experimental theater is your idea of an interesting evening. Starting from a gay college romance, it evolves to something utterly unexpected

Don't see it if you like conventional plot and predictable characters.

1214 Reviews | 486 Followers
62
Great acting, Confusing, Disappointing, Quirky, Ambitious

See it if You like quirky, out of the box style shows. Lots of dream like sequences (too many for my taste) and metaphorical bits.

Don't see it if You want to see an easily understandable show or one that ends up making sense at all.

146 Reviews | 24 Followers
52
Weird, Ambitious, Confusing, Quirky

See it if you're looking for some out-there, queer theater.

Don't see it if you're looking for something conventional or are uncomfortable with queerness.

Also I liked a lot of the first half of the play, but it felt like the magical realism took over the plot and the narrative tried to cover too many things by the end to really have a cogent conclusion. There's definitely potential in the piece, but it needs to figure out it's scope a little more before it can shine.

205 Reviews | 108 Followers
50
Confusing, Disappointing, Excruciating, Indulgent, Wanted-to-leave-but-didn't

See it if you want to suffer through a play that has too many confusing twists and turns, even if the gay elements in the first half are interesting.

Don't see it if you prefer a linear play with characters that speak with more than lyrical gibberish and a plot that makes more sense than this one does.Ugh

Critic Reviews (2)

TheaterScene.net
March 30th, 2018

"Burkhardt piles on academic inanities for one hour and 40 minutes in this leaden saga. The abrasive dialogue has the characters refer to themselves in the third person and comment on the actions...The play's LGBTQ sensibility is more of a concern than coherence. It all plays out as a self-conscious hollow spectacle, wasting the time of the audience and of the company of eager youthful actors...Heyman's staging gracefully keeps thing moving so that the production is at least watchable."
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Stage Buddy
March 29th, 2018

"One of the most exciting directors working today, Heyman creates theatre magic out of nothing...A difficult play to stage and enact...I felt myself playing catch up to the story that kept introducing more characters, variables, time periods and historical facts...But you'll remain entertained by an excellent cast and visual surprises and delights. Heyman has a penchant for difficult texts and you can trust her to take you on another wonderful journey."
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