Already closed | 1h 10m | West Village

Duck

From 27 member  reviews
Members say: Great acting, Ambitious, Confusing, Absorbing, Clever

About the show

"Duck" follows the internal struggle of a CIA statistician who learns that 1% can be the difference between life and death. More…

From the show:

He tries to understand what “loyalty” means — to whom, and at what cost. Under periods of great stress, he loses the ability to speak and instead quacks at people like a duck.

1h 10m | Already closed | IRT Theater (West Village)

Member Reviews (27)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great acting, Ambitious, Confusing, Absorbing, Clever
72
Avg Score

71
Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Absorbing

See it if If you like a hallucination vision play ( strinberg) this is a good play. Dreams morf into other scenes. Done well. Good acting.

Don't see it if If you like linear plays that are move grounded.

77
Thought-provoking, Quirky, Relevant, Clever

See it if you want to see a unique, timely memory play that explores the human impact of reducing people to mere statistics.

Don't see it if you are not interested in political theater; you prefer linear, straightforward, spoon-fed storytelling.

Also While this piece was compelling & thought-provoking, the uneven produc... Read more Read less

74
Occasionally clumsy, Dreamlike, Chewy, Ethical, Ambitious

See it if you might want to see interlocking non-realistic parables about personal responsibility in our era.

Don't see it if you can’t handle obscurity in the theater: Here there are lots of gaps.

Also I like that the team that’s bringing us “Ducks” has mounted an ambitio... Read more Read less

79
Confusing, Quirky, Great acting, Entertaining, Clever

See it if you appreciate good acting, sound and staging on an interesting topic, presented with strong writing and delivered clearly.

Don't see it if you have difficulty with non-linear plays - I found this a bit choppy and that was intensified by some actors playing multiple roles.

61
Well intended, Resonant, Indulgent, Disappointing, Confusing

See it if you enjoy overlays and digressions in exploring the philosophical value of events that only might be what's happening.

Don't see it if you require a clear plot with logical character development.

74
Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great acting

See it if CIA cipher w/ codename "Duck" is compatible in code & in the field, like a duck on land & in water, has misgivings."I'm the will of country"

Don't see it if Time shifts and multiple characters and an amorphous lead character and limited lighting cues make it rather incoherent: "Chronic analysis"

Also "Who are we supposed to serve, ourselves or the higher-ups/I was part ... Read more Read less

70
Great staging, Confusing, Clever, Absorbing

See it if Story about going thru past to present.

Don't see it if you want a clear story and want to know the character.

Also At first it was little confusing, and I saw that it went back and fron... Read more Read less

75
Slow, Confusing, Great acting, Ambitious, Tedious

See it if you enjoy dark psychological drama about conflict between conscience and need for life structure/professional and job skill acknowledgement.

Don't see it if you prefer comedy, musicals, multiple acts with interval, light theme, larger house and sets, or are disturbed by questioning USA actions.

91
Should see, Resonant, Great writing, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if you want to see a show exploring accepting responsibility for endorsed but repulsive actions

Don't see it if you believe "pleasing" is always better than conflict, no matter the costs

Also If you enjoy theater, this is a play you should see. Not profound enou... Read more Read less

78
Intense, Resonant, Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You like a good espionage plot thru the eyes of a guilt driven brother. Very strong acting by the entire cast. Kudos to the lead actor.

Don't see it if You don’t like dramas about intelligence agencies.

59
Cliched, Clever

See it if you like plays that explore philosophical issues trough a rapidly changing at times absurd and at times dreamy vignettes. A good finish.

Don't see it if if you like clear linear storytelling or mind a play that seems repetitive and has some character development issues.

Also The idea was interesting but I didn't connect with any of the characte... Read more Read less

74
Quirky, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if You like to see some good acting, although it may be confusing at times when actresses were switching characters.

Don't see it if You prefer more entertaining pieces.

70
Great staging, Great acting, Clever, Confusing

See it if you like a dream-like story where Duck's memories jump from 1 thing to the next. Great idea of questioning consequences of one's actions!

Don't see it if you need linear story-telling and are confused by jumps between lots of short scenes, some of them pretty abstract.

77
Great writing, Intelligent, Quirky

See it if You want an exploration of compartmentalizing / the "banality of evil" and its ramifications.

Don't see it if You want a fully polished production with a satisfying ending.

23
Excruciating, Confusing, Cliched, Banal

See it if you can stand it for 70 minutes

Don't see it if confusing and poorly writing and staging

Also It is a mess

75
Relevant, Great staging, Ambitious, Intelligent, Great acting

See it if you like non-linear narrative w/ensemble casts playing multiple roles with humor and a dark political philosophical narrative that questions

Don't see it if you want answers to those questions or something easy less repetitive or you expect more quirk or clowning than is on offer here

85
Rings echoes of beckett's 'waiting for godot', An existentialist drama for our dissonant era, Speaks truth to power!, Subversive

See it if you like subversive theatre that dares to speak truth to political power.

Don't see it if questioning authority disagrees with your personality and disposition. You hate questioning established authority.

Also Everything about the experience of seeing this play felt rebellious. T... Read more Read less

75
Great staging, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Intense, Ambitious

See it if you like intense, intellectual text that explores the internal conflicts of a character through short, thought-provoking scenes.

Don't see it if you don't like great acting or have the concentration to unravel the outwardly presented inner conflicts.

90
Intense, Clever, Absorbing, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if you'd like to see a stream of conscious/dreamlike play questioning our personal responsibilities in today's dark political era.

Don't see it if you do not like obscurity and prefer a linear, traditional play or not interested in political theater.

24
Banal, Excruciating, Confusing

See it if it is definitely cheap and short 70 minutes and you like to support downtown theater

Don't see it if you have no patience for unintelligible drivel

80
Intense, Great writing, Funny, Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if Really smart and timely. Great group of actors. Well directed. Well written.

Don't see it if You don't like dark comedy and political drama.

85
Dizzying, Intelligent, Relevant, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if Shows that combine current events with intelligent questions about the human endeavor - what is knowing, certainty and meaning.

Don't see it if Clearly delineated plot lines and resolutions. Plotlines left unexplored or unresolved. Actors taking on multiple roles and allegory.

79
Funny, Entertaining, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Intelligent

See it if You like plays that use absurdity and humor to explore questions about personal responsibility, and leave the answers up to the audience.

Don't see it if You have a low tolerance for less than great acting.

100
Entertaining, Great writing, Great acting, Funny, Clever

See it if If you appreciate an interesting and unique story with impeccable acting!

Don't see it if Just go see it!

During previews
80
Unresolved, Accomplished, Ambitious

See it if into plays where scenes morph into each other dream-like, creating a puzzle

Don't see it if you like your plays anchored

Also Imagine a juggler expertly keeping many balls in the air, but not know... Read more Read less


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