Todd Solondz ("Welcome to the Dollhouse," "Wiener-Dog"), known for his style of dark, thought-provoking, socially conscious satire, makes his theatrical debut at The Flea. More…
In "Emma and Max," Solondz turns his critical eye on New Yorkers, exploring the illusions and delusions, hopes and despair of the city’s well-off and worn down. Parenting and marriage, kids and vacation, devastation and survival – the quotidian stuff of life. In his typical fashion, Solondz spares no one and skewers everyone in a play about privilege, race, and the intersection of black and white.
See it if A delusional nanny is terminated w/ consequence. Solondz doesn't sacrifice his dark & quirky sensibilities for the stage.Great scene changes
Don't see it if The long final 5-minute monologue drags.For a satire of race & class, the point is well taken for scene changes in character, but belaboured
See it if you want to see stereotypes of all 4 characters onstage and a bad treatment of a terrible tragedy.
Don't see it if you don't want to see stereotypes of characters. The topic is very dark and the play is essentially three monologues.
See it if Enjoy quirky dialogue with characters that one loves to hate and others we feel sympathetic towards. Great use of space and staging.
Don't see it if Need a full story with an arc versus separate scenes that tie together.
See it if you are a big fan of Todd Solondz, I suppose. Or if you want to see four actors try valiantly to make the show work. The set is attractive.
Don't see it if you like dialogue. This show is basically three long monologues with some lines between them. The pace is really slow due to scene changes.
See it if You want to see one of our leading chroniclers of suburbia extend his reach to the stage. You like dark satiric takes on society.
Don't see it if You have a hard time detecting satire -- or do not like commentary where all sides are shown to be problematic.
See it if you enjoy shows with a heavy set element, including projections; you enjoy shows that don't have linear or very clear plot lines
Don't see it if you don't enjoy heavy drama, triggered by child endangerment
See it if you're a Todd Solondz fan and want to see what he does in another medium
Don't see it if you're expecting a heartfelt and affecting comedy. This thing gets uncomfortably dark in the final segment.
See it if You want to look at race and class issues from a lot of different angles
Don't see it if You dislike long monologues and a potentially confusing plot
See it if you're a fan of this filmmaker and you absolutely need to know if he can make theatre. (i'll save you the time, see below)
Don't see it if you're up for a painful & long-winded monologue-heavy rehashing of racial stereotypes that fails to shed light on any of the real issues.
See it if you like dark plays infused with Todd Solondz's style of humor and unique perspective.
Don't see it if you expect something that has the substance and weight of Solondz's more successful films. This felt more like re-treaded material.
See it if You're curious about the filmmaker's theater debut (or a big fan of his), or you can't get enough of satires of overentitled affluent whites
Don't see it if You don't like plays that consist more of monologues than dialogue. You've had enough of satires of overentitled affluent whites.
See it if You like racially tone deaf, offensive plays. Shame cause the actors are brilliant & wasted on this terrible play with TERRIBLE transitions.
Don't see it if just don’t see it. Look out for when these great actors are in something else And support them in that.
See it if you think that Todd Solondz can do no wrong, just to prove that he very much can.
Don't see it if you want to keep liking the Flea Theatre, which almost always has compelling and meaningful productions.
See it if You’re interested in compelling and powerful ideas about identity and race. Smart staging.
Don't see it if You’re looking for tired ideas about race and identity.
See it if you enjoy being totally involved in a wrenchingly emotional experience. Zonya Love is riveting in the main role.
Don't see it if you want fluffy entertainment.
See it if you are interested in seeing contemporary depictions of race relations in the US.
Don't see it if you want what is being said about race relations to be consistently powerful or insightful.
See it if you like dark, dark, dark satire about race and are fine with political correctness being thrown out the window (where it belongs).
Don't see it if if you are looking for explosive drama or laugh out loud comedy. This show is very quiet and introspective, but smart and funny.
See it if You want to see some truly TRULY fine acting, like comedic dramas and enjoy shows that take on current issues.
Don't see it if It’s mostly monologues (with interjections from other actors,) quiet but intense and about race. If that doesn’t interest you, stay home.