Closed 1h 30m
Empathitrax
Soho/Tribeca
77

Empathitrax NYC Reviews and Tickets

77%
(17 Reviews)
Positive
82%
Mixed
18%
Negative
0%
Members say
Thought-provoking, Great acting, Absorbing, Entertaining, Clever

About the Show

Colt Coeur presents Ana Nogueira's new play about a new pharmaceutical that could change relationships forever.

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Member Reviews (17)

75
Great acting, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Engaging, Unfinished

See it if you want to see some AMAZING performances in a fascinating play about what life might be like if we could feel other people's feelings.

Don't see it if a play that feels like it's ALMOST there but doesn't quite get to the heart of what it's about would frustrate you.

70
Uneven, Clever, Great acting, Thought-provoking

See it if you've ever wanted a greater emotional connection with your significant other, or ever taken a prescribed drug for a psychological disorder.

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Critic Reviews (6)

September 19th, 2016

"The role drugs play in our society remains underexplored onstage...Ms. Nogueira gets bonus points merely for tackling the subject, even if some of her arguments are a little obvious...You wish the show had spent more time on an intriguing side superpower of sort: the ability to infect others with your mood...Still, Ms. Campbell-Holt infuses seemingly banal scenes with an anxiety-making mood. She also wrings appropriately fidgety, raw-nerved performances from Mr. Simpson and Ms. Lupe."
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September 13th, 2016

"Like much good sci-fi before it, 'Empathitrax' uses a conceptual gimmick to poke at real and substantial questions. Director Adrienne Campbell-Holt, of Colt Coeur, grounds the production in everyday lucidity, and Lupe’s brave performance invites us to recoil from and connect with her at the same time. Bring a loved one if you dare: Unsettling and wise, 'Empathitrax' is the kind of play that could strengthen any relationship that survives it."
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September 13th, 2016

"Playwright Ana Nogueira extends our faith in pharmacology to its ludicrous conclusion in 'Empathitrax,' her imaginative, brutally honest, and emotionally draining new play…Nogueria crafts realistically raw dialogue that is likely to lead some viewers (especially the long-term coupled) to turn away from the stage in pained recognition…'Empathitrax' benefits from brave and committed performances."
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September 19th, 2016

"Playwright Ana Nogueira has a facility for often arch dialogue but not much else. The play’s potentially promising sci-fi premise is undermined by its bizarre vagueness...Ms. Nogueira basically presents two ciphers that are difficult to truly care about. Ultimately, it’s all a hollow and smug exercise. Thankfully there are a trio of talented actors who do their best with this talky and deficient material...Director Adrienne Campbell-Holt’s staging is smooth and makes this murky play watchable."
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September 14th, 2016

"Told with darkly funny storytelling, the show is also inquisitive, comfortably letting questions linger in the air...Lupe and Simpson bring a nervous intensity to their performances…There is a particular irony in the fact that the show sometimes struggles to make the audience feel the intensity of the characters' emotions...In the beautifully redemptive and sweetly funny final moments, the aspects of design come together magically, creating an incredible moment of deep emotion."
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September 14th, 2016

"Nogueira develops her theme carefully. Focusing on a drug that interferes with one’s natural personality traits is not a fresh topic—'Placebo' and 'The Effect' have been there—but Nogueira’s play is still a strong entry in a subgenre of modern drama. And those actors—Jimmi Simpson and Justine Lupe as Him and Her, and Genesis Oliver, who doubles as the Empath delivery man and as Him’s buddy Matty D.—give astonishingly good performances."
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