Empathitrax
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Empathitrax
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Empathitrax NYC Reviews and Tickets

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

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533 Reviews | 488 Followers
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.

Al
127 Reviews | 886 Followers
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.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy shows about interpersonal relationships. Read more

203 Reviews | 78 Followers
85
Absorbing, Delightful, Entertaining, Thought-provoking, Quirky

See it if you like intimate drama at bargain prices.

Don't see it if you hate 8:30 curtain times.

177 Reviews | 39 Followers
60
Great acting, Slow, Original, Disappointing

See it if you can appreciate good acting despite a very slow and somewhat tedious play. Also, sit in the first or second row otherwise you can't see.

Don't see it if Due to the staging (on the floor and a low couch), you literally can't see much of it! If you want a fast-moving realistic plot, stay away.

97 Reviews | 64 Followers
88
Intense, Intelligent, Great acting, Relevant, Raw

See it if u want to witness emotions laid bare. A couple comes to terms w/ who the other really is & how to bridge their disconnection through empathy

Don't see it if you're not in the mood, as audience member in a small theater, to experience the rawness of emotions that the actors make manifest. Intense! Read more

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80 Reviews | 25 Followers
55
Disappointing, Quirky, Compassionate, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to see a compassionate look at a young couple trying to stay afloat as the woman drifts into crippling depression.

Don't see it if you really wanted to see the ideas in the synopsis. The plot quickly back-burners the fantasy drug and becomes more about antidepressants.

68 Reviews | 29 Followers
85
Ambitious, Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Funny

See it if Great concept, great acting. Fresh new playwright voice

Don't see it if If mental illness and the politics of pharmaceuticals aren't interesting to you, you'll hate this.

70 Reviews | 17 Followers
81
Clever, Cliched, Great writing, Original, Thought-provoking

See it if it's an interesting premise and the writer does a great job of portraying mental illness and its impact on relationships

Don't see it if you enjoy more plot-driven stories, this is much more character based and the plot is a little sparse

Critic Reviews (6)

The New York Times
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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Time Out New York
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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Theatermania
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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TheaterScene.net
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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Theatre is Easy
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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Off Off Online
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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