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From 17 member  reviews
Members say: 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. More…

How far are you willing to go to save your romance? When a new miracle drug promising ultimate intimacy hits the market, one couple puts everything on the line for the chance to obliterate all boundaries and finally understand one another. But boundaries exist for a reason, and all miracle drugs come with unforeseen side effects. Starring TV actor Jimmi Simpson ('House of Cards,' '24').

Member Reviews (17)


Thought-provoking, Great acting, Entertaining, Absorbing, Clever

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.

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.

Great acting, Great staging, Disappointing, Slow, Confusing

See it if You like shows with an interesting premiss.

Don't see it if you want a fulfilling experience. There were many good ways the plot could have gone. It didn't go to any of them.

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 wit...
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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...
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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 aw...
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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 ex...
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