Ends Sep 21 | Soho/Tribeca

Eureka Day

From 25 member  reviews
Members say: Great acting, Relevant, Funny, Thought-provoking, Intelligent

About the show

Set at a private school in Berkeley, CA, this east coast premiere from Colt Coeur dives into the vaccination debate and asks: how do you find consensus when you can’t agree on the facts? More…

From the show:

Carina has just enrolled her son at EUREKA DAY School in Berkeley, CA, where all decisions are made by consensus, diversity and inclusion are valued, and vaccinations are a personal matter. As a freshman member of the private school’s board of directors—one position is always reserved for a new parent so no one gets too calcified in their thinking—she is thrown into the deep end when a mumps outbreak hits the school, forcing parents to choose between their own personal beliefs and what might be best for the community. Opening the discussion up to online trolls during a Facebook Live meeting only moves the committee further away from answering EUREKA DAY’s—and our era’s—most pressing question: how do you find consensus when you can’t agree on the facts?


Member Reviews (25)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great acting, Relevant, Funny, Thought-provoking, Intelligent
89
Avg Score

82
Masterful, Intelligent, Funny, Ambitious

See it if A very funny show that hits many emotions. If you like a really good show done well.

Don't see it if If you do not like comedies or want a musical or serious theater. Pokes fun at PC people.

95
Relevant, Masterful, Thought-provoking, Funny, Exquisite

See it if Hilarious, exquisitely acted satire of a dysfunctional progressive school board. Poses questions of leadership and how to handle crisis.

Don't see it if You'll be offended by a vaccination conflict and mocking of excessively accommodating attitudes.

Also Brilliant script introduces a surface layer for each character, which ... Read more Read less

86
Intelligent, Great acting & writing, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Absorbing

See it if A "ripped from the headlines" play that gets it right! Funny, pertinent, opinionated & a little subversive Impartial script aids great cast

Don't see it if Despite the "nonpartisan" nature of the drama both literal & metaphorical, it's lean towards political correctness becomes a bit stultifying

90
Timely, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if you want to see a satire with underlying seriousness about the response of parents in a Berkeley private school to a mumps scare.

Don't see it if you don't like satire and are impatient with human foibles.

Also This is one of the best plays I have seen this year -- entertaining, t... Read more Read less

86
Topical, Great acting, Entertaining, Clever, Absorbing

See it if can't get enough of adults doing their best to be open minded & politically correct with everything. Think it's possible? See the play.

Don't see it if you don't like satirical, topical, or provocative plays; seemingly self composed adults hit a snag; 2nd act is a little too long.

Also This is a wonderfully acted, written, directed & staged play. The five... Read more Read less

95
Terrific story acting writing.

See it if You appreciate a good story well done about an important timely issue.

Don't see it if You don’t like serious theatre

88
Great acting, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Funny

See it if Satire on trying to find a consensus, being inclusive & representing diversity in general; the vaccine controversy in particular

Don't see it if don't want these issues satirized; don't want to read projections - online posts of Facebook Live group are very funny altho add to fights

Also Extremely funny, fast-paced Act I (with the Facebook posts). Although ... Read more Read less

81
Relevant, Refreshing, Edgy, Great acting

See it if well acted topic that is relevant today. funny yet thought provoking. well staged (end of Act 1 is great).

Don't see it if need more of a story than people sitting around discussing/debating ideas.

90
Great acting, Occasionally tedious, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Clever

See it if you value very good acting all around; you find politically correct characters amusing; controversy re mandatory mumps vaccine interests you

Don't see it if Oh, so politically correct characters are of no interest to you; you don't see why there should be any controversy about the mumps vaccine

87
Thought-provoking, Clever, Very funny

See it if You need a good laugh at political correctness run amok and possibly at yourself.

Don't see it if You dislike satires about liberalism, strongly held beliefs,, good intentions, and hypocrisy. Off-off Broadway.

Also A very funny play which is simultaneously a send up and a well-balance... Read more Read less

94
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great writing, Great acting, Funny

See it if you have ever experienced trying to reach consensus in a group and realized that even like-minded folks can hold very divergent POV's

Don't see it if you think CA left leaning parents dealing with issue of mandatory vaccination is beyond tedious and endless parsing of the subject boring

Also I found this play excellent in every way. Wonderful writing albeit gar... Read more Read less

82
Relevant, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Clever, Funny

See it if you want to see an intelligent and humorous production that accurately reflects liberal private school culture.

Don't see it if you want a more ambitious production and/or a more action-packed show.

85
Refreshing, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Absorbing

See it if You like to see modern mores acted out with a 'hot' and topical subject. If you like to have something to think about after you leave.

Don't see it if You don't like to confront thorny issues and see where political correctness has led us.

99
Relevant, Must see, Great writing, Great acting, Exquisite

See it if you enjoy thought-provoking comedies and want to hear some top-notch writing coupled with a superb ensemble.

Don't see it if you’re not a fan of satire, provocative comedies, or plays about current events

Also Eureka Day is one of the best plays of the year. Topical, hilarious, u... Read more Read less

90
Excellent

See it if you would like to see a funny, well-written and well-directed show that delicately skewers many of today's PC platitudes and hypocrisies

Don't see it if you are a social justice/anti-medical establishment warrior with no sense of humor

89
Relevant, Resonant, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if you like new plays that are relevant, topical and funny.

Don't see it if you do not like plays that poke fun at very liberal ideas while also poking fun at ourselves.

95
Great writing, Great acting, Biting, Hilarious, Delightful

See it if brilliant satirical treatment of the breakdown of polite liberal behavior under duress can make you howl with glee

Don't see it if you are a liberal who can't cop to the fact that sometimes we can be douchey, opinionated and hard to take

Also SO brilliant. SO much fun. SUCH great actors. I recognized every singl... Read more Read less

86
Thought-provoking, Masterful, Resonant, Funny, Entertaining

See it if you want to see a play that deals with a current event with humor, irony and complexity. Great cast and direction.

Don't see it if you are interested in thinking too much when you go to the theater. There is a lot going on and you have to be willing to go on the ride.

88
Great acting, Funny, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great writing

See it if you want to see a clever and at times hilarious, satire centered around the vaccination debate in a Berkley, California private school

Don't see it if if you aren't interested in a play that pokes fun at human pretensions, yet examines what lies beneath in a sympathetic manner.

90
Great acting, Funny, Relevant, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You want to see a great ensemble of actors, great direction, and the best use of facebook live ever.

Don't see it if you like plays that seem short but have a long intermission and longer second half...Could have been 15 minutes shorter and no intermission

95
Relevant, Refreshing, Intelligent, Great acting, Funny

See it if You're interested in a smart, funny look at the vaccination debate that allows each party to say their piece.

Don't see it if You're not interested in considering both sides of an argument and don't want to laugh

89
Excruciating, Funny, Dizzying, Entertaining

See it if you need catharsis with your frustration with the internet, peoples “opinions” as facts, and over the top political correctness

Don't see it if you’re not interested in spending the cash or don’t care to see a static set, dialogue heavy play.

Also Eureka Day is about how we argue. It takes one of the most controversi... Read more Read less

During previews
82
Well played, Long, Uneasy, Satirical, Contemporary

See it if you’re interested in how we’re raising our kids & the knots we can tie ourselves up in for the admirable cause of inclusivity.

Don't see it if the idea of sitting through long meetings of a politically correct update of the PTA makes you squirm.

Also I’m glad I saw “Eureka Day” but it wasn’t always easy to sit through. ... Read more Read less

During previews
95
Entertaining, Great acting, Funny

See it if You want to laugh at some poignant observations about current human behavior and interaction.

Don't see it if See it! Highly recommend. A tad could be trimmed in the middle, but this was very strong nonetheless.

During previews
100
Intelligent, Hilarious, Great acting

See it if You are ready to laugh and also delve into complex motivations people have for holding their beliefs.

Don't see it if You don’t like to laugh!


August 29th, 2019
CRITIC’S PICK "Review: Opinions Collide in the Explosive Comedy ‘Eureka Day’: Jonathan Spector’s lively portrait of a debate over mandatory vaccinations is the perfect play for our age of disagreement."
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August 30th, 2019
4/5 Stars "Under Adrienne Campbell-Holt's alert direction, Spector and the expert cast extract comic gold from the little tugs-of-war for control among the members of the committee. But in the second act, this comedy of manners yields to a serious probing of interpersonal responsibility and the l...
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August 30th, 2019
"One is struck by Spector's remarkable facility for skewering his characters' affectations while allowing them their humanity. It's a pretty devastating combination and it helps to explain why " 'Eureka Day' is both loaded with laughter and armed with plenty to say about the way we live now."
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September 9th, 2019
5/5 Stars "Jonathan Spector's Cyclonically Funny Outrageous New Comedy: The invasion of the anti-vaxxers, from-where else?-Berkeley"
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