Exquisita Agonia
Exquisita Agonia

Exquisita Agonia NYC Reviews and Tickets

(47 Ratings)
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Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Thought-provoking, Entertaining

About the Show

At Repertorio Español, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Nilo Cruz debuts his newest play about the survival of a modern family who must confront the past in order to move forward.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (47)

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194 Reviews | 25 Followers
Great acting, Great writing, Masterful, Riveting, Thought-provoking

See it if you like affecting drama that is passionate and intelligent and that surprises and provokes discussions

Don't see it if you don't enjoy foreign language theater. Read more

76 Reviews | 21 Followers
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great writing, Great staging

See it if you like the writings of Nilo Cruz and his way of not letting you go with the easy way out of a line plot.

Don't see it if you want to see a typical, predictable, story that won't let down your first desires for an anticipated development.

256 Reviews | 86 Followers
Dash of agonia

See it if Pulitzer winner's new play is calling card enough.

Don't see it if Be prepared for mucho reading if not a native speaker. Even adept speakers want subtitle crutch for nuance and curiosity of comparing terms. Read more

110 Reviews | 21 Followers
Intelligent, Intense, Quirky, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if you want to experience something out of the ordinary

Don't see it if trying to read subtitles on a tiny screen is bothersome

77 Reviews | 8 Followers
Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Enchanting, Intelligent

See it if You love spanish language plays w/good acting and a good set

Don't see it if you don't care for sm theaters or foreign language plays

684 Reviews | 126 Followers
Perfectly not over the top

See it if You want to see an interesting an unusual take on how family reacts after a loved one receives a heart transplant

Don't see it if You do not understand Spanish and don’t want to read subtitles. But that should not stop you from seeing this Read more

254 Reviews | 138 Followers
Absorbing, Funny, Great acting, Great writing, Resonant

See it if You like a tale well told

Don't see it if You hate reading translations in front of you

98 Reviews | 24 Followers
Absorbing, Intelligent, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Riveting

See it if you want a thoughtful exploration of an oddly untouched subject in human life, with twists and turns that make for good theater.

Don't see it if Because of the positioning of the subtitles they distract from a full appreciation of what is going on on stage, for non-Spanish speakers.

Critic Reviews (10)

The New York Times
June 11th, 2018

"A poetic tangle of a new play...As the family’s clashing feelings about Lorenzo come to the surface, the play turns unwieldy. Beautifully strange at the start, it gets as messy and confused as the emotions it contains...She never does learn much about this young man in whom her husband’s heart is taking root, changing him in unexpected ways...Neither do we, and that feels like a missed opportunity all around."
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May 30th, 2018

"An explosive first production...As in several of Cruz's previous works, drama ignites from the friction between the banal and the magical...Pulses are sure to quicken over the course of two hours thanks to Zayas's taut staging, which takes a delicate situation and refuses to treat it delicately...Cruz has a talent for sustaining such doubt, the exquisite agony of which will linger in your mind long after you leave the theater."
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Lighting & Sound America
May 30th, 2018

"The first act is charming but a tad listless...The combination of a flightly, flirty first act with the savagely hurled accusations of the second act does verge on soap opera at times...Then again, it is never dull, and Zayas' cast manages the hairpin turns in tone with the lightest of touches...My one reservation about 'Exquisita Agonia' is that the material may be a tad too carefully, casually handled here...Nevertheless, this is a lively, well-acted affair that builds to some genuine dramatic fireworks."
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May 31st, 2018

"It’s beautifully written...There’s rueful humor, Chekhovian reveries and a sense of the mystical all with a demonstrative Latin sensibility. The dialogue is filled with passionate eloquence and is made even more pleasurable by experiencing it in Spanish...From the film noir opening to the combative finale, director José Zayas has staged this arresting production with visual flair. Mr. Zayas’ sensitivity for the material enables the cast to mine all of the play’s comedy and emotion."
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Theatre is Easy
June 2nd, 2018

“It doesn't always feel like the characters wholeheartedly believe what they're saying...In the midst of these interesting investigations of emotional overindulgence and generosity, Flores is a graceful, sensitive Amér...Nicolás’s Millie is sensual, even earthy, making her flights of fancy a little jarring. Some blocking choices are difficult to decipher, but if concessions must be made to Abrego's gorgeous lightbox-and-aortic-red-tree set, it is worth it.”
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June 12th, 2018

“A complex drama that’s both provocative and poetic...A significant new work..Brisk, no-frills directing style...Until the explosive moments toward the close of the second act, the production has the aura of a mild-mannered family dramedy. It brings out the comedy and a smattering of pathos but eschews the mysteriousness of the magic realism that gives much of Cruz’s writing its seductive appeal...The performers are commendable in their verisimilitude.”
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Diandra Reviews it All
May 31st, 2018

"Conceptually, I thought 'Exquisita Agonia' was brilliant...Cruz’s writing, along with Jose Zayas meticulous direction, make sure Lorenzo is the ghost that haunts everyone...Admittedly, the second act is A LOT. It is a heavy act that takes the noble curiosity of the first act and erupts it with familial pains and secrets...Yet, there are a lot of laughs and prompters of enlightening thoughts. Cruz’s words on love could move a rock to bleed."
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Off Off Online
June 9th, 2018

“A thought-provoking and entertaining new work...Centers on the unsaid, the unfinished and what is known as cellular memory...Cruz’s plot flirts with science fiction...It also toys with the concept of transference...The cast is superb, particularly Nicolas, who delivers an energetic and comical performance: it’s engaging on all levels...Through the dialogue, crisp and fluid, Cruz tells a fascinating story of where humanity really lives and where it ends.”
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