False Stars NYC Reviews and Tickets

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(23 Reviews)
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Great acting, Clever, Funny, Absorbing, Great writing

About the Show

Corkscrew Theater Festival presents a darkly humorous modern take on the Southern Gothic drama, in which strained relationships, covert queer love triangles, and notebooks of mysterious origin lurk around every corner.

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Member Reviews (23)

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929 Reviews | 379 Followers
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Great writing, Resonant, Intelligent, Great acting, Multi-layered

See it if You want to see a really well written show with a lot of layers to it all play very true and will keep you thinking long past final curtain.

Don't see it if You don't want a show that reflects real life and it's many inconsistencies. This is not a comedy but it is very entertaining. Great show.

765 Reviews | 212 Followers
82
Great acting, Great writing, Edgy, Great staging, Quirky

See it if you enjoy a well-written play with constant action by a great cast touching on numerous issues of the day.

Don't see it if you can't let your imagination fill in the missing person and the areas of the home you never see.

703 Reviews | 213 Followers
80
Quirky, Refreshing, Thought-provoking, Funny, Clever

See it if Stroke-ridden professor inspires competition for his affection among family and colleagues. The threads add up effectively.

Don't see it if You don't like dark comedy, openly gay/trans characters, some indulgent over-the-top scenes. Bare bones production in small theater.

450 Reviews | 126 Followers
80
Rainbow cast, New twist on southern gothic, Where is lesbian rep?, Atmospheric staging, Earnest/funny/determined performances

See it if new work, competently staged & developed with committed cast & crew, in Festival format to showcase emerging talent is to your liking + A.C.

Don't see it if small, unadorned, new work that takes risks with untested actors & production team is not where you want to invest your entertainment $s

435 Reviews | 61 Followers
84
Profound, Relevant, Resonant, Clever, Funny

See it if You have an open mind towards gay politics.

Don't see it if You are from the Alt right

332 Reviews | 42 Followers
86
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Funny, Dizzying

See it if You want to see a play about multiple characters relating their experience (some good , some bad) with the professor that had a stroke.

Don't see it if You don't want to follow the story line. You can't imagine the performers having a conversation with the non existing professor. Read more

254 Reviews | 137 Followers
79
Quirky, Funny, Clever, Absorbing, Resonant

See it if You like "Twas a dark and stormy night" gothic family drama well written, well acted and holds your interest to the end.

Don't see it if Family angst and complicated relationships don't interest you.

260 Reviews | 49 Followers
90
Absorbing, Intelligent, Profound, Relevant, Great writing

See it if You like festival theatre. Small space. Cast of 6. Nice set. Great acting. LGBTQ. Offstage character. PC. Scientific humor. Soap opera-like.

Don't see it if It was a fast paced 90-min. Good premise. Some tweaking and development would make for a great play. Humor! Highly recommend. Go now b4 end!

Critic Reviews (3)

The New York Times
September 5th, 2017

“Ambitious yet overstuffed to the point of unwieldiness. Still, the production was packed with young talent, most notably Jules Forsberg-Lary as Peg…and the charismatic Jonathan Iglesias as Victor…In the risk-taking venture that is summer festival-going, encountering talent you want to see more of is a worthy payoff.”
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TheaterScene.net
August 23rd, 2017

“Although ‘False Stars’ does try for some noir effects, including the sounds of weather and a 1960's Bette Davis film running on the tiny portable TV set in the corner of the set, this was more of a distraction and misdirection. The play's strengths are in the revealing lines given life by a fine cast of young actors.”
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Stage Buddy
August 21st, 2017

"Fast-paced, heartfelt and precise, the writing, acting and direction of this piece come together to form a riveting production...The high-caliber acting of all the actors made this production superb. There was clear dedication in the development of each of these characters...The direction of Reed, coupled with the work of movement consultant Sheppard, created brilliantly staged blocking, where there could be three story lines playing out on stage at once."
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