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From 9 member  reviews
Members say: Great staging, Thought-provoking, Edgy, Intense, Entertaining

About the show

The Flea Theatre presents the world premiere of provocative playwright Thomas Bradshaw's new play about a man who seemingly has everything - except fulfillment. More…

Michael has a new girlfriend and has just bought the apartment of his dreams. It seems that his life should be perfect. Little does he know that his hell is just beginning. In 'Fulfillment,' playwright Thomas Bradshaw tackles the question: what makes us happy?

Member Reviews (9)


Great staging, Thought-provoking, Edgy, Intense, Entertaining
Avg Score

Fulfillment shows sad souls ground down by trump's america, but play not entirely fulfilling

See it if shows absurdity of working in Amazon-like fulfill ctr; movingly shows lack of "fulfillment" & hopelessness of lives of 4 American types

Don't see it if after hilarious opening scenes (how a New Yorker is a fish out of water in NMexico) the play flags and by the end has petered out entirely

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Indulgent, Raunchy, Intense, Edgy, Resonant

See it if you appreciate a distinctive POV that evokes, via design & action, the pressures on an upwardly mobile black man. It gets under the skin.

Don't see it if showing skin and simulated sex, up close & impersonal, makes you uncomfortable. Discomfort of the senses & sensibilities is the point here.

Edgy, Great staging, Intense, Thought-provoking, Nudity

See it if you want comments on race and happiness snuck in behind nudity, inventive staging, and subtle comedy. Was slow at times, but overall good.

Don't see it if you don't want to be confronted head on (no pun intended) with male genitalia. You want a more direct examination on racism and fulfillment.

Edgy, Hilarious, Intelligent, Raunchy, Thought-provoking

See it if you like shows that are crass and challenging.

Don't see it if you are a prude.

Edgy, Intense, Thought-provoking, Cliched

See it if You don't mind graphic sex and violence; want to think about sex and racism like creative staging

Don't see it if queasy about nudity and sex scenes

Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Great staging, Original

See it if You enjoy creative staging, you want an entertaining play with depth.

Don't see it if Graphic sex and nudity bother you

Absorbing, Intense, Riveting, Great staging, Clever

See it if you like provocative theater

Don't see it if you are offended by nudity onstage

During previews
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing

See it if you enjoy shows with a meaningful message

Don't see it if you are offended by full frontal male nudity and realistic sex acts on stage

During previews
Entertaining, Great staging, Refreshing, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if You enjoy new, edgy theater and like ambiguous characters.

Don't see it if You are offended by realistic sex scenes.

September 21st, 2015
"Those who have been in any doubt about what Mr. Bradshaw has been trying to say in his earlier works are likely to have a firmer grasp on the matter after seeing 'Fulfillment.' This isn’t electrifying theater, not the kind that makes jaws drop. But it provides a sharply legible index to the mind...
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September 21st, 2015
"Bradshaw’s playwriting approach is fairly well established: cheerful but wooden dialogue, characters acting on their worst impulses, schematic plots and a refusal to judge. The plays are usually bracing and funny, and Bradshaw truly has his own style. Sometimes the transgression coincides with s...
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September 22nd, 2015
"'Fulfillment' is one of the playwright’s most accessible and entertaining works — a pretty funny comedy, but with full frontal. What hasn’t changed is Bradshaw’s concern with race, gender and power...The show, well-directed by Ethan McSweeny, is funniest when the situations become increasingly h...
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September 21st, 2015
"Bradshaw's mélange of race, power, and ambition will leave more than a few audience members feeling queasy...Ethan McSweeny's unrelenting production churns forward as Bradshaw's short, cruel scenes cut from one to the next...We're not dispassionately observing this urban jungle from a distance; ...
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