Already closed | 1h 40m | Midtown W

Georgia Mertching Is Dead

From 39 member  reviews
Members say: Funny, Great acting, Clever, Entertaining, Absorbing

About the show

Three best friends set off on a road trip south to celebrate and mourn a figure from their past in this world premiere for EST. More…

From the show:

Gretchen, Emma and Whitney have been friends since they were teenagers. They've been sober since they were teenagers. They set off on a road trip south--with homemade female urination devices, too much pie, ill-advised sexual escapades--to celebrate and mourn a figure from their past. GEORGIA MERTCHING IS DEAD reveals what it's like to face adulthood and death after growing up weird and possibly broken. 

1h 40m | Already closed | Ensemble Studio Theatre (Midtown W)

Member Reviews (39)


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

See it if Female bonding: three age 30 BFF's in recovery go on a road trip & confront the "contradictions within" themselves. Funny & serious.

Don't see it if You aren't interested in a "chick flick." Lots of raunchy talk & action. Sex, vaginas, pregnancy, babies, mothers, men. Sappy ending.

Thought-provoking, Resonant, Indulgent, Edgy, Ambitious

See it if McMullen's female buddy dramedy about a road trip to another woman's funeral Breezy but substantial w/ impressive acting by 3 leads Neat set

Don't see it if Funny, incisive writing covers host of "woman's issues" yet offers no new insights Knowledge of AA recovery issues/lingo helpful Potent end

Well-played, Uneven, Funny, Frank

See it if you want to hear a smart young voice talking frankly about her generation, just turning 30.

Don't see it if TV comedy writing in the theater gets on your nerves, or you prefer scatology in the theater to have a dramatic point.

Also “GEORGIA MERTCHING IS DEAD” is a brave, funny work & not fully success... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Funny, Clever

See it if you enjoy humorous plays with some heavier themes like addiction and suicide, you like bold female characters or stories about friendship.

Don't see it if you don't like plays with much profanity and sexual language. Dialogue often has shock value but plotting is predictable.

Refreshing, Funny, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting

See it if you want the best ensemble appearing off B'way right now acting a very witty script by a new voice in town.

Don't see it if foul language offends you.

Raunchy, Refreshing

See it if Girls Trip-ish with 3 struggling millennial women in substance abuse recovery trying to support each other and get their lives together.

Don't see it if Explicit talk of sex, suicide, substance abuse, abusive relationships, esp from women are triggering / too much for you. Creative staging!

Also Diversity: protagonist is Asian American female! Another woman is quee... Read more Read less

Great writing, Great acting, Entertaining, Clever, Absorbing

See it if Women Power merged with powerful script & acting. A great play that should be on Broadway! It is not to be missed!

Don't see it if You have issues with women being the center of the plot.


See it if You are looking for a brand new dark comedy.

Don't see it if You want a play that feels like it’s been workshopped prior.

Also There’s a lot of predictable moments. Perhaps they are too heavily for... Read more Read less

Should generate traffic from the 30&under crowd, A playwright made for cable tv, Usual sights on the plot highway, Live-wire performances

See it if you want to support talented up n comer women in every corner of the production.

Don't see it if you treasure innovation or have a delicate sensibility. This is a distaff Hangover w more character revelation.

Ambitious, Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Quirky

See it if You want to see an interesting play with good acting by a talented ensemble of players.

Don't see it if You are looking for big production values

Slow, Ambitious

See it if You would like to see a play that involves three female friends taking a road trip.

Don't see it if You would like to see a play has found its footing.

Also All 3 leads are all vaguely damaged. The vagueness might be because tr... Read more Read less

Female friendship, Touching, Quick, Hilarious, Great acting

See it if To see incredible acting and a touching story about female friendship, this is such a feel good show that also has depth

Don't see it if Honestly it’s such an accessible show, anyone can see it and can relate, if you don’t like buddy comedies I guess?

Indulgent, Disappointing

See it if You want to see a new play about lifelong friends experience a low point in their lives

Don't see it if You want to see a comedy where the jokes feel fresh.

Also The actors do their best, but the jokes and plot feel forced. Staging ... Read more Read less

Innovative, creative and absorbing, well staged

See it if Interesting and novel story line.. See it if you like punchy and well written plays undertaking unusual explorations of commonplace topics

Don't see it if Not for you if you are turned off by buddy movies about women. Or if you are bored with the chatter of young women or limited focus plays

Also Watching a play at EST's small, second floor walk up stage is always r... Read more Read less

Well-directed, Good acting, Quirky, Disappointing

See it if you like well-directed productions of plays containing struggling characters in their 30s. Some good acting.

Don't see it if you like a maturely written play consisting of complex characters.

Also The 3 main characters in this play definitely have their demons, which... Read more Read less

During previews
Refreshing, Edgy, Great acting, Enchanting, Absorbing

See it if you like stories about road trips, women friends bonding, mourning together, characters in recovery emerging into late adulthood,

Don't see it if can't relate to women in recovery & sharing intimate details, stories about mourning a mentor, making humor from pain of childbirth

During previews
Entertaining, Thought-provoking, Great staging, Great writing, Great acting

See it if you're looking for a show that manages to be both extremely funny and deeply affecting.

Don't see it if you only like tidy, antiseptic theater.

During previews
Absorbing, Great staging, Quirky, Funny

See it if Three friend going to a friend funeral. They talk about addiction and holding on to their friendship. Plus men, sex and babies.

Don't see it if Foul language. If you think it too a women only show, for its not.

Also All of the acting was good. Dianna Oh was hilarious.

During previews
Slow, Indulgent, Disappointing, Cliched

See it if you are interested in a play about 3 female friends on a road trip to another friend's funeral. Runs out of steam half way through.

Don't see it if you want to see a play that is more than just a workshop. This play needs some serious reworking.

Also There is terrific set design by Alexis Distler. Diana Oh's performance... Read more Read less

During previews
Well done show about friendship.

See it if You appreciate good acting and good writing.

Don't see it if Only like comedy.

During previews
Great staging, Hilarious, Great acting, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You need some really great laughs!! Raunchy humor that is a riot!

Don't see it if You’re priggish!

During previews
Entrancing women on road trip gab about motherhood, men, sex and addiction

See it if Three uproarious girlfriends -- including a very funny and very pregnant Diana Oh -- travel by car to the funeral of another friend.

Don't see it if There's also the husband of one and ex of another -- the third is a lesbian. The women's talk of addiction and recovery is priceless.

During previews
Realistic characters, Funny & sad, Fine acting, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if you are interested in millennials struggling to find meaning in life, superb acting, humor, pathos, excellent writing & direction

Don't see it if you dislike use of foul language, characters that are often obnoxious & serious studies of people attempting to find their ways in society.

During previews
Quirky, Funny, Great staging

See it if You want a look at how relationships shift in your 30s. You like clever set design and strong new writing with great acting.

Don't see it if You dislike female-centered stories. You want something epic in size and structure.

During previews
Great acting, Funny, Clever

See it if Fun road trip play with some poignant moments. Excellent dialogue, well developed characters. Both entertaining and smart.

Don't see it if Men might enjoy it but it's kind of a chick play.

October 10th, 2019
"In ‘Georgia Mertching Is Dead,’ a Road Trip Takes Detours: Catya McMullen’s work is a memory play, a friendship play, a delayed coming-of-age drama and briefly a romantic comedy."
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October 10th, 2019
4/5 Stars "The play may not break much narrative ground, but it breaks your heart with a piercing exploration of the ways in which loss, trauma and love-romantic, platonic, familial-shape our lives."
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October 21st, 2019
"Beneath the charming, if familiar, premise of the production is a sombre core, about loneliness, brokenness, and addiction, but the play doesn’t take the time to mine that fascinating ground, instead opting for a quick, calculable resolution."
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October 10th, 2019
"Adulting Is Hard for Three Millennials in "Georgia Mertching Is Dead': Catya McMullen's road-trip play makes its world premiere at Ensemble Studio Theatre."
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