Already closed | 1h 30m | West Village


From 10 member  reviews
Members say: Confusing, Disappointing, Ambitious, Relevant, Absorbing

About the show

George & Co. presents a tragicomic piece which plumbs a darker dimension of J.D. Salinger’s iconic novel, 'The Catcher in the Rye.' More…

In 'Holden,' a few obsessive 'Catcher in the Rye' super-fans have taken up residence in the reclusive Salinger’s private writing bunker. Their mission is to get Salinger to publish once more, which spirals into a larger excavation of violence in America and the male imagination.

1h 30m | Already closed | New Ohio Theatre (West Village)

Member Reviews (10)


Confusing, Disappointing, Ambitious, Relevant, Absorbing
Avg Score

Confusing, Disappointing, Dizzying, Pretentious, Excruciating

See it if You enjoy spending 90 minutes trying to figure out what you are watching and why ! You don't mind pretentious drivel mascarading as art !

Don't see it if You are expecting a well thought out new way of appreciating and looking at A Catcher in the Rye. Very loud sounds of gun shots throughout !

Intelligent, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Ambitious

See it if you are concerned about violence and can appreciate a intelligent dialogue of how people justify their awful actions.

Don't see it if you need to care about the characters and prefer to immerse yourself in a story.

Confusing, Disappointing

See it if you absolutely loved Salenger.

Don't see it if if you like the play you see to make sense and be entertaining

Absorbing, Confusing, Disappointing, Great acting, Quirky

See it if You're a die-hard Salinger fan, or if you're fascinated by assassins. The more you know about Salinger, the more you'll appreciate it.

Don't see it if I can't imagine anyone enjoying this if they don't have at least a rudimentary awareness of Catcher in the Rye and/or Salinger.

Confusing, Disappointing, Excruciating, Intense, Pointless

See it if you don't mind wasting your time.

Don't see it if you have standards.

Ambitious, Confusing, Disappointing, Great staging, Slow

See it if you like JD Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye, plays with dark themes (violence, war, assassination, terrorism) starring all white men.

Don't see it if you want something light and fluffy, good writing that matches the ambition of the themes/material brought up, a coherent story.

Also The staging is interesting and the acting decent--the actors were clea... Read more Read less

Confusing, Dizzying, Quirky, Great staging

See it if watching a bunch of men spend their time acting ridiculous while babysitting a writer who is trying to finish a book

Don't see it if if you have better things to do

Relevant, Thought-provoking, Ambitious

See it if see it for the kernels of a really exciting narrative and strong ensemble performances

Don't see it if unfortunately the play's undercooked and not fully realized moments outweigh the exciting fully fleshed out ones. Worth wild nevertheless...

Also The play looks at the connecting threads between male violence, assass... Read more Read less

Nonsensical, Pretentious, Slow

See it if I mean, it's rare that a show is simultaneously so slow while also having obnoxious scenery-chewing characters, so I guess that's notable.

Don't see it if either you aren't that familiar with Catcher in the Rye, or you love it and seeing it depicted as only for angry white men would upset you.

Clever, Intense, Bold, Renegade, Absorbing

See it if Both devotees of "The Catcher in the Rye" as well as those who are fascinated by the Salinger mystique, will appreciate "Holden" the play.

Don't see it if Audience members unfamiliar with "The Catcher in the Rye" or its historical and cultural impact on America will probably be challenged.

Also "Holden" explores that post-"The Catcher In the Rye" era of JD Salinge... Read more Read less

January 11th, 2017
“What George creates by encompassing not only the facts of Salinger's life, but of those affected by him, is brilliant…There is so much about this show that requires extreme recognition of detail and sticking to the facts while also just letting loose and allowing almost animalistic instincts to ...
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January 8th, 2017
"Anisa George's solid direction and the tight-knit cast keep us fully engaged. Even a tangential discussion about the Hindu epic 'Bhagavad Gita' fits well into the overall structure, and mostly the play maintains a balance between the darkly comic and darkly violent. It only loses its footing whe...
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January 11th, 2017
"Absurdly compelling writing-wise, performance-wise, design-wise, and idea-wise…The aspect of the writing for which I commend George the most is her ability to create humanity in assassins, to show us depictions of real, sympathetic human beings…What is equally frustrating and exactly perfect abo...
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January 16th, 2017
"For a long time, I’ve been obsessed with J.D. Salinger...For someone like me, the exploration of the myth and the man in 'Holden' is compelling...On the rare occasion, the production loses its precise grounding...Make no mistake about it, this is a polished work, one undoubtedly other critics wi...
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