New York | 1h 30m | Ends May 23

I thought I would die but I didn't

From 2 critic and 16 member reviews
Members say: Ambitious, Confusing, Thought-provoking, Clever, Disappointing

About the show

The Tank's world premiere is a genre-warping play about the disconnect between the storytelling of violence and its reality. A mostly true-crime true story. More…

A New York apartment play, 2011, but something’s wrong – terribly wrong. Someone was murdered. And what’s that god-awful sound? Tonight, nightly news investigates. Stay tuned for an exclusive interview with the murderer. Or the playwright. Or the playwright’s murderer.

1h 30m | Ends May 23 | The Tank (Midtown W)


85
Time Out New York

"This beginning has the kind of oddness you might feel you’ve seen before...But then the play smash-cuts into another style, and the stylization of Blush’s direction leans farther into the strange...Each of these brief episodes leaves you less, rather than more, prepared for the one to follow—they function as a meticulous disarticulation of your mental defenses...Williams’s truth, which has been delayed, runs roughshod over you. It’s goofy until it’s devastating—and it’s devastating for days." Full Review

70
Plays to See

“The whole thing is just off-kilter from the start, but that’s the point...There’s the clearly unnatural way the characters speak...Not to mention the unsettlingly matter-of-fact, yet bright, tone with which they speak about murder...The show is a sort of adventure quest...That goes on just a tad too long, in order to reach the treasure at the end: a conclusion that you don’t even know if you’ll get...It takes a while to get there, but it’s worth the wait.” Full Review


78
Original, Thought-provoking, Edgy, Confusing, Ambitious

See it if You’re interested in a play that would’ve been called Avant Garde if it had been written in the 60’s, and highly original appeals to you.

Don't see it if You are looking for something polished and perfect. This is experimental and seems to be a work in progress.

Also I liked this play. The first scene is fascinating and quite funny. The... Read more Read less

75
Thought-provoking, Riveting, Intelligent, Great writing, Great staging

See it if You are can immerse yourself in multiple content genres during a show. The dialogue is fast paced & very witty,moves from comedy to horror.

Don't see it if You do not enjoy stark talk about a crime and it’s aftermath.

73
Moving, Dark, Funny, Emotional, Fascinating

See it if you're interested in a triptych of storytelling that blends surrealism and reality.

Don't see it if you don't like intensely emotional dramas or plays that break with traditional structure and narrative.

Also It doesn't feel like a unified play, but I didn't mind that. It feels ... Read more Read less

72
Thought-provoking, Resonant, Indulgent, Confusing, Absorbing

See it if you like nontraditional experimental minimalist theater with quirky self aware characters.

Don't see it if you like a more traditional show with lighter themes.

70
Thought-provoking, Intense, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if Some very good moments in this play particularly the author's confession.

Don't see it if Other parts were a bit disjointed.

67
Incomplete, Absurd, Interesting

See it if you are willing to see what seems like an early reading of an absurdist play , with one major surprise by the author.

Don't see it if you want to see a coherent idea fully developed.

Also as currently constituted, the show is 4 relatively disconnected absurd... Read more Read less

63
Ambitious, Confusing

See it if You’re open to experimental theatre.

Don't see it if You’re into straight linear storytelling

55
Slow, Quirky, Disjointed, Disappointing, Confusing

See it if you like to support new work & young playwrights. There are some good elements, but they don't work together. I liked the author's monologue

Don't see it if you expect a play that makes sense; this seems like 3 separate ideas smashed together. The set is sparse and unattractive. Frankly, tedious.

55
Indulgent, Great staging, Disappointing, Clever, Ambitious

See it if you love absurd/zany theatre with a touch of true crime (that mostly centers on a straight white woman's story)

Don't see it if you want a cozy evening of theatre; strong writing; you want theatre that examines true crime fascination & unpacks white female victimhood

Also I wanted to love this. The blurb of the show gives it a bit too much c... Read more Read less

50
Intense, Excruciating, Overrated, Ambitious, Disappointing

See it if if you like Dateline type murder stories

Don't see it if you have no interest in a murder phobic young woman in an apartment on the LES in 2011, who actually lives above a woman who gets killed

Also It was interesting to me when this true story comes together at the en... Read more Read less

50
Excruciating, Disappointing, Confusing, Cliched, Banal

See it if This is just a mess. Not funny, silly, made little sense until the very end. The longest 75 minutes I've spent in one place.

Don't see it if I can't think of any redeeming quality to see this show.

90
During previews
Refreshing, Clever, Thought-provoking

See it if you enjoy well-written, well-paced works by young, talented playwrights as entertaining & absorbing as veterans. A well-spent 90 min!

Don't see it if topics dealing with violent crimes are too upsetting. Otherwise it's quite good!

82
During previews
Great acting, Great writing, Hilarious, Entertaining, Clever

See it if You like crime drama with hilarity. Writer explains her fears of being violently murdered. Well directed. Cast was great.

Don't see it if You don't like crime drama

Also Confusing in the beginning but all comes together and it is fun. ... Read more Read less

77
During previews
The writer saves it, Director didn't rise above challenges, I thought i'd dislike it from the shaggy dog start, but i didn't, Compelling, real finale, Surreal 1st hour

See it if you want to support a talented new writer and you're willing to sit through clever noodling for an hour to get to an absorbing conclusion.

Don't see it if you want a plot.

75
During previews
Confusing, Ambitious, Riveting

See it if You can wait for the authors explanation of why she wrote the play

Don't see it if you want to understand what’s going on throughout the entire play And can’t wait for the author to explain why she wrote the play.

Also Very much worth seeing if you can wait for the authors explanation you... Read more Read less

73
During previews
Clever, Refreshing, Resonant, Relevant, Entertaining

See it if You like Theater of the Absurd dialogue and a new kind of theater genre .

Don't see it if You expect a regular basic play.


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