Already closed | 1h 30m | Midtown W

I thought I would die but I didn't

From 20 member  reviews
Members say: Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Confusing, 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 | Already closed | The Tank (Midtown W)

Member Reviews (20)

MEMBERS SAY:

Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Confusing, Clever, Disappointing
70
Avg Score

74
Thought-provoking, Indulgent, Confusing, Edgy, Ambitious

See it if Fascinating & perverse, confessional & tabloidal, this docudrama of a big city crime personalized leaves one with more questions than not

Don't see it if Absurdist start into lurid police procedural into a jarring conclusion takes lengthy time to sort out Ending more troubling than actual deed

68
Ambitious, Confusing, Intense, Quirky, Thought-provoking

See it if you are interested in the process of developing a play based on a devistating personal experience and the effect of that work on the writer.

Don't see it if you require a unified production with a clear progression. This performance is divided between an absurdist play & a dramatic monologue.

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

72
A personal experience, Original, Surreal story, Four cubist-like views, Perceptions distorted by mental illness

See it if Mental illness through storytelling, inside-out and backwards, intertwining an imagined attack with a real one.

Don't see it if You have no empathy for mental illness. You prefer a standard plot with a beginning, middle, and end. You dislike experimental theatre.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

63
Ambitious, Confusing

See it if You’re open to experimental theatre.

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

85
Thought-provoking, Ambitious, Dizzying, Funny, Clever

See it if See it if you want to see someone make art of a big issue in their life. The show is in several different parts that cohere at the end.

Don't see it if You want a straightforward, linear show in a consistent style.

Also I was surprised and moved. Two performances left. Very much worth seei... 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.

During previews
82
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

During previews
77
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.

During previews
75
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

During previews
73
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.

During previews
90
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!


May 12th, 2019
"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—the...
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May 13th, 2019
“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...
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