Inanimate
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Inanimate NYC Reviews and Tickets

79%
(27 Reviews)
Positive
85%
Mixed
11%
Negative
4%
Members say
Funny, Clever, Quirky, Ambitious, Edgy

About the Show

The Flea Theater presents the world premiere of this dramedy about a young woman infatuated with an inanimate object.

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Member Reviews (27)

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691 Reviews | 212 Followers
85
Edgy, Resonant, Quirky, Romantic, Funny

See it if I found this lovely story both moving and eye-opening. It made me ponder how distinctive and special each person can be.

Don't see it if You don’t have an open mind for unusual sexuality. You don’t have a soft spot for romance.

440 Reviews | 115 Followers
70
Funny, Great staging, Quirky, Edgy, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to see a clever play about sexual attraction to inanimate objects, in a fine production in the Flea Theater's new building.

Don't see it if you are uncomfortable with offbeat sexuality and don't like plays with rough edges. Read more

406 Reviews | 188 Followers
84
Edgy, Quirky, Great acting, Great staging, Thought-provoking

See it if You like cutting edge plays and are open to learning about an unusual form of sexual attraction. The Flea Theatre is in its new home.

Don't see it if You like conventional love stories and linear plots. Do not like small, intimate theaters. Read more

379 Reviews | 132 Followers
74
Ambitious, Funny, Entertaining, Great acting, Different

See it if you’ll enjoy strong, consistent performances and smart, economical production design even if the play's intentions aren't 100% clear

Don't see it if you want to be able to explain to someone else the meaning of what you saw; you don’t want to feel very conservative in your theater tastes Read more

395 Reviews | 68 Followers
83
Clever, Funny, Quirky, Intelligent, Delightful

See it if you enjoy edgy theater that helps you care about and understand people on the fringe.

Don't see it if you object to watching a play about non-traditional forms of sexual attraction. Read more

271 Reviews | 68 Followers
83
Intense, Thought-provoking, Great costumes, Strong lead performance, Humorous

See it if You are interested in convincing portrayals of alternate love choices.

Don't see it if You need all your plot lines to go somewhere or if you want your plays fully formed; alternate sexualities turn you off. Read more

266 Reviews | 60 Followers
58
Quirky

See it if You have a taste for the offbeat. The unusual story follows a coming of age tale for one of alternative sexuality.

Don't see it if You were thinking weird might be wonderful. It is different, but awfully normal too, and there seems to be no magic about it.

251 Reviews | 49 Followers
91
Clever, Ambitious, Edgy, Funny, Relevant

See it if 1st of all, the "New Flea" is awesome; beautiful & gender-neutral bathrooms! This play is not for the close-minded. 90-min, refreshing topic

Don't see it if Alternative sexuality, cussing, darkness, small town, otherness, etc are all displayed here. A tough subject matter handled delicately.

Critic Reviews (18)

The New York Times
August 30th, 2017

“As directed by Courtney Ulrich and performed by the Bats…this play unfolds as a sort of normcore comic variation on ‘Romeo and Juliet,’ which insists we regard its central relationship as worthy of high flights of poetic fancy. Such a perspective could so easily lean toward smirky voyeurism or cloying cuteness…But ‘Inanimate’ wins us over by contextualizing its exotic subject in the bedrock of the familiar…The script is freshest when it sticks to Erica’s transformative worldview.”
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Lighting & Sound America
August 31st, 2017

"Even a playwright with the combined skills of O'Neill, Kaufman and Hart, Wilson, and Vogel would be hard-pressed to make this syndrome comprehensible...For most of its 85 minutes, it appears to be running around in various directions, its sheer energy often signaling desperation...Ulrich's direction gives the action more pace and pizzazz than you might think possible...The performances by the Bats...are a pleasure...But, given its setup, 'Inanimate' is dead on arrival."
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TheaterScene.net
September 3rd, 2017

“One never knows whether to laugh or to cry at Erica's predicament which makes human relationships difficult. Nevertheless, the writing is often poetic and the acting is first rate. Led by Lacy Allen as a charmingly confused Erica, the cast devours their roles with the authenticity of a new classic. ‘Inanimate’ joins the ranks of plays by Annie Baker and Lucy Thurber which deal with characters in dead-end towns in New England.”
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Theatre is Easy
August 31st, 2017

"The Bats do a wonderful job with this material. Lacy Allen stands out as the central character, portraying Erica’s quirky sexuality without turning it into an SNL skit...Director Courtney Ulrich tastefully navigates delicate intimate moments involving a can opener...But the play feels conflicted in tone and genre. Is this a ridiculous, quirky comedy or an honest exploration intended to challenge our tolerance of an alternative lifestyle that may seem too peculiar to accept?"
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Theater Pizzazz
August 31st, 2017

"The playwright poetically captures Erica relaxing into her emotions with telling details that ring true...This production shines when it allows Erica’s freak flag to fly, and settles into the distinctly oddball and delicious comic stylings of the various embodied objects and everyone’s passionate oddities. All the actors are able and game...The only plot line that feels appended, despite a fine performance by Tressa Preston, is Erica’s older sister Trish."
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CurtainUp
September 18th, 2017

"The play manages to navigate a sometimes uneasy line between a comedic take on an unconventional relationship and a more serious story about the difficulty of coming to terms with our desires...When the play ventures away from what's the central triangle of sorts...it risks losing its footing...The charm of 'Inanimate' is its ability to intrigue us by the suggestion that another world lives within our own...'Inanimate's' tenderness and quirky humor make for a lively combination."
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Stage Buddy
August 31st, 2017

"'Inanimate' is a somewhat misleading title for such a buoyant, funny, and heartwarming journey of self-acceptance and love...Each laugh is genuine and plentiful. Each emotional moment is sincere and pitch perfect...Robideau treats his characters and subject matter with a sincere respect and compassion. He emphasizes the importance of community while feeling isolated in dealing with disappointment or grief."
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Front Mezz Junkies
September 18th, 2017

"'Inanimate' succeeds in taking us down a very funny and touching road into the real world of Objectum Sexuality that seems perfectly timed in our world’s preoccupation with others' sexual preferences and/or gender affiliation. Wonderfully directed by Courtney Ulrich, we cheer on Erika and her gradually eye-opening and embracing of herself, not as an outsider, but somewhat of a pioneer...It’s powerful, exciting, and a whole lot of fun."
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