Inanimate NYC Reviews and Tickets

(29 Reviews)
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Clever, Funny, 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 (29)

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312 Reviews | 61 Followers
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.

95 Reviews | 36 Followers
Edgy, Romantic, Funny, Intelligent

See it if delightful premise, very enthusiastic staging and acting, nicely self-aware and manages to stay both ironic and unobtrusively romantic.

Don't see it if you want a completely PC treatment of the subject of alternative sexuality. Read more

106 Reviews | 17 Followers
Ambitious, Great writing, Hilarious, Intense, Resonant

See it if You want to see theatre as it should be: risky, thought-provoking, and well-acted. A truly fantastic production and show.

Don't see it if You don't like smaller theatre experiences and aren't open-minded about sexuality.

126 Reviews | 26 Followers
Funny, Clever, Edgy, Masterful, Intelligent

See it if From the writing to the brilliant actors to the tech... this is as perfect as off-off-Broadway gets. Ingenious, thought-provoking & FUNNY!

Don't see it if you lack even an ounce of tolerance for any sexual orientation other than whatever you consider normative. This is about TOLERANCE! Read more

197 Reviews | 74 Followers
Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Great writing, Quirky

See it if You like small, well-acted, story-driven productions that challenge norms. A beautiful play about finding out and accepting who you are

Don't see it if You are uncomfortable with anything outside the norm, with stories about sexuality or finding yourself. GA, but front row long/accessible Read more

748 Reviews | 237 Followers
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.

411 Reviews | 188 Followers
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

271 Reviews | 66 Followers
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

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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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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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 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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