Already closed | 1h 30m | Midtown W

Jonah and Otto

From 23 member  reviews
Members say: Great acting, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Clever, Intelligent

About the show

Lost Tribe Theatre presents the US premiere of this British drama in which two men share their solitude and their secrets over the course of one night. More…

Jonah is 26, Otto is 62—two men different in every way. But not everything is what it seems when their lives collide one summer's night in a mysterious walled garden on the south coast of England. As their stories of love and loss unravel and memories of the past come to light, it's clear neither can be the same again. 'Jonah and Otto' is a humane, comic, and ultimately haunting exploration of what it is to be alive.

1h 30m | Already closed | Theatre Row / Theatre One (Midtown W)

Member Reviews (23)


Great acting, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Clever, Intelligent
Avg Score

Absorbing, Romantic, Intense, Intelligent, Quirky

See it if Two people don't seem to have much in common, but are drawn to each other. Sharp dialog and some unexpected developments.

Don't see it if I never fully bought into these characters and their relationship, but fine acting helped and I enjoyed the ride.

Great acting, Refreshing

See it if you want to see great acting. This play features two great actors that are really balanced. Balance means the world to me.

Don't see it if you want a big crazy set with fireworks. This is all about the acting and building to a clean finish as we say in the wrestling business

Absorbing, Edgy, Thought provoking

See it if You want to stretch your horizons about relationships between the the old and the young.

Don't see it if you are not open to life, love and friendship beyond what you currently know.

Disappointing, Indulgent, Overrated, Quirky, Thought-provoking

See it if two person cast with topic on feelings/emotions.

Don't see it if two actors you don't find credible or care about.

Indulgent, Excruciating, Slow, Insipid, Pretentious

See it if You believe British accents make a play interesting. You enjoy pretentious, obnoxious faux Beckett.

Don't see it if You're interested in being emotionally engaged, or seeing real characters who actually talk to and not at each other.

Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Great acting, Resonant

See it if you'd like some delicious moments between 2 great actors, and are in a contemplative mood. Bonus for Brits - it's got references galore!

Don't see it if dark, two-handers aren't your cup of tea.

Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if you're interested in seeing serious, thoughtful performances in a play about the conversations between 2 characters.

Don't see it if you're looking for a big, loud production.

Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking

See it if You like plays particularly British theater!

Don't see it if You're into flashy, traditional musical theater type shows.

Great acting, Resonant, Intelligent

See it if You want to see great acting and captivating writing.

Don't see it if You don't have patience for a complex play that leaves some things open to interpretation.

Clever, Great acting, Great staging, Intelligent, Great writing

See it if You love great writing and acting

Don't see it if You don't want to think

Absorbing, Funny, Great acting, Ambitious, Clever

See it if you can. An excellent cast lead a top notch production. Pitch perfect direction and spot on production design catapult the story forward.

Don't see it if you you've never wondered what life is about.

Absorbing, Great acting, Ambitious, Edgy, Thought-provoking

See it if Hurry down to the Lion Theatre for a real treat!

Don't see it if You only watch Disney

Clever, Great acting, Intelligent, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if You appreciate great acting. Jonah and Otto entertain the crowd for 90 minutes without pause. It's brilliant.

Don't see it if You are bringing children. The language can be colorful!

Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Must see, Resonant

See it if You want to get an incisive look into what it means to be human, and all the trials and tribulations that come with the territory.

Don't see it if you're only looking for a light-hearted play to pass the time.

Great acting, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Must see, Relevant

See it if You are willing to explore the vulnerability of being human and to reflect on what can come from sharing that vulnerability with others.

Don't see it if You are not willing to accept or consider that and how, even in our brokenness, we need each other.

Also Beautifully, powerfully and sensitively acted. Emotional!

Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Great writing

See it if you're invested in one on one interpersonal dramas that just get out of hand. It's surprising how intense it gets!

Don't see it if You fear meeting people who might really connect with you in a scary way

Great acting, Thought-provoking, Intelligent

See it if you like quirky characters portrayed by top-notch actors.

Don't see it if you're looking for a bright, bouncy production.

Clever, Great acting, Masterful, Thought-provoking

See it if you'd like to experience great acting, thought-provoking themes and a taste of England.

Don't see it if you don't like being entertained.

Absorbing, Clever, Enchanting, Funny, Great acting

See it if You appreciate performances, smart writing and can have a laugh at the human condition.

Don't see it if Your favourite film is Horrible Bosses.

Absorbing, Great acting, Edgy, Exquisite, Clever

See it if Very much. The acting of the seizure was superb & the subject was very interesting. We hope it will eventually go to broadway.

Don't see it if We were very impressed with the show & the acting. Bravo!

Also With minimum setting it was a maximum message

Great acting, thoughtful, deep themes

See it if You like talented actors and a script that you ponder and talk about for days.

Don't see it if You want plays to express an unmistakable point of view rather than make you reflect.

Wonderful play, beautifully acted, intelligently and compassionately directed.

See it if You love plays that have great heart and humanity.

Don't see it if You're looking for mindless entertainment.

During previews
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Great writing, Thought-provoking

See it if you are rewarded by intense characters who have much to say about the circumstances of life.

Don't see it if You desire a believable play with action and plot.

February 21st, 2017
"It amounts to a random collection of heartbreak, spiced up by some of the most overwrought dialogue to be heard in months...Whatever can be done with lines like these, the young actor Rupert Simonian does it; he also is technically gifted, pulling off each of his character's seizures with alarmi...
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February 8th, 2017
"With 'Jonah and Otto,' we are left with little by way of form or context. Despite compelling acting by the two performers, under Geraldine Hughes's direction, the audience is kept at arm's length from being able to find the key to the code that will allow us to unearth any but surface meaning fr...
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February 15th, 2017
"While the play is at times Pinteresque, it is talky in a way Pinter never is, explaining everything over and over, covering the same ground again and again. Nothing much happens other than the men become more confiding and reveal more of their personal pasts. The play implies that Jonah is menac...
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February 8th, 2017
"Over the course of 90 minutes, Otto and Jonah engage in thinly plotted talk, sometimes colorfully realistic and even vulgar, sometimes tediously elliptical and metaphorical...Both Gormley and Simonian give reasonably believable performances but Hughes’ direction is dully mundane. Holman appears ...
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