Kerrmoor (FringeNYC)
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Kerrmoor (FringeNYC)
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Kerrmoor (FringeNYC) NYC Reviews and Tickets

74%
(13 Reviews)
Positive
92%
Mixed
0%
Negative
8%
Members say
Great acting, Intense, Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Riveting

About the Show

Part of FringeNYC: Three women bound by blood and tradition. One community in dire straits. Can a centuries-old rite mend the ills of a backwater Appalachian town? Potent and haunting, Kerrmoor straps you in, and you’re off until the bloody end.

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Member Reviews (13)

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76
Absorbing, Suspenseful, Intense

See it if you want to see a riveting modern Greek tragedy that tugs at your heart strings

Don't see it if you don't want a slow build or slightly repetitive dialogue

30
Disappointing, Confusing, Overrated

See it if you think that being confused and intelligent are one and the same.

Don't see it if Program notes say the playwright has a PhD in something or other and it shows - it's a bunch of unintelligible mumbling with no purpose.

80
Intense, Great acting, Timeless, Heartbreaking, Mythic

See it if You like plays with roots deep in history and folklore, rituals examined and revisited.

Don't see it if You don't like dark explorations of people trying to escape from the past.

78
Thought-provoking

See it if you like interesting stories about ritualistic people

Don't see it if you want fast paced edgy theatre

75
Riveting, Thought-provoking, Slow, Intense, Cliched

See it if you enjoy a slowly spun tale that drives towards an unavoidable conclusion, but you can remain hopeful that escape is possible

Don't see it if You want a fast pace or scares or action in your thrillers; you can't bear dialects

75
Great acting, Thought-provoking, Riveting, Intense

See it if you are interested in antiquated belief systems and how they can drive communities to commit unbelievable atrocities.

Don't see it if you are squeamish about backwoods accents or are offended by antiquated belief systems that are based in legend.

86
Great acting, Absorbing, Slow

See it if For the great acting, the strong female characters and the intriguing story line.

Don't see it if You can't forgive some repetitious dialogue.

90
Absorbing, Ambitious, Intelligent, Relevant, Resonant

See it if You have a taste for smart politically relevant theatre focused on female characters

Don't see it if You like to see theatre that requires little/no work from the audience. You have to "go there" with this play.

Critic Reviews (5)

Time Out New York
August 24th, 2016

"The play treats its characters as caricatures of frenzied backwoods folk, never eliciting the empathy one should feel in this Greek-like tragedy; twanging up a storm, the actors do their best with repetitive dialogue, a confusing story line and intermittent breaks into song. At the play’s contrived climax, Agatha warns young Kylie, 'Don’t look back. Leave now.' One feels the same way exiting the theater."
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Theatre is Easy
August 23rd, 2016

"It’s the sort of show where not much happens, but there’s beauty in what’s given. As the mother-daughter leads, Kelly and Hileman's nuanced performances give us two of the most wonderfully backwoods individuals possible…In moments of violence, we don’t observe any wear to the body or any blood spilt. Choosing not to include anything makes such moments comedic and wholly unbelievable...Budgetary concerns aside, 'Kerrmoor' is a well-performed piece with an intriguing premise."
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The Washington Post
November 3rd, 2015
For a previous production

"'Kerrmoor' is clear as a bell, aided by McCully’s sturdy, authentic performance in the central role...The dialogue rings with twang and rapture as Agatha’s daughter Lorna and Lorna’s half-sister Kylie get as wild and wide-eyed (and manipulative) as the girls in Arthur Miller’s 'The Crucible.' The old faiths and bigotries run deep in this insular setting, and the earnest 'Kerrmoor' is a kind of exorcism...The single-minded protest and rites of 'Kerrmoor' run their swift course efficiently."
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B
November 5th, 2015
For a previous production

"The text, especially early on, is sparse, not to mention stingy with the exposition. Even by the end you may find yourself wanting just a little more in the way of development (and maybe a little less repetition of some details). Lots of provocative ideas are in the air; not all of them get enough focus. And the horror genre touches don't always click neatly into place. Still, the play exerts a steady pull as it unfolds, painting a creepy portrait of prideful insularity."
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DC Metro Theater Arts
November 8th, 2015
For a previous production

"All three actresses give captivating performances…McCully wears her role like a second skin. She wrote this character and knows exactly how to make Agatha and her pain real...Over the course of an hour, Agatha, Lorna, and Kylie strip themselves bare of all facades until we see them as they are. The transformations are beautiful and painful…'Kerrmoor' is a potent, haunting play; part love letter, part Dear John missive to the past and a place and to the people who remain stuck in both."
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