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Kingdom Come

Members say: Great acting, Relevant, Funny, Entertaining, Clever
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Critics
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8 reviews
Members
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76 reviews
 

Roundabout Theatre Company presents Jenny Rachel Weiner's new drama about about isolation, identity, and online dating.

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Samantha is lonely and confined to her bed. Layne is shy and too afraid of the world to journey into it. But when these two thirtysomethings connect through an online dating site, they fall for each other fast and hard. What could go wrong? Considering that they’re both pretending to be someone else, the short answer is: everything.

 

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Reviews (84)

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57
Avg Score

70
The New York Times

"A low-key but likable new comedy-drama...'Kingdom Come' often grows slack when we are listening in on the chats between 'Courtney' and 'Dom.' Like most such interactions, they are fairly banal...And Ms. Weiner and the director, Kip Fagan, cannot really surmount the naturally untheatrical nature of watching two people typing away at their computers...Both the play and its characters are livelier when they are having real human interactions...'Kingdom Come' ends on a moving note." Full Review

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Time Out New York

"This internet-dating premise already seems dated—virtually any episode of MTV's 'Catfish' maps the same territory more entertainingly—and Weiner, a current playwriting student at Juilliard, doesn't take it in any surprising directions. Despite some perky comedy by Stephanie Styles as Layne's self-involved young coworker, it all feels pretty contrived, and as inert as Samantha in her bed." Full Review

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Theatermania

"What the play does have the unique opportunity to offer, however, is three-dimensional characters who deeply feel the effects of both executing and being the victims of this kind of deceit. Weiner does achieve that task to a certain extent, but the play still begs more specificity from both Samantha and Layne...As the plot unfolds and no new details about the inner workings of our protagonists are revealed, not even Herlihy and Finn's palpable chemistry can keep us fully invested." Full Review

65
The Hollywood Reporter

"A sweet if unconvincing romantic comedy that offers some surprising twists...Plot convolutions strain credibility, resembling the sort of contrivances found in a Tom Hanks/Meg Ryan movie. Still, the play is at times both funny and affecting, thanks to the sensitively drawn central figures. The characters are beautifully played by Herlihy and Finn, who convey these women's underlying emotional strengths as well as their vulnerabilities." Full Review

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Lighting & Sound America

"Weiner seriously skimps on the details of Samantha's life, including what triggered her binge eating and what her family is like. Still, even when less than convincing, the playwright's unsentimental compassion for her characters is such that you are avid to find out what happens next. Kip Fagan's direction goes a long way toward reining in the script's excesses and his cast is especially skilled at navigating the hairpin turns from farce to sadness." Full Review

60
Talkin' Broadway

"Human is the best way to describe Weiner's thoughtful, if imperfect, play and Kip Fagan's inconsistent production of it...The plot becomes increasingly improbable as it gets more complicated, with the events and attitudes stretching credulity well past the snapping point...Most of the actors are commenting on their roles rather than living inside them...Only Herlihy and Hernandez get everything right...Their performances are complex, just like 'Kingdom Come' at its best." Full Review

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Front Mezz Junkies

"It’s a compelling piece of playwriting by Jenny Rachel Weiner that begs us to question ideas about love and loneliness...This is one of those plays that I couldn’t help myself getting sucked into. I was so curious to see how it was all going to turn out in the end...Weiner does a good job keeping us intrigued as does director, Kip Fagan, but not so well with our understanding of these souls, especially Samantha...The picture isn’t quite complete. A few pieces are still missing." Full Review

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Front Row Center

"Weiner’s clearly got a bright future ahead of her. Unfortunately, I don’t think 'Kingdom Come' is going to be her breakout vehicle. What she’s got is a good idea...But see, the playwright has to make the characters real. Or at least behave believably...The small plot twist at the end only confuses things and leaves us feeling right back where we started...Certainly the characters haven’t gotten their heart’s desires, and the audience, well, we’re frustrated. Which is not how we walked in." Full Review

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81
Avg Score

74
Funny, Clever, Quirky, Relevant

See it if you've ever had an online relationship and find the concept of catfishing at all interesting.

Don't see it if dislike the use of technology in stage plays or if you're easily offended.

67
Funny, Great acting, Quirky

See it if you're interested in a (fairly unrealistic) story about online dating.

Don't see it if catfishing makes you really uncomfortable.

76
Funny, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if you enjoy material that delves into modern issues, specifically related to technology and social media, and how those can be misused.

Don't see it if you have no interest in seeing a show heavily tied to our digital lives - cell phones, laptops, dating sites, etc.

90
Absorbing, Edgy, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Entertaining

See it if You like nice set design, in a small space; interest in online dating; or have ever felt like a misfit or alone. I cried. Acting✔️. Writing❓

Don't see it if You hate the show "Catfish" or being catfished... Or hate small theatre.

90
Funny, Edgy, Intense, Thought-provoking, Romantic

See it if I had some prejudices shaken, laughed a lot, and gained new insight into relationships, health, sexuality, identity, love and self-worth.

Don't see it if You don't have an open mind. You don't enjoy feminine themes. This play has a lot to say underneath the surface.

Also Something is happening on stage before the play starts. It took me som... Read more Read less

79
Funny, Clever, Relevant, Entertaining

See it if you want a play that is relevant and appropriate for today. You have ever done online dating.

Don't see it if you don't know about online dating this may not interest you.

74
Great acting, Intelligent, Refreshing, Relevant, Entertaining

See it if Interesting topic, handled in a different way. Very nice performances. Good tech. Not the usual take.

Don't see it if A small show. Not very profound.

75
Great acting, Charming, Entertaining, Fluffy

See it if you want to see a charming play about people forming connections under deceit in the digital age, you prefer small, intimate venues

Don't see it if you don't like the TV show Catfish. This is an engaging story, but it offers nothing that hasn't already been seen before in other media

65
Banal, Disappointing, Cliched, Insipid, Slow

See it if you want to see a show-stealing performance by a supporting actor, Stephanie Styles.

Don't see it if you have other options.

80
Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Quirky, Relevant, Great staging

See it if you are intrigued by the issues that modern technology brings into our relationships and self-esteem.

Don't see it if you watch too many episodes of Catfish as it may seem like a bit of a re-hash.

44
Clever, Disappointing, Cliched, Slow, Fluffy

See it if you want to see something set in the present day that tries to incorporate modern forms of communication

Don't see it if you've ever seen an episode of Catfish

86
Absorbing, Clever, Enchanting, Entertaining, Neat

See it if you like to see lonely hearts connect.

Don't see it if you don't like a psychological exploration that takes a whimsical turn.

82
Great acting, Thought-provoking, Quirky, Relevant, Great staging

See it if You like current topics of internet dating,obesity,online deception,self-esteem;to watch a great ensemble cast;storyline with twists & turns

Don't see it if You dislike small venues; like a fast paced story; had a bad experience with online dating;are uncomfortable with limited online sex talk

Also This play is very relevant and appeals to both older and younger theat... Read more Read less

90
Absorbing, Great acting, Cliched, Entertaining

See it if you want to see a semi-predictable show about online dating that still remains interesting and fun to watch

Don't see it if the idea of watching people type back and forth for a good portion of the show bores you

Also I really didn't have super high expectations going into this show, but... Read more Read less

69
Funny, Quirky, Entertaining, Different, Not believable

See it if If you are addicted to the internet and you don't mind a story that is funny but hardly believable ( but it might make you think )

Don't see it if you want a play with a story that doesn't make you roll your eyes

60
Funny, Romantic, Banal, Disappointing, Predictable

See it if a very thin comedy about relationships on the internet attracts you. There is the necessary, if manipulated, tug at heart strings, too.

Don't see it if you expect well developed characters with insights into the forces that drive people toward blind relationships and the nature of love.

85
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Quirky, Romantic

See it if you 'get' social media and online dating and like a good story about what really makes people tick

Don't see it if you don't like small productions or are bored to tears by internet dating stories (no matter how heartfelt)

93
Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Refreshing, Relevant

See it if you want to understand what it trully means to "see through the appearance." The beautiful humanity it showcases is invaluable.

Don't see it if I'm not sure about a few direction choices, but this is still a very affecting piece of work that fulfills what theater is supposed to do.

74
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Dated, Entertaining

See it if you would like to see a play that has some interesting twists and is well acted.

Don't see it if watching excellent actors spend quite a bit of time typing on a computer is too slow moving for you.

89
Funny, Clever, Thought-provoking, Must see, Entertaining

See it if you'd like to feel great about yourself, and see a play that'll take you into a world in which being yourself might not be the best plan.

Don't see it if you can't deal with real plays. This is an incredibly sad story that'll make you question your own friendships, and it might hurt.

84
Funny, Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Cliched

See it if Small theater - small ensemble shows are enjoyable to you

Don't see it if Internet dating turns you off totally.

Also Cast does a great job with this show. Great emotions. Great acting.

69
Great acting, Quirky, Slow

See it if you like the show "Catfish" and don't mind long stretches of internet talking on stage which is not very theatrical.

Don't see it if you want unexpected, twisty material. This show is pretty formulaic regarding internet dating with the expected results but well acted.

81
Funny, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Bittersweet

See it if you've ever online dated - you'll commiserate with the awkwardness, loneliness, and search for self. Great cast.

Don't see it if you've ever online dated - it might hit too close to home for those unlucky in love. And it brings to life some very real fears.

72
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Implausible

See it if you like touching and humorous plays that stimulate discussion about human issues in today's world.

Don't see it if u want a realistic plot or details of how characters developed into the damaged human beings they are.

Also Not for those who prefer not to hear online sex talk.

78
Funny, Clever, Relevant, Moving, Surprising

See it if you enjoy a small, quirky play capable of surprising and moving you. The humor is a definite plus.

Don't see it if you want a play with totally believable characters. Suspension of disbelief is necessary.