Theatre 4the People presents a new coming-of-age story about a damaged boy and girl who run away to create their own sort of Neverland in a crumbling fairground. More…
Erika Phoebus' play explores love, trauma, adolescence, and the need for a shared language to process and heal. It deals with sexual violence, PTSD, and most prominently, the long-lasting effects of ignorance, silence, and shame. It's a look into an unconventional kind of love that may feel more familiar than we expect.
See it if Was rooting for it, but after an 80 min first act, it lost me. Should be a one act. Acting was very good. So was staging.
Don't see it if You don't have patience. It's plodding. Needs a good edit and tighter direction.
See it if You want to see the early stage of play development. This is an extremely early phase of a play.
Don't see it if You want to see a play that's ready to be seen in front of an audience. You value good writing & acting.
See it if It's a stream of consciousness, cynical and rather hopeless look at coming of age. In the murk there are moments of revolutionary theater.
Don't see it if you're bothered by sexual violence, drug use, pathetic parenting, being lied to about the length, lack of closure and muddied message.
See it if Your air conditioner is broken and you need a cool place to sit You like a play with way too many ideas You don't mind bad dialogue
Don't see it if You want to care about the characters
See it if You'd like a well-intentioned, overly ambitious but ultimately unfocused, unclear drama about potential abuse. Good dialogue, weak play.
Don't see it if The bleak results of boredom, abuse & nihilism facing American teens upsets. Tighter editing & direction would've helped play & good cast.
See it if It was a good try and original and I appreciate the effort, but....
Don't see it if Hard to sit through for 2.5 hours. Shorten it by an hour, please.
See it if You like something different, cleverly staged, a show that constantly has you trying to figure out the time frame in lives of the characters
Don't see it if you want an easy to follow plot, you're offended by language and sexual themes, you have difficulty without theater-aided hearing devices
See it if you like constant running around
Don't see it if sound and fury signifying nothing isn't for you
See it if You want to support a young cast doing theatre with purpose. Strong, purposeful themes of coping with sexual assault. Strong lead chemistry.
Don't see it if It just had WAY too many little problems I wanted to fix. Set turning was monotonous, the plot structure needs a lot of work. Slow paced!
See it if You want to catch a show with some novel ideas and presentation about a life long very complicated romance filled with many disappointments.
Don't see it if You have a short fuse when it comes to overly drawn out plays. This had lotsa promise but loses itself (& us) in act ll. Needs much editing.
See it if you enjoy seeing a work-in-progress show with a lot of potential and great acting. Miskell gave Ty much needed depth & is an actor to watch.
Don't see it if you are looking for a tight, well-polish story or you are deeply disturbed by shows about sexual violence and mental illness.
See it if you want a quirky indie YA approach to mental illness and sexual assault. A retrograde neurotic male lead from an 80's-90's teen movie.
Don't see it if sudden loud noises (e.g. shouting & banging around the set) bother you. 2h45min is too long for you. You like specific, meaningful dialogue.
See it if you're in Greenwich Village and there's absolutely nothing else to see
Don't see it if you're looking for a play with an interesting story or are put off by amateurish elements including the staging and some of the performances
See it if You are comfortable with sensitive coming of age topics and intense acting.
Don't see it if You enjoy comedies, musicals or obvious conclusion storylines.
See it if You want some intense life situations played out with some being resolved. Many patrons should be able to relate. Just like life.
Don't see it if You don't like or want to be absorbed into the story line. That's the only way to enjoy the play.
See it if You appreciate great acting from a young cast in an original story. I was highly impressed by the performances of all the actors.
Don't see it if intense themes bother/offend you. Drugs, sex, violence, and mental illness are all prevalent.
See it if you like the darker, edgier side of theatre. it addresses some very thought provoking material, and it invites you to talk about the play
Don't see it if if you want something light and fun. it is hard hitting, and will get into the deeper psyche of your mind. not really one to take the family
See it if you like more serious plays dealing with trauma, shame and other dark parts of the human mind
Don't see it if you don't like slow/drawn out plays. There is not that much happening here