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Lewiston/Clarkston NYC Reviews and Tickets

(63 Reviews)
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Great acting, Great writing, Absorbing, Ambitious, Resonant

About the Show

Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre presents an evening of two plays by Sam Hunter ("The Whale"), written to be in conversation with one another, now performed on a double bill for the first time.

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Member Reviews (63)

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50 Reviews | 22 Followers
Exquisite, Specific, Thought-provoking, Riveting, Refreshing

See it if you believe the theatre is a place for community to gather and wrestle with itself.

Don't see it if you want a musical or something that puts spectacle before plot or character.

302 Reviews | 99 Followers
Emotional, Great acting, Great writing, Engrossing

See it if you enjoy emotionally powerful stories with characters that feel realistic and multi-layered and not perfect, with superb directing.

Don't see it if You need a full-blown production. The set is minimal and folding chairs are used. Otherwise, do not miss this! Read more

324 Reviews | 68 Followers
Absorbing, Great acting, Masterful, Profound, Resonant

See it if You want to see two beautifully written plays that compliment one another performed by a perfect cast.

Don't see it if You don't like text heavy, emotionally resonant & serious plays. Read more

104 Reviews | 20 Followers
Absorbing, Exquisite, Great acting, Great writing

See it if Fabulously written,great acting,this is what great NY theater is about. Don’t miss it

Don't see it if I can’t imagine why someone would not enjoy this

199 Reviews | 42 Followers
Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Masterful, Relevant

See it if you appreciate beautiful stories told very simply, and acted with perfect ensembles.

Don't see it if you need big, flashy productions. These shows are small and intimate with minimal sets. Read more

90 Reviews | 23 Followers
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Resonant

See it if you love Samuel D Hunter, you relate to stories about disadvantaged and isolated people looking for connection, you want to see great acting

Don't see it if you can't sit on high stools, you want something light and fluffy, you want high production quality

63 Reviews | 14 Followers
Resonant, Absorbing, Intelligent, Nourishing, Great writing

See it if you want to be absorbed into two different but related experiences of very intimate theatricality.

Don't see it if you want your theater to be BIG and ELABORATE or don't have the patience to sit through two intimately emotional 1.5-hour plays. Read more

398 Reviews | 119 Followers
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Great staging, Relevant

See it if You want a unique evening of theater: Two thought provoking plays in an intimate setting with a communal meal in between.

Don't see it if You don’t have the patience to let the plays slowly unfold. Read more

Critic Reviews (15)

The New York Times
October 25th, 2018

"McCallum’s beautifully calibrated staging is so intimate it seems to implicate you in its themes...Intimacy compensates to some degree for a slightly abstract quality in ‘Lewiston’...’Clarkston’ is the richer drama, with themes that are more tightly bound to characters and a plot both surprising and inevitable..Hunter’s golden diptych, no less than McCallum’s spectacularly unspectacular production, suggests that small rewards may be the only kind available.”
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New York Magazine / Vulture
October 26th, 2018

"Hunter’s smart, sad, inquisitive plays rest somewhere between Jake’s tentative sense of wonder, Alice’s wry weariness, and Chris’s flat skepticism...They need one another — 'Lewiston' especially needs 'Clarkston,' which is tightly crafted, tender, and at times devastating, while its preceding play feels more nascent, as if Hunter’s still finding his way...Exposed is how both production and audience feel, and that’s as it should be."
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The Hollywood Reporter
October 25th, 2018

“Theater rarely gets more physically and emotionally intimate...‘Lewiston/Clarkston’ is chamber theater of the most deeply moving kind...‘Lewiston’ benefits greatly from the excellent performances...’Clarkston’ deftly works in elements related to Lewis and Clark with discussions about the explorers' historical legacy...McCallum's superb staging makes excellent use of the versatile space...You'll have a palpable sense of having shared something special with your fellow theatergoers."
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October 25th, 2018

"For the daring theatrical explorers among us, 'Lewiston/Clarkston,' directed by Davis McCallum, is obviously a must-see. Marathon evenings like this aren't a frequent occurrence...The actors are practically on top of us, but not in a confrontational way...The introspective silences often speak louder than the words...'Clarkston' is far better, a satisfying entree that features three excellent performances...As noble an experiment as America itself, and just as imperfect."
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Lighting & Sound America
November 14th, 2018

"Unequally compelling dramas...'Lewiston' tries to cram too much into ninety minutes, with awkward results...It helps enormously that 'Clarkston' has an ending that, for all its ambiguities, offers at least the possibility of peace for some of the characters...Even marked by a certain up-and-down quality, 'Lewiston/Clarkston' is filled with good performances, and Hunter's ability to mine drama out the lives and conditions of his corner of the Northwest remains unique."
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New York Stage Review
October 25th, 2018

“An exceedingly special and highly unconventional theatrical event. Small in scale—like the work of a miniaturist—but major in scope, Hunter’s impressive opus features a tiny cast, working almost literally in your laps and giving massively powerful performances...The two plays are altogether different...The plays are exceptionally insightful...The performances brought forth from the actors by McCallum are each and every one exquisite.”
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New York Stage Review
October 25th, 2018

“A riveting, haunting two-part play...Under McCallum’s intuitive, compassionate direction, the actors give performances of startling emotional transparency...We are reminded, in both plays that both that historic mission and its leaders were flawed, by factors ranging from imperialism to personal demons. Hunter isn’t preaching about the inherent corruption of powerful nations or their heroes; it’s human fallibility in the context of larger social forces that intrigues and moves him."
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November 28th, 2018

"While McCallum's production of 'Clarkston' is much more effective than his 'Lewiston,' taken together Hunter's two plays are ambitious in scope and epic in theme. 'Lewiston/Clarkston' is an unforgettable experience of young people searching for their roots as well as a star to guide them. Ultimately satisfying in a way few plays are, Hunter's 'Lewiston/Clarkston' will stay with you long after you have left the theater, their characters resonating with you long after they have left."
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