Already closed | 1h 10m | Gramercy


From 15 member  reviews
Members say: Quirky, Confusing, Disappointing, Dizzying, Ambitious

About the show

Moscow, 2005. Lillian, an American college student, falls ill with a mysterious disease. Part of Exquisite Corpse Company's 'This Is a Distraction' festival. More…

At the private "American" clinic, Lilian's first doctor is Spanish, the second is Russian, and soon her British ex-boyfriend has arrived through the window. As accents and cultures collide, time begins to slip forwards and backwards in loops. Lillian's disease begins to mutate, causing new and different symptoms in each person it infects, turning the world topsy-turvy in its wake.

1h 10m | Already closed | The Parlour (Gramercy)

Member Reviews (15)


Quirky, Confusing, Disappointing, Dizzying, Ambitious
Avg Score

Confusing, Disappointing, Ambitious, Excruciating, Indulgent

See it if You like plays that are heavy on symbolism, metaphors, and dream like sequences.

Don't see it if You want a story that makes much sense. It’s one thing to use dreams and illness and death as metaphors but they still need to connect.

Dizzying, Confusing, Quirky, Funny, Ambitious

See it if you want to spend 75 minutes with a young student ill in Russia with the doctors she encounters and her boyfriend all mutating inanely.

Don't see it if you want a linear play or have difficulty with three different accents and foreign phrases, some not spoken toward the audience.

Disappointing, Experimental??? / inventive???, Quirky / disturbing, Confusing / dizzying, Surreal / dark

See it if you enjoy experimental theater that forces you to think WAY outside the box, shed your inhibitions, & suspend all reality. I couldn't do it.

Don't see it if you can't let your imagination run wild. I usually can. Not that night. Sorry 'bout it.

Also Saw it the day before closing-nite...... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Dark, Quirky, Intense, Ambitious

See it if You enjoy absurdist art. Are a Kafka fan. Are in the mood for something dark. Enjoy dark fairytales. It's like Vonnegut meets a horror story

Don't see it if You dislike art that is open to interpretation from each individual viewer. Want to be able to sleep well after viewing. It may haunt you.

Also "This is a play about the feeling of the world changing around you in ... Read more Read less

Confusing, Funny, Disappointing, Quirky

See it if You don't mind over-the-top quirkiness. Confusing but I couldn't help laughing out loud at times.

Don't see it if You want to know what is going on all the time

Confusing, Dizzying, Intelligent, Quirky

See it if If you like experimental theatre or Kafka themes. Metamorphosis into other animals and metaphors for life and death.

Don't see it if You don’t like vague theatre.

Disappointing, Confusing

See it if If you like to see good actors do their best with difficult confusing material in a short play.

Don't see it if If you have strong feeling about plays possessing some semblance of a plot.

Confusing, Dizzying, Edgy, Quirky, Thought-provoking

See it if You enjoy a play that forces you to puzzle out its meaning from abstract elements that are both funny and disturbing. A real head scratcher

Don't see it if You cannot tolerate a play that keeps you confused and guessing all the way through, even though it is never boring.

Also I think this was a play about derangement--derangement of time, derang... Read more Read less

Incoherent, Unintelligible, Excruciating, Indulgent, Slow

See it if If you like the trappings of theatre of the absurd, with no discernible point, multiple incomprehensible dialects, and uneven acting.

Don't see it if even if you have nothing else to do. Confusion reigns. At the end, audience members turned to each other and shrugged

Confusing, Disappointing, Dizzying, Quirky

See it if you're feeling adventurous for some quirky and unconventional theater (it just wasn't for me but you might like it)

Don't see it if you speak Russian and expect correct pronunciation

Amusing, entertaining, interesting acting, confusing, economy of direction

See it if You enjoy mysterious, abstract and occasionally inventive Theater

Don't see it if You need to understand where a play is going, don’t like absurdist Theater

Also I enjoyed this once I stopped trying to understand it. It is an odd ma... Read more Read less

Dizzying, Disappointing, Confusing, Quirky

See it if You like small intimate setting, you like plays that make no sense, like experimental theater

Don't see it if You want to see a traditional play, don’t like modern theater, you want to see something that makes sense

Also I like things that are different and unique but this play made very li... Read more Read less

Confusing, Quirky, Funny, Disappointing

See it if you like weird, experimental theater that is quirky and kind of funny

Don't see it if you prefer traditional plays with linear, clear plot lines; if you have trouble understanding bad Russian accents

Ambitious, Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Quirky

See it if You want to see great performances all around. Magical realism, non-linear - writing that keeps you on your toes.

Don't see it if You don't enjoy new works that take risks, being challenged to actually think as an audience member, or you need a linear story line.

Entertaining, Enchanting, Funny, Great acting, Thought-provoking

See it if You enjoy theatrical magic in non-traditional spaces! Great acting and storytelling too.

Don't see it if You are looking for a kitchen sink Drama.

“Liliya” hasn't been reviewed by any Critics (yet!)

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