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Line

Members say: Funny, Clever, Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting
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NYC's longest running play (since 1967!), Israel Horovitz's absurdist drama is about five people waiting in line for a mysterious event. Each person battles for first place, becoming increasingly vicious.

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Ever wait in line? What are you waiting for? Who are these other people? Are they your friends? Enemies? Is someone trying to cheat you. seduce you, cut ahead? Who can you trust? Israel Horovitz’s classic, existential, dark comedy explores these questions in this biting, absurdist allegory that perfectly satirizes the now-timeless theme of America’s constant desire and struggle to be in first place.

 

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67
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60
New York Magazine / Vulture

for a previous production "A kind of poor man’s 'Waiting for Godot,' Horovitz’s one-act is basically an extended comedy sketch about five schlemiels conniving and conspiring to get to the front of the line despite never ascertaining what they're waiting for... The script may still have a point to make but this overextended production muddies any comic message with amateurish acting that places inadvertant emphasis on a misogynist subplot." Full Review

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NYC Go

for a previous production "If you're looking for a lesson on theatrical durability to be learned from Line, which has been at the same downtown theater for 40 years and reigns as New York City's longest-running play, that's one of the big ones. The length of the show's run speaks for itself, and it's been translated into more than 35 languages and performed around the world." Full Review

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77
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89
Funny, Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Entertaining

See it if you like comedies

Don't see it if you don't like comedies

65
Edgy, Indulgent, Slow, Sometimes funny, Occasionally intense

See it if you are interested in theatrical history. This is the longest running show in one venue. The young actors work hard to make the show succeed

Don't see it if gratuitous violence & sex disgust you. The 5 characters fight to be first in line without any reason except to be 1st. Each will do anything

10
Banal, Disappointing, Excruciating, Slow, Dated

See it if You want to see a very stupid,slow,boring show

Don't see it if Your smart

100
Funny, Clever, Thought-provoking

See it if you appreciate absurdist yet relatable situations.

Don't see it if you don't like allegory.

76
Intelligent, Intense, Thought-provoking, Great writing, Excruciating

See it if Like Godot

Don't see it if Dont like Godot

100
Funny, Absorbing, Ambitious, Clever, Entertaining

See it if It was ok. I honestly was not really impressed with it. We were actually joking my husband about taking us to an off broadway show

Don't see it if I am not sure that I would recommend this show.

69
Banal, Cliched, Pretentious, Dated

See it if you know & love the author's work

Don't see it if you know & dislike the author's work

99
Funny, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Profound, Great writing

See it if You like small downtown off-off-broadway productions of a genius classic comic script by top notch actors.

Don't see it if Absurdism is a dealbreaker.

100
Clever, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Quirky, Relevant

See it if You want to be part of a theatrical experience that makes you really THINK!

Don't see it if You don't want to be enriched

100
Funny, Clever, Great acting, Intelligent

See it if You want to see a REAL theatrical experience.

Don't see it if You're not into art

80
Funny, Absorbing, Clever, Edgy, Great acting

See it if Line was something I studied in college and I was happy to see it at the original space! Its odd but I thought this was a great production.

Don't see it if You don't understand surrealism.

100
Funny, Great acting, Intense, Quirky, Entertaining

See it if You like Absurdist Theater

Don't see it if Are not open to interesting theater

48
For a previous production
Banal, Disappointing, Excruciating, Slow, Dated

See it if You have a morbid curiosity to see what it's all about but seriously, not good.

Don't see it if You can find anything else to do!

80
For a previous production
Funny, Clever, Must see

See it if you don't want to miss a classic off-off Broadway show by an accomplish playwright. Bare bone production doesn't matter its about the story

Don't see it if If you are looking for bigger production value than pass.

88
For a previous production
Funny, Original, Absorbing, Profound, Entertaining

See it if want to see one of the great existential plays of the American Theatre. A classic, simple in staging, profound in meaning.

Don't see it if you don't like plays that make you think.

70
For a previous production
Fun, quirky

See it if A fun break of theater of the absurd. Good for an hour of chuckles and thinking Simplistic production that is all about the cast

Don't see it if you want a clear story line with character development Dont want to see what could pass for an impromptu acting class for actor training

100
For a previous production
Absorbing, Ambitious, Exquisite, Masterful, Great staging

See it if You love intensity, history, The Music!

Don't see it if Loud noises and strong emotions frighten you.