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Members say: Intense, Edgy, Great acting, Relevant, Absorbing

About the show

Based on factual accounts and events, "Lured" focuses on one particular Russian hate group’s attack on a young gay man and the repercussions that follow when his loved ones decide to take action. More…

The play depicts how these vigilantes lure and entrap LGBTQ people, humiliating and torturing them on camera. "Lured" wonders if hate is inherent or taught and whether revenge is ever the answer. In this current world climate, the play could not be timelier. "Lured" is for mature audiences only.

Member Reviews (56)


Intense, Edgy, Great acting, Relevant, Absorbing
Avg Score

Ambitious, Brutal, Relevant, Intense, Riveting

See it if u can endure the barbarous torment by a gay hate group & the fallout for all involved in a powerful reminder that malevolence still exists.

Don't see it if you have a very low tolerance for torture, humiliation, hate speech, and graphic portrayals of violence. [But see my note below.]

Also Kudos to the creators and cast for this no-holds-barred depiction of a... Read more Read less

Violent, Visceral, Immediate, Well played, Well constructed

See it if you'd like to experience a very well-constructed play that effectively dramatizes the unending futility of cycles of violence.

Don't see it if you do not have the stomach for extreme stage violence in an intimate space.

Also Let me say up front that the only reason I have not rated this well-wr... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Great acting, Relevant, Resonant, Intense

See it if you are not afraid to face real-world inhumanity that includes humiliation and torture in this play based on true Russian accounts:well-told

Don't see it if you do not like to view violence, nudity or humiliation of others: this is an up-close, horror of one atrocity of our tech time gone awry.

Edgy, Great acting, Great writing, Intense, Relevant

See it if A ring of Russian vigilantes bait "defectives" to terrorise them, then karma strikes. Confrontational mission drama to illuminate. Haunting.

Don't see it if In efforts to bring the verite, the overzealous actors leave marks. Depictions of sadism, violence, nudity, insertions, gore, slurs. Gen Adm

Also Unusual plot structure.


See it if Want to see a play where the bad people may not really be the bad people

Don't see it if You need your plays to be all tied up with a good conclusion

Also Based on the description and all the positive reviews I was very excit... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Great writing, Resonant, Relevant, Great acting

See it if You can stand up-close violence and want to see a horrific story beautifully told. Great insight into gay life in present day Russia.

Don't see it if Your tolerance level to depraved violence and full nudity is low. You’re not a fan of LGBT culture.

Russian gays humiliated in violent thriller

See it if Though it treats an important topic, the play is a graphic depiction of the abuse of gays in Russia. Often difficult to watch. Heroic acting

Don't see it if your discomfort threshold is low. Raw violence with much verbal and sexual humiliation. Plot twists are somewhat confusing.

Violent, Relevant, Intense, Absorbing, Great acting

See it if entrapment & torture of gays in present day Russia & the steps taken by the victims in response is of concern. The cast is quite convincing.

Don't see it if you don't want to see graphic scenes involving torture, violence & nudity. Admittedly these are hard to watch but at the same time powerful.

Disappointing, Relevant, Ambitious, Indulgent

See it if you want to see how both the regressive right and a vigilante left can often mirror each other. You want to see individual personalities.

Don't see it if you want to leave the theater moved to wonder about your own standards of morality.

Also After reading Radrunninal's review and discussions with him last night... Read more Read less

Great direction / amazing committed performances, Small up-close venue / well-done (filthy) set-design, Palpable / raw / believable / relevant / important, Intense / disturbing / powerful / visceral / riveting, Absolutely great well-written & constructed script

See it if the harsh dark realities of LGBT rights (or lack their of) outside of 'our world' concerns you. Just a small taste of what you DON'T know.

Don't see it if 75min of (simulated) gratuitous violence, full-on nudity, humiliation & verbal abuse would make you squirm. Just GO. It's an important show.

Also Huge rarity to experience a show...... Read more Read less

Disturbing, violent, necessary, Edgy and raw, Graphic and relevant, Risky, difficult work by a great cast, Ambitious all around

See it if You're ready and able to deal with depictions of the disturbing escalating violence happening to the LGBT community in Russia and beyond.

Don't see it if Nudity, violence and/or LGBT issues disturb in any form, even done by a terrific, brave cast tackling a difficult script and material.

Intense, Relevant, Violent, Raw

See it if You're interested in shows based on real events and can handle brutal depictions of violence.

Don't see it if You aren't interested in minimalistic productions or are looking for something light, or don't want to hear about oppression of LGBTQ people

Ambitious, Edgy, Intense, Raunchy

See it if If you like "based on 'true' story" events. It started out rough, an audience member left at the start of the 2nd scene; there were 3. It

Don't see it if Picked up later on and made sense. There was a decent usage of the Russian dialect, male nudity, violence, and crude language. It's a small

Also Set for a cast of 7- the men were easy on the eyes. Ambitious play; de... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Relevant, Riveting, Intense, Confusing

See it if you want to learn about how gays are treated in Russia, can handle extreme violence, nudity and vulgar language. It's an intense experience.

Don't see it if you aren't interested in LGBT topics, can't tolerate extreme violence and vulgarity

Also This intense & extremely violent show handled well the topic of how ga... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Great acting, Edgy, Intense, Relevant

See it if you have an interest in man's inhumanity to man, you can deal with violence, you are interested in how hate begets hate

Don't see it if you want lighthearted entertainment, you are squeamish about violence and humiliation

Absorbing, Edgy, Great staging

See it if very VIOLENT play about how the LGBT people are treated by the right wing nuts...Not for the faint of heart.

Don't see it if Violence, blood, nudity and cursing easily offends you.

Ambitious, Great acting, Relevant, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to see a glimpse into the real life terror of gay life in modern day Russia. The script is well done. Fantastic job by the cast!

Don't see it if You are not into very physical violence. The play is very hard to watch but it speaks volumes in its truth and message.

Disappointing, Edgy, Decent acting, So so writing

See it if If you appreciate pretty good acting and naked men

Don't see it if You expect great or even good writing

Lurid, Taut, Strong production, Simplified, Brief

See it if vivid writing, performance, and staging; gay themes, twisty plots, &brief male nudity are up your alley

Don't see it if simulated brutality believably staged and any of the above make you uncomfortable. Disinterest in well-developed characters disappoints.

Riveting, Intense, Brutal, Disturbing

See it if you want to see how the world is portrayed in Russia with regards to their horrible treatment of gays

Don't see it if you are offended by nudity, brutality, and disturbing images

Banal, Confusing, Edgy

See it if you enjoy Russian gays being tortured this is the play for you

Don't see it if you are upset by cruelty, torture and incomprehensibility

Intense, Edgy, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Ambitious

See it if you like plays that give you insights to situations, you like intense theater, you are interested in LGBT topics

Don't see it if you don't like intense situations, graphic portrayals, nudity, or desire a larger production value

Also Lured is based on real events and shows what happens in Russia when a ... Read more Read less

Great acting, Edgy, Riveting, Profound

See it if You want to see heavy drama involving Russian luring of gay men for the purpose of humiliation and torture.

Don't see it if You are uncomfortable with gay violence, simulated rape, humiliation, and male nudity. Not for everyone, but important to tell.

Also Very graphic portrayals which will make some people squirm. I found it... Read more Read less

Flawed but dealing with something difficult and important. well acted and directed. less brutal than their warnings suggested.

See it if you like serious political theater that is raw and unflinching.

Don't see it if You are ambivalent about homosexuality or homophobic.

Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Intense, Edgy

See it if you dare witness lgbt hate crime theme w/ nudity up close in a small theater. The experience is intense & abdorbing - kudos to a great cast!

Don't see it if you dislike lgbt theme, violence, nudity & Russian inspired true events - all of which are essential aspects of this well staged 3-act play.

November 14th, 2018
"Playwright/co-director Frank J. Avella's Lured at the Theater for the New City practices a bit of theatrical legerdemain. Ostensibly about the perils of being gay in today's Russia, Avella takes an unexpected turn into revenge melodrama that almost defeats his main political/social theme. Consid...
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November 16th, 2018
“An uncomfortable experience. ‘Lured ‘ is sheerly violent, graphic, and unapologetic about it...The intent is to provoke the audience into righteous anger, and it works...It's a brisk hour and change, with a lithe cast undertaking the difficult material with guts and moxie...At times it's genuine...
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November 10th, 2018
"It is hard to watch the show because it makes you want to yell and scream at the inhumane treatment happening on stage...My one slight criticism of this provocative, in-your-face play is when Tatiana speaks about her brother. I know the playwright, Frank Avella’s reasoning for including this. Bu...
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November 10th, 2018
"This grotesque violation of humanity is dramatized in an ingenious way that contextualizes the trend while never flinching from portraying the depravity...'Lured' tackles a topical theme in an artful, non-exploitative way. It is never satisfied preaching to the choir...It doesn't force-feed us a...
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