Lured NYC Reviews and Tickets

79%
(56 Reviews)
Positive
86%
Mixed
11%
Negative
3%
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.

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81
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.] Read more

86
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.

76
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. Read more

85
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 Read more

47
Disappointing

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 Read more

88
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.

79
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.

79
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.

Critic Reviews (6)

TheaterScene.net
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. Considering that Lured is based on real events, at the very least he dulls the important political and social points he is making by having the victims and perpetrators behave equally abhorrently."
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Pop Dust
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 genuinely difficult to watch, but the cast and director succeed in their mission. By the end there is no way to not talk about this play and the uncomfortable facts of our reality it presents.”
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T
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. But instead of making the oppressed and the oppressor connect, it seems unnecessary and forced into the play...'Lured' is timely, relevant to our political climate, and heart wrenching."
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B
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 any easy resolution, either, ending with a question mark in the best possible sense...Not an easy play to watch, but it is 70 minutes of truth — you can't ask for more."
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T
November 10th, 2018

"Avella’s play focuses a myopic lens on the entrapment, humiliation and torture of human beings. The spectacle of such cruelty and inhumanity is disturbing enough for any audience to witness. The subject matter is certainly horrific and Kudos to Mr. Avella for being brave enough to bring it to the stage. However, most of the characters are representative either as perpetrators or victims...Their personas need to be more fully realized."
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Gay City News
November 12th, 2018

"The power of 'Lured,' a gutsy new political drama exposing heinous crimes against gay men in present-day Russia, is felt well before the actors take the stage...Among the most arduous and exhilarating 80 minutes I’ve spent at the theater in recent memory...If the dialogue is at times overwrought and the staging a bit clunky — the pacing and fight scenes are not as fluid as they could be — the performers, employing Russian accents, are committed and thoroughly convincing."
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