Already closed | 1h 15m | West Village

Monsoon Season

From 76 member  reviews
Members say: Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Absorbing, Clever

About the show

All for One presents this new dark and twisted romantic comedy about a recently separated couple whose lives are spinning out of control. More…

From the show:

It’s monsoon season in Phoenix, Arizona, and recently separated couple Danny and Julia are spiraling into chaos. A strip club’s flashing neon sign is keeping Danny awake at night, and Julia’s Adderall addiction has only gotten worse since her dealer moved in. Danny is suffering from micro-blackouts and Julia keeps seeing a giant bird in her backyard. Is anyone watching their kid? This brutally demented romantic comedy by Lizzie Vieh comes alive with biting humor and blinding insight.

1h 15m | Already closed | Rattlestick Theatre (West Village)

Member Reviews (76)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Absorbing, Clever
81
Avg Score

82
Surprising, Absorbing, Intense, Great writing, Great acting

See it if Great writing, gripping performances. Dark comedy with lots of twists. Fun, funny and suspenseful.

Don't see it if you don't like mostly solo shows.

Also Sets & lighting really give the show the perfect ambiance.

80
Fun, Dark, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining

See it if You enjoy dark comedies. Really excellent performances and fun slightly twisted story.

Don't see it if If you dislike monologue heavy shows. The 2 characters don't share much stage time together but I really enjoyed the format/storytelling

64
Overrated, Funny, Banal, Ambitious

See it if Show has many changing moments to it. Can be confusing at times. Goid lighting and sound.

Don't see it if Laughs sometimes fall flat. To many changing ideas in the play. Confusing at times.

85
Disturbing, Surprising, Insightful, Dark, Funny

See it if Two mesmerizing monologues by a recently divorced couple. Desperate & unable to meet cultural ideals, their lives tailspin. Great twists.

Don't see it if You don’t like offbeat monologues that go off the rails. Very funny & very dark. I didn’t understand the point until the gruesome ending.

Also (Spoiler alert) .................. Read more Read less

82
Resonant, Intense, Great acting, Edgy, Ambitious

See it if Vieh's dark, corrosive, gimlet-eyed comedy of manners bravely takes on plight of a destructive, lower middle-class couple w/compassion

Don't see it if Despite blistering acting from Plaehn & Thieriot, the dueling monologue format can be cumbersome as its connecting components come together

70
Lively performances, Easy laughs, Some superficial stretches, Important subject, Formulaic

See it if the idea of 2 interlocking solo plays nominally engaged with life-&-death personal & social issues intrigues you.

Don't see it if you prefer a drama in which characters interact: Here that occurs for only a few short minutes of playing time.

Also The 1st 20 minutes or so of “Monsoon Season” are fully compelling. A s... Read more Read less

80
Romantic, Quirky, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if CLOSED..too late for....? Divided rating. #1 says brilliant, two master performers, worth the trip. small theater. Rattlestick staff A-1

Don't see it if #2 (me) says "I have a problem with solos" and Why doesn't NY City get its subway act together? and Why is it so cold in winter ?

79
Intelligent, Funny, Great staging, Great acting, Great writing

See it if you'd enjoy two sides of the story in a family disintegrating & falling into abuse leaving a young child in the middle-realistically written

Don't see it if you do not enjoy family separation, drug & alcohol abuse, loud voicing and sounds, bright lights and basically two monologues until the end.

75
Well staged, Predictable, Dated, Slow, Unusual structure

See it if divorce issues interest you. A perfect schlub husband unable to imagine or solve problems & an entitled shrew wife create situational humor

Don't see it if divorce is either an issue or a bore to you.

86
Funny, Intelligent, Great acting, Entertaining, Clever

See it if You like dark comedies. You like stories told from alternating POVs. You like monologue format.You want fast-paced writing & riveting acting

Don't see it if You prefer dialogue plays.You don't like dark comedy.You want a play that reveals up-front & not at the very end.You want a big production.

88
Clever, Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Quirky

See it if Dark and twisted Story, with great acting, about a couple with going thru a divorced that turn in to a Monsoon.

Don't see it if This is very dysfunction people, the F word is use.

76
Great writing, Great acting

See it if Well written dialogue, very good acting.

Don't see it if Problem was that the second half was just her side with each event basically repeated. Didn't add to understanding of the first part.

Also Really two solo shows about the same moment in time. That was a little... Read more Read less

67
Slow, Entertaining, Great acting

See it if 2nd part picks up when the woman appears (loved the skin product demonstration and laughed out loud).

Don't see it if Way too many lengthy scene changes (every 60 seconds or so), and first part w/man really drags. My 8pm show ended at 9:24pm.

84
Great writing, Great staging, Great acting

See it if You like plays that deal with very flawed characters that you will have trouble rooting for

Don't see it if You are expecting a traditional play this is basically two solo plays

Also Had I known the two actors would not be interacting with each other I’... Read more Read less

70
Well done. good performances. strange story.

See it if You like adventurous theatre.

Don't see it if You want a traditional play

80
Quirky, Resonant, Great acting, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if you enjoy dark and original theater; one handers/two handers. Basically two monologues about a divorce from two perspectives. Many laughs

Don't see it if you don't care for monologues; you are recently divorced & it was a difficult one; you prefer musicals & light drama to dark, twisted plots.

Also I thoroughly enjoyed this unusual show. I still see those peach shaped... Read more Read less

84
Entertaining, Troublesome, Funny, Great staging, Great acting

See it if very dark, very funny play about the dissolution of a marriage & it's aftermath, performed as short monologues by 2 terrific actors.

Don't see it if recent acrimonious divorce might trigger unwanted memories; don't like 2 handers though very little interaction except in last few minutes

Also Clever, effective staging, great lighting, & acting, makes what could ... Read more Read less

79
Clever staging, Entertaining, Really good acting, Dark comedy

See it if Two-hander about broken marriage & 2 people who deserve each other. Funny, occasionally poignant, more often revealing.

Don't see it if Dark as it is, this is an entertainment. If you want deep drama about universality of human condition, look elsewhere.

86
Resonant, Great writing, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining

See it if you want to see an author perfectly capture dysfunctional, co-dependent individuals with humor

Don't see it if self-destructive individuals in a codependent relationship are triggering for you or, on a more technical note, you can't tolerate a strobe.

Also Author Lizzie Vieh perfectly captures how alcohol and methamphetamines... Read more Read less

95
Perceptive, Relevant, Excellent direction, Insightful writing, Superb acting

See it if you favor serious themes presented with perception about people unraveling under psychological stress with fabulous acting/writing/directing

Don't see it if you favor "light" entertainment & dislike depictions of characters that are very pitiful, sad & suffering as they try to navigate life.

100
Must see, Poignant, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting

See it if you appreciate solo successive male/female expression of disorientation, despair, emotional growth, self awareness from marital separation.

Don't see it if you prefer large cast/sets, multiple acts, light comedy, or musicals, are disturbed by enactment sexual activity/drug abuse/violence/blood.

Also The writing, direction, acting, and overall execution of this humorous... Read more Read less

83
Relevant, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you are interested in watching a family fall away in this well-written script. The play explores 1st the husband & next the wife's decisions

Don't see it if Watching a family disintegrate on stage might be disturbing for many.

Also This is an excellent script written by Lizzie Vieh. The believable and... Read more Read less

81
Absorbing, Great sets and lighting, Great acting, Clever

See it if You want to see two fully depicted characters come to life. He's morose and she's manic.

Don't see it if You want to see interaction between them. The action is in the form of monologues, believable and touching.

79
Raunchy, Good acting, Quirky, Funny, Clever

See it if you like quirky,"fringe type" shows--this started at Edinburgh fringe;dark comedies; 1 person shows--this has 2 but usually only 1 on stage

Don't see it if you don't want to see another show about dysfunctional marriage;prefer plays where characters interact with each other;dislike dark comedies

85
Great writing, Great acting, Funny, Dark, Clever

See it if This is a beaut of a duality story. Two stories. Two monologues. Same story bisected by point of view and temporality. Super clever.

Don't see it if Just very smart. Script. Acting. Set. And it’s funny. As well as quirky and very unexpected.


October 30th, 2019
"In ‘Monsoon Season,’ a Marital Squall Turns Ugly: Bad things happen to bad people in Lizzie Vieh’s comedy, set in Arizona, about a couple who break up, crack up and make up."
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November 6th, 2019
"'Monsoon Season' and the Poor Slobs in the Mirror: Lizzie Vieh's horror-comedy two-hander comes to New York."
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October 31st, 2019
"Vieh's script is extremely clever in its telling two sides of a story completely by separate monologues. The dialogue is real and yet extremely funny, never revealing too much, allowing the audience to piece together what's going on as the actors deliver their lines with impeccable timing and tu...
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November 3rd, 2019
"Black comedy…clever and merciless, but it is also oddly compassionate…Danny and his ex-wife Julia may be losers who constantly make laughably wrong choices, but they are trying to do right, to be better…ultimately gruesome…but there is humor throughout."
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