Part of FringeNYC: Seven women. One unsettling new art exhibit: photographs taken surreptitiously of people in a small town. Fearing humiliation, the women unite for a summer night's escapade to face the sad, funny, beautiful truth. A philosophical comedy about seeing and being seen. More…
Categories: Comedy, Drama, Local. From Theatre for Human Beings. Written by Tasha Nicole Partee. Directed by Tasha Nicole Partee.
"What's compelling here is that Partee investigates some serious artistic issues in her play and has the courage to let its gray areas remain gray. Partee, who also wears the hat of director here, smartly allows the able cast to bring her story to vibrant life and lets the audience become the judge of the unfolding events. Okay, the performance I attended wasn't flawless...But...this piece has humor, psychological depth, and a whiff of philosophy." Full Review
"'Mrs. Schrodinger’s Cat' has enormous potential. With editing and some reduction in scope it could be a terrific Off-Broadway production. Though the otherwise very compelling storyline and philosophical problem occasionally goes astray, Partee’s dialog is sharp, witty and revealing. She has developed characters with depth that we want to know more about and she leaves hanging many questions that aren’t (and shouldn’t necessarily be) ultimately answered." Full Review
“The two-act play is quirky yet balanced with truth and heart. Partee's script is snappy, even if the tempo occasionally faltered. Her characters feel as if they can live in a serial world, existing through weekly hijinks. It's a play with a plethora of promise...At the end of the day, ‘Mrs. Schrodinger's Cat’ is a lovely dramedy. It's sugary in all the right ways. This is a play that could use an outside eye to guide through the wavering tones to bring each out properly.” Full Review
"At times, Partee’s direction falls short. Her prose is quite poetic, but there are missed opportunities for the rhythm of this piece to really pop. Further, the staging of a few scenes feels a bit haphazard...The strength of this piece lies in its writing, and the ways in which Partee refuses to take a side in the controversy at the heart of this piece..In its refusal to provide a solution, it offers a gift to its audience: it forces us to think carefully about the intricacies of this case." Full Review
"While the play’s dialogue leans towards slightly clunky at times, that’s the most critical comment to be made. The acting is all convincing, and every character is unique and fleshed out...The best part of the production lies not in the details, but the concepts it approaches…'Mrs. Schrodinger's Cat' raises a multiplicity of questions, and offers no answers…It is no mind-blowing play, no work that leaves you with tear-stained cheeks, but it is a thoughtful one, and an interesting one." Full Review
"This small-town play is substantially overgrown and too fond of a whiny major character. But Ms. Partee is exploring something interesting with her seven-woman cast: the poisonous, isolating impact of jealousy, and the liberating effect of a generous female gaze." Full Review
See it if you are looking for a thoughtful, originally written play acted with good individual characterization.
Don't see it if You care more about the effect of the whole than the parts (in fairness there are a lot of parts).
See it if you don't mind seeing a cast of irritating and mostly unappealing characters, though it held my interest and raised some interesting issues.
Don't see it if you have any better options. It wasn't the worst Fringe show I have seen this year. But a lot of the acting was cloying and way over the top
See it if If you like funny characters and interesting plot twists, then Mrs. Schrodinger's Cat is it. Fantastically written and acted!!!
Don't see it if You don't like entertainment!
See it if you enjoy simple theater that feels like a "day in the life" of, and causes you to laugh a bit and think a bit too.
Don't see it if you are looking for avant garde theater.
See it if you're a fan of asking yourself questions you probably don't have the answer to (or if you like neighborhood gossip)
Don't see it if you're bored by philosophical questions
See it if you enjoy pondering the right and wrong of artistic freedoms and moral judgement before and after your life is affected by the situation.
Don't see it if you want the story to give you all of the answers without you having to think about it yourself. Not for kids.
See it if you're interested in an essential aspect of being human, in a play that's NOT ponderous or didactic but IS funny and touching and well-acted
Don't see it if you only want to see a completely polished play--there's work needed to eliminate some lapses into cliche and vagueness
See it if You're looking for something somewhat intellectual but not too dense.
Don't see it if Youre looking for something fast paced. It's not too slow, but they take the time needed to explain the people and their ideas.
See it if You like stories of quirky, flawed, but endearing, out of work, overworked, lonely, female characters, invent a scandal, question identity.
Don't see it if If you require something highly polished. If you didn't like Waitress, since the characters are similar and subject matter is a bit weighty.