Mud NYC Reviews and Tickets

83%
(31 Reviews)
Positive
97%
Mixed
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Great acting, Absorbing, Intense, Thought-provoking, Great staging

About the Show

Boundless Theatre Company presents a revival of María Irene Fornés' classic drama, which paints a desolate portrait of toxic affection and rural poverty. 

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Member Reviews (31)

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Intense, Thought-provoking, Profound, Funny, Dark

See it if Woman wants more from life but is stuck caring for two disabled men. Tragic, yet so black that it's funny. Wonderful acting, powerful ending

Don't see it if You don't enjoy broken characters engaging in physical humor. You can't relate to their cursed, absurd lives.

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Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Masterful, Profound

See it if You live great theatre, this is a serious show beautifully done in an intimate thestre

Don't see it if Your looking for a pleasant evening st the theatre

80
Resonant, Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if You like drama about a young woman who is struggling to learn how to read and do arithmetic while she maintains a household and works.

Don't see it if You are not interested in a play about rural poverty and how a young woman deals with it. Read more

85
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent

See it if like intense under-stated plays in intimate settings. There is so much that comes through without being said! Great acting.

Don't see it if you want a comedy or need your story to be completely spoken to you. Read more

83
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to see excellent acting; are interested in the revival of a short play by a playwright of some historical importance.

Don't see it if you like fully staged productions; are looking for something light; prefer comfortable seating. Read more

79
Great acting, Intense, Absorbing

See it if You like intimate theatres and well-acted dramas. The action is often in your face (or on your toes if you are not quick).

Don't see it if You are looking for something funny - the poster is rather misleading. This is serious, gut-wrenching stuff. Well worth your time.

87
Great acting, Absorbing, Must see

See it if You like drama with excellent acting, interesting character study that is intense.

Don't see it if You don’t like intense drama.

80
Absorbing, Ambitious, Edgy, Intense, Raunchy

See it if you like raw dramas with outstanding actors

Don't see it if you need happy endings; you are offended by off-color language; you want to see only likeable characters

Critic Reviews (6)

Time Out New York
October 17th, 2017

"Mae’s quest to rise above the squalor that surrounds her might indeed seem touching, if handled well. But director Araoz’s revival feels more like an exhumation...Henry skews Texas, and everyone seems to slip in and out of a drawl...Mae’s struggle for ascendancy mostly seems ludicrous as Fornés’s brief play inches slowly toward its heavy-handed finale. What may have been shocking in 1983 seems, in this production, a muddy exercise in miserabilism.”
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TheaterScene.net
October 18th, 2017

“This unrelievedly grim tale of rural poverty and toxic affection has been given a realistic production by Elena Araoz which only deals with one level of the play. The dialogue is poetic, controlled and repetitious, endlessly turning back on itself in an attempt to show these lives of quiet desperation. However, in the tiny Teatro Círculo, Regina García's setting which has the audience practically sitting in the kitchen of a country shack increases the claustrophobia inherent in the script.”
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Stage Buddy
October 12th, 2017

"Araoz follows the playwright’s stage directions closely, including having the play’s seventeen short scenes end in a freeze frame...The characters speak with accents suggesting hill people of Appalachia...This is not a major problem—it just detracts from the universality of these characters...'Mud' possesses a kind of stark power, fueled here by the earnest, workmanlike performances of the three cast members. The standout for me was Avidon."
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T
October 23rd, 2017

“Fans of Fornés will recognize how the sparse language serves an immersive spatial experiment...Nicole Villamil as Mae takes on hope against a suffocating despair...Julian Elijah Martinez has impressive stamina and a charisma that buoys a dirge with energetic humor...Araoz has put together a fully realized production that makes every moment a story told in gesture. It is at times horrifying, but honest in its brutality and severe in its simplicity.”
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Village Voice
October 16th, 2017

“Humor emerges occasionally in this new production...Fornés provides a smidgen of pity for Lloyd and Henry before finally giving them both the back of her hand; this tricky maneuver stays true to the tone of Fornes' play, which is uncommonly blunt and compressed, closed-down yet also somehow open...May's striving for something better has a slightly sentimental feeling in this production, whereas Fornés seems to have intended something darker and nastier."
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J
October 13th, 2017

"It is funny, sharp, moving, and happily avoids the pedestrian...The dialogue is chiseled and rigorous like Beckett’s, the environment ambiguous and claustrophobic...This production does lack the image-punch of the original play, the visual grandeur and complexity of the enigmatic stage picture Fornes conceived. But it credibly captures the moment-to-moment nuance of the funny-sad, touchingly sick tale better than most others I’ve seen, and that’s no small accomplishment."
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