Neighborhood 3: Requisition of Doom
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Neighborhood 3: Requisition of Doom

Neighborhood 3: Requisition of Doom NYC Reviews and Tickets

(8 Ratings)
Members say
Absorbing, Great acting, Entertaining, Intense, Relevant

About the Show

The Flea presents this suspenseful tale about a quiet cul-de-sac where no one can control the growing addiction to a new online game, and real life and virtual reality blur dangerously.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (8)

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14 Reviews | 14 Followers
Disappointing, Cliched, Relevant, Slow, Great acting

See it if You're scared of the future, you're scared of millennials, you're scared of change in the world. (There are some great actors in this!)

Don't see it if You're hoping to see a play about how technology is beginning to change out society. You care about good direction and staging.

1 Review | 0 Followers
Absorbing, Entertaining

See it if You like to be entertained

Don't see it if If you're not open minded

1 Review | 0 Followers
Absorbing, Funny, Original, Relevant, Must see

See it if You want to see an excellent and original piece of theater

Don't see it if You only like traditional plays

2 Reviews | 2 Followers
Ambitious, Great acting, Clever, Entertaining, Intense

See it if sci-fi theatre appeals to you, if video game culture is interesting to you, or you enjoy watching really strong ensembles of young actors.

Don't see it if you have Gnomophobia (yes, that is the fear of garden gnomes!)

1 Review | 0 Followers
During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Edgy, Intense

See it if You like challenging plays that make you question the line between realty and the virtual world.

Don't see it if you dislike ensemble shows that look in on many lives rather than following a single path.

1 Review | 0 Followers
During previews
Absorbing, Enchanting

See it if It was good.

Don't see it if Looking for fun

6 Reviews | 2 Followers
Absorbing, Great staging, Great writing, Epic, Original

See it if You like edgy, critiquing theatre

Don't see it if You're looking for a family friendly show

1 Review | 0 Followers
Entertaining, Ambitious, Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing

See it if You want to absorbed immediately into great writing

Don't see it if You're not a theatre fan!

Critic Reviews (16)

The New York Times
November 20th, 2015

"'Neighborhood 3,' never convincingly inhabits either of its principal settings — the green grassy world of the all-American suburbs or its creepy computer-rendered counterpart…This work still appears to take place on that flat, in-between zone of creativity commonly known as the drawing board…Ms. Haley pursues the idea through a series of vignettes that reiterate this central concept without ever truly developing it."
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Time Out New York
November 17th, 2015

"'Neighborhood 3' is cheap-and-cheerful postcollege community theater; Jennifer Haley's script is a bagatelle, a brief and uncomplicated guignol about a video game gone wrong. It also feels long at 70 minutes...Basically, everybody here is learning, which I'd normally celebrate. But then that ticket price sticks in my craw. I guess it comes down to one question: Would you pay big money to watch a noob play Fallout 4? If so, boy, I've got the show for you."
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New Yorker
November 9th, 2015

"Jennifer Haley’s genuinely frightening script is toying with dark ideas about adolescent rage, virtual realities, and American conformity, which only grow more disquieting as the play lingers in the mind. (It’s hard not to make the grim connection between the play’s young killers and the real world’s Internet-indoctrinated teen-age mass murderers.) Joel Schumacher, directs the Flea’s house ensemble with black humor and a bare-bones aesthetic. The performances vary, but the horror is real."
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The Hollywood Reporter
November 16th, 2015

"A thought-provoking piece undercut by its amateurish presentation...The play's provocative premise is clumsily handled in both the writing and staging. The profusion of characters and short, tenuously connected scenes makes it confusing to follow. What should have been a tautly horrific exercise is instead a rambling affair...Schumacher reveals his theatrical inexperience with this amateurish staging."
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November 16th, 2015

"The sum of the 70-minute evening is a double-edged sword: While Haley's text can be applauded for its ambition (even if it doesn't completely work), Schumacher's greenness stands in the way of its success...'Neighborhood 3' is also very obviously a early play in the career of a still-developing writer...Schumacher's direction gives the show a disjointed, low-stakes feeling...He guides the young cast members to performances that are merely fine."
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November 27th, 2015

"Such a scenario seems ripe for a production that will take full advantage of modern stage technology, but The Flea's mounting is low-budget affair played on a colorful, but static, unit set. Hollywood director Joel Schumacher, who has no theatre credits in his bio, helms a company of fifteen young non-union actors...Lackluster staging makes the actors seem crammed into the play, and the evening comes off looking like a college-level acting showcase."
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Lighting & Sound America
November 18th, 2015

"I appreciate that it can be difficult finding suitable scripts for The Bats, the Flea's resident troupe, especially since large-cast shows are needed to give everybody a chance to show their stuff. But it's still hard to understand why the company chose a play that is more or less indistinguishable from one of those cheapie teen-horror isn't lively or funny enough for satire, and, taken on its own terms, is pretty trashy stuff. "
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Theatre is Easy
November 24th, 2015

"As the lines between real life and the game start to blur, the logistics of how things can happen in both realities start to feel muddled...Strong direction might have helped smooth over the weaker elements, but Joel Schumacher isn't up to the task in his New York directing debut. He does seem like a smart choice for this suspenseful and cinematic piece, but it's unclear whether the tone he is going for is campy or serious. Like many of his movies, it could go either way."
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