Already closed | 1h 30m | Soho/Tribeca

No Exit

From 27 member  reviews
Members say: Absorbing, Great acting, Confusing, Ambitious, Intense

About the show

The inaugural production from Fusion Theatre is Jean-Paul Sartre's classic 'No Exit,' about three people coming to terms with eternal damnation. This adaptation is equal parts text and opera. More…

Sartre presents a post-Freudian version of Hell as three characters reflect on the criminals they were in life. This mounting merges text and opera, and features classically trained actors who are also classically trained singers, including Fusion founder Eilin O'Dea.

1h 30m | Already closed | Walkerspace Theater (Soho/Tribeca)

Member Reviews (27)


Absorbing, Great acting, Confusing, Ambitious, Intense
Avg Score

Ambitious, Dated, Slow, Intelligent, Great staging

See it if You want to see a historic play. You appreciate opera. You want to see characters grapple w/life & death-literally.

Don't see it if You want a contemporary play. You prefer comedies. You hate opera.

Also While the play is slow-paced & dated, the actors' performances were so... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Great staging, Edgy

See it if you can tolerate some singing before a classic play.

Don't see it if you hate black box theater.

Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Ambitious

See it if if you are a fan of the Sartre play and enjoy very good acting by all three main characters.

Don't see it if You want a more linear plot driven play with a simple story that won't make you think too hard

Banal, Cliched, Dated

See it if You have 2 hours to kill and nothing better to do .

Don't see it if You don't like opera or existential philosophy.

Riveting, Profound, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You enjoy excellent acting in an excellently written classic that makes you think.

Don't see it if You cannot sit still as three characters interact in lengthy but meaningful dialogue.

Resonant, Thought-provoking, Dark

See it if You like reading drama and are curious to see a stage production of a staple of literature. You don't need frills. You like a little opera.

Don't see it if You like showy productions or want an easy, thought-free production. You hate opera. You aren't into low-budget theater.

Also Loved the acting and the presentation of the story. It didn't need any... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Great acting, Edgy, Intense, Confusing

See it if You want a new spin on a classic which adds arias to the text, here in English. The actors, on a minamilist set draw us into their hell.

Don't see it if 2 hours of psycho-philosophical dialogue on a bare stage would bore you. Wish there were translations of the arias so I knew how they tie in

Absorbing, Great acting, Confusing

See it if you have read Sartre's work and find it interesting

Don't see it if you are not interested in heavy philosophical themes that are somewhat dated today

Also the play begins with several of the characters singing opera in Italia... Read more Read less

Confusing, Disappointing, Dated

See it if You are interested in exploring the idea that hell is other people.

Don't see it if You expect it to be a real mix of opera and theater. Singing was at the beginning and end. It was basically a regular play, nothing new.

Also It was a black box theater production with minimal props/set pieces. T... Read more Read less

Confusing, Excruciating, Great singing, Slow

See it if For the great singing at the beginning. If you don't mind minimalistic settings. The story is a good one, execution just didn't resonate.

Don't see it if It drags on and on, with no intermission in sight. The actors seemed forced, the whole production was just all over the place for me.

Disappointing, Confusing, Great singing, Great acting

See it if you are a hardcore fan of NO EXIT.

Don't see it if you think that Sartre's brilliant play will not be improved by adding a few random arias.

Also The opera-infused version of Sartre's existentialist classic is, sadly... Read more Read less

Intense, Great writing

See it if you love the play, you are open to creative staging

Don't see it if you are in the mood for something quick, light, and fluffy, or very true to script (there are some iffy directing choices)

Compelling, Absorbing, Edgy, Great writing, Intelligent

See it if if u like thought provoking plays

Don't see it if you think it is an opera it is not

Indulgent, Excruciating, Great singing, Disappointing, Confusing

See it if You are a huge fan of Sartre and need to see the play staged. You don't mind sitting thru 2 hours of dragging dialogue without intermission.

Don't see it if If you want to see a compelling version of No Exit. Garcin is weak. Website should accurately state the play is 2 hours, not 1.5.

Also Opera singing at the top of the play was well performed. Two actors si... Read more Read less

Confusing, Slow

See it if If you are a fan of Sartre. If you like shows with very minimalistic settings. If you don't mind opera.

Don't see it if You want a funny, fast paced play.

Great acting, Great singing, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if You like thought-provoking, hard to swallow material & to be challenged by art. If you like to see some strong acting.

Don't see it if If you don't like existential art. If you want something light and fluffy. If you don't like opera.

Also Note there is a long operatic intro not translated that introduces cha... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Excruciating, Intense

See it if You're a fan of existential drama that changes the way you see the world. Lots of great, subtle acting in this piece. It's truly special.

Don't see it if You're a fan of fast-paced stories with a lot of action and plot.

Forceful, Intimate, Well staged, Well directed, Very good acting

See it if you like intimate theater with excellent actors. The moral of this play hits hard in such a small venue. Bravo!

Don't see it if cannot climb the steep stairs to get to the actual theater. If you are bothered by competing productions' sounds. No worries, its compelling

Also I want to give top marks to the actor who played Estelle, Anita Moreno... Read more Read less

Confusing, Slow, Ambitious, Weird, Absorbing

See it if you have a dark sense of humor and enjoy focusing on relentless scenes.

Don't see it if you're already tired, find philosophical musings boring, or have a good ear for classical music.

Also Musically this was hit and miss. Some of the singers were better than ... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Enchanting, Ambitious, Resonant, Refreshing

See it if you want to hear beautiful voices feet away from you resonate like they never will at the met (bc so close) stron acting esp. from Inez

Don't see it if you hate pretty opera voices (only 15 min of singing at the beginning though)

Absorbing, Clever, Ambitious

See it if I liked this show! Don't know why the mixed reviews. Really cool material to tackle and produce a play about. Good acting, love the concept

Don't see it if If you don't appreciate small theater

Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Intense

See it if If you enjoy dialogue heavy plays, plays that make you look deeper at yourself

Don't see it if Subject matter makes you uncomfortable

Thought-provoking, Intense, Confusing, Clever, Absorbing

See it if you want an enthralling, emotionally charged theatre experience with brilliant performance.

Don't see it if you want a lot of set changing, or value action-driven plot

Ambitious, Absorbing, Entertaining, Slow

See it if You like minimal sets, opera, and an interesting take on afterlife dilemmas. I thought it was an interesting mix of everything, acting A++

Don't see it if You need an intermission

Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Great staging, Profound

See it if You enjoy dark humor, expressionistic elements

Don't see it if You're put off by foul language or sexuality

“No Exit” hasn't been reviewed by any Critics (yet!)

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