Not About Me
Ends Feb 05 1h 50m
Not About Me
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Not About Me NYC Reviews and Tickets

74%
(6 Reviews)
Positive
83%
Mixed
0%
Negative
17%
Members say
Relevant, Ambitious, Absorbing, Resonant, Indulgent

About the Show

A playwright reckons with familiar feelings during the lockdowns of the pandemic.

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Member Reviews (6)

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466 Reviews | 238 Followers
84
Relevant, Refreshing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if A moving play of self-acceptance, lack of humility and sexuality during the AIDS pandemic.

Don't see it if Story was a bit disjointed at times.

446 Reviews | 67 Followers
84
Ambitious, Resonant, Relevant, Intelligent, Great acting

See it if Mateo d'Amato gives one of the best performances that I've seen in a long time. Why have I not seen or heard of him before?

Don't see it if If gay themes and four letter words offend you.

208 Reviews | 39 Followers
75
Dated, Indulgent, Quirky, Slow, Thought-provoking

See it if Despite the title, its ALL about Machado; an uneven bio-drama about coming of age in the age of AIDS The 1980's verisimilitude shines bright

Don't see it if While the acting can be a little to earnest & the writing a little to purple; Machado's message is up close & personal esp around creativity

206 Reviews | 33 Followers
79
Intelligent, Funny, Entertaining, Confusing

See it if Good story told in flashbacks with a really fantastic lead actor. It's JUST shy of being great:1st act is stellar; 2nd is a bit of a mess.

Don't see it if Some effects happen sans causes. There's a lot of tough deaths. The acting is a little uneven. Nothing bad enough to stop me recommending it

70 Reviews | 20 Followers
25
Dated, Cliched, Tiresome, Indulgent, Narcissistic

See it if You want to see the show with the most ironic title in theatrical history. This play is all about Eduardo Machado, from start to finish.

Don't see it if Good playwriting is a virtue of the work you seek. Read more

5 Reviews | 0 Followers
100
Resonant, Clever, Ambitious, Great writing, Absorbing

See it if Builds on the innate appeal of NYC in the gay 80s as a memory play with zero slack. Nostalgic but not sentimental, edgy, and sad

Don't see it if You hate when you root for the selfish narcissists in your life.

Critic Reviews (5)

The New York Times
January 19th, 2023

“The play slowly makes its way through the decades and ends in the present, with another pandemic that both crushes and spurs Eduardo. ”
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Theatermania
January 18th, 2023

“It's a revealingly calculated performance, telling the story of a man who can sweep others up in his own myth with a dazzling wave of his hands.”
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Lighting & Sound America
January 24th, 2023

“ ‘Not About Me’ could be a powerful coming-of-age tale. As it stands, however, it isn't ready to be seen. In its current form, it is difficult to understand what its creator was thinking.”
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TheaterScene.net
January 19th, 2023

Eduardo Machado’s 11th play to premiere at Theater for the New City is called "Not About Me" which is a complete misnomer as it is about his life for the last 40 years with his alter ego at its center. Marketed as a “memory play that takes audiences on a haunting journey through the mind of a playwright during Covid-19 lockdown,” in fact, it is about his friends who died during the last pandemic, the mysterious “gay disease” that came to be called AIDS. Other than as a tribute to those lost friends, it is difficult to see the message of the play as it depicts a great deal of risky behavior.
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Theaterscene.org
January 20th, 2023

The 2020 pandemic with its death and disruption spurred venerable gay actor and playwright Eduardo Machado to mentally revisit his life during the 1980’s AIDS crisis in New York; this memory play recreates his experiences. Filled with his superior stagecraft and fine writing, it is his lyrically theatrical take on the past recaptured.
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