Closed 2h 30m
Novenas for a Lost Hospital
West Village
75

Novenas for a Lost Hospital NYC Reviews and Tickets

75%
(23 Reviews)
Positive
91%
Mixed
9%
Negative
0%
Members say
Resonant, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Ambitious, Absorbing

About the Show

Rattlestick Playwrights Theater presents the world premiere of this communal experience to remember, honor, re-imagine, and celebrate St Vincent’s Hospital. 

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Member Reviews (23)

70
Reverent, Sentimental, Quirky, Historical, Informative

See it if Fictional vignettes of life at St. V's hospital during the 1849 cholera epidemic & the AIDS crisis. Touching group walk to the AIDS memorial

Don't see it if The eulogy would be more meaningful to a longtime resident of the Village. Informative history, but mostly goopy nostalgia.

77
Indulgent, Resonant, Slow, Thought-provoking, Absorbing

See it if Elegiac, immersive portrayal of the history of St. Vincent's Hospital in Greenwich Village; mourns loss of both hospital & village's spirit

Don't see it if Drama's tone veers between historical & fantastical often w/clumsy dialogue but it's open & vulnerable Strong cast led by Chalfant & Keith

Critic Reviews (12)

September 19th, 2019

"‘Novenas’ Offers Prayers for a Hospital That Died: The epicenter of New York’s AIDS epidemic, St. Vincent’s (1849-2010) is the subject of a memorial service that’s also a play."
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September 19th, 2019

3/5 Stars "There are lovely sequences and forgettable ones; the play's tone alternates between earnest sermonizing and scenes of joy amid the ashes."
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September 19th, 2019

2.5/4 Stars "A roaming elegy for St. Vincent's Hospital"
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September 19th, 2019

"Novenas for a Lost Hospital Exhumes the Legacy of Manhattan's Last Catholic Hospital: Rattlestick Playwrights Theater presents an ambitious eulogy to its departed neighbor."
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September 20th, 2019

"NOVENAS FOR A LOST HOSPITAL is a Moving Tribute to a New York Institution"
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September 25th, 2019

"The unwelcome surprise of 'Novenas for a Lost Hospital' is its essentially anodyne nature…How a story of blood and money; privilege and prejudice; and young men abandoned and ravaged by a plague was transformed into a museum exhibit crossed with a New Age prayer festival is something to ponder, and not necessarily with pleasure."
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September 24th, 2019

"Directed by Daniella Topol, the play is both uneven and scattershot in its non-linear format and content. However, it conveys a great deal of information in an entertaining manner and has some affecting scenes of life in the hospital in two eras: the 1849 cholera epidemic and the AIDS crisis."
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September 20th, 2019

"Enough truly rich dramatic material for several plays but Its vast scope and loose structure provide too many opportunities for audience members to lose focus (or get tired of standing)…despite its imperfections, its ambition is invigorating, and the conversation it generates is a vital one."
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September 21st, 2019

"Small miracles bookend Rattlestick Theater's 'Novenas for A Lost Hospital in Greenwich Village.'"
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September 25th, 2019

".The storied piece hits the mark the majority of the night, but fades in and out of connective consciousness. The examination tries to encapsulate all that transpired in the hearts and minds of those involved, failing at times, but finding the heart beat just often enough to keep us hopeful throughout its steadfast 2 1/2 hour flight."
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September 19th, 2019

beautiful, sad, enraging, uplifting, and awesomely staged theater piece that sweeps through the 161-year history of St. Vincent's Hospital in Greenwich Village, dwelling on two traumatic periods - the cholera epidemic…and AIDS epidemic … well-acted and wonderfully directed
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September 19th, 2019

"Ambitious, sincerely felt, but too often flatlining…A blend of historical chitchat and contemporary issues, none of it building toward any major development or resolution, much of it vague, and most of it interesting only for the historical tidbits it now and then drops."
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