Novenas for a Lost Hospital
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Novenas for a Lost Hospital

Novenas for a Lost Hospital NYC Reviews and Tickets

(23 Reviews)
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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)

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716 Reviews | 219 Followers
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.

716 Reviews | 157 Followers
Great acting, Confusing, Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Ambitious

See it if you enjoy moving between physical locations, miss St. Vincent's Hospital, recall the AIDS epidemic, learn about role St. John's in pt. care

Don't see it if don't want to recall Village life during AIDS, don't want to move between 3 locations, don't care about St. Vincent history or AIDS memorial

688 Reviews | 116 Followers
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

394 Reviews | 70 Followers
Resonant, Relevant, Great staging, Confusing, Ambitious

See it if you are a fan of Kathleen Chalfant.

Don't see it if the reminder of the death on St. Vincent Hospital is too much to bear. Read more

350 Reviews | 42 Followers
Ambitious, Quirky, Resonant, Relevant

See it if Ingratiating to a bit of NY history. Insightful. Disappointingly, didn’t do walk due to weather.

Don't see it if No connection or interest in history of the Village, HIV, healthcare and St. Vincent’s.

248 Reviews | 65 Followers
Slow, Resonant, Intelligent, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if You have a connection to St. Vincents, to the AIDS epidemic, like experimental theater, or want to see a show that reaches beyond boundaries

Don't see it if You want a tidy plot line, a neat ending, a linear story, or just don’t like the subject matter. There was a lot to like, but incoherent.

197 Reviews | 224 Followers
Great staging, Funny, Ambitious, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if you're a fan of New York City's lost history. It's a moving show literally and figuratively as winds through time and the Village.

Don't see it if history plays or AIDS themes don't interest you. It could be trimmed by 20 mins but a strong cast make for a thoroughly enjoyable journey.

228 Reviews | 27 Followers
Resonant, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if You like an historical New York.story told in an unusual and creative way

Don't see it if You want to see a fast moving story on a proscenium stage.

Critic Reviews (12)

The New York Times
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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Time Out New York
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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AM New York
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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Lighting & Sound America
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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Theatre is Easy
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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