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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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.

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

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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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September 21st, 2019

"Small miracles bookend Rattlestick Theater's 'Novenas for A Lost Hospital in Greenwich Village.'"
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Front Mezz Junkies
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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New York Theater
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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Theatre's Leiter Side
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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