New York | 1h 15m | Already closed

Numbness: Chapter 2

From 1 critic and 11 member reviews
Members say: Edgy, Quirky, Ambitious, Clever, Confusing

About the show

A tragicomedy of the unfelt in 2 parts: In the post-apocalypse a couple hopes to see their mute daughter, and a plane crash victim waits for the birth of the post-post-post. More…

In this apocalyptic puzzle, a couple in a laboratory/kitchen collects ash and tries to stay awake, hoping to see their mute daughter again. Outside dead bodies lie on the shore, a slow-motion plane crash victim awaits the birth of the post-post-post, and the hiding sun creates confusion and chaos. Can they all find a way to survive, make meaning, or even escape?

1h 15m | Already closed | New Ohio Theatre (West Village)


85
StageBiz.com

"A quick firing collage of absurdist clues to find your way through the maze of each moment. Reality, rules, linear, logic are to be left at the door...'Black Water' by Sylvia Bofill and 'Yovo' by Robert Lyons are the text trampolines that set the cast bodies to hyper speed. The performers wrap their skin, teeth, sinews and souls around the words like pigs in a blanket...It incites the delicious idea of, 'what rules will you break today?'" Full Review


88
Fun, Mysterious, Cumulative, Physical, Associative

See it if you like inventive theater experiment that strives to create a full sensory experience.

Don't see it if you cannot abide a non-linear “plot”.

Also In “Numbness: Chapter 2” 3 highly physical, high-octane performers (wi... Read more Read less

86
Must see, Edgy, Dizzying, Clever, Ambitious

See it if to see an inventive, wild and throughly entertaining storyteller in Daniel Irizarry

Don't see it if if you don't like adventurous theater

81
Great staging, Profound, Refreshing, Quirky, Ambitious

See it if you like edgy, experimental theater that finds new ways to explore the human condition.

Don't see it if you prefer linear plots that make sense.

80
Thought-provoking, Entertaining, Inventive, Quirky, Edgy

See it if you want to see a rule-breaking, boundary-crossing, thought-provoking, vexing, playful, moving, post-apocalyptic, absurdist theatre piece.

Don't see it if ur numb to the tensions surging in our current climate that lead to questioning what the future holds for society; u dislike experimentation

79
Quirky, Intense, Great acting, Funny, Clever

See it if In an underground kitchen, the effects of the apocalypse cause a couple to dive deeply into the theatre of the absurd. Intense dramedy.

Don't see it if Second of a trilogy. Unsure if prior commitment is necessary for satisfaction. Despite cling splosh provisions, expect some sploshing about.

100
Enchanting, Delightful, Clever, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if Inventive, clever & daring are just 3 ways to describe this show, which is a throwback to the experimental downtown theatre from the 80s.

Don't see it if You are squeamish or don't like audience participation.

90
Edgy, Confusing, Great acting, Funny, Delightful

See it if you want a fun filled experience of absurdism by a company that has a exuberant, delightful grasp on the genre.

Don't see it if if you can't let go of your need for a narrative that makes sense.

Also I've only seen absurdist theater a few times and I always think it's a... Read more Read less

95
Riveting, Dizzying, Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if You like theatre that pushes the boundary of what you think a story can be

Don't see it if You don't like experimental theatre and don't like audience participation

87
During previews
Quirky, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Clever

See it if You’re open-minded, have a sense of humor, and in search of something DIFFERENT

Don't see it if You’re prudish, hate intimate theatre settings, afraid of getting water splashed on you, or dislike audience-participation


Cast & Creatives (5)