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Off Track (FringeNYC)

From 3 critic and 22 member reviews
Members say: Great acting, Absorbing, Entertaining, Edgy, Thought-provoking

About the show

Part of FringeNYC: Ian, a Chicago reporter covering an impending transit strike, has a one-night stand who’s found murdered the next morning. So, Ian ventures out to find the killer just as the trains shut down and strand him in a hostile neighborhood. More…

Categories: Drama, Comedy, Local. From Off Track Arts. Written by James Comtois. Directed by Tim Errickson.

Theatre is Easy

"An absurd, heartfelt murder mystery that will draw you in and keep you guessing, even after you leave the theater…It plays off of a lot of noir tropes, and provides a few laughs along the way as characters subvert genre expectations…I walked out vaguely aware that there was something I was supposed to learn from this cautionary tale, but also baffled as to what it was…Definitely worth seeing if you're at all interested in a contemporary twist on one of the oldest kinds of stories." Full Review

Time Out New York

"There is much to admire in this fast-paced production. Trumbull delivers a nuanced performance full of humor and charm. Moody projections of the Chicago landscape fill the backdrop as recognizable film noir archetypes push the story along...One quibble: The production’s over-shadowy lighting makes it hard to connect with the characters on stage. Even a show that embraces the noir does not need to keep everyone so literally in the dark." Full Review

Theatre Reviews Limited

"'Off Track' circumlocutes several important issues without raising one deep, rich, enduring question about any of them. This failure on the part of a playwright is unfortunate and unfair not only to an audience but to the show’s actors that have to struggle to make sense of a play...The playwright has chosen to introduce characters he abandons on page and on stage as underdeveloped stock characters without convincing or interesting conflicts." Full Review

Absorbing, Funny, Great acting, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if you love noir drama with a side of whodunnit and brilliant witty dialogue

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

Absorbing, Great writing, Great acting, Great staging, Thought-provoking

See it if You enjoy a story that builds slowly and unassumingly in an unknown place (the fringes of Chicago during a transit strike).

Don't see it if Can't think of a reason not to see it.

Delightful, Entertaining, Intelligent, Clever, Amusing

See it if If you like shows that meld humor and mystery and maintain a strong sense of atmosphere.

Don't see it if You don't like venturing far from the theater district.

Absorbing, Entertaining, Edgy, Great staging, Original

See it if You like mysteries and a bit of complexity

Don't see it if You don't like urban edgy storylines

Clever, Delightful, Edgy, Must see, Hilarious

See it if Enjoy off-Broadway, inexpensive shows, small theatre, talented cast, "Fringe", multi-raced plays, homosexuality, and some line flubs...

Don't see it if Dislike all the above

Ambitious, Entertaining, Funny

See it if you like who-done-its in Chicago

Don't see it if you are homophobic

Great acting, Dated, Disappointing, Uneven, Ambitious

See it if you're looking for some very good actors, and don't mind having to look hard

Don't see it if you have to have a well-written play with a compelling storyline to be able to enjoy your evening.

Banal, Cliched, Confusing, Disappointing, Excruciating

See it if you're really into murder mysteries and like straight forward, plot driven, narrative storytelling

Don't see it if you don't like cliched characters that feel like they came out of an old gangster film or find dialogue & acting is more important than plot

Absorbing, Great acting, Must see, Great staging, Resonant

See it if You are a fan of great acting, great writing, and impressive design. The show is terrific.

Don't see it if You are frightened of the "f word", the "n word" or violence.

Absorbing, Clever, Edgy, Great acting, Intense

See it if you like a good plot with excellent acting and an engrossing theme

Don't see it if you are nervous about being in iffy neighborhoods or have little patience for stupid decisions

Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Riveting, Dizzying

See it if You like detective thrillers, fast-paced shows, good acting, surprise endings and generally well-written plays!

Don't see it if you don't have patience for a plot-heavy show, if you don't like thrillers, if you are sensitive to gay characters portrayed as villainous.


See it if you'd enjoy a compelling noir story with lo-fi production and a strong performance from the lead

Don't see it if you hate noir

Clever, Funny, Ambitious, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if if you are a journalist or someone at a crossroads

Don't see it if i think everyone would enjoy it

Absorbing, Edgy, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent

See it if You like mystery, wild goose chases, and trying to figure out who is the good guy, and who is the bad guy.

Don't see it if You don't like subway trains

Edgy, Great acting, Thought-provoking

See it if You're a fan of noir and you love to see what talented people can do with limited resources

Don't see it if If you don't like mysteries . . . .but who doesn't like mysteries?

Intelligent, Masterful, Thought-provoking, Ambitious, Edgy

See it if You like smart writing performed by great actors, with clear intelligent direction

Don't see it if You like conventional theater that doesn't challenge you.

Ambitious, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Must see, Masterful

See it if You like Michael Scoirtino and want to think.

Don't see it if You want some lighter fare

Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Great staging, Noir-a-licious

See it if you enjoy a good who-dunnit with crackerjack dialogue and a humble (if bumbling) journalist turned gumshoe who does his best work in bars...

Don't see it if you don't like the grey areas of life.

Absorbing, Riveting, Original, Great staging, Great acting

See it if Great stuff you guys!

Don't see it if -

Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking

See it if You like good acting in a well written, interesting script.

Don't see it if You expect flawless execution or impeccable technical elements. The play is rough around the edges but the heart of it is very engaging.

Relevant, Resonant, Absorbing

See it if Interested in mystery/Who-dun-it, relevant to New York City living conditions

Don't see it if Don't want to be feed the conclusion, wanted space to figure out the ending on your own instead of being feed the playwright's personal view


See it if sorry - I just thought it was horrible. between the terrible acting and the ridiculous story - even by Fringe standards it was bad

Don't see it if if you have any other plans, or no plans at all.

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