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One More Time with Malice

25 Members say: Great acting, Slow, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Disappointing
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Set in a New Jersey hospital in the mid-90s, this world premiere drama is about facing fears, mortality, sexuality, spiritually, and trying to connect. More…

Freddie, an anxious, sharp witted, gay New Yorker, had planned to tell his family about his HIV status. After his mother tries to commit suicide, he now has the perfect excuse not to. At the hospital, things quickly get tense in this forced family reunion as the siblings try to navigate old wounds, while their father bullies them into making their mom promise to “never to do it again.”


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On Stage Blog

"An emotional roller coaster that ultimately builds toward a poignant and powerful climax...The play is staged beautifully...The best performance of the night was that of Zoey O’Toole, who turned in an exceptionally emotional performance as Beatrice...This play succeeds, in a way that I can’t say about some other plays I’ve seen, in managing to tie it all together, and making it feel like it’s all relevant to the broader story of this family." Full Review


92
Powerful, great acting, surprising

See it if You care about the history of AIDs and the Reagan years when it was unacceptable to be gay, let alone HIV Positive; you like good acting

Don't see it if You are impatient; want a story to be fast moving, aren't willing to suspend disbelief and let the author carry you; & don't like gutsy work

Also Rarely have I been as surprised as I was by this play. The author and ... Read more Read less

90
Funny, Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Great writing

See it if you want to see personal & family issues explored with sensitivity, humor & insisiveness; you want to see a slice of history come to life.

Don't see it if you aren’t interested in family dynamics; you are squeamish about hospitals and issues about health, both physical and mental.

84
Absorbing, Great acting, Relevant, Great writing, Entertaining

See it if you want to see a great play with family dynamics.

Don't see it if you would rather see a musical.

80
Funny, Great acting, Great writing, Confusing

See it if You want complex, painful theatre with complex, painful characters and relationships

Don't see it if You want a satisfying ending -- the ending was great but very dissatisfying. You care about pacing -- some of the jumps were dizzying.

80
Ambitious, Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Great staging

See it if You appreciate very good performances and direction. The actors made this play work well.

Don't see it if You don’t enjoy a story that has no ending

80
Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Great staging

See it if You enjoy shows that take you back to that time and make you explore what it means to love someone unconditionally.

Don't see it if You don’t like family dramas, are uncomfortable with gay themes, want a high production value.

Also This show was very intriguing, sometimes confusing, but always interes... Read more Read less

79
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Great writing, Dated

See it if You enjoy shows based on dysfunction families and AIDS Theme.

Don't see it if You get annoyed by dated material.

78
Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if you have ever been part of a family struggling with members who are physically/ mentally ill. Deals with both hope and despair - how human!

Don't see it if you are uncomfortable seeing sick people in a hospital setting where illness is primary and cures not often easy or available.

75
Thought-provoking, Slow, Dated, Very good acting

See it if You want to see a very talented cast with good performances of a heart felt (but slow) family drama & AIDS drama taking place in late 1990s

Don't see it if You want a more polished play with a stronger ending; don’t want to see AIDS related drama combined with family drama. Slow at some points.

Also Acting is strong from all in the cast. Impressed with the caliber of p... Read more Read less

74
Disappointing, Slow, Dated, Good acting

See it if you'd like to see some good acting; the acting was the best part of the show You want to support a company that produces new works.

Don't see it if you're expecting something new or to be moved emotionally.The play is surprisingly flat. It's all been said before & said so much better.

73
Depressing, Great acting, Intense, Quirky, Slow

See it if You like dark humor, and are okay with shows that aren't uplifting and explore depressing topics.

Don't see it if You have a problem with actors in their underwear, or have issue with homophobic characters.

72
Cliched, Entertaining

See it if you want to see a story of a dysfunctional family dealing (or NOT dealing) with mental health issues and AIDS in the '90s.

Don't see it if you want a well-shaped story. The timing is awkward, some scenes need to move faster, others not so much.

72
Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Cliched, Slow

See it if you want to see a long, sad show.

Don't see it if you are in the mood for something upbeat.

72
Thought-provoking

See it if Like dramas about dysfunctional families and how they cannot cope or deal with uncomfortable situations

Don't see it if You are looking for something light and funny. This is definitely a heartfelt drama

Also I don’t know what is going on with this theater but I really hope some... Read more Read less

72
Ambitious, Great acting, Intense, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if you want a good old fashioned family drama where redemption isn't necessarily on the table

Don't see it if you're not interested in queer stories or family dramas.

Also I'm surprised people are calling this dated - the homophobia some char... Read more Read less

70
Ambitious, Great acting, Slow

See it if You have 2 hours to see a well acted play that isn’t great, but is fairly good with the topic @ hand.

Don't see it if You’re expecting a great show that will leave you profoundly moved.

70
Great acting

See it if You like seeing well acted new work with potential.

Don't see it if You want a script that is fully finished and tells a full, genuine story.

Also This was an interesting show because it was very well acted and direct... Read more Read less

69
Absorbing, Ambitious, Cliched, Interesting, Needs editing

See it if You like to see work that is in its early stages of development. Some really interesting ideas and moments...some not so much.

Don't see it if You’re not willing to sit through a play that’s a bit too long and a bit heavy handed to get to some really interesting material.

65
Great acting, Thought-provoking, Indulgent, Slow, Amateurish

See it if you want to see a heartfelt play with several good aspects, most notably an outstanding lead performance by Stephen Thompson.

Don't see it if you have no tolerance for an unpolished work. The play is too long. The venue is very, very far from Broadway.

Also This play feels heavily autobiographical. Subsequently, there are a nu... Read more Read less

64
Intense, Slow, Dated

See it if you are interested in looking back in time to what it was like when HIV, AIDS, homosexuality were prevalent but hushed in everyday society.

Don't see it if you are looking for a current take on this same subject matter.

60
Disappointing

See it if you like to see a show that seems like its still being tweaked. good story just not ready yet

Don't see it if you are expecting to see a good production

60
Relevant, Disappointing, Cliched, Slow, Chattering

See it if you absolutely need to see every HIV-themed play in existence.

Don't see it if you get annoyed at chatter—because the hero never shuts up.

Also I find excessive chatter hard enough to take when that chatter is empt... Read more Read less

60
Relevant, Disappointing, Slow

See it if you like heavy sad dramas. Its very slow with little activity. Decent story and acting, just didnt go anywhere

Don't see it if need action and happiness.

55
Disappointing, Cliched, Imitation angels in america, and suffers in comparison

See it if You enjoy dramas about dysfunctional families or plays with humpy male nurses kissing others boys. Nurse Donny is the best thing in the show

Don't see it if You've seen Angeles in America. This seems like a bargain basement rip-off, including some less-than-effective fanatasy sequences.

Also Somewhat enjoyable evening marred by the incomprehensible casting of a... Read more Read less

50
Disappointing, Cliched, Slow

See it if you have 2 very long hours to burn contemplating a rather important topic presented in a most banal manner.

Don't see it if you're a fan of interesting viewpoints or well paced plays that engages the audience.


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