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Open

From 20 member  reviews
Members say: Great acting, Absorbing, Confusing, Resonant, Ambitious

About the show

"Open" is a magic show with no magic. A woman called The Magician seems to pantomime a myriad of tricks, but her act reveals she is attempting the impossible—to save the life of her lover, Jenny.  More…

And yet, is it possible that the more we believe in their love, the more The Magician's illusions are actually becoming real? The clock is ticking, the show must go on, and as impossible as it may seem, this Magician’s magic act may be our last hope against a world filled with intolerance and hate.

1h 15m | Already closed | The Tank (Midtown W)

Member Reviews (20)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great acting, Absorbing, Confusing, Resonant, Ambitious
77
Avg Score

74
Clever, Barebones, Confusing, Non-linear, Romantic

See it if you'd like a gay love story w/imaginary magic tricks. Clever premise wears thin. Non-linear plot gets confusing. Moving, but manipulative.

Don't see it if you want full char devt (lover is a blur). Some aud particpn. Distracting costume. Hill annoys a bit. Script slow in parts. Theatrical piece

80
Intelligent, Moving, Complex, Resonant, Absorbing

See it if On the surface, the magician is trying to save her lover; underneath she is trying to find herself. Her illusions represent her facade.

Don't see it if You don’t enjoy multi-level character development stories, where a lot of the action is a subconscious struggle. You don’t like solo plays.

78
Slow, Resonant, Great acting, Confusing, Ambitious

See it if Megan Hill's bravado performance carries this solo drama /performance piece over its rough patches Drama's message moves stealthily over you

Don't see it if Magician/tricks up the sleeve motif can only carry drama so far; story line while very potent becomes one-note Certain detachment in writing

85
Well thought out, Quirky, Great performance, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if innovative solo performances interest you. Plot, theme and performance meld in a uniquely creative way. Originality and pathos nice combo.

Don't see it if you dislike magic, one women shows or plays that challenge your ability to think about the intersection of reality, theater and life.

75
Great acting, Entertaining

See it if you want to see Megan Hill's excellent and absorbing "magic" in Act I.

Don't see it if you don't want to show that devolves rather than grows as it goes on

Also someday Megan Hill is going to get a show fully worthy of her talent. ... Read more Read less

82
Absorbing, Ambitious, Resonant, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if You like solo shows. You are interested in pieces about relationships, family, LGBTQ life, personal growth.

Don't see it if You demand high-end production values -- though the lighting and sound design, while simple, are quite effective.

Also Megan Hill is a talented performer!

85
Thought-provoking, Profound, Intense, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if This one-woman show starts out like a rather silly magic act, but soon builds and builds in emotional power that leaves you very moved.

Don't see it if If you really dislike solo pieces regardless of worth; but I think you'd be making a mistake to miss this one.

75
Great acting, Emotional, Clever

See it if You enjoy one-person shows that explore loss and Queer issues.

Don't see it if You don't like a lot of narration, if you want something lighthearted, or large-scale

Also The reason my score isn't higher is mainly because I don't like shows ... Read more Read less

93
Poetic, personal, moving, Refreshing, Absorbing

See it if You are OPEN to a testament to the power of love as told by a magician of words and ideas and images.

Don't see it if You’re not interested in seeing how Crystal Skillman elevates the one person show format to create a profoundly moving event.

65
Heartfelt, Profound, Delightful, Clever, Ambitious

See it if you like one-person shows, shows that are unpredictable and about heartfelt, honest human experiences.

Don't see it if You are bored by one-person shows.

90
Magical, Great lighting, Intense, Resonant, Great acting

See it if you like a good one woman show with an enchanting, powerful actress, beautiful poetry, and a story with great depth of feeling

Don't see it if You expect spectacle or an expensive backing to your art

During previews
84
Absorbing, Surprising, Masterful, Great writing, Great acting

See it if Hill's performance is superb. Riveting & complex. Definitely an artist to follow. Great touching & completely absorbing writing. Time flies.

Don't see it if You can't follow a couple of separate threads moving at the same time. Not a fan of solo performances.

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

See it if Outstanding writing & acting. Megan Hill is captivating and takes you on an emotional journey- I was very impressed with her performance

Don't see it if You dislike 1-person shows

During previews
73
Lost, sad, pain, hurt, Love & happiness, Great acting

See it if One woman show about finding love and its taking away from her.

Don't see it if No magic in show, not funny

During previews
67
Who cares?, Quirky, Disappointing, Confusing, Slow

See it if You’re a very close friend of the author or would like to be.

Don't see it if If you have something else to do.

During previews
75
Ambitious, Slow, Great acting, Great writing, Confusing

See it if you appreciate experimental, solo acting, no set but well written drama with novel device/use of sound, insightful albeit trite resolution

Don't see it if you would not enjoy 75 continuous min. drama of lesbian relationships/homophobic violence/death, little comic relief, solo play with no set

Also The fake magic magic metaphor is ingenious but the play drones on past... Read more Read less

During previews
75
Intense, Edgy, Confusing, Riveting, Great acting

See it if If you can overcome a bit of a confusing plot this is a very engaging show. Terrific acting.

Don't see it if Confusion would turn you off to some great acting

During previews
70
Sad and depressing, Romantic, Great acting, Confusing

See it if Want to grieve and to be sad during very talented performance

Don't see it if Expect comedy and fun, do not want to share someone's sadness. Need plot not mix and match. Bright lights affect your vision

During previews
69
Great staging, Great acting

See it if you want a one person show

Don't see it if you think you are going to see a magic show - THERE IS NO MAGIC

Also Advertised as a magician does a myriad of tricks for our entertainment... Read more Read less

During previews
75
Absorbing, Resonant, Intense, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if Solo piece that focuses on aftermath of homophobic hate crime. A play about passage, trauma and coping mechanisms told heartfelt & tender

Don't see it if If solo shows are not your cuppa tea


June 12th, 2019
“Kristen, the narrator and sole character of Skillman’s new play...executes magic tricks because she is the one who needs to believe. The miracle this lovely show pulls out is that by the end, she does — and so do we...’Open’ is not a postmodern deconstruction of David Copperfield, however, but a...
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June 13th, 2019
"When the door to a theater closes, the rest of the world usually stays outside. But in Crystal Skillman’s sensitive solo show 'Open'...everything penetrates...The play feels long at 75 minutes, because the central metaphor wears out too soon. But the depth of Hill’s commitment keeps reawakening ...
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June 19th, 2019
"Skillman unfolds an achingly beautiful story, dropping bits and pieces of Kristen's thoughts and memories as she balances her tightrope of love, commitment, sacrifice, and transformation. Hill's performance as Kristen is funny, honest, compelling, and heartbreaking; one cannot take their eyes of...
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June 14th, 2019
“This play is music. It is that song you love. You know that song when every note of it is perfect, every instrument chosen is the correct choice, and the voice of the singer is the kind that lifts you to another realm. It is a poem, a love letter to us, crafted by an artist...Skillman mixes the ...
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