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Or, An Astronaut Play

From 6 member  reviews
Members say: Quirky, Clever, Thought-provoking, Slow, Ambitious

About the show

This new work about four students training to be astronauts explores who gets access to the space they want to enter, why, and what's left for the rest of us. More…

From the show:

The Astronaut School has four students - but only one can actually make it to outer space. Who has what it takes? Does anyone even know what it takes? Following the experiences of Daria, an intense, focused student, Claire, a woman struggling to fully realize her own ambitions, Paul, a hobbyist, and Tom, a straight, white, American man, Or, An Astronaut Play explores who gets access to the space they want to enter, why, and what's left for the rest of us.

Already closed | The Tank (Midtown W)

Member Reviews (6)

MEMBERS SAY:

Quirky, Clever, Thought-provoking, Slow, Ambitious
79
Avg Score

75
Absurdist, Thought-provoking, Quirky, Clever, Absorbing

See it if you like broad humor, wacky plotting, some nod-your-head insights. 4 yg people try to find their way. Send-up of wh male privilege. Engaging

Don't see it if you want a clean ending...last scene drags. Or prefer realistic dialogue/plot/chars. But OR is well-acted/fun. Intimate space. Gd lighting.

63
Quirky, Disappointing, Confusing, Clever

See it if An interesting concept that needs to be cut by 20 minutes. I walked away intrigued and confused. Might have been the intent. Hot in theater!

Don't see it if It's missable, but a nice attempt.

77
Sharp writing, Slow, Quirky, Thought-provoking, Ambitious

See it if Lloyd's smartly crafted drama uses an astronaut training program as an opening for themes of identity, self-acceptance & greatness Good cast

Don't see it if Steinberger's directing works fairly well for a cramped black box but meanders Clever use of white male entitlement until it no longer is

82
Slow, Quirky, Great staging, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if Astro school candidates (evenly sexed) vy for coveted spot into outer space mission. "What it was like to be a kid who wanted something."

Don't see it if Quick, inventive scenes are just nervous, anxiety-ridden interpersonal interactions of trying to make sense of uncertainty.Grey capsule set

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90
Economical, Thought-provoking, Great writing, Engaging, Smart

See it if you ache for essential off-off-Bway: committed actors, clean simple set, and a script with lots of layers and ideas. H/T Johnny G. Lloyd.

Don't see it if you don't ever want to be that person who says "Oh, I saw an earlier play of his in a really small theater and that one was great, too."

Also Memorable Line: "I'm literally begging for a purpose."

85
Romantic, Great acting, Clever

See it if This ends up being far better than the sum of its parts. A deceptively straightforward script is a ploy to show basic human interactions.

Don't see it if Somewhat sitcom-ish.


January 7th, 2020
"A Cleverly Shaded Exploration of Life's Paths in 'OR, AN ASTRONAUT PLAY' at The Tank"
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January 6th, 2020
"[I]n addition to embodying the rare combination of leading-man looks and goofiness, Unger conveys both Tom's disappointment at the turn his personal life takes and the character's ignorance of his advantages."
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