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Or Current Resident

From 3 critic and 35 member reviews
Members say: Great acting, Relevant, Absorbing, Confusing, Intelligent

About the show

This new dramedy centers around a Silicon Valley bungalow, from which three generations of the Finch family are in constant fear of being uprooted. More…

The multi-generational Finches have weathered a rapidly-changing community in the heart of Silicon Valley crammed together in rambunctious harmony. 'Or Current Resident' throws the covers off an eccentric little universe that has survived on fortitude and self-deception; a universe that now lies shivering in the cold glare of unexpected, untenable revelations.

Theatre is Easy

"Despite its high stakes and fast emotional clip...rarely feels soap operatic: credit lies in the well-rounded script and the cast's subtle chemistry...By presenting characters we can simultaneously laugh at, root for, and relate to, Bigwood drives home the point that these merciless systems can impact any of us...Edging the peripheries of TFTNA's black box...This tight internal frame keeps us invested in the action yet removed enough to observe the broader issues at play." Full Review

New York Critic Blog

"It’s refreshing to find a conventional, naturalistic production of a new script...What’s most striking about the script is Ms. Bigwood’s naturalistic dialogue. She’s very skilled at delayed exposition...What’s more, the playwright imbeds the most significant lines in the conversation with marvelous subtlety...Varnell’s direction is smooth and subtle, seemingly effortless...Some of the actors rush their lines...They’ve neglected to balance the needs of naturalism with the needs of the listener." Full Review

L'idea Magazine

"It's frustrating that this play never starts nor illuminates how 'gentrification sucks'. No protagonist is compelling enough to care about. And it's hard to maintain interest in a dilemma - even a potential eviction - that the playwright herself is not sufficiently focused on...Suffers from a profound lack of cohesiveness, dramatic imagination, and theatricality. It's a chaotic mix of mystifying sub-plots, exasperating narration, and a gentrification plot that only resurfaces now and then." Full Review

Absorbing, Clever, Quirky, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if you're interested in family dramas with relevant themes

Don't see it if you want something more light-hearted and fun like a musical

Absorbing, Intelligent, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if you enjoy family dramas focusing on characters.

Don't see it if you prefer lighter fare.

Entertaining, Funny, Slow, Great acting, Relevant

See it if You want to see a play about a family and how they deal with loss, overcrowded household and social media. You have an open mind.

Don't see it if You want to see a play that has one theme throughout, this play has several. You are not interested in seeing a play about family issues.

Also This was an interesting play. I thought all the actors did a pretty go... Read more Read less

Entertaining, Absorbing, Interesting

See it if you like family dramas

Don't see it if you are impatient. The unfolding story is slow.

Ambitious, Entertaining, Slow, Needs severe editing, Great acting

See it if if you want to see a show with some potential but isn't ready for prime time.

Don't see it if if a show much too long that tries too hard for an almost happy ending will never do it for you.

Also The first act needs 30 to 45 minutes of cutting. Too many scenes that ... Read more Read less

Funny, Confusing, Great acting, Slow

See it if Family of 6 with issues/personal problems. All living in one home, the struggles of making ends meet, the worry of losing their home.

Don't see it if you donot small show about family.

Relevant, Great acting, Quirky, Overreaching

See it if you are interested in a dysfunctional family, each unravelling in their individual dramas while living under the same roof.

Don't see it if are trying to escape the reality of current modern society and it's impact on folks who are trying their best despite the odds against them.

Slice of life, Slow, Quirky, Current, Meandering

See it if You like "slice of life" slow-paced plays.

Don't see it if You like plot-driven plays or musicals.

Ambitious, Confusing, Great acting, Intense

See it if you like good ensemble acting involving timely and/or trendy modern subjects. And props. A lot of props.

Don't see it if you aren't keen to sit through a whole act of exposition just to set up an explosive 2nd act. Or you're easily distracted by too many props.

Also Silicon Valley Everyfamily endures entirely modern problems while atte... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Confusing, Disappointing, Slow

See it if You like a family drama.

Don't see it if You need a well plotted story.

Sluggish, Inconsistent, Meandering

See it if you're really into family dramas, the kind where a whole family sits around a kitchen table hashing out issues and secrets are spilled.

Don't see it if you'd be disappointed that the most interesting theme - middle-class economic uncertainty - gets lost amid lesser, soapier subplots.

Also The first hour feels more like a TV pilot than a play, just introducin... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Overrated, Slow, Confusing

See it if You want to support small theater. The actors worked hard, but the material was all over the place. Many subplots, no real point.

Don't see it if you want a story that actually has a point. This covered so much territory, and ended with one wondering "what was that about?"

All over the place

See it if If you are friends or family with the cast/developers--like the audience I was in seemed to be mostly comprised of.

Don't see it if Series of underdeveloped/overdramatic plots that never conclude & unlikable characters. Can't really tell you what the point was..just don't

Confusing, Disappointing, Banal

See it if Your pleasure in seeing a family play outweighs any desire for coherence

Don't see it if You are not interested in six members of the same family all with separate issues

Banal, Confusing, Disappointing, Insipid, Quirky

See it if if you like heaps of back-story, tons of narration, and very little action

Don't see it if if you're fussy about how you spend a Saturday night in the East Village

Confusing, Dizzying, Excruciating, Slow, Insipid

See it if If you don’t mind endless dialogue while pray for information

Don't see it if You expect to be entertained

Excruciating, Disappointing, Unbelievable, Melodramatic, Amateur

See it if You like to support a playwright and actors even if neither may be at the top of their game for this production that could use much editing!

Don't see it if You can’t sit through contrived storytelling that throws everything...and I mean EVERYTHING at you in the place for any depth or meaning.

Confusing, Banal, Excruciating

See it if you want to leave with a confused crowd that is wondering what they just saw. A terrible play that had no apparent plot or reason.

Don't see it if that's it, just take a pass.

Absorbing, Intelligent, Intense, Great character studies

See it if Enjoyed it very much!

Don't see it if You are not interested in character studies and real relationships

Thoughtful, Relevant, Intense

See it if you like thought provoking topics, new drama mixed with some humor

Don't see it if you only enjoy musicals, "fluff", fast paced action, happy endings

Thought-provoking, Relevant, Must see, Great writing, Delightful

See it if If you want to be entertained while experiencing a slice of "regular " American family life in Silicon Valley.

Don't see it if If you don't like well written dramas

Also Like Ibsen --- Ms Bigwood sheds a very relevant light on the challenge... Read more Read less

Delightful, Intelligent, Quirky, Relevant, Funny

See it if Anybody who wants to see a well written slice of American life. August Osage County meets Silicon Valley.

Don't see it if You have poor taste and you don’t like one acts.

Clever, Absorbing, Great acting, Enchanting, Exquisite

See it if You can associate with contemporary events and happenings that shock you yet you cannot do anything about!

Don't see it if You're living in a dream world!

Great writing, Relevant, Funny, Thought-provoking, Entertaining

See it if You are interested in the effect of social media and gentrification on family and social interactions. You enjoy clever writing and a strong

Don't see it if You need the avant garde and edgy latest thing.

Intelligent, Riveting, Must see, Great writing, Great acting

See it if you like small intimate settings, like clever engaging relevant family drama, like drama set in current times, like social commentary.

Don't see it if you don't like going out for a great night of theatre...

Cast & Creatives (13)