Rattlestick Playwrights Theater and Page 73 Productions present the NY premiere of this drama about the relationship between a transgender child and their dying Vietnam vet father. More…
Nut grew up the youngest child of Vietnam vet Julius in '80s/'90s working-class America. As Julius suffers the toxic effects of Agent Orange, Nut worries their time together may run out before they can embrace something essential about their relationship. Paging through forgotten photo albums and acting out old war movies about brothers-in-arms, Nut leaps through time and memory, tracing the complex intimacy between father and child when the child is transgender, fighting for mutual recognition before it’s too late.
See it if you can tolerate a bad script to see some solid acting. Garage door is well used. Some impressive special effects.
Don't see it if you have no patience for an unintelligible mess. What was this play about? Hot topics w/o insight. Vietnam portions were especially cryptic
See it if I love most shows at the RS. This was a rare miss. When I read what it was about I was very excited. This is my kind of show but it just
Don't see it if never moved me. The acting however was great. Everyone was perfectly cast.
See it if you'd enjoy a well-performed family drama in which the main character addresses the audience throughout.
Don't see it if a non-linear story will irritate you. The narrator jumps back-and-forth between different memories for the entirety of the play.
See it if you enjoy a family drama peppered with Agent Orange. It is engrossing but seemingly without direction.
Don't see it if you need a linear story with clarity.
See it if you enjoy memory places that go back and forth in time and location at a confusing pace & has characters undeveloped & uninteresting.
Don't see it if you don't like 90 minute memory plays about the effects of the Viet-Nam war and its effects on the veteran's future and family.
See it if You can put aside the desire for a well made play, and can deal with an episodic, almost random structure. Let it work in its own fashion.
Don't see it if You want a beginning and an end with a logical story in between. You don't mind passing on a strong performance by a beloved downtown player
See it if like non-linear, reflective family dramas; really well written and acted, but it is disturbing and uncomfortable
Don't see it if don't like to be challenged, need linear storytelling
See it if Interested in the Vietnam War, psy. trauma, agent orange & the damage to vets & their families with notes on parent/child relationships
Don't see it if You dislike plays related to war. Not in the mood for a serious play of mental & physical breakdown or transgender child & his father.
See it if Truthful, elegant, moving. A tender & devastating family portrait, a funny and vulnerable father/son story. Superb cast, production.
Don't see it if it meanders and digresses a bit-- go with it. It builds gentle but inexorable momentum.
See it if you are excited to see a show about a trans character that is not a coming out story.
Don't see it if you aren't interested in the Vietnam War (honestly, the scenes with war flashbacks were very confusing); you don't like nonlinear timelines.
See it if You like to see up-and-coming playwrights before they hit the mainstream.
Don't see it if You have a low tolerance for non-narrative theater and are a big fan of plot.
See it if You want to support emerging writers, a few good actors and a great venue/program (page73 is great)
Don't see it if You want to be entertained or inspired. The time shifts(?) and transgender themes were not cleverly or clearly presented.
See it if you must see a show about subject of being transgender.
Don't see it if you do not want to be confused because there are too many topics and characters just running on and off stage. Just a big mess.
See it if you have any connection with a veteran and or a difficult relationship with a male figure in your life
Don't see it if you want a perfect happy ending where everything is pretty and neat
See it if you love an amazing set that is highly functional. The acting was also great. You will enjoy the mix of comedy and sincerity.
Don't see it if you are looking for a story that is always easy to follow.
See it if you want to see a drama that explores the effect of the Vietnam war on the soldiers and their families, or enjoy coming-of-age stories
Don't see it if Despite the title, "Orange Julius" is a drama with some heavy and challenging themes. It has some humor, but it's not a sugary, frothy play.
See it if You enjoy 1st person narratives where the central character explains the entire story as it unfolds. good play for a trans perspective
Don't see it if You aren't into memory plays or a non linear story. after a while I got tired of listening. Lots of entrances and exits.
See it if you enjoy a nuanced, engaging story - plus some marvelous performances - with an inventive structure.
Don't see it if you can't handle non-linear plays.
See it if You like one person plays where the central character is surrounded by other characters swirling around them.
Don't see it if You want a story you can sink your teeth into instead of just trying to track all the things going on.
See it if You care about the future of this art form. Theatre needs plays like OJ. It is compelling and daring from start to finish.
Don't see it if Your tastes are more commercially oriented, or if you demand that theatre simply be entertaining and unchallenging
See it if you like complex, intelligent, and bold new work. The play is structured in a non-linear way, moving fluidly through time. Masterful work.
Don't see it if you're too blinded by a need for linear realism to be comfortable in any other theatrical environment.
See it if excellent cast particularly S Payne's cadaverous lead, Dustin Wills' fluid direction, best use ever of a garage door dividing reality/dreams
Don't see it if assured story-telling that engages the audience but does not have theatrical "payoff" (see notes below) the audience is begging for
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