Already closed | 1h 20m | West Village

Orange Julius

From 29 member  reviews
Members say: Confusing, Great acting, Ambitious, Absorbing, Slow

About the show

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.

1h 20m | Already closed | Rattlestick Theatre (West Village)

Member Reviews (29)


Confusing, Great acting, Ambitious, Absorbing, Slow
Avg Score

Incomprehensible, Unfocused, Unengaging, Rare misstep for rattlestick

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

Just didn't click, Disappointing, Great acting

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.

Ambitious, Intelligent, Resonant, Indulgent, Relevant

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.

Great acting, Great staging, Entertaining, Confusing, Quirky

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.

Banal, Confusing, Indulgent, Slow

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.

Challenging, Thoughtful, Poetic

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

Great acting, Edgy, Intense, Profound, Resonant

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

Great staging, Profound, Confusing, Ambitious, Needs reworking

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.

Also This is an ambitious play to showcase the horrific effects of the Viet... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Resonant, Exquisite

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.

Confusing, Slow, Interesting, Great acting

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.

Great acting

See it if you like small intimate stories about family in war time and loud noises.

Don't see it if you are sensitive to fog. Or have a hard time following non linear stories.

Confusing, Excruciating, Intense, Boring, Quirky

See it if You want to see a play narrated by a transgendered character.

Don't see it if You want to be able to follow what's going on.

Confusing, Half-baked, Thought-provoking

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.

Confusing, Disappointing, Banal

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.

Confusing, Boring

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.

Also The storytelling method of having the protagonist narrate everything t... Read more Read less

Confusing, Absorbing, Intelligent, Intense, Slow

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

Ambitious, Clever, Thought-provoking, Confusing, Innovative

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.

Great acting, Provocative, Intense, Earnest, Personal

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.

Also The main character of the play is Nut, a young transman growing up in ... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Disappointing, Slow

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.

Also What I liked is that it was a play that featured a trans main characte... Read more Read less

Great acting, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Non-linear

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.

Disappointing, Dizzying, Great acting, Indulgent

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.

Entertaining, Quirky, Confusing, Funny, Romantic

See it if You enjoy thinking about what you're watching and how things connect.

Don't see it if The ideas of a confusing strange romance and death pain you.

Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Relevant, Thought-provoking

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

Also This is an excellent example of what downtown/non-commercial theatre h... Read more Read less

During previews
Drink in searing orange julius to show ravages of vietnam/agent orange on a family, though not a complete theatrical meal

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

Also Dramaturgically, this play might have been more resonant had it provid... Read more Read less

During previews
Ambitious, Confusing, Dizzying, Indulgent, Overrated

See it if you want to see an extraordinary performance by Stephen Payne.

Don't see it if you don't like messy and confusing plays. Also, if you don't like one character basically telling the story to the audience.

January 22nd, 2017
"Directed with ambition and uncertainty by Dustin Wills, it’s a muddled play that tries to tell too much...Nut is — like the playwright, and like the terrific Mr. Barbagallo — transgender. That is not the play’s central topic, but it is inextricable nonetheless as the action shifts between past a...
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January 27th, 2017
"Kreimendahl's excellent new play...An out-of-order scattering of memories from one trans boy's life…Kreimendahl is the god in these details, creating a portrait of real family dynamics far more ‘realistic’ than those in a dozen well-made plays…Wills directs with an uncommonly intimate grip; the ...
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January 22nd, 2017
"Barbagallo is an affable and engaging narrator, which is a good thing because much of the story is delivered through direct address to the audience. Unfortunately, some passages get the balance between show and tell wrong...Luckily, this flaw in the script is mostly assuaged by Wills' illuminati...
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February 3rd, 2017
"'Orange Julius' is supposed to be a play, and what Kreimendahl has supplied is a lengthy narrative occasionally punctuated by little illustrative episodes. Between moments of real insight, the script wanders -- badly...Wills' direction keeps the play moving fluidly, striking a tone in which love...
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