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Paris (Atlantic Theater Co)
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Paris (Atlantic Theater Co) NYC Reviews and Tickets

76%
(57 Reviews)
Positive
70%
Mixed
26%
Negative
4%
Members say
Thought-provoking, Great acting, Absorbing, Relevant, Great writing

About the Show

Actor Eboni Booth makes her playwright debut with this drama about one of the only black people living in Paris, Vermont.


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Member Reviews (57)

68
Nice performances, Thought-provoking, Hollow, Disappointing, Slow

See it if u want to see "Sweat" without the plot or action; u want a peek at the rather banal lives of workaday Americans struggling to make ends meet

Don't see it if ur looking for action, plot or bold social/political statements (or even faint ones), especially about race (which seems to be Booth's aim). Read more

86
Relevant, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Great writing, Great acting

See it if Booth's taut, clear-headed script. Adams' clean staging & an exceptional cast make this drama of unfulfillment & desperation a stunning gem

Don't see it if Brevity of the work works both for & against it; characters can feel simple yet chaos of their despair rings clearly bringing Odets to mind

Critic Reviews (10)

January 21st, 2020

"Shrinking Lives at a Big Box Store in ‘Paris’: Racism is a stealth force in Eboni Booth’s astute study of the (mostly) quiet desperation of minimum-wage workers in Vermont."
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January 21st, 2020

4/5 stars: "'Paris' is often funny in the style of a workplace sitcom. But Eboni Booth's remarkable new play also casts the discomfiting shadows of a low-key social and psychological thriller...Booth's deft and delicate hand cuts with a slow deliberation until it reaches the bone."
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January 24th, 2020

"Scary Stuff: 'Paris' and 'The Woman in Black'"
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January 21st, 2020

"'Paris' Is Where Dreams Go to Die Eboni Booth pens a new play about the drudgery of retail employment."
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January 21st, 2020

"Booth clearly has talent as a writer, but Paris needs another draft to be the hard-hitting drama it has the potential to be."
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January 21st, 2020

3/5 Stars. "An excellent production of Eboni Booth's insightful working class drama, set in a big box store in 1995"
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January 21st, 2020

"Falling behind is the defining struggle of every character in Paris. Playwright Eboni Booth has written distinct and equally fragile circumstances for each employee…Director Knud Adams' sharpest moments come via racially charged, wordless exchanges."
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January 21st, 2020

"The Paris in Eboni Booth's darkly comic play has no Eiffel Tower nor Moulin Rouge; it's a small town in Vermont (circa 1995) where a night out at the local bar drinking vodka and singing karaoke appears to be the pinnacle of entertainment."
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January 22nd, 2020

"The piece has all the right elements and the dialogue is funny at times, but there is absolutely nothing new here. Nothing you haven't already seen done with more pizazz and flourish. This is not a theatrical piece so much as a made-for-TV show on stage, cut to commercial."
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January 27th, 2020

"'Paris' is an honest portrayal of people who need every dollar they earn. Or it's a sly commentary on how race figures into a seemingly nonracist environment. Or it's just a well-performed and engaging workplace dramedy. However it's viewed, this sharply written, superbly acted new play provides theatergoers with a jolt from winter doldrums.
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