Paris (Atlantic Theater Co)
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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)

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692 Reviews | 152 Followers
70
Frustrating, Good acting,, Funny, Quirky, Thought-provoking

See it if enjoy workplace stories, plays about stilted small town life, semi-tragic character studies, characters striving to make changes

Don't see it if you don't like frustrated ambition tales or stories of denial, work place plays, characters in denial, dead-end lives in small towns

MJK
677 Reviews | 187 Followers
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

687 Reviews | 115 Followers
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

567 Reviews | 146 Followers
84
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting

See it if Outlier workplace comedy of African-American bobbing above drowning levels in homogeneous Vermont. Don't let the sit-com banter distract.

Don't see it if Someone has to abet in all of our consumption.The injection of more darkness in that character and his usage of "your people" is superfluous Read more

481 Reviews | 315 Followers
91
Sad, real and funny too, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if Totally absorbing, excellent acting by all, great staging.

Don't see it if I would recommend this show but it is admittedly intense and depressing. But engaging, intelligent and worthwhile. Read more

513 Reviews | 129 Followers
70
Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Disappointing, Good set

See it if good premise, interesting topic; some good acting; realistic set; window into the lives of people trying hard to make ends meet & survive

Don't see it if The play has potential but not there yet; pacing needs work & book needs tightening; lacks drama to keep you focused Read more

501 Reviews | 103 Followers
83
Great play with well written characters that need a better ending

See it if You enjoy well written and interesting characters

Don't see it if You will be bothered by a play that doesn’t clean anything up at the conclusion Read more

457 Reviews | 127 Followers
84
Great cast, Insiteful, Funny sad, Intense, Quirky

See it if desire peek into slice of life humor and desperation of American less than minimum wage working class with race thrown in 4 good measure

Don't see it if don't want 2 empathize with plight of goodly % of American workers, don't see race, don't care where goods come from, always need the upbeat

Critic Reviews (10)

The New York Times
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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Time Out New York
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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New York Magazine / Vulture
January 24th, 2020

"Scary Stuff: 'Paris' and 'The Woman in Black'"
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Theatermania
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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Talkin' Broadway
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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New York Stage Review
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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Theatre is Easy
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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Theater Pizzazz
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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