Already closed | 1h 30m | Chelsea

Paris (Atlantic Theater Co)

From 57 member  reviews
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.


From the show:

Emmie is one of the only black people living in Paris, Vermont, and she desperately needs a job. When she is hired at Berry’s, a store off the interstate selling everything from baby carrots to lawnmowers, she begins to understand a new kind of isolation. A play about invisibility, being underpaid, and how it feels to work on your feet for ten hours a day. 

1h 30m | Already closed | Atlantic Theater Stage Two (Chelsea)

Member Reviews (57)


Thought-provoking, Great acting, Absorbing, Relevant, Great writing
Avg Score

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).

Also Some bristling dialogue and quirky, compelling performances make this ... Read more Read less

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

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

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

Also Ann McDonough (character Wendy) was a fave actor of Wendy Wasserstein

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.

Also If you liked The Flick, Clarkston (of Lewiston/Clarkson) and/or Sweat ... Read more Read less

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

Also I wasn't bored but neither was I involved. One tense, involving scene ... Read more Read less

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

Also I don’t like it when the ending of a play is handed to me on a silver ... Read more Read less

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

Slow, Too shallow, Great staging, Cliched

See it if you like serious plays about social issues.Not clear to me why it was set in the 90's.Issue is the same today.Racism,shrinking middle class.

Don't see it if you expect fast paced drama, fully fleshed out characters, enthralling story.This is good, but not great.Terrific set.Uneven acting.

Relevant, Slow, Quirky, Excruciating, Ambitious

See it if A show that tries to be relevant is what you like

Don't see it if Well scripted well performed and directed piece is what you prefer

Uneven, Great acting, Funny first half, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if drama about the difficulties faced by low-wage unskilled workers; quirky characters with funny dialogue especially in beginning

Don't see it if you don't want laughter to distract form the harsh economic issues or, on the other hand, if you want entertainment with no serious issues

Also Subtle issue of racism. ... Read more Read less


See it if Like a midseason episode of a sitcom of quirky minimum wage store workers w/ their own struggles in a dead end job and crazy boss.

Don't see it if Like a midseason episode: not much lead up, not much plot, no resolution. Just a glimpse into their frustrating, yet real lives.

Also Diversity: about the working poor, barely surviving. Protagonist is a ... Read more Read less

Depressing, Relevant, Intense, Thought-provoking, Absorbing

See it if enjoy exploring real life issues through the magic of live theater.

Don't see it if you hate you job, co-workers, company management, day to day work routine. This is NOT the play to help you escape from your everyday life.

Also OMG! Sitting through this play was like revisiting every shit-hole job... Read more Read less

A few very menacing moments, A long 90 minutes, Small town blue collar depiction, Quirky characters & uneven acting, Monotonous workplace reflected in a monotonous play

See it if You like realistic dramas. Have an interest in small town life.

Don't see it if You need a gripping storyline. Are at all sleepy -- it won't keep you awake.

Masterful, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if The attention to detail and what is between the sentences is what makes this so excellent and moving--the subtext abounds and is just clever

Don't see it if Slow-paced microscopic examination of the minutiae of everyday life will not appeal to everyone especially as it examines race and class.

Also I found this provocative, clever, intelligent, and moving. The hiring ... Read more Read less

Taut, Great acting, Sad, Absorbing

See it if you like well written and acted dramas; you want to see a dynamic young actress who currently is a student at Julliard

Don't see it if you like happy plays; you like musicals

Relevant, Great writing, Great acting, Unresolved

See it if You want to see a play that (while good) feels more like the first act of a longer play.

Don't see it if You are a person that needs a resolution at the end. This had none and not in a way that felt ambiguous rather than abrupt.

Also Personally I think the way they were trying to sell this play and the ... Read more Read less

Relevant, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you have interest in people stuck in their lives without hope of possibilities.These are damaged people without the will or vision to change

Don't see it if you want a drama with hope.There is none here, but it is well acted even if the characters are somewhat cliched.It is not about race per se

Subtle, Layered, Intelligent, Riveting, Great writing

See it if You enjoy smart compact story telling, Excellent balance of truth telling, wit and tension, impressive turn by Christopher Dylan White

Don't see it if If you blame people for the economic hardships or racial barriers they face or you are looking for a fluffy night out

Also Skeleton Crew meets Bright New Boise but with less melodrama & angst ... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Intelligent, Great acting, Great writing, Great staging

See it if You want a slice of life of the working poor and the slow burn of under earning.

Don't see it if You like traditional plays that have a a blatant plot.

Cliched, Resonant, Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if ..depiction of oppression & struggles of minimum wage ($5.00/hr) workers in a big box store in Vermont. Very reminiscent of "Skeleton Crew"

Don't see it if low wage workers' struggles don't interest you.

Thought-provoking, Great acting, Funny

See it if you want to be happy and sad at the same time. See it if the play, "Sweat," resonated with you. See it for great acting all around.

Don't see it if you cannot feel for people who work hard but don't make ends meet.

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

See it if you like comedic but depressing slice-of-life shows that deal with the intersection of racism and poverty

Don't see it if you prefer sweeping, epic dramas or if you like your plays to provide you with answers and not just questions

What's keeping america "not great", Sad comment on today's society

See it if you relate to shows about real people and their life dilemmas.

Don't see it if you have no empathy for people in this country who work and are barely making it.

Also It hurts to see how the working class can be treated in our economy wh... Read more Read less

Indulgent, Disappointing, Banal, Ambitious

See it if depressing slice-of-life play in a small town showing demeaning and dehumanizing work in a big box store

Don't see it if you want to see cliched and unrealized one dimensional characters. Main character is a major problem with no true feelings or insight

Also Amateur, shallow, lethargic pace. Racism may be an underlying fact in ... Read more Read less

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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