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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.

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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)

MEMBERS SAY:

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

75
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.

79
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

78
Enchanting

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

90
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

80
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

77
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

75
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

93
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

89
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.

75
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.

92
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.

83
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

71
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

74
Great writing, Intelligent, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Absorbing

See it if You like a show that seems deceptively simple, and presents complex and resonant ideas without beating you over the head with them

Don't see it if You prefer ideas to be presented in a more in-your-face matter

85
Resonant, Relevant, Absorbing

See it if You are interested in what it is like to be a low wage worker in a large corporation

Don't see it if You preferromantic comedies. Do not like things about social significance. Like fully developed stories

Also Well acted and well paced but I consider this just the beginning of a ... Read more Read less

95
Great writing, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great staging, Great acting

See it if Great writing and staging and very relevant subject matter. Shows great focus on working class America and race.

Don't see it if No real reason not to. Hour and a half no intermission.

77
Almost there, Relevant, Great acting, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if You enjoy plays about race, class, and like seeing the work of up and coming playwrights.

Don't see it if You like plays with neat and tidy endings.

Also I really liked this show, and thought that each cast member had a mome... Read more Read less

80
Intense, Resonant, Relevant, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if It's similar to "Sweat" in many ways. A depressed, low income town where people are struggling to get by. A compelling work that resonates.

Don't see it if Although there are comedic elements, it's a serious play about hardships in life and what we sometimes do to make ends meet to survive


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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