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.

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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
76
Avg Score

During previews
90
Great acting, Relevant, Moving, Absorbing, Thought-provoking

See it if you like slice-of-life plays dealing with consumerism employees and/or liked THE FLICK and/or SKELETON CREW.

Don't see it if you need to completely comprehend every chracter and need a regular thru line.

Also I'm surprised by some of the criticism here. I think one gets the idea... Read more Read less

During previews
65
Nothing really new here

See it if you are unfamiliar with the challenges of being black in Vermont or of working low-paid jobs for a big box store

Don't see it if you're expecting an arc to the story and/or an ending.

During previews
68
Relevant, Thought-provoking, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting

See it if Insights into paid workers just making it on minimum wages without any benefits.

Don't see it if Not interested in social-economic issues

During previews
74
Worthwhile, Moments of good humor, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Interesting

See it if Fine, often compelling, look at element of working class often ignored on stage & in life & how race obliviously/sans malice comes into play

Don't see it if In story that holds interest some aspects unresolved. Want less subtle look at being a minority in small town & what it's like to feel alone

During previews
48
Excruciating, Slow, Disappointing

See it if You don’t care about the why of characters or stories Want to think about the awfulness of low wage jobs

Don't see it if You need character development and a well plotted story A quick pace

During previews
50
Dated, Cliched

See it if If you are interested in seeing a show about bad work conditions of 30 years ago that is well-acted, but pointless.

Don't see it if You like plays that have a real structure and a convincing plot, rather than a series of vignettes that all make the same point.

During previews
89
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Intense, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you want to hear a unique, exciting new voice. nuanced, surprising, and original writing going on, with characters haunted by race and class

Don't see it if you like your plays literal or showy. this is a quiet gem but won't spoon feed you traditional resolution


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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