Already closed | 2h 20m | Brooklyn

People, Places, & Things

From 116 member  reviews
Members say: Great acting, Great staging, Absorbing, Intense, Ambitious

About the show

Denise Gough reprises her Olivier Award-winning role in the U.S. premiere of this drama, a raw, heartbreaking, and truthful performance about life spinning recklessly out of control. More…

Emma (Gough) was having the time of her life. Now she’s in rehab. Her first step is to admit that she has a problem. But the problem isn’t with Emma—it’s with everything else. She needs to tell the truth. But she’s smart enough to know that there’s no such thing. When intoxication feels like the only way to survive the modern world, how can she ever sober up?

2h 20m | Already closed | St Ann's Warehouse (Brooklyn)

Member Reviews (116)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great acting, Great staging, Absorbing, Intense, Ambitious
87
Avg Score

80
Edgy, Thought-provoking, Great staging, Great acting, Clever

See it if for the stunning performance by Gough (altho she cries too often). The staging also dazzles. Addiction 101 w/a little room for hope.

Don't see it if you dislike the subject, hate loud noises/bright lights (used infrequently), you question the 12-step reliance on spirituality/surrender.

Also PPT was stupendous visually (like Curious Incident) and Gough is a for... Read more Read less

85
Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Thought-provoking, Resonant

See it if Fantastic performance, timely theme, excellent writing, fantastic staging.

Don't see it if it's a very entertaining play unless you are severely repelled by the issue of addiction.

Also Gough is​ spellbinding, never leaving the stage. Tour de force.... Read more Read less

84
Entertaining, Great acting, Great staging, Realistic, Relevant

See it if Real & Raw depiction of the struggle of addiction, expertly performed by Gough. The staging is spectacular. Def worth the trip to Brooklyn

Don't see it if Even if you aren't interested in addiction/mental health issues, it's an interesting story & excellent performance

95
Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Masterful, Absorbing

See it if An absolute masterclass in acting. Intense and creatively staged. Heavy topic of addiction dissected like a slap in the face. Amazing!

Don't see it if The topic of addiction is interesting to you. If you don’t like heavy plays. It is intense.

95
Dizzying, Edgy, Intense, Masterful, Relevant

See it if An addict journeys out of fog into her shrouded past and future. Incredible acting. Stunning staging. Gut wrenching climax with a twist.

Don't see it if You are not interested in an intense drama with dissonant sounds and flashing lights. You don't enjoy expressionist staging.

85
Absorbing, Great staging, Great acting, Resonant, Intense

See it if you want to see some really exciting theatrical staging and production value, completely in the service of a deeply affecting play.

Don't see it if you're looking for a fun night out. This one is heavy. (But very worth it.)

85
Absorbing, Great acting, Riveting, Addictive, Intense

See it if you're hooked on great theatre. Powerful acting, clever staging, riveting story, authentic characters & smart script that avoids bathos.

Don't see it if you need your fix of frivolous, feel-good theatre; or you have a hard time being confronted with unsettling portrayals of drug addiction.

95
Absorbing, Ambitious, Highly creative staging, Great acting, Intelligent

See it if you want to see a breathtaking performance by Denise Gough. Also, highly creative direction by Jeremy Herrin. Kudos also to Barbara Marten.

Don't see it if seeing a person going through rehab makes your feel uncomfortable.

83
Let's give it up for the entire cast

See it if you want to see a great all around cast in a very new and hip theater setting

Don't see it if you are looking for something light and cheerful. This show is about drug addiction.

Also Everyone is praising the main actress and she does and incredible job ... Read more Read less

90
Heartwrenching, Great acting, Intense

See it if you want to be emotionally wrecked by an unreal performance by Denise Gough in an innovatively staged production.

Don't see it if you are easily upset by topics of drugs, alcohol, and addiction.

90
Great writing, Great acting, Entertaining, Masterful, Intelligent

See it if you’re into destructive & constructive ways to handle life's disappointments; you liked Trainspotting, Russell Brand’s drug documentaries

Don't see it if you’ve never been the only dissenter or had to suppress feelings for your/others' benefit; your desires always match those of the group

Also This show is really well done. The writing is great and quickly transp... Read more Read less

83
Great acting, Great staging, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if you enjoy great acting and staging and a new way to portray the issues of drug addiction.

Don't see it if you expect a happy play or can't empathize with drug addicts.

88
Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Intense, Riveting

See it if a heart-wrenching story of a woman's battle with alcohol & drug addiction in rehab; very sad family effects. Incredible performance by Gough

Don't see it if you don't want to see the physical & emotional battles with addiction; want a light, happy show

Also The set was very clever.... Read more Read less

67
Disappointing, Funny, Great staging

See it if You want to see thrilling scenic design.

Don't see it if You want to see a show with a point.

80
Great acting, Great staging, Profound

See it if Deep, meaningful performances do this script well. A glimpse of addiction and the ripples it creates for those around the addict.

Don't see it if You don’t want to see a play about a difficult subject. While I agree the play and performances were masterful, I Struggled to connect.

86
Great acting, Great staging, Intelligent

See it if Enjoy great acting. Trying to understand addiction. Great staging.

Don't see it if Seen it before

93
Absorbing, Great staging, Intelligent, Resonant

See it if Denise Gough is a tour-de-force. Staging and directing masterclass.

Don't see it if Uncomfortable with the dark, raw ... hard hitting emotions and reality,

90
Absorbing, Great acting, Dizzying, Intense, Gough tour de force

See it if You appreciate fine acting -- Gough is spectacular in a very demanding role and the ensemble shines. You like stellar design and tech.

Don't see it if You are offended by harsh language or bothered by intense themes like drug abuse and family issues.

83
Great acting, Great staging, Edgy, Intense

See it if you love great theater. This brings you into the world of an addict. It is raw, intense and superb theater.

Don't see it if If strobe lights, loud noises will get to you. I think this would be a tough play to watch for anyone that's had a stressful day.

80
Great acting, Inventive staging, Intense, Heavy, A bit too long

See it if To see the phenomenal performance of Denise Gough. If you like serious theater that isn't always easy to watch.

Don't see it if you want something light. This isn't that. If you aren't interested in plays about addiction and recovery.

90
Ambitious, Great acting, Great staging, Intelligent, Intense

See it if You want to see substance abuse and addiction issues handles sensitively and intelligently aided by an amazing lead performance by Ms. Gough

Don't see it if You dont like to see substance abuse and addiction issues dramatized.

61
Ambitious, Cliched, Dizzying, Indulgent, Overrated

See it if you like the Headlong high-octane British productions so popular right now

Don't see it if you prefer strong plotting and characterization over technology and stage trickery

90
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Intelligent, Riveting

See it if You are interested in the tragedy of addiction & the difficulty of recovery portrayed with powerful acting and excellent set design.

Don't see it if you like to play it safe and prefer to avoid messy life situations

90
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Must see, Masterful

See it if You want to be thoroughly engrossed and entertained by addiction and mental illness (I mean that seriously). There is a powerful ending.

Don't see it if Drugs, profanity, addiction, and other similar issues make you cringe. This was a sensitive yet intense exploration of these topics.

91
Absorbing, Great acting, Edgy, Great staging, Relevant

See it if you want to see great acting in a relevant play that is expertly directed on an amazing set

Don't see it if Stories about drug addiction don't interest you


October 25th, 2017
“A thrilling, devastating and, yes, deeply unreliable look at recovery...The staging gives the illusion that something dynamic and new is happening...But I kept waiting for something bigger than fine stagecraft — and even Gough’s ingenious performance — to kick in...However valuable and accurate ...
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October 25th, 2017
“Macmillan’s play is a searing exploration of a still-taboo subject, brilliantly elucidated through its parallels with his own chosen art form...Emma comes roaring into chaotic, devastating life in the person of Denise Gough...The rumors are true. She is that good...Macmillan and director Herrin ...
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October 25th, 2017
"It's the human core of Gough's fearless performance that keeps you glued...While the group scenes can be somewhat repetitive and overwritten, the playwright strikes a considered balance between respect for the methods of recovery and skepticism about their limitations...Herrin's directorial flo...
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October 25th, 2017
“Although elements of Duncan Macmillan’s play feel all too familiar (toxic parents, inevitable capitulation), a vivid, no-holds-barred star turn and striking staging distinguish the London import...Gough, in her New York debut, gives an explosive, wildly emotional performance. She is matched by a...
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