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Perversion

Members say: Confusing, Disappointing, Excruciating, Ambitious, Indulgent
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Critics
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4 reviews
Members
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15 reviews
 

13th Street Repertory Company presents the world premiere of this allegorical drama about a home invasion. A scathing political satire of the America we lived through and where we still live today.

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Two strangers invade a quiet urban home on a sinister mission. They frighten some, entertain others, and refuse to leave. As the situation escalates, the homeowners reveal some surprises of their own. A dark and surreal evening of fantasy, farce, and betrayal.

 

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Reviews (19)

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33
Avg Score

25
TheaterScene.net

"A tedious melange of the absurdist styles of Genet, Eugène Ionesco, Jules Feiffer and Dr. Seuss...There’s a lot of speechifying and violence, but really no discernible plot. It’s all supposed to be ominous and funny. It isn’t. The play’s ending is just as indecipherable as what came before it. If Blake had shaped the material into a more coherent form, it might have been entertaining, but he hasn’t...The actors cannot be faulted for overplaying their cartoonlike characters." Full Review

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Talkin' Broadway

"An ambitious if rambling dystopian satire...There are many inspired moments and examples of smart writing within the play...But these periods of focused lucidity tend to get watered down by a convoluted plot that wanders into more tangents than you'll encounter in an entire semester of a geometry course...It does make for some rough going for an audience trying to absorb the free-flying loose elements of the play, which cries out for trimming and editing to make it more accessible." Full Review

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Theatre is Easy

"The play is meant as an allegory for the current U.S. government. But for an allegory to work, it must capture our imagination and investment within its own context. This play never earns our investment because we have no idea what any character in the play needs or wants...Theatre of the Absurd should always offer us something to root for...The needs of 'Perversion's' characters are completely unintelligible, and so spending 130 minutes with them becomes something of an exercise." Full Review

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Off Off Online

“So wrongheaded on nearly every level...The company, god bless ’em, commit 100%...Characters warble and argue and pontificate endlessly about—well, one is never quite sure…At once leaden and glib, the dialogue constantly ties itself up in Gordian knots of faux profundity, leaving the actors, bless ’em, with little to do but go really, really, big. The result is a show that strains to be 'Waiting for Godot' but ends up 'Waiting for Guffman.'” Full Review

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42
Avg Score

40
Ambitious, Dizzying, Confusing, Disappointing, Overrated

See it if you enjoy a confusing plot that you have to try to make sense of. Enjoy a silly story with crazy stuff happening.

Don't see it if you want a show with a simple story, easy to follow, with continuity. You don't like a silly play with ridiculous things happening

Also Some decent actors, but in a hopeless play. At intermission the audien... Read more Read less

41
Indulgent, Confusing, Disappointing, Excruciating

See it if you are desperate for any play that doesn't make much sense nor deals dramatically with nonsense.

Don't see it if want an enjoyable time at the theater with some sense even when dealing with nonsense.

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Confusing, Excruciating

See it if You have a friend in the cast.

Don't see it if You value action or story and want text with any meaning. I don't think anything really happened and most of the dialogue made no sense.

30
Indulgent, Banal, Confusing, Disappointing, Slow

See it if There is no reason to see this play.

Don't see it if you are looking foe an entertaining or thought-provoking play

Also The playwright thinks he is making profound thoughts on contemporary A... Read more Read less

66
Funny, Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Great staging

See it if you like comedies

Don't see it if you are not a fan of comedies

61
Ambitious, Banal, Confusing, Disappointing, Excruciating

See it if Like political satire that is not comedy. Have saintly patience to endure dystopian/experimental theater that is usually confusing & boring!

Don't see it if Hate dystopian/experimental theater. Hate drawn out plays that lack focus & editing due to same playwright/director in love with own work.

Also Playwright/Director has ambitious ideas about political/ societal perv... Read more Read less

50
Relevant, Confusing, Excruciating, Slow

See it if You don't mind being lectured at the end after a boring 2-hour play.

Don't see it if Just don't

73
Funny, Ambitious, Clever, Quirky, Entertaining

See it if If you enjoy absurdist comedy and have some tolerance for confusion

Don't see it if You prefer straightforward plays and realistic scenarios

54
Ambitious, Great acting, Intelligent, Intense, Quirky

See it if See if you like abstract ideas. It also is very prevelant for what is happening in todays world.

Don't see it if If you don't like surreal situations.

47
Quirky, Confusing, Disappointing, Excruciating, Soporific

See it if Theater of the absurd (Pirandello, Ionesco) interests you and you are willing to look past the bad directing, and bad script.

Don't see it if if you want quality on almost any level. Some of the time the acting was good, but the overall feel was very amateurish

27
Ambitious, Dizzying, Confusing, Disappointing, Excruciating

See it if if you like multi-layered non-linear fantasy theater.

Don't see it if you want a straight forward dramatic experience. Too ambitious and confusing script makes experience unpleasant.

52
Ambitious, Dizzying, Confusing

See it if if you like a confusing and satirical affirmation of our indifference to world happenings.the play is for you.

Don't see it if if you don't have the time.you have to wait until the second half of the play to get some concrete answers as to what is being conveyed.

26
Quirky, Indulgent, Confusing, Disappointing, Excruciating

See it if you like absurdist humor and don't mind a confusing play that has a couple good performances.

Don't see it if you struggle with plays that border on pointless and tedious. Absurdist intentions don't carry through and end up meaningless.

40
Indulgent, Confusing, Disappointing, Excruciating

See it if You like good acting without a good story.

Don't see it if You want to see good political satire. This one is bad.

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Confusing, Disappointing, Excruciating

See it if you want to see a stereotype of a terrible show to criticize the staging and acting throughout. The venue didn't even have water.

Don't see it if you like going to the theater because it will change your mind.