New York | 1h 30m | Already closed


From 4 critic and 43 member reviews
Members say: Great acting, Absorbing, Great writing, Thought-provoking, Intense

About the show

Theatre East's world premiere drama explores the often turbulent relationship between faith and mental health through the eyes of a mother and daughter.


An agoraphobe travels the rough terrain of guilt and loss as she struggles to hide key details about her son’s death from her estranged daughter. As the 10th anniversary of the devastating family tragedy approaches, Bonnie and her daughter, Jesse, will either find new faith in each other, or destroy what little they have left.

1h 30m | Already closed | Urban Stages (Chelsea)

Culture Catch

"The production excels at creating atmosphere, expertly drawing the audience not only into its blue-collar Southern setting but also into its confining domestic space...While many plays that tell the kind of story that Fischer's play does progressively darken an initially light tone, 'Petie' successfully interweaves its funny and dramatic strands throughout...All of these effects are underpinned by a fantastic cast...A gripping, impactful new production." Full Review

Times Square Chronicles

"A touching, heavy piece about overcoming loss and estrangement...Banta’s organic direction draws us into these characters’ lives with the simple movement of everyday life. Fischer has not written a single superfluous word or action into 'Petie,' which makes the course of the piece clear. The actors deliver a realistic performance with the exception of a few unbelievable moments...A heartrending performance of a complex story that gives life to and is complemented by the theatrical design." Full Review

Stage Buddy

"This well-performed, thoughtful drama about a family haunted by a tragedy explores the intricacies of intimacy and the difficulty of moving on...Fischer, as Bonnie, is able to connect with the emotional gravity of the character, and it’s impressive...As much as 'Petie' is about this tragic situation, it is about how these people in this particular place deal with this tragic situation, and it opens the work to new avenues of empathy. For a play with this many virtues, that’s a great thing." Full Review

Manhattan Digest

"It sinks under a contrived plot and a mediocre script...With cookie-cutter characterizations and broad, stereotypical references to small-town life, there is little opportunity to empathize with the plight of this family. Nonetheless, there is marvelous acting...Should this cast find material worthy of their abilities, we’ll all be better for it. For now, they are trapped in a boat that fails to sail." Full Review

Profound, Riveting, Must see, Great acting, Great writing

See it if you appreciate drama about relations of violent, controlling men w/ women who trust/enable them and of those women w/ smart independent one.

Don't see it if you do not tolerate violent drama about abusive, mentally ill men, G-d fearing Christian women devoted to/enabling those men, and redemption

Also Lori Fischer (Meryl Streep double in every positive sense) and Arielle... Read more Read less

Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You are ready to witness the tragic results of fundamentalist religious indoctrination and if you want to see various mental illnesses depic

Don't see it if you want lighthearted entertainment

Humorous and affecting, Resonant, Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You like a well written, transporting story which touches on themes of faith, guilt and grief in the contemporary Deep South

Don't see it if You wish to navigate shallower theatrical waters

Also The acting from the whole cast was some of the most engaging, honest a... Read more Read less

Entertaining, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You like an intimate setting, an intense drama and great acting. The story was captivating and overall it was great theater.

Don't see it if You want something light and funny

Intelligent, Thoughtful, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You like shows that tackle serious matters with a good sense of humor. The writer (and actors) nail the accents and mannerisms perfectly.

Don't see it if You don’t want to see another dysfunctional family trying to work out their past trauma so they can move on with their lives.

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

See it if Memory, mental illness, estranged relationships. Some comic relief. Difficult subjects excellently intertwined. great acting and writing

Don't see it if the subjects are too grim, especially the death of a child and guilt

Absorbing, Deep, Disturbing, Grim, Funny

See it if Incomplete memories, fractured relationships, struggle to move ahead. Need to confront the past. Women attracted to bad men. Comic relief.

Don't see it if You don't enjoy psychodrama where memory is an important element. Some disturbing, oppressive characters.

Excellent staging, Intense, Relevant, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if Shades of Tenn. Williams. Compelling madness in the values of a small town. So well written, acted, directed, even a kid couldn't spoil it.

Don't see it if You've had your fill of Southern Gothic and don't want to see another play about parents poisoning the minds of their children.

Intelligent, Powerful, Intense, Great writing, Great acting

See it if A highly dramatic family story told with many flashbacks intrigues you. The playwright is also one of the actors and she is brilliant !

Don't see it if You are needing an intense family drama to come to a happy conclusion. This play does not, nor does it neatly tie up all loose ends.

Also I thoroughly enjoyed this very intense new drama. The characters felt ... Read more Read less

Relevant, Intelligent, Great singing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you want to see an interesting, well written, beautifully acted play about a real family.

Don't see it if you want to see a happy play with a happy ending.

Searing drama of poor southern family with mental health issues goes from bad to worse when boy dies., Resonant, Intense, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You appreciate great acting in a tragic family story where they all have problems--Think "Long Days Journey Into Night" for poor rural folks

Don't see it if A dramatic well-acted examination of a family tragedy would send you running for the exit.

Absorbing, Intense, Riveting, Great acting

See it if You like good drama with great acting about dysfunctional people.

Don't see it if You want to see something light and cheery.

Intelligent, Great acting, Intense, Thought-provoking, Ambitious

See it if you like plays about mental health, family dynamics and relationships. There was a solid arc and an interesting outcome. Excellent acting!

Don't see it if you dont like bad staging and blocking, but the excellent dialogue made up for it.

Emotional, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Absorbing, Ambitious

See it if You enjoy a show that expects the audience to think and wonder from the first word. Its both funny and sad without insulting anyone.

Don't see it if You want everything tied up in a bow. Need a very big stage with complicated sets or can't bare a southern accent.

Insightful, Interesting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Superb acting

See it if you enjoy plays that involve dysfunctional families, tragedy, lurking violence, small town life, fine acting and good dialog.

Don't see it if you dislike intense psychological content, sad and depressed characters, coping poorly with overwhelming problems.

Relevant, Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You want to see great performances in a play that takes on mental illness.

Don't see it if You might be uncomfortable with the above or prefer something less serious.

Slow, Intelligent, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy family drama surrounding a family death. Reminded me of the show Rectify.

Don't see it if you do not like religion in your plays. The exposition is very slow.


See it if Liked it

Don't see it if some slow spots

Pace is deliberately slow, A bit disconnected, Sad, Absorbing

See it if Want to see story of family after loss & how they tried to cope. Also, dysfunctional relationships, small-town life, beliefs in faith.

Don't see it if Want something light, don't like religious themes, story of sad lives, abusive situations. There's no neat bow-tying here.

Also This is a good drama and kept my interest, but it never quite jells an... Read more Read less

Intelligent, Great writing, Entertaining, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You want to see a play about a families loss and how they struggle with that loss. You want to see some great acting

Don't see it if You are uncomfortable with a play about loss, struggles and mental illness.

Intense, Great acting, Edgy

See it if very intense production of a play about mental illness as well as domestic violence.actors were simply marvelous.would highly recommend.

Don't see it if if you don't want to see a family in such turmoil.also contains abusive behavior to women as well.if you don't want to experience truth.

Intelligent, Great writing, Slow, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you would enjoy a show that relies on flashbacks to explain the action; excellent acting; sad but hopeful resolution of family issues.

Don't see it if you need totally linear action to understand what's going on; you prefer comedy and musicals; you prefer to not see mental illness on stage

Also A moving and engaging premier of a new play; definitely will tighten u... Read more Read less

Thought-provoking, Slow, Great acting, Clever, Interesting tale of a family sorrow

See it if want to see a great kid & other good acting

Don't see it if you can't stand the slow middle

Delightful, Resonant, Disappointing, Great writing

See it if you enjoy Southern dramas, you enjoy deep richly written characters, you love new work

Don't see it if you don't like darker material, you like fast paced storytelling

Painful, Volatile, Intense, Slow, Great acting

See it if you like hard hitting family tragedy.

Don't see it if you are looking for a light and linear play.

Cast & Creatives (13)