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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)

Member Reviews (43)


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

Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Thoughtful, Intelligent

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.

Funny, Grim, Disturbing, Deep, Absorbing

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.

Slow, Indulgent

See it if The few scenes with the girl's friend and her boyfriend are entertaining.

Don't see it if But the mom tells rambling stories about groceries and food wraps, the dad shouts all his lines, and story is repetitive. Slow at 1 hr45m.

Disappointing, Slow

See it if You want to see a cute kid on stage

Don't see it if You are looking for that drama that rips your heart out and takes you on an emotional roller coaster.

Also The first 10 mins, I was really excited. This had the makings of an Ad... Read more Read less

Great acting, Great writing, Intense, Powerful, Intelligent

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

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

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

Absorbing, Great acting, Slow, Great writing, Intelligent

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

Absorbing, Great acting, Entertaining, Great writing, Intelligent

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.

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

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.

Entertaining, Intelligent, Slow

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.

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

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

Cliched, Lacks cohesion, Great acting

See it if Acting is good to very good (especially Emily Verda). Story had potential but...

Don't see it if Playwright threw a bunch of things in a blender and forgot to push start. Stereotypes. Lack of development. Cheap devices.

Absorbing, Great acting, Great singing, Intelligent, Relevant

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.

Great acting, Riveting, Intense, Absorbing

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.

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

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, Great acting, Great writing

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

Great acting, Slow, Intense, Volatile, Painful

See it if you like hard hitting family tragedy.

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

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

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, Great acting, Relevant, Intense, Excellent staging

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.

Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant

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.

Edgy, Great acting, Intense

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.


See it if Liked it

Don't see it if some slow spots

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

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

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

Great writing, Disappointing, Resonant, Delightful

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

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

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.

September 26th, 2017
"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 situa...
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September 29th, 2017
"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 wo...
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October 1st, 2017
"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' succ...
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September 27th, 2017
"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 act...
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