Petie
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Petie NYC Reviews and Tickets

80%
(43 Ratings)
Positive
84%
Mixed
14%
Negative
2%
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.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (43)

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302 Reviews | 87 Followers
100
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 Read more

228 Reviews | 42 Followers
94
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

91 Reviews | 25 Followers
91
Absorbing, Great acting, Entertaining

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

1214 Reviews | 486 Followers
91
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.

148 Reviews | 36 Followers
90
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

800 Reviews | 252 Followers
90
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.

147 Reviews | 39 Followers
88
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.

538 Reviews | 158 Followers
88
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. Read more

Critic Reviews (4)

Stage Buddy
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 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."
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Manhattan Digest
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 worthy of their abilities, we’ll all be better for it. For now, they are trapped in a boat that fails to sail."
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C
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' successfully interweaves its funny and dramatic strands throughout...All of these effects are underpinned by a fantastic cast...A gripping, impactful new production."
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Times Square Chronicles
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 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."
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