Already closed | 1h 30m | Chelsea


From 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)

Member Reviews (43)


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

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.

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.

Ambitious, Disappointing, Great acting, Slow

See it if you want to see some great actors perform an intense but cliché script

Don't see it if you want to see a play that breaks new ground.

Cliched, Entertaining, Dated, Funny

See it if You're interested in a discussion about grief

Don't see it if You want to get an unexpected take on the subject

Also This play has a lot of good parts to it; Lori Fischer is a good actres... Read more Read less

Cliched, Disappointing, Slow

See it if You like Southern melodrama

Don't see it if You're turned off by stereotypical dumb-ass brutes with abused girlfriends and Bible-thumpers drawling in Southern accents about honey-fille

Also I really wanted to be moved by this play but unfortunately got bored b... Read more Read less

Great acting, Slightly confusing, Interesting

See it if I liked it, the acting was superb-- that mom and daughter were amazing. The characters and the situations had depth, made it interesting

Don't see it if You hate flashback pieces-- it was a tad confusing.

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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