Phoenix Rising: Girls and the Secrets We Keep
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Phoenix Rising: Girls and the Secrets We Keep
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Phoenix Rising: Girls and the Secrets We Keep NYC Reviews and Tickets

78%
(12 Reviews)
Positive
67%
Mixed
25%
Negative
8%
Members say
Great acting, Ambitious, Intense, Absorbing, Enchanting

About the Show

Based on true stories, Living Lotus Project's new play examines the lives of teenage girls and their triumphs over adversity.

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Member Reviews (12)

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252 Reviews | 40 Followers
85
Absorbing, Great writing, Must see, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if If you like emotionally moving plays.

Don't see it if You don't like dramas about emotional problems.

4 Reviews | 1 Follower
100
Absorbing, Clever, Edgy, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if You are curious about new theatre. Have a strong passion for real society concerns. Want to laugh and cry at the same time

Don't see it if The play is very real so bring tissues for the harder moments!

2 Reviews | 1 Follower
97
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great acting, Original, Enchanting

See it if you want a glimpse into the struggles and pain that so many women carry with them every day of their lives.

Don't see it if you are not ready to critically think about the deep subject matter of the show.

2 Reviews | 0 Followers
95
Ambitious, Enchanting, Great acting, Resonant, Must see

See it if You enjoy great acting and storytelling. These young women portray the roles of girls are risk with such honesty and truth.

Don't see it if you forgot tissue or aren't ready to be taken on an incredible journey.

2 Reviews | 0 Followers
100
Enchanting, Intense

See it if The acting is beautiful and the playwright finds great nuances in bringing these deplorable stories to life with wit, humor and magic.

Don't see it if Please bring tissues!

1 Review | 0 Followers
85
Enchanting, Edgy, Profound, Absorbing, Ambitious

See it if You are ready to open your mind and dive into something different. Perfect for drama lovers and character analysis enthusiasts.

Don't see it if You shy away from rape related stories/turmoils and aren't fond of things that are different from what's already out there.

1 Review | 0 Followers
100
Ambitious, Great acting, Edgy, Exquisite, Absorbing

See it if you are ready to go on an adventure and be inspired by a talented cast.

Don't see it if you are under 13 years old.

1 Review | 0 Followers
91
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great acting, Great writing, Intense

See it if you are looking for a show that will make you think and understand other peoples' circumstances in a new and intelligent light.

Don't see it if you aren't prepared to step outside your comfort zone and acknowledge topics that can be challenging and though-provoking.

Critic Reviews (10)

Lighting & Sound America
June 30th, 2016

“There may be no more well-intentioned play in town than 'Phoenix Rising'; the author's concern for her young characters is palpable, and the problems she names - abuse, mental illness, and homophobia, among others - are very real. But her characters are thinly conceived case histories and the dialogue is a string of pop-spirituality clichés."
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TheaterScene.net
July 10th, 2016

"Writer/director Gosheff has witnessed hundreds of women who have endured, despite maintaining silence in the face of adversity; she also draws from her own experiences as a 'survivor' of sexual assault. The stories of these girls are powerful because they ring authentic, though they are also told with humor and compassion."
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Theatre is Easy
June 30th, 2016

"The stories are heart-wrenching and told with tremendous passion and commitment by a sensational ensemble…Written and directed by the exceptionally talented Laura Gosheff, each story is told through gorgeous poetry and expressive choreography…Though I found the storytelling in some of the episodes confusing and difficult to follow, the play is always visually and aurally engaging. The conclusion is quite heartwarming and uplifting."
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Theater Pizzazz
July 11th, 2016

"It is an ambitious work written in verse and incorporating dance and vocal music...While well-intentioned, the work is pretentious, overlong, repetitious, one-note and without nuance...Goddess Mother/Grace is played with sensitivity by Kristen Vaughan, who is, however, frequently inaudible. All the young women are well played...This is an earnest effort and there is an audience for it. It’s a niche piece that may well thrive in academia."
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Front Row Center
July 5th, 2016

"I would not make light of the accomplishment here. At the end of the 90-minute production you do feel you have met deeply damaged people, genuinely scarred women, completely undone by what’s been done to them…I am not sure what 'Phoenix Rising' is but I fear it is not yet a play. It has power and life but it has the feel of a therapist’s session gone wild."
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Theater In The Now
June 30th, 2016

“One of those plays that has good intentions yet manages to hammer in too many concepts and ideas that hurt the overall production...To Gosheff’s credit, she tries to do something different...It just sadly didn’t work the way you would have hoped...Through no fault of their own, the girls were sadly cartoons. Between the era costumes and the caricature dialogue, it was hard to ground the reality within the overblown bubble.”
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NY Theatre Guide
July 1st, 2016

"Gosheff has taken this cast and given them powerful stories...The theatre is about choices, and I think Gosheff has chosen to over-egg the pudding here...The cast and technical crew, though, ensure that the wobble is mild...This play is ambitious, and it is actually about something important. It isn’t perfect, and the ambition is not quite fulfilled. But it’s more than worthy of attention."
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Plays to See
July 1st, 2016

"'Phoenix Rising' is a chance to delve into the female psyche...Laura Gosheff, writer and director, created a sincere and visceral show that exposes the struggles of choosing love in the face of fear, self doubt, and shame...But before you think it is all tears, there is plenty of humor as the girls spark back snappy comebacks at each other and tempers flare. A show like this one can be tedious without emotional bravery and full commitment but luckily the actors did not falter."
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