Already closed | 1h 10m | East Village

Plano

From 64 member  reviews
Members say: Great acting, Clever, Funny, Quirky, Absorbing

About the show

Clubbed Thumb presents an encore presentation of this new play in which three sisters (no, not those ones) are stricken with a series of strange plagues. More…

Isabel’s got pains. Anne’s got slugs. And Genevieve doesn't want to talk about hers. She just wants you to eat the damn hummus (she made it!). Let's talk about family nightmares. I mean, uh, memories.

1h 10m | Already closed | Connelly Theatre (East Village)

Member Reviews (64)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great acting, Clever, Funny, Quirky, Absorbing
80
Avg Score

79
Thought-provoking, Edgy, Disjointed, Clever, Absurdist

See it if you're open to something new/different. Fast-paced, wildly imaginative, funny, scary. Deals w/ gender gap, sisters, mothers, marriage, faith

Don't see it if you want cohesion, but fun to watch. Loses some steam along the way. Needs cuts/shaping. Strg acting; gr set. Some gr lines/insights.

60
Slow, Quirky, Indulgent, Disappointing, Banal

See it if If you want to see a new work or a play as opposed to a musical.

Don't see it if If you want like ashow that has thought process and stay on point with that ptocess. This show has many thoughts not a lot of followthrough.

85
Thought-provoking, Absurdist, Quirky, Hilarious, Dizzying

See it if Wild, creative absurdism. Fast paced surprising dialog. 3 sisters are haunted & connected by weird manifestations of male presence.

Don't see it if You don't enjoy weird non-linear plays that can't be understood literally. An unusual satirical perspective on the sexes.

95
Resonant, Profound, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting

See it if you can!! It's really such a unique piece of theatre that has to be seen to be believed.

Don't see it if you've never been a person. (Oh, you are a person? Go see this show.)

78
Clever, Dizzying, Quirky, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if Arbery's verbal gymnastics highlight this mash-up of The Three Sisters meeting Kafka Three top-notch female leads help ground the absurdity

Don't see it if Vibrant, zany first half slowly spins out of control into confusion & chaos before coming full circle. Yet funny set pieces hold interest

96
Exhilarating, Splintered, Chilling, Thrilling, Acute

See it if you like when innovation in the theater is more than flash & cuts to the level of consciousness.

Don't see it if you’re looking for a traditional, naturalistic family play.

Also “Plano” is effortlessly innovative down to its theatrical bones. Yet W... Read more Read less

85
Refreshing, Great acting, Funny, Clever, Quirky

See it if you are looking for something very unexpectedly different, experimental and fun.

Don't see it if you are not ready to go with the sometimes very strange flow.

78
Riveting, Dizzying, Quirky, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if you like experimental theater - this is loaded with lots of good moments, maybe too many as everything passes very quickly with great acting

Don't see it if you want a plot with a reasonable start, middle and end. This is a lot of action that skips around, holding your interest w/little result.

84
Entertaining, Not slow fast pace, Great acting, Quirky, Funny

See it if Maybe not your traditional family, three sister that have a lot of weirdness in their life.

Don't see it if If you want a simple story. This story has a lot going on.

Also The three lead actresses were excellent.

56
Hard to follow, Edgy

See it if You like theater with a "downtown" vibe & find humor in lines like "We're getting married later. It's later. We're married" .

Don't see it if You'd find 3 crazy women beating up a guy & killing him (using a jar of tomato sauce to knock him in his man parts) crude & stupid.

Also Well acted show with very impressive set (big house, fake grass, etc).... Read more Read less

78
Clever absurdism, Great ensemble acting, Thought-provoking, Funny

See it if Jumping in time, mother appearing at the end proves incapable of successfully launching 3 daughters in life and preparing them for marriage.

Don't see it if You want a logical, linear plot and don’t like it when later means now. Somehow everyone muddles through and turns out sort of OK.

78
Bizarre comedy of whacked-out sisters

See it if Theater of the absurd, bordering on nonsensical. Time and location shifts makes it even more bizarre. The actors are able to tame the lunacy

Don't see it if Family dysfunction taken to fantastic lengths. I saw the film "Us" the same day. Some "Plano" characters are also doubles and very weird.

65
Overrated, Clever, Interesting, Muddled, Vague

See it if you like the idea of striving for meaning but ultimately being permitted to not care. Interesting enough that I don't regret seeing it.

Don't see it if 3 neurotic, inconsolable sisters revolving around the men (not) in their lives. Chars never connect w/ each other, rarely w/ audience.

Also Fun Twilight Zone vibe, but Plano's most innovative in how it embodies... Read more Read less

79
Refreshing, Quirky, Entertaining

See it if You enjoy shows where the playwright experiments with storytelling. You like quirky downtown theatre about relationships.

Don't see it if You like a clear script written in everyday speech. This is a slightly heightened and twisted everyday speech

72
Thought-provoking, Great acting, Entertaining, Confusing, Ambitious

See it if A play that is odd and humorous. I think the playwright is the only person who can intelligently describe what we see onstage. Great cast

Don't see it if You are looking for a traditional play with an easy to follow story. Clubbed Thumb promotes plays that are" strange,funny, and provocative."

Also This play certainly fill the bill.

74
Confusing, Great acting, Family curses, Mindbending, Surreal and wild

See it if You have an adventurous and open mind. Like energetic and mindbending surrealism. Have an interest in plays about family dynamics.

Don't see it if Need linearity and clarity, Are frustrated by surrealism.

Also Fine actors in this how -- especially the sisters and mother.

80
A playwright to watch

See it if Funny, clever, 3 brilliant actresses. Great set. Some interesting choreographed scenes. Plenty of weirdness. Sort of a modern fable.

Don't see it if You need to "get it" You're tired. Characters talk in manic pace and the action moves even faster. Takes a while to adjust to the rhythm.

92
Great writing, Clever, Astonishing, Brilliant, Original

See it if you want to see groundbreaking, utterly original material, ​unlike anything you've seen before.

Don't see it if you don't like super fast-paced dialogue, surrealism, magical realism and things that just can't be explained.

Also This show which starts out as a simple three sisters story takes twist... Read more Read less

70
Weird, Funny, Edgy, Confusing

See it if Well acted, sometimes funny but weird, odd, confusing. How ? Why? What? At first edged and intriguing but then “ enough already”

Don't see it if Want a clear, plot, story or purpose

77
Sam shepard meets crimes of the heart, Fades, Exceptionally well-directed and acted, Extraordinary-o

See it if you like language based surreal contempo plays, done perfectly.

Don't see it if you want traditional plays or perfection. The piece gets less interesting as it goes along.

83
Great writing, Funny, Great acting, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You want to see a fast pace, dynamic, absurd, very funny, experimental theater with great cast with strong female characters.

Don't see it if You do not like sexual referral, cursing, screaming, lots of family dynamics.

84
Great acting, Edgy, Clever, Absorbing

See it if Great cast. especially the 3 sisters, tell a story in quick flash time spanning many years. You have to suspend some belief,but worth it.

Don't see it if You don't like story telling that jumps back and forth in time.

84
Entertaining, Funny, Absurd, Surreal

See it if you like fast paced and ridiculous dialogue exploring family neurosis in an absurd and surreal way. Like to debate what it means.

Don't see it if mind that it may take a bit to figure out the rhythm of the play, that not everything may sense, and the meaning is possibly ambiguous.

Also So fair warning they skip ahead in time when they say lets talk about ... Read more Read less

40
Disappointing, Ambitious

See it if You like new off Broadway plays. You like absurdist Theatre.

Don't see it if You want a straight forward plot and narrative.

Also I was on board for the first few minutes of fast past absurdity, but i... Read more Read less

77
Raunchy, Great acting, Exquisite, Entertaining, Enchanting

See it if first prewiev and no glitches, good work by all actors,crazy but interesting show, relatives interaction in unique way, funny and intense

Don't see it if Experimental theatre is not for you, do not like mistique and want realistic plot and happy (kind off) ending


April 14th, 2019
"To the women in Will Arbery’s sly, elusive, off-kilter comedy, the male presence is a loud, insistent thing...Mr. Arbery’s script is rich with laugh lines...'Plano' toys with language, form and expectations, and the excellent cast savors its elisions and tonal fluxes. The slight bagginess and pe...
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April 15th, 2019
"The first 15 minutes of Arbery’s 'Plano' are experimental-theater perfection. They move like lightning. They’re hilarious...If other parts of this high-weird comedy don’t have the same precision and surprise, it may be because the first moments have worked too well...It’s delicious to see a play...
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April 13th, 2019
"Arbery’s wonderfully unsettling 'Plano' is a kind of inside-out play: it goes so far into the uncanny, protean mind’s eye that it comes out the other side, revealing all sorts of disturbing social truths...Silverman, Finn, and Flood feed each other, and feed 'off' each other, with electric energ...
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April 13th, 2019
"Astoundingly, this whirlwind production...maintains its fevered pace to the very end. More plot unfolds in the 75 minutes of 'Plano' than appears in many novels...In his stylized, often hilarious, and just as often tragic way, Arbery presents a vision of life that is just a series of expository ...
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