PLAY! NYC Reviews and Tickets

(15 Reviews)
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Entertaining, Delightful, Clever, Confusing, Absorbing

About the Show

This Is Not A Theatre Company presents an interactive homage to the importance of radical play for a healthy society. 

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Member Reviews (15)

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466 Reviews | 237 Followers
Great dancing, Ambitious, Confusing

See it if Joyful movements of dance & words. The actor’s approach was very honest with a believable Intention to bring love to this experimental work.

Don't see it if Because this experimental work was a bit disconnected and missed its mark despite the spirited attempt to infuse love, happiness & harmony.

304 Reviews | 105 Followers
Confusing, Enchanting, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if You want a silly experience and don’t care about story or text. Be ready to play and dance.

Don't see it if You like the script to matter. It was muddied by the movement. You dislike participation (about 50% is interactive).

302 Reviews | 87 Followers
Exquisite, Relevant, Refreshing, Enchanting, Absorbing

See it if you appreciate masterful dance coupled with thoughtful poetry, philosophy, psychology, and audience participation in an intimate spare space

Don't see it if you prefer plays with extensive dialog, more than solo casts, complex sets and costumes, multiple acts, linear plots, not breaking 4th wall Read more

234 Reviews | 112 Followers
Entertaining, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Intelligent, Great staging

See it if If you are interested in the concept of playtime and how our society views it. The audience interaction is very gentle. It’s a small space.

Don't see it if If you prefer a more traditional plot, or zero aud. participation. I was hoping the show was longer. Read more

182 Reviews | 36 Followers
Sweet, Joyous, Improvised, Confusing, Experimental

See it if See it if you’d like experiential theater? That feels like a yoga dance pop poetry improv with adult Gymboree added. Fun and strange.

Don't see it if Don’t see if you hate to participate, or if you prefer traditional theater. It’s a personal expression of joy and inclusion and playfulness

148 Reviews | 11 Followers
Refreshing, Fluffy, Delightful

See it if you are looking for (or don't mind) a 1/2 solo performance and 1/2 participatory experience

Don't see it if you want a traditional theatrical experience; you don't want to get up and act a fool with strangers (even though you should!)

121 Reviews | 44 Followers
Indulgent, Disappointing, Ambitious, Cliched, Confusing

See it if you want a stereotypical modern art/contemporary theatre piece... It felt like a parody. Absurdist, barely immersive, and just confusing

Don't see it if you want a connected story, traditional theatre, or real immersive theatre. It's a strange creation, well performed, but I was left bemused

79 Reviews | 12 Followers
Clever, Funny

See it if You are open to an abstract production and are not afraid to interact

Don't see it if You want a direct performance or feel uncomfortable with participating Read more

Critic Reviews (2)

Theatre is Easy
September 22nd, 2019

"'Play!' reflects on the importance of play in everyday adult life…Jonathan Matthews executes elaborate choreography while delivering an absurdist monologue…[and then] the sense of joy and freedom that comes from playing is put to the service of building a better society."
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New York Theater
September 8th, 2019

"A solo dance-theater piece performed by Jonathan Matthews on the subject of playing - as in playing games...Matthews rants, lectures…and at the same time moves his body in expert ways…In the second half the performer brings the audience on stage… to play together."
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