The Providence of Neighboring Bodies
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The Providence of Neighboring Bodies

The Providence of Neighboring Bodies NYC Reviews and Tickets

(29 Reviews)
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Quirky, Funny, Confusing, Great acting, Delightful

About the Show

Dutch Kills Theater presents a strange and witty tale about female friendship, an unexpected Airbnb guest, and the secrets that bind us together.

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Enchanting, Great acting, Funny, Quirky

See it if You're interested in a narrative told mainly through monologues investigating relationships based in proximity

Don't see it if You dislike quiet theatre that doesn't clarify its realism vs. fantasy.

During previews

See it if Some interesting monologues by the women...

Don't see it if ...but the story goes nowhere and the ending comes out of nowhere (something about beavers?) - totally nonsensical ending

During previews
Confusing, Funny, Slow

See it if you're familiar with the playwright's work or know the actors, I suppose. Some of the lines were funny.

Don't see it if a complete lack of action would be unbearable for you. Something about beavers... really confusing. Read more

During previews
Confusing, Disappointing, Indulgent, Slow, Funny

See it if you like monologues/narration delivered from an odd world.

Don't see it if you like action and strong dialogue.

During previews
Confusing, Funny, Quirky, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to see a funny small theater production

Don't see it if You don't like to be confused

During previews

See it if You're into monologues. You enjoy a simple set, simple staging, an overall simple play.

Don't see it if You want something exciting and more than 3 ladies talking about their inner thoughts. Read more

During previews
Confusing, Disappointing, Indulgent, Quirky, Slow

See it if You know the cast or the writer and/or find shows that try to be edgy (but do not succeed in doing so) entertaining.

Don't see it if You want to see a show that is linear and is clear about what it is trying to state. Actors were fine but the play itself is not worth it.

Critic Reviews (9)

Time Out New York
February 24th, 2017

"Jean Ann Douglass's 'The Providence of Neighboring Bodies' will remind you of our absurdist-in-chief Edward Albee...It's not easy to avoid the masters when you're trying to craft something short and sharp...A surprising and wicked little concoction...Douglass has a fine poetic ear and the actors are full of comic invention...It was impossible not to laugh, really. 'Bodies' is richly amusing, despite its strain of darkness."
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February 25th, 2017

"Featuring a powerhouse cast of only three and a truly thought-provoking plot that gets more intricate the more I think about it, ‘Providence’ brings a lot of great artistic decisions together in such a small space, and in so short a time…There is so much about this play that really grows on you the more you try to weave your way through its seeming simplicity…A rather intriguing production which audiences will find as interesting during as after the show has ended."
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Theatre is Easy
February 24th, 2017

"Jean Ann Douglass’ bizarre, effervescent little play unfurls slowly like a magical flower…In a stream of narration directly to the audience, Dora goes about her quaint albeit dull day in the gentle, untroubled neighborhood of Rhode Island. It’s tediously funny…I promise there’s more in store for what becomes an allegory for the concern of the outsider, all with the pleasant veneer of smiles, comedy, and sunshine that makes for a jolting conclusion."
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Theater Pizzazz
February 27th, 2017

"'Providence' contains plenty of theater magic, using a minimal set and few props and just three characters...Douglass has a flair for soliloquy aided by a keen eye for the details of everyday life...The writing is enhanced, however, by a truly mesmerizing performance from Lori Elizabeth Parquet as Dora...Douglass’ comedy is so entertaining it isn’t until afterward that you realize it is a tragedy about America in its present chaos. That’s theater magic."
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Times Square Chronicles
February 23rd, 2017

"Ms. Douglass' writing is very interesting and the play peals down the layers of friendships, loneliness and prejudice. Ms. Douglass has a lot to say and it hits home in subtle through lines...This is a company, actress and playwright to keep your eyes on. If you get a chance, 'Providence of Neighboring Bodies' just may surprise you at how good it is."
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Theater In The Now
March 11th, 2017

“A quirky dramedy that strikes the right chord. Douglass has an innate ability when it comes to storytelling…Where she slightly stumbles is the perception of the themes. They are clearly present yet not prominent enough to feel intentional. In the grand scope of the play, it’s only a minor blip…‘The Providence of Neighboring Bodies’ was a consistently touching…A rare beauty. Jean Ann Douglass has crafted a play that exemplifies human connection in a manner that is subtle yet profound.”
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New York Theatre Guide
February 26th, 2017

"Powerful text, strong direction, brilliant design, and phenomenal performances...It’s so smart and heartbreaking and agonizing...Chayes has crafted an exquisite gem full of nuanced moments and potent interactions. Her gifted hand can be seen in the clever staging and perfectly paced tension lines between the characters' inner turmoil and outward facade...This is an intelligent production that has stayed with me...A brilliant satirical metaphor that will ensure its longevity as a defining text."
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New York Theatre Review
February 28th, 2017

"Berkeley, Parquet, and Staats are beautifully cast...Jess Chayes directs minimally, which suits the production beautifully, allowing the words to do the work...Douglass’ script is somewhat sprawling but for the most part this works in favor of helping us get to know these women intimately...The funny and quirky 'The Providence of Neighboring Bodies' packs quite a big punch, and leaves you pondering some bigger questions on the way out the door."
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February 23rd, 2017

"It's a fable wrapped not-so-tightly inside a comedy that will have you literally laughing-out-loud. Parquet's Dora is magnificent in every sense of the word, and Berkeley has her character down pat...Kudos to Dutch Kills Theater Company for bringing this fun little story with a serious message to Ars Nova; it's totally worth the $20 ticket price and a great way to spend an hour or so without taking up your entire evening."
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