Closed 2h 45m
Quicksand
West Village
77

Quicksand NYC Reviews and Tickets

77%
(21 Reviews)
Positive
76%
Mixed
19%
Negative
5%
Members say
Great staging, Absorbing, Ambitious, Slow, Great acting

About the Show

Regina Robbins' "Quicksand," tracks the journey of Helga Crane, daughter of a Danish white mother and West Indian black father, as she searches for a community of her own.

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Ambitious, Great singing, Slow, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if you enjoy a good story by a fine, large cast making the most of a small stage in non-stop action with good props and mostly acapella songs.

Don't see it if you are not ready to sit through the complete story - it runs long with a 10 minute intermission.Multiple roles by cast can be confusing.

53
Ambitious, Great acting, Great staging, Indulgent, Overrated

See it if You know someone in the play. You want to see some great staying for a small theater, and actors playing multiple roles

Don't see it if There was no story. We watch the main character just float along as things happen TO her. At the end of act 1 I wondered what the story was

Critic Reviews (3)

December 5th, 2018

"'Quicksand,' Nella Larsen's 1928 award-winning first novel, has been given an ambitious, epical stage adaptation by Everyday Inferno Theatre Company working out of the IRT Theater. While Regina Robbins' script for this Harlem Renaissance literary work basically is an assigning of the text of the novel to a company of 13 actors, it is the work of director Anaïs Koivisto who makes this swirling production feel adventurous in creating both a community and a specific world."
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December 5th, 2018

"The ensemble cast was uneven, excelling in some roles and remaining flat in others...'Quicksand' is undoubtedly an interesting story, with many themes still incredibly relevant today...That being said, too much of the novel has been laid out on the stage, which has created an unnecessarily long piece that gives us the facts of the story, but in doing so, misses the struggle at the core of Ms. Crane’s travels and doesn’t contain the heart that it could."
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December 4th, 2018

“’Quicksand’ is an apt name for the ambitious world premiere...It chronicles the story of Helga, a woman of both mixed ancestry and mixed race...Interesting though Helga’s story may be, Koivisto’s production is too long. It’s laden with layers of exposition...Weighed down by...historical, social, cultural, and literary references...There is enough material here for a trilogy...On the other hand, the show is lifted and well-supported by charming interludes...And a versatile 11-actor ensemble.”
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