Already closed | 1h 15m | Midtown W

Real

From 33 member reviews
Members say: Ambitious, Great acting, Absorbing, Slow, Thought-provoking

About the show

The Tank's world premiere drama explores issues of race and gender through its story about a woman and a man living in New York, 85 years apart. More…

New York, 2019. Dominique, a 40-year-old married white woman, is a successful working mother who decides to take up an instrument she used to play when she was young. New York, 1934. Dominic, a 20-year-old gay immigrant, and a promising composer. After having a dream, he starts writing a fugue, and feels like he is supposed to live someone else's life. Their two stories become intertwined to a point where the viewer can't discern which one is which - neither can Dominic and Dominique.

1h 15m | Already closed | The Tank (Midtown W)

Member Reviews (33)

MEMBERS SAY:

Ambitious, Great acting, Absorbing, Slow, Thought-provoking
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Avg Score

70
Ambitious, Resonant, Great acting, Edgy

See it if A show that is abstract and deep.

Don't see it if If you want a light show. This one you must follow

82
Gothic, Artificial, Highly patterned, Distinctive, Mysterious

See it if you are interested in hearing a strong, particular, somewhat odd voice from Brazil.

Don't see it if you have no tolerance for the artificial or the mysterious.

Also On the night I saw “Real” the main character was played, & powerfully,... Read more Read less

65
Intelligent, Confusing, Edgy, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if you enjoy somewhat avant garde theater with a non-linear plot and a lot of philosophical rants about role and gender in society,

Don't see it if you prefer easy to understand plays with linear plots and a bit more action than ranting.

81
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing

See it if A lyrical twin tale as directed in a 50's style by a Spanish artiste. I can't explain, but I liked so much of this.

Don't see it if You seek straightforward

81
Clever, Great staging, Intelligent, Quirky

See it if You like a nuce ensemble piece and you can get there early enough to read the synopsis on the postcard

Don't see it if You’re not able to follow dual plots or actors playing multiple roles

Also I really enjoyed the use of set and wardrobe changes that subtly follo... Read more Read less

74
Ambitious, Great acting, Quirky, Thought-provoking

See it if you enjoy magic realism, you like a story that is "different", you're interested in the resonance between the US policy toward Mexican immig

Don't see it if You expect a straight-through storyline, you like a lot of action, you hate poetic dialogue

77
Intense, Thought-provoking, Romantic, Great writing

See it if You like to see an intense, greatly written play goes between times/characters that their stories are interwined in a unique way.

Don't see it if You are not a fan of complex, non linear story telling, do not like small venues, homophobic, bothered with profanity

Also Starts slow but then it picks up its pace, Truly great ending.

70
Ambitious, Edgy, Intense, Thought-provoking, Great acting

See it if You can sit through 55 minutes of confusion and wait for an exiting last 15 minutes

Don't see it if You don’t have patience for a confusing show that ends marvelously.

65
Banal, Disappointing, Insipid, Excruciating, Fluffy

See it if Boring script

Don't see it if Boring script

Also Even with strong actors, the script was boring.

67
Great acting, Slow, Quirky, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if You like different plays

Don't see it if You enjoy musicals

38
Ambitious

See it if You like supporting the Off Off Broadway community and smaller shows.

Don't see it if You want a play that works.

Also The entire evening is stilted; writing, direction, performances. It ma... Read more Read less

81
Absorbing, Great acting, Ambitious, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if thoughtful, well-acted and directed theater with a twist interests you.

Don't see it if you are looking for simple narrative or melodrama.

88
Ambitious, Masterful, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting

See it if intellectually written; themes and elements (even same lines) echo between two dimensions; powerful acting; great directing, esp. last scene

Don't see it if simplistic staging (sufficient and efficient); Guess watching a play is just an experience too personal.. glad I wasn’t scared off by review

70
Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Slow, Confusing, Ambitious

See it if You are interested in theater exploring music and the relationship of dreams, the past and present and bringing it all together

Don't see it if you want a comedy or an easy to follow plot

73
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Must see, Indulgent

See it if Like the idea of a man being trap in a woman's body,or a woman being trap in a man's body, told through the fuque of an evening. Very good .

Don't see it if Don't like plays with homosexuality themes.

71
Ambitious, Slow, Relevant, Too spare, Vague

See it if You are interested in very spare drama somewhat artificial lacking in emotional substance but dealing with feminist issues.

Don't see it if Read above

55
Good idea, Good acting, Interesting, Surreal, Slow in the beginning

See it if you are a fan of actors playing multiple roles well and in a script that draws connections between time periods and people

Don't see it if you need to understand everything or want a more satisfying ending to a play. It's unclear what's happening or what is the point being drawn

77
Clever, Absorbing, Great writing, Thought-provoking

See it if You're contemplative and want to see a non-linear version of life

Don't see it if You like conventional plays that spoon-feed you plot

70
Ambitious

See it if you like watch something out of the ordinary storytelling

Don't see it if you want a complete and satisfying old fashioned linear play.

Also Trying hard to find words to describe this show other than Ambitious b... Read more Read less

61
Confusing, Disappointing, Ambitious, Relevant, Great design

See it if theme trumps story for you. Some good acting from Gabriela Garcia and Darwin del Fabro. You want to support a latinx writer.

Don't see it if the lack of heart and human connection and a hit over the head direction would drive you up the wall.

Also Writer shies away from the themes through his structure and flowered l... Read more Read less

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Ambitious, Great acting, Indulgent, Slow, Relevant

See it if you like stories about queer characters, women's life choices, music, american history, immigration issues, and multiple interwoven stories

Don't see it if you prefer one linear narrative. The script could use a bit of polishing, I think, but it was an interesting idea.

87
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Edgy

See it if You like plays with story lines that make you think.

Don't see it if If you don't like plays with a complicated story line.

69
Ambitious, Confusing, Solid enunciation

See it if you want a script that would be better off on screen than on a stage. The cast does it best with a half-baked play about a half-baked fugue.

Don't see it if you're a pal of director Ortman and u want to still like him. His helming is ponderous, the play lacks wit, & seesaws between time queasily.

60
Ambitious

See it if you don’t mind a script that needs a lot of work but has potential.

Don't see it if you like a well thought out, easy to follow story.

Also This play could be something special - but there are currently lots of... Read more Read less

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Absorbing, Clever, Relevant, Resonant

See it if you like non-traditional storytelling​

Don't see it if you prefer a linear story

Also the writing, the directing, and the set could be messier, which might ... Read more Read less


January 7th, 2019
"The supernatural scenario is a little like something one might find on an eerie episode of Alfred Hitchcock's old TV anthology. Unfortunately, it all comes off as fairly stilted and heavy-handed. This is due in part to some of the flowery language that Nogueira uses ('I have the strength of a ri...
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January 5th, 2019
"The spooky and melodramatic aspects of the plot, and the two characters’ surreal pile-up of connections, are less engaging than the astute social observations the playwright threads throughout the piece...Nogueira, a playwright of some renown in Brazil who’s a newcomer to New York, still manages...
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January 8th, 2019
“Is one story real and one imagined? Are both real?...If one does not come away with an answer, 'Real' at least shows Nogueira’s gift for poetic lyricism, and the questions he raises linger. It’s not a straightforward piece of theater, but it’s often fascinating, and it’s refreshing to find a the...
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