New York | 1h 15m | Already closed

Real

From 3 critic and 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)


80
Off Off Online

“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 theatrical voice as iconoclastic as Nogueira’s." Full Review

75
New York Theater

"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 to land some astute and amusing comments about living in New York." Full Review


91
Absorbing, Ambitious, Entertaining, Great acting, Great writing

See it if You like thought provoking theater that explores issues around gender and identity with good writing and good acting

Don't see it if If you don't find these things interesting

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

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.

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

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.

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

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

80
Clever, Intelligent, Entertaining

See it if The story line was different with the intertwining of two different people in two different times and two different genders.

Don't see it if You don’t like plays that go back and forth in time.

78
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

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.

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

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

73
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.

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

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.

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

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

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

80
Great acting, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Slow, Ambitious

See it if You like to watch new interesting works and amazing actors doing what they do best (the two leads, especially do tremendous work).

Don't see it if You can't get over the poor direction and sometime slow pace (opening makes no sense). You have trouble seeing the potential in new works

73
During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Edgy, Intense

See it if you like other-worldly works. The acting was great and while, at times, it was a bit confusing, overall it was very interesting

Don't see it if you don't have the patience for deep intense story lines.


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