Already closed | 1h 30m | Midtown W

Really Really Gorgeous

From 30 member  reviews
Members say: Quirky, Disappointing, Slow, Clever, Great acting

About the show

This new work traverses the dystopian, the outlandish, and the magical to arrive at the collision between love, celebrity, and the apocalypse. More…

From the show:

Enter America's disgusting and sensational future-everything is underwater, but the TVs still work. In a moldy shack, two women slosh through life together, each the other's only remaining companion, sharing dreams of stardom and power that will never, ever, ever come true. Except when they do. Directed by Miranda Haymon (In the Penal Colony at The Tank, Next Door @ NYTW), Nick Mecikalski's Really Really Gorgeous traverses the dystopian, the outlandish, and the magical to arrive at the collision between love, celebrity... and the apocalypse.

1h 30m | Already closed | The Tank (Midtown W)

Member Reviews (30)


Quirky, Disappointing, Slow, Clever, Great acting
Avg Score

Insipid, Confusing, Dystopian, Disappointing, Slow

See it if you enjoy dystopian political fantasy with absurdist leanings.

Don't see it if emotional realism is something you value in drama. I found the relationships only word deep without supporting actions.

Great staging, Solid acting, Disappointing

See it if you want to see a play with great promise that actively deconstructs American Myths.

Don't see it if you will be overly disappointed by a play that supplies new American Myths worse than the old.

Also Author Nick Mecikalski starts off with a bang - an America destroyed b... Read more Read less

Thought/conversation-provoking, Great lighting and sound, Great cast and direction, Absorbing, relevant, Clever, quirky, entertaining

See it if You're up for a terrific cast in a serious farce about power and survival. And love, in a world where what's gorgeous is anyplace that's dry

Don't see it if You dislike farce or SciFi; don't think the climate's changing or the president lies constantly; you believe everything you hear on TV.

Also There’s no happy ending in this future US where the water is winning a... Read more Read less

Quirky, Funny, Dizzying

See it if you enjoy quirky non-linear silliness with elusive meaning.

Don't see it if you prefer serious story telling with clear morals.

Also The actors, particularly, the announcer, were quite good, but the murk... Read more Read less

Entertaining, Funny, Quirky, Intelligent, Clever

See it if You enjoy dystopian allegories for the dystopia we currently inhabit, that touch on multiple themes and maintain a sense of humor.

Don't see it if You struggle with metaphor or aren't in the mood to tolerate a play that is sometimes slow.

Also Worth seeing just for the actress who plays "the announcer" alone. Cou... Read more Read less

Bechdel test passing, Dystopian, Quirky, Funny, Clever

See it if you're drawn to imaginative after-catastophe narratives. You want to support new work in a theater that consistently encourages it.

Don't see it if repetition drives you out of your gourd and/or your imagination only functions with an assist from Hollywood level sets and special effects.

Thought-provoking, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing, Ambitious

See it if In-depth themes of current day reality set to dystopian extremes. See what the future could be...if we let it.

Don't see it if You are looking to sit back, relax, and not think.

During previews
Satisfying ending, Unsure plot, Too broadly satirical, Longer than needed, Schreechy

See it if you like to see all the many plays about dystopian futures that have been circulating in recent years.

Don't see it if you’re looking for a sharp satire; here the targets are so easy, & so annoying, that often the natural response is to turn off the TV.

Also I really like experimental scripts, & I guess this qualifies. But the ... Read more Read less

During previews
Disappointing, Relevant, Quirky, Slow, Clever

See it if you enjoy an exploration of important issues in new work by playwrights with a message. Many important points are made that reflect our time

Don't see it if you want a polished production - it moves a bit slow and needs some rewriting on the important points with less cheapening of the messages.

During previews
Fantasy, Relevant, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting

See it if After The Flood, waters and resentment rise when half of a lesbian couple is named president."It's me against The Water." Onstage announcer.

Don't see it if Femme competition trivialises empowerment/topical message.Wall motif fatigue."Careful,we don't know what's out there/Got my lungs dried out"

Also "Water is on our property,we own it/My room is dry so I slept on the f... Read more Read less

During previews
Too long, Interesting idea

See it if You want to see a great idea from a playwright about the future of the world

Don't see it if You are expecting this to be polished and ready. Definitely needs a bit of a rewrite. Should be much shorter

Also I really like the idea of this play and I think it would fit perfect a... Read more Read less

During previews
Resonant, Tedious, Thought-provoking, Intense, Edgy

See it if if you appreciate inde experimental small all-female cast drama in off Broadway theatre about disturbing current threats to USA society

Don't see it if you are irritated by lesbian relationship, reminder threat global warming/flooding, effect existential threat on power mongering/fear others

Also The actor of Opra Winfrey-style announcer/controller is consistently e... Read more Read less

During previews
Great staging, Relevant, Great acting, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You want to see a very clever and well-acted play. Very interesting premise and provides some very timely critique on present day government

Don't see it if you don't enjoy political satire.

Also I thoroughly enjoyed this small production. If you want to laugh and y... Read more Read less

During previews
Silly, Slow, Quirky, Disappointing

See it if you like shows that make you think "what in the world was that all about"

Don't see it if you want to see a show that makes some sense

During previews
Definitely not boring, Predictable but interesting, Great acting, Entertaining, Banal

See it if Little masterpiece performed for 90 minutes by 3 actresses with a big future. The ending is very predictable but show is still delightful

Don't see it if Building the wall to protect the capital from intruders;good people are not that good,person with no knowledge elected President of the US..

During previews
Slow, Quirky, Ambitious, Clever

See it if A futuristic story of what happens when climate change becomes personal. I found myself engaged at first and as the play went on started

Don't see it if Losing interest. The three actors were good but the storyline became a little too over-the-top for me. This is certainly not for everyone

During previews

See it if into a play about human dynamics in appocaliptic times

Don't see it if expecting your theater to have a point

Also It was painful to watch these talented people lost in inanity. The dir... Read more Read less

During previews
Slow, Cliched, Quirky, Disappointing, Confusing

See it if You simply enjoy new plays whether they are good or bad— and wish to support writers and actors.

Don't see it if You expect a tight and polished production that makes a clear point.

During previews
Underbaked, Insipid, Disappointing, Ambitious, Eh

See it if you want to see a relationship drama disguised as science fiction

Don't see it if you want to see an actual science fiction drama

Also To be fair, REALLY REALLY GORGEOUS has a lot of potential - I was just... Read more Read less

During previews
Slow, Quirky, Edgy, Confusing, Dizzying

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Don't see it if .........

During previews

See it if you need to see every addition into the new "post apocalyptic" genre that young playwrights love to set their pieces in.

Don't see it if you are neither willing to stretch your imagination nor allow gaps in logic to the story.

Also An inconsistent tone really hurts the piece. It begins with a couple (... Read more Read less

During previews
Thought-provoking, Quirky, Hilarious, Funny, Clever

See it if you like a funny yet sad look at what the future might be...including some politics. Delightful actors!

Don't see it if you can't tolerate that we are all going to Hell scenarios and lesbian drama. There is also some silliness.

During previews
Funny, Disappointing, Excruciating, Quirky, Slow

See it if You like new works that have no idea where to go. The company of 3 is enthusiastic and friends in the audience will tell you when to laugh.

Don't see it if You want a coherent story.

Also I wanted to like this. Is it an eco-thriller? A slapstick comedy? A le... Read more Read less

During previews
Must see, Funny, Great acting, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You’re interested in a hilarious, relationship-driven look at political issues facing us

Don't see it if You like your theatre to strictly live in realism

During previews
Quirky, Disappointing, Slow, Relevant

See it if You like political theater. Deals with climate change, power, dishonesty and authoritarianism. Not quite didactic, but a slog.

Don't see it if Like crisp shows that move along. It is slow-paced and repetitive, strives for humor but not much there.

Also One of the three actors, playing The Announcer, was excellent. The oth... Read more Read less

February 3rd, 2020
"Poets Vie for the Golden Ticket in ‘Really Really Gorgeous’: In this dystopian satire, 'American Idol' and '60 Minutes' still reign, the White House is in Cleveland and a pair of writers compete to save the world."
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February 2nd, 2020
"A Wildly Conceived Climate Change Comedy 'REALLY REALLY GORGEOUS' at The Tank"
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January 31st, 2020
"Nick Mecikalski's 'Really Really Gorgeous' (directed by Miranda Haymon) is set in a dystopian world that will seem familiar or at least largely plausible to audiences in 2020. In the play, dramatic shifts in climate have left much of North America underwater (both literally and figuratively)."
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