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Return to Spoon River
Midtown W
61

Return to Spoon River NYC Reviews and Tickets

61%
(27 Reviews)
Positive
41%
Mixed
41%
Negative
18%
Members say
Disappointing, Banal, Dated, Entertaining, Confusing

About the Show

In Creative Arts Lab's stage adaptation of Edgar Lee Masters' 'Spoon River Anthology,' two strangers return to their hometown to say one last goodbye to their pasts.

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Member Reviews (27)

70
Entertaining, Clever

See it if enjoy a sweet play with music about deceased people remembering the past and 2 strangers who meet and discuss their past and future.

Don't see it if you like a sophisticated play or expect a musical with original music. There are old songs, some religious in nature that accompany stories.

60
Dull, slow, Community theater, Some good musicians, Sleepy, Old-fashioned

See it if you like small vignettes with moral, small-time themes. Enjoy hymns and spirituals. Like watching actors play multiple characters.

Don't see it if Want a faithful retelling of SRA, expect all the actors to be good, aren't bothered by jumbled storytelling, don't like many odd accents.

Critic Reviews (1)

April 26th, 2017

“The individual stories lack narrative fluidity and cohesion…Under Arment’s direction, the cast’s delivery of the outdated language sounds unnatural and stilted, at times recitative, at other times cloying and histrionic, with mugging and emoting that miss the mark for either drama or comedy…The performances as a whole are generally lacking in credible emotion. As a result, the show’s underlying didacticism seems little more than an antiquated cliché."
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