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Return to Spoon River NYC Reviews and Tickets

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

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)

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495 Reviews | 56 Followers
52
Ambitious, Disappointing, Professional looking vanity project

See it if can't think of any reason.

Don't see it if you have anything better to do.

431 Reviews | 132 Followers
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.

435 Reviews | 61 Followers
55
Banal, Disappointing, Slow, Ambitious

See it if You're really bored and can't findd anything else available

Don't see it if You have high standards

411 Reviews | 72 Followers
62
Entertaining, Great singing, Slow

See it if You want to hear familiar songs intertwined with remembrances of small town characters.

Don't see it if You want new songs rather than old folk songs.

202 Reviews | 77 Followers
61
Shallow waters

See it if You like comfort food theater in small doses. First five rows a must to stay woke. Elder Ham most likable, but just supporting filler piece!

Don't see it if Ticket cost is double digits. Boring and unmemorable show. Not good or bad, simply the definition of mediocrity. Who has the time for meh? Read more

210 Reviews | 32 Followers
66
Uneven, Ambitious, Disappointing

See it if Some episodes moving-others miss mark.Absurd jumble of accents.Old hymns and familiar songs with good musicians but not always the singers

Don't see it if Remember book with great fondness. Read more

177 Reviews | 92 Followers
68
Lovely, Confusing, Nostalgic, Disjointed

See it if you'll appreciate old hymns and songs with on-stage musicians and a compilation of various memories; lovely music and movement

Don't see it if feels more about the place than the people as some memories not clearly attached to the modern story which makes it feel disjointed

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113 Reviews | 22 Followers
58
Disappointing, Confusing, Dated, Fluffy, Indulgent

See it if You're an actor like me who's never seen this classic text performed outside of class. If you have patience for fluffy, musical revisions.

Don't see it if You don't like church music added to a classic poetic play that's already hard to understand and execute by actors. ( I was disappointed)

Critic Reviews (1)

DC Metro Theater Arts
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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