Roughly Speaking
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Roughly Speaking

Roughly Speaking NYC Reviews and Tickets

(59 Reviews)
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Relevant, Thought-provoking, Ambitious, Great acting, Absorbing

About the Show

Inspired by more than 200 interviews with NYC homeless, the Platform Group's new play centers on Lightning Bolt, a rapper bound only by his wheelchair, on a not-so-typical day at the soup kitchen.

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Member Reviews (59)

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120 Reviews | 12 Followers
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Intense, Relevant

See it if If you want to open your eyes to the horror of some people's lives, which is not to their doing in most cases.

Don't see it if Homelessness and poverty depresses you.

120 Reviews | 40 Followers
Absorbing, Great staging, Great acting

See it if you like social subject masterfully acted by all. This play deserves attention at a more renowned venue.

Don't see it if You are not interested in a plays dealing with social issues.

289 Reviews | 91 Followers
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if If you are interested in plays that have heart and speak to issues we are facing on our planet. Plays that create a call to action.

Don't see it if If you want to see light and fluffy.

54 Reviews | 36 Followers
Entertaining, Thought-provoking, Intelligent

See it if You want a snapshot of the stories and struggles of homeless folks.

Don't see it if You are not a fan of rap. It's not my favorite genre, but I still enjoyed the play.

68 Reviews | 24 Followers
Edgy, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Resonant, Quirky

See it if you enjoy timely material with a message. This is a strong, versatile cast, and every member fully commits to humanizing the homeless.

Don't see it if you want glitter and flash. This is a simple, bare-bones set. Don't see it if you want to avoid any sense of social responsibility.

86 Reviews | 16 Followers
Great acting, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if you enjoy plays that deal with relevant issues in society

Don't see it if you are looking for something lighthearted

186 Reviews | 37 Followers
Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Great writing, Thought-provoking

See it if you like thoughtful, poignant, funny plays with some rapping scattered throughout.

Don't see it if you are looking for something light and fluffy, or a big budget production

266 Reviews | 75 Followers
Entertaining, Great staging, Great writing, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if you want to see a play that takes you into the mind of some of the homeless you might see walking around everyday.

Don't see it if you are looking for a musical or a story with a happy ending. Read more

Critic Reviews (5)
November 9th, 2016

"Directed by Celine Rosenthal, this heartfelt new play is--for the most part--an empathetic window into the lives of a troubled few. Behind Zeiger’s tight script and a handful of admirable performances, 'Roughly Speaking' is an honest representation and dissection of the homeless culture in New York City."
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Theatre is Easy
November 6th, 2016

"Because of its documentary nature, 'Roughly Speaking' is like a collage of various portraits of people from the streets; it's like a staged version of the 'Humans of New York' project...Zeiger is able to capture with great clarity the characters’ unique ways of communication, and develops a wide range of heartfelt stories...'Roughly Speaking' is a theatrical event with a goal to create positive change in our society. It is truly the most important kind of theatre, and deserves much attention."
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November 14th, 2016

"Without having to say so directly, the production makes the audience aware of the extent to which homelessness is a systemic rather than an individual problem...Don't get the idea that this is presented as some sort of didactic lesson: it all comes organically from rounded characters who have friendships, aspirations, and humor. The production keeps the audience invested in them throughout...'Roughly Speaking' gives voice to those who are not usually given a platform to speak."
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NY Theatre Guide
November 5th, 2016

"A moving passion project brought to life by a band of Broadway professionals. Based on the true stories culled from over 200 interviews with homeless NYC men and women, the actors do a tremendous job preserving the dignity of the characters’ story lines, which are intertwined with care and rooted in reality, not melodrama...A collection of small triumphs in a landscape of tragedy and strife, handled with honor by a gifted and dedicated cast."
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November 14th, 2016

"Besides learning more about this underrepresented in literature and theater group of people, we also enjoy 'Roughly Speaking,' directed by Celine Rosenthal, for its artistic value and keen sense of humor that brightens up the grimness of the topic...'Roughly Speaking' teaches us to listen and pay attention to the homeless instead of feeling bad for them as we are walking by. It reminds us that each of these people has a unique story, which is worth hearing."
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