Roughly Speaking
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Roughly Speaking
79

Roughly Speaking NYC Reviews and Tickets

79%
(59 Ratings)
Positive
80%
Mixed
18%
Negative
2%
Members say
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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Show-Score Member Reviews (59)

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287 Reviews | 77 Followers
79
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

1200 Reviews | 486 Followers
78
Ambitious, Absorbing, Entertaining, Relevant, Cliched

See it if you like plays that tackle social issues. This one, homelessness, touching and honest, but none of it was anything I didn't already know.

Don't see it if you're not in the mood for a well done cliched storyline.

57 Reviews | 13 Followers
75
Entertaining, Thought-provoking

See it if You are interested in learning the realities of homelessness in NYC, through a passionate cast and creative story telling.

Don't see it if You are looking for a big production play. You are sensitive to topics like drugs, sex, and social imbalance.

99 Reviews | 47 Followers
74
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Heart-felt, Ambitious

See it if You want drama of people who find comfort, companionship and a warm meal at a shelter. This portrait features their dignity and humanity.

Don't see it if U are not up for the reality of homelessness that we see in the newspapers, or on park benches or subway platforms. This is not light fare.

181 Reviews | 39 Followers
74
Relevant, Cliched, Disappointing, Indulgent, Thought-provoking

See it if A noble try: to educate the audience on the individuals who make up the homeless population in NYC through stories drawn from real life.

Don't see it if A clumsy, stilted effort which doesn't gel. There r some good performances, but author casts herself to no good end. Sits r forced & sloppy~

287 Reviews | 32 Followers
72
Quirky, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Cliched

See it if youlike shows drawn from real life that have a social conscience.

Don't see it if you don't like topical shows.

201 Reviews | 21 Followers
69
Overrated, Relevant, Ambitious

See it if You like socially conscious plays

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145 Reviews | 34 Followers
65
Ambitious, Relevant

See it if The focus and advocacy for the homeless is nice and the acting was good. Very anecdotal, which got long at times. Appreciate the ambition.

Don't see it if You don't like to see small imperfect productions.

Critic Reviews (5)

TheaterScene.net
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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C
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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R
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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