Already closed | 1h 30m | Chelsea

Roughly Speaking

From 59 member  reviews
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. More…

'Roughly Speaking' takes place during the course of one meal service, showing people stuck in a 'Waiting for Godot'-like existence. The play examines homelessness through the eyes of Lightning Bolt and a cast of diverse characters. For the regulars who wander in, this is just one more stop on their never-ending quest for food, shelter, and a bit of companionship. For the newcomers, it's a shattering reminder of how their lives have changed. 'Roughly Speaking' is a play about being trapped in a system which exists more to maintain the status quo rather than offer a way out.

1h 30m | Already closed | TADA! Theater (Chelsea)

Member Reviews (59)


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

Disappointing, Excruciating, Overrated, Slow, Indulgent

See it if you want to feel like you're being empathetic to the plight of homelessness.

Don't see it if you'd rather avoid cheesy writing, staging and acting that doesn't feel authentic. Also, the rapping is terrible and adds nothing.

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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...
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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...
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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 fr...
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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 roote...
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