See it if you like comedies
Don't see it if you don't like comedies
See it if You like seeing young casts in short plays.
Don't see it if You’re looking for mire classic production Read more
See it if you series of genre-spanning short plays that follow a set of rules or you want to see new playwrights like Brett Epstein or Braden Marks
Don't see it if you don't like very short plays or only like to see shows with high production values--these plays are often brilliant, but done on a budget
See it if you like short plays with funny 'rules' that run throughout each; Good young writers and actors.
Don't see it if you want a more polished production with older experienced actors
See it if you have a short attention span or you like seeing new pieces & are willing to see hits & misses
Don't see it if you can't stand to watch misses to see little gems Read more
See it if you enjoy 10-minute plays and thinking about ideas in themes.
Don't see it if you want to see something more developed. Also the Management & House Staff at The Tank are incredibly rude.
See it if You want a fun theatrical event where anything can happen and rules are meant to never be the same!
Don't see it if You want a structured, fluid night of theatre. 7X7 is meant to be a work out and fun for all & Brett does a great job leading this!
See it if you like going into things blind.
Don't see it if you're expecting masterpieces.
"The quality of the work is uniformly strong. The actors are confident, well-rehearsed and skilled at blending farce with poignancy. The directors make adroit use of minimal materials to swiftly create the disparate narrative worlds of the different plays...'Rule of 7 X 7' is a deal that can’t be beat."
"The constrictions of '7x7' beget an array of short plays that are both relevant and ephemeral. The very short time frame ensures that playwrights can draw from the timeliest material...The flip side of '7x7’s' time frame is that some plays and performances will lack the polish of more rehearsed off-Broadway productions...For folks that enjoy improv shows or other experimental theater, '7x7' will be a welcome departure from the finished product of traditionally staged plays."
"Of the seven theatrical ventures featured on the night that I visited, three were brilliant and sharply written pieces that frequently had the audience roaring with laughter. Only two failed to blossom into fully-formed concepts...'Rule of 7×7' combines the best of theatrical entertainment and improvisational art to create a rousing, and often riotous, evening that showcases diverse, young talent in New York City."
"Epstein hosts the series, which takes seven playwrights and asks each writer to write one rule all the plays must follow...The rules help free up imaginations to conceive some wonderfully funny and sometimes surprisingly touching moments. Rachael Mason's 'Funny Seeing You Here,' was probably the best...By the time the audience sees a flashback to what the two characters did earlier, they are practically rolling in the aisles with laughter."
“Led by the incomparable Brett Epstein. Every two months, he calls upon 7 playwrights to contribute a ‘rule’...The ‘Rule of 7x7’ plays are some of the most experimental, fun, joyous, and bizarre works that happen on a regular basis...No two plays are the same. Some are funny, some have made me cry, some make absolutely no sense at all. What they all have in common is boundaries, and even this is a porous barrier."
"‘Rule of 7x7’ is one of our favorite events in Manhattan…The price for attending makes this a no-brainer: $12 includes a free beer from the concession stand. And the plays are usually very funny—and really, really good. Incredibly good, considering the short time they have to throw them together!"
"'Rule of 7x7' is not just a show, it is a party, or rather a novel idea executed extremely well. There is the volatility of not knowing what to expect with a new set of playwrights, but the price is right at $12 including a free beer. Give it a try. Good luck 'Rule of 7x7.' The audience loves you!"
"Each of the plays could have benefited from more rehearsal. Sometimes, the actors focused more on performing rather than reacting to their scene partners. The relationships between characters didn’t always resonate. The stars of the night were definitely the playwrights, each of whom penned stories that ranged from funny to thought-provoking to moving to downright wacky. If you haven’t made your way to check out the series yet, you should."