Rules of Desire
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Rules of Desire

Rules of Desire NYC Reviews and Tickets

(91 Ratings)
Members say
Intense, Edgy, Absorbing, Great acting, Raunchy

About the Show

This world premiere drama explores issues of power, self-preservation, and profound humanism, as three characters battle for love, lust, and survival. Note: contains graphic sexual conversation.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (91)

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628 Reviews | 115 Followers
Thought-provoking, Intense, Edgy

See it if You want to see a playwright take a humongous chance and succeed.

Don't see it if You have trouble with gritty dramas that tackle subjects a lot of playwrights don’t have the guts to tackle. Read more

142 Reviews | 13 Followers
Funny, Great acting, Refreshing, Great writing, Intense

See it if A striking new play, up close and personal with problem topics. Intense but nimble enough with language and performance

Don't see it if Don’t like graphic or shocking discussions of sex

70 Reviews | 12 Followers
Ambitious, Riveting, Profound, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You can handle up close and personal look at a damaged abuser's mindset and a misguided way of expressing desire.

Don't see it if You don't enjoy intense themes, strong language. Read more

189 Reviews | 51 Followers
Raunchy, Intense, Great acting, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if Great acting

Don't see it if Sensitive to raunchy topics

78 Reviews | 15 Followers
Absorbing, Intense, Edgy, Good acting

See it if you like intense dramas with a focus on the minds and interactions of a dominant male and his "prey" in a sexual power situation.

Don't see it if dont like sexually explicit dialogue

69 Reviews | 11 Followers
Intense, Intelligent, Great writing, Absorbing, Edgy

See it if you are interested in psychological dramas.

Don't see it if you are put off by frank and misogynistic sexual banter.

212 Reviews | 28 Followers
Great acting, Disappointing, Slow

See it if If you have nothing to do on a Saturday night. A bit boring and although the actors worked hard--it became tedious.

Don't see it if If you are looking for a show to knock your socks off.

1269 Reviews | 350 Followers
Entertaining, Clever, Absorbing, Ambitious

See it if If you want a serious, at times depressing. Good acting and strong language. Good lighting and sound.

Don't see it if If depressing matters are not for you. Strong language and content. Starts slow and picks up steam.

Critic Reviews (3)
February 24th, 2020

"Through well-crafted expository dialogue Mr. Mastrosimone spins out his goofy and corrosive scenario during a taut 90 minutes. It is solid playwrighting resulting in an icky experience with compelling flashes, ultimately being an eerie minor entertainment."
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Front Row Center
February 25th, 2020

Score: 93%. "If you like strongly dramatic plays, go see this and see where true love lies."
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Off Off Online
February 25th, 2020

"The first new play by William Mastrosimone to premiere in New York in some time, this 90-minute, three-character piece is a head-scratcher: Whatever points it makes get muddled by ambiguous character development, a far-fetched setup and one long scene that gives new meaning to 'toxic masculinity.'"
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