Rules of Desire
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Rules of Desire
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Rules of Desire NYC Reviews and Tickets

71%
(91 Reviews)
Positive
68%
Mixed
23%
Negative
9%
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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Member Reviews (91)

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972 Reviews | 227 Followers
71
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.

567 Reviews | 146 Followers
70
Twisted, Voyeuristic, Toxic

See it if A twisted and toxic chief naval officer "overbrimming with bitter bile" obsesses over his object of desire: A trapped victimised stowaway.

Don't see it if Necrophilia."I know how to bend a coat hanger/Let's look at the numbers & determine your value/I'd love to see you up your value/Drop towel" Read more

499 Reviews | 103 Followers
89
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

470 Reviews | 112 Followers
60
Slow

See it if Somewhat watchable show of a woman illegally snuck aboard a nuclear submarine and what happens.

Don't see it if It's all just talk, talk, talk. Nothing much really happens except a bizarre self-inflicted thing later on. Slow & repetitive. 1hr40min.

335 Reviews | 87 Followers
65
Ambitious, Relevant, Intense, Raunchy, Edgy

See it if You’re up for an intensely graphic tour of a porn-addicted misogynist’s brain.Sharp, graphic and honest writing, though unbelievable premise

Don't see it if Easily triggered by threats of sexual violence, remarkably frank vulgarity or extreme objectification of women and their bodies. Read more

228 Reviews | 63 Followers
69
The 'felicia' character shows how to stand your ground, tho she does strip to bra&panties. but no sex, cpo harvey weinstein!, Indulgent, Great acting, Christopher sutton plays the porn-programmed cpo & has 90% of the lines in the show. "waiting for godot"s lucky should be next for him?, There's no real or faux sex, just a lot of intimidation.

See it if I heard a lot of conflicting reviews about this show, but you'll only be offended if you're not a 'guy'. Porn talk is pretty normal for us.

Don't see it if Don't go if U R expecting a "sex show" or nudity. Most of it is talk-talk-talk, but it could offend people that are inexperienced sexually. Read more

122 Reviews | 8 Followers
33
Insipid, Disappointing, Ambitious

See it if You're curious to see a new William Mastrosimone play.

Don't see it if You want a play where the characters are fully fleshed out. Read more

117 Reviews | 24 Followers
67
Disappointing, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to get inside the brain of a damaged abuser. Great acting by this character.

Don't see it if you want a clear message, purpose, or vision that really makes you feel something. Read more

Critic Reviews (3)

TheaterScene.net
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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