Closed 1h 30m
Rules of Desire
Midtown W
71

Rules of Desire NYC Reviews and Tickets

71%
(90 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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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.

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

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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February 25th, 2020

Score: 93%. "If you like strongly dramatic plays, go see this and see where true love lies."
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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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