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SCUM

From 22 member reviews
Members say: Intense, Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Great acting, Edgy

About the show

Four Nerds. One Apocalypse. Game Over. Set five years in the future, this world premiere play asks: what are the games we play to survive? And in the midst of an apocalyptic war, what does it mean to win? More…

In the year 2023, the sirens signal nuclear war. Four friends leave behind their board games and comic books to survive underground. Slowly they realize bombs are terrifying, but they're nothing compared to what humans can do.



95
Ambitious, Edgy, Intense, Thought-provoking, Riveting

See it if you want to be among the first to see a new play by an exciting playwright who challenges our expectations.

Don't see it if you have a weak stomach

Also If I could, I'd go back to have the shit scared out of me by Sarah She... Read more Read less

100
Funny, Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if You enjoy intense plays and post-apocalyptic fiction

Don't see it if You don't like violence

95
Absorbing, Edgy, Thought-provoking, Quirky, Relevant

See it if you enjoy seeing new and exciting works written by female playwrights!

Don't see it if you can't handle plot twists or high pressure situations.

100
Absorbing, Intense, Masterful, Profound, Great writing

See it if You love post apocalyptic thrillers with intense dissections of human relationships. You love realistic perspectives in realistic scenarios.

Don't see it if You have a narrow point of view on the identity of women in today’s society or have a hard time accepting hard truths about it.

100
Absorbing, Intense, Thought-provoking, Must see, Relevant

See it if You want to experience some relatable people living out how their apocalyptic dreams woul ACTUALLY unfold. Everyone thinks they’ll be a hero

Don't see it if You’re sensitive to violence or witnessing people’s mental breakdowns.

100
Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great staging

See it if you want to experience sharp writing & strong acting supported by outstanding makeup, costumes, lighting, and sound. A very solid new play!

Don't see it if if you are offended by cursing or adult topics and only want “happily ever after.”

100
Funny, Ambitious, Great acting, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to laugh, be disturbed, and think beyond your expectations in this play that challenges humanity in clever and surprising ways.

Don't see it if you can’t handle intense violence.

100
Edgy, Great acting, Intense, Profound, Relevant

See it if You’re looking for frank discussions on systemic misogyny and the world’s potential destruction, all in an epic narrative with strong acting

Don't see it if These issues make you deeply anxious, or if you find staged violence and bodily functions off-putting

100
Clever, Edgy, Great acting, Intense

See it if you’re worried about our society and humanity as a whole. It’s thought provoking and intense. What will you do when the apocalypse comes?

Don't see it if you’re looking for feel good fluff.

100
Absorbing, Great acting, Relevant, Resonant, Great writing

See it if You enjoy new, thought-provoking works. Scum moves its audiences to ponder the fragility of their minds, lives, and relationships.

Don't see it if The thought of our impending doom freaks you out too much to discuss...but you should absolutely still see it.

100
Clever, Edgy, Intense, Thought-provoking, Great writing

See it if An original book, excellent cast, phenomenal all around production!

Don't see it if NOT for the light hearted. Very intense scenes and situations.

Also Last night, I had the pleasure of seeing the driving creative force kn... Read more Read less

100
Funny, Thought-provoking, Must see, Relevant, Great writing

See it if if you want all the things one could want in a play: romantic drama, nerd culture references, raunchy humor, and a dark twist!

Don't see it if you do not like crude humor or thinking about our dystopian, apocalyptic future.

100
Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Resonant, Great writing

See it if See it if you like intense, thought provoking theatre, Incredible performances, stellar writing.

Don't see it if Bodily fluids or violence upsets you.

Also SCUM is a harrowing show that left the entire audience to pick our jaw... Read more Read less

100
Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Must see, Entertaining

See it if Last night I had the pleasure of attending Sarah Shear's new show, Scum: A New Play, and let me tell you something... IT WAS STELLAR!

Don't see it if You are afraid to face reality

100
Absorbing, Clever, Intense, Thought-provoking, Great writing

See it if You like original writing, complex characters, intense acting, beautiful lighting and sound, and examining toxic masculinity

Don't see it if Loud noises, violence, and dark intense themes are triggering

100
Funny, Great acting, Intense, Thought-provoking, Great writing

See it if Want an experience that leaves you with questions around your friendships, love life, betrayal, survival and what is truly important to you.

Don't see it if You have a weak stomach or are uncomfortable by very candid conversations around bodily fluids or violence.

97
Edgy, Intense, Thought-provoking, Riveting, Terrifying

See it if you want to see a terrifying vision of a nuclear apocalypse that starts as a teen sitcom and ends as something akin to Lord of the Flies.

Don't see it if if you want to leave the theater feeling happy and uplifted. This show is not for the feint of heart.

Also This was the darkest piece of theatre I think I’ve ever seen. The shif... Read more Read less

95
Absorbing, Intense, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Resonant

See it if You enjoy challenging, uncompromising, raw theater

Don't see it if You don't like what I described above

95
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Riveting

See it if You enjoy theatre written by women that provides insight into how humans behave and relationships are tested in the face of turmoil

Don't see it if You are uninterested in exploring topics of complex human emotions and dark thoughts which live and fester in each of us until provoked

Also The understanding that love and respect will bind people together fore... Read more Read less

92
Absorbing, Clever, Edgy, Intense, Relevant

See it if You want something new

Don't see it if You’re looking for a fun, light evening

92
Funny, Edgy, Intense, Thought-provoking, Entertaining

See it if Interesting ideas on problematic behavior in a world indifferent to how people survive.

Don't see it if Not for those with queasy stomachs. The last 15 minutes are very viscerally graphic.

90
Absorbing, Clever, Dizzying, Intense

See it if you’re a fan of the horror/thriller genre that pushes its characters past their breaking point, and then some.

Don't see it if You have a fear of enclosed spaces, bodily fluids/blood, or anxiety from an impending nuclear war.

Also This show is not for the faint of heart. This two-hour, intermissionle... Read more Read less


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