New York | 1h 15m | Already closed

Selkie

From 7 critic and 21 member reviews
Members say: Confusing, Quirky, Ambitious, Disappointing, Edgy

About the show

This dark, offbeat world premiere from Dutch Kills centers around a couple who encounter a half-woman, half-seal creature of myth. More…

American couple Keaton and Deanna, saddled with debt and buoyed by lust-driven optimism, move abroad for a fresh start. In their attempt to reinvent themselves as enterprising expats, they’re plunged into a torrid triangle with Alondra, an alluring and mischievous Selkie. Keaton’s aggression and Deanna’s complicity in Alondra’s exploitation result in a maelstrom of perverse romance and wet revenge in exploration of domestic violence – of being trapped – and two approaches to escape.

1h 15m | Already closed | The Wild Project (East Village)


90
The Reviews Hub

“’Selkie’ is a smart and darkly funny play...Dickson’s direction complements Knight’s excellent writing...Acting is solid throughout...The only weak spot in the evening is Dispatch Combat Collective’s fight choreography toward the end of the play—it wasn’t bad, but felt a bit underwhelming for a high stakes moment in the play...Overall, ‘Selkie’ is a work that manages to be both funny and thought-provoking...Knight’s dialogue and plotting are smart and finely tuned.” Full Review

85
Exeunt Magazine

"Whenever I think of Krista Knight, radical optimism comes to mind...There’s a sense of playfulness to the way she approaches and even dissects the darkest of subject matters...We see the tragedy of this toxic relationship clearly, but with a refreshingly high-energy rhythm, and a fearless embrace of humor. 'Selkie' is an entertaining play even as it gives you pause...Some of the non-verbal storytelling moment are somewhat confusing...A fascinating play that’s been skillfully staged." Full Review

80
TheaterScene.net

“’Selkie’ is not a major opus of dramatic literature but it’s quite likeable and sustains its 75-minute length. Taking place at an unnamed foreign coastal locale, the atmospheric exoticism and pervading sense of doom amidst the comic antics recalls a grim film noir scenario cleverly crossed with fantasy. Besides the vibrant performances, what puts it over is the superlative presentation...’Selkie’ is a cool and entertaining diversion.” Full Review

80
Theatre is Easy

“When we are first introduced to Deanna and Keaton, all seems hunky dory...The show progressively turns darker and darker...'Selkie’ is strange, yet unique, with unspoken ideas and symbolism galore...Knight explores issues of self-determination, relationship abuse, gender dynamics, loneliness and isolation...Dickson’s vision and the cast’s character choices add yet more layers...All in all, it's been fun trying to describe this strange yet enjoyable show to my friends and family." Full Review

70
Geeks

"'Selkie' at The Wild Project is a fun play. It has humor, absurdism, it makes you think a little and has a very creative set...All three performers do an admirable job, but this show belongs to Keaton, (Federico Rodriguez)...'Selkie' with a little refinement could become a really good play. The campiness is fun at times, and cookie at others. The middle of the show could be tightened up a little and more mainlined to make the play go more smoothly." Full Review

60
On Stage Blog

“A lackluster tale of sex, romance, kidnapping, drug addiction, and domestic violence...This mediocre and underwhelming script – along with the fairly decent, but not outstanding, actors failed to get theatergoers to care for the characters or to think about the issues it explores...The main redeeming qualities of this show have everything to do with its visual aesthetic – with regards to the show’s set and lighting design." Full Review

55
The New York Times

“The set design is misguided, too literal...More elemental, though, is a lack of chemistry between DeNoble and Rodriguez that makes Deanna and Keaton unconvincing as a married couple...Dickson layers on some nice effects, most notably pop-culture images of idealized domesticity in projections by Birykova. But the production doesn’t do much to ground or clarify a tangled play whose smart and intriguing premise, alas, never comes close to paying off.” Full Review


95
Absorbing, Enchanting, Great writing, Thought-provoking

See it if The magical myths and legends of the world should be used to fight the patriarchy

Don't see it if Abusive men should be allowed to get away with things

Also The happy veneer of a couple on a beach vacation comes crashing down. ... Read more Read less

88
Ambitious, Quirky, Current, Lively, Fragmented

See it if you are interested in new ways of telling a story onstage.

Don't see it if you have no patience with very short scenes & fragmented action.

Also “Selkie” won me over. About 20 minutes into the play, I felt that, whi... Read more Read less

82
Entertaining, Great staging, Intelligent

See it if you are looking for something unusual. The play uses a mythological creature as a metaphor for domestic violence.

Don't see it if you are looking for a straightforward drama. And not that here is nudity, drug use and violence.

Also Amazing set and projections. It takes what would otherwise be a typica... Read more Read less

78
Dark, edgy, funny, Original & relevant, Great production, Great, solid cast, Quirky & clever

See it if You're up for a funny, visually striking, pretty dark fantasy about domestic violence, misogyny (vs. female and animal) and male control.

Don't see it if You're looking for fluff.

Also With Selkies, the mythical, folkloric creatures of the sea, playwright... Read more Read less

78
Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking

See it if A story of choices - Featuring a vulnerable women. The cast performed impressively and I enjoyed their enthusiasm.

Don't see it if You do not enjoy the comfort a small theatre can bring.

75
Dizzying, Quirky

See it if You're really impressed with a minimal amount of (mostly-male) nudity, hardly worthy of the disclaimer. Or you just like weird stuff.

Don't see it if you're not into a story with petty criminals and obscure mythology.

72
Delightful, Great staging, Quirky

See it if you like something different and want to be challenged and surprised​

Don't see it if you like a cohesive story with real life characters

72
Absorbing, Edgy, Intense, Indulgent

See it if you're looking for a straightforward drama that goes a bit out of the box with its references to nudity, drug use and violence.

Don't see it if you are looking for a antiseptic upbeat New York show, or just want to unwind.

70
Edgy, Confusing, Quirky

See it if you are into fever-dream, magical realism where seals can be women and every hotel room looks exactly alike except for where the bed is.

Don't see it if You need a clear-cut linear plot with fully-fleshed out, well-rounded characters. You are turned off by implied drug use.

Also Krista Knight's play was interesting, but also inscrutable. If you wer... Read more Read less

70
Ambitious, Edgy, Funny, Fluffy

See it if U want an absurdist play. Funny some good acting. Nicely directed

Don't see it if If you do not want a mythological play.

69
Ambitious, Confusing, Quirky

See it if You are interested in a writer's take on the Selkie legend

Don't see it if You don't want to see a rather jumpy piece that meanders a bit and needs editing

69
Confusing, Fluffy, Quirky, Great staging, Disappointing

See it if you want a current day, hip story with a message delivered with great staging and lighting. You do not mind many fragmented scenes.

Don't see it if you expect to care for these characters. While most acting was good, they never were believable to me, so it's the script or my age!

69
Thought-provoking, Confusing, Ambitious, Disappointing, Intense

See it if you want to experience a challenging work of magical realism - with short scenes -multiple location changes - ‘shown’ character development.

Don't see it if you like lots of pointed exposition - in a single location where characters relationships develop over time through emotional discovery.

Also Spoilers.... Read more Read less

65
Intense, Quirky, Confusing, Interesting staging, Disappointing

See it if you enjoy intense on stage emotions

Don't see it if backstory is important to you. I had a lot of distracting questions about the characters.

65
Great staging, Slow

See it if You're ok with a spectacular set and a mediocre story. You like ambitious plays that are maybe not quite ready for prime time.

Don't see it if This feels like a synopsis of a play more than a play itself. There are depictions of abuse and most of the characters seem to lack purpose.

65
Confusing, Great staging, Great premise, Entertaining, Disappointing

See it if You like to see new work. This has a great premise, but the story and the characters need work.

Don't see it if You like plays with deeply drawn characters. The couple was sketchy and confusing. It was hard to care about them.

65
Stylized, Ambitious, Confusing, Disappointing, Indulgent

See it if You want to see a short avant-garde show that tells an interesting story and has a great use of sets and projection.

Don't see it if You want a cohesive story. The story fell a little flat and repetitive and despite the incredible sets and projections, it felt silly.

54
Ambitious, Confusing, Edgy, Fluffy, Indulgent

See it if You like frothy, edit-free semi-parody.

Don't see it if You enjoy a cohesive, serious, grown-up type of play. This work seems to have been coddled and indulged along: a youthfully energetic effort

Also This play very much wants to make a statement, and it does so very cle... Read more Read less

20
Excruciating, Awful dialogue, Awful acting, No redeeming merit, Pointless

See it if you are a friend/ relative of the cast & can applaud a play with dopey druggies spouting dialogue such as " Body Shots!," "Spring Break!"

Don't see it if you have anything at all better to do with an hour and a half of your life. This play was ABYSMAL!

Also I got a ticket because I was somewhat familiar with the mythology of t... Read more Read less

100
Clever, Hilarious, Masterful, Must see, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to have a masterful, thought-provoking evening of theatre.

Don't see it if If you are boring.

45
Confusing, Disappointing, Edgy, Indulgent, Ambitious

See it if If you're interested in new play development, this feels very much like the current voice - non-realistic, distant, cynical. Cool idea!

Don't see it if You are looking for a traditional show, or nuance in a show about domestic violence.

Also I found the dialogue stilted and difficult to connect with. No one str... Read more Read less


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