Seven Spots on the Sun
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Seven Spots on the Sun
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Seven Spots on the Sun NYC Reviews and Tickets

76%
(45 Reviews)
Positive
84%
Mixed
11%
Negative
5%
Members say
Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Intense, Great acting, Ambitious

About the Show

Rattlestick Playwrights Theater and the Sol Project present a meditation on mourning, redemption, and revenge focused on a doctor in a plague-ravaged village who discovers his touch can heal.

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Member Reviews (45)

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705 Reviews | 214 Followers
90
Intense, Edgy, Profound, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if Characters suffer from the effects of war and have to choose between peace/forgiveness and justice/revenge afterwards.

Don't see it if Highly confrontational. Some audience members had to distract themselves with their playbills or phones. Read more

677 Reviews | 152 Followers
80
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Intense, Relevant

See it if you enjoy anti-war narratives with irony & a touch of magic realism, fast moving 85 minutes, relevant to many countries, much to ponder

Don't see it if you don't like loud booms and knocking, or (suggestive) torture scenes, don't like to see the violence normal folk are capable of.

616 Reviews | 273 Followers
73
Hits the spot theatrically in some but misses it in other important ways

See it if shows wrenching choices S. American wars impose on two families and traumatic post-war results, effective ensemble, prose of high quality

Don't see it if jumbled plot lines, overwrought declamations by characters, allegorical nature/explanatory monologues universalizes but vitiates power Read more

435 Reviews | 61 Followers
38
Intense, Excruciating, Dizzying, Disappointing, Slow

See it if You want to feel very uncomfortable, enjoy blood curdling live screaming and run the risk of nightmares. Think Sisqueros and Edvard Munch

Don't see it if Want an enjoyable theatre experience.

381 Reviews | 52 Followers
78
Edgy, Ambitious, Resonant, Absorbing, Thought-provoking

See it if you are interested in a fresh allegorical view of war and the hell it causes.

Don't see it if you prefer light, fluffy plays.

332 Reviews | 43 Followers
84
Absorbing, Great acting, Riveting, Intense, Great staging

See it if You want to see an intense performance. You want to see great performers. You want to see a performance about a miraculous experience.

Don't see it if You are not interested in seeing some great performers in an intense play. You don't want to see a play that involves torture and murder. Read more

263 Reviews | 49 Followers
65
Confusing, Great staging, Intense

See it if You like intense theatre, with great staging, and solid actors, but, with a lacking story. Liked 3 actors prior,but, the play didn't hold me

Don't see it if You're opposed to Latino theatre, with bilingual dialogue (mostly English) or against blood, war, and violence...

187 Reviews | 210 Followers
70
Thought-provoking, Ambitious, Edgy

See it if you're interested in story lines dealing with multiple issues performed by a generally good ensemble cast. Well-staged on a nicely done set.

Don't see it if You are put off by occasional overwrought direction, and acting or by violence, war, plague and other unfortunate tragedies of life.

Critic Reviews (13)

The New York Times
May 10th, 2017

“Several plays are struggling to be heard from within the overwrought architecture...The play is bruised purple with metaphors…It is also unsettling unintentionally, in the clash between its floridness and its heavy burden of witness. Each short-circuits the other, and the result is too often bathos if not outright confusion. The staging is about as unsubtle as it could be...Mengesha encourages the actors to go big...Only in simpler moments is the story able to land convincingly.”
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Time Out New York
May 14th, 2017

"We already know that war is hell. It's also messy, which may explain why Zimmerman's new antiwar play, though sometimes searing, is also such a jumble...There's a generic quality to the story and the characters, though the ensemble cast, guided by director Weyni Mengesha, mitigates the latter; we always care about these people, even if we don't fully believe in them...The play does not go down easy. But it's not easily forgotten. It leaves a wound."
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Theatermania
May 17th, 2017

“A derivative play in a beautiful and beguiling production…We wonder if this tell-don't-show style might be more conducive to the page, rather than the stage. Mengesha works hard to dispel that notion with a visually arresting production…Several of the performances are also quite memorable…Can there be a lasting peace without real justice? It is a valuable question that would land with more of an impact if Zimmerman's work didn't feel so much like a throwback to past literary triumphs.”
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BroadwayWorld
May 15th, 2017

"Handsomely mounted and sensitively acted, but the play itself lacks dramatic focus...The narrative jumps back and forth through time too often for clarity. There's an allegory present somewhere, but between moments of brutality, hopefulness, religious hypocrisy and madness, the 80-minute piece is jumbled...'Seven Spots on the Sun' is certainly ambitious and is bound to touch hearts with its sincerity."
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Lighting & Sound America
May 17th, 2017

"A parable about revenge and forgiveness that, in its final showdown, attains a punch-in-the-gut power…‘Seven Spots on the Sun’ is a tricky piece of writing, combining brutal realism with fabulistic plot twists and featuring extensive passages of direct address. But, under the assured direction of Weyni Mengesha, these potentially clashing elements come together to wrenching effect. All five principals make strong contributions."
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TheaterScene.net
May 14th, 2017

"Muddled on every crucial level...The narrative threads dramatically intersect but nothing is that compelling. Zimmerman’s stylized dialogue is often in the mode of a poetry slam with colorful and forceful declarations. The play comes across as an academic exercise rather than a work of true feeling grounded in reality...Mengesha has the talented cast performing at full throttle, resulting in overwrought and collectively overall ineffective characterizations."
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Theatre is Easy
May 10th, 2017

"While 'Seven Spots on the Sun' is beautiful in language, it is hampered by underwritten characters and unnecessary detours from the main story...The unconventional story arc doesn't seem to do its subject any favors...The actors all give exceptional performances, and make good use of the rich language that Zimmerman employs...At times the language here is too purple...Mengesha’s staging gets a bit cramped, and is all the more complicated by the timeline."
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Theater Pizzazz
May 10th, 2017

“A searing work...This is an allegory and is rich in symbolism...There are scalding performances by Sean Carvajal as Luis, Flor De Liz Perez as Monica, and Rey Lucas as Moisés. Flora Diaz is lovely as Belén and Peter Jay Fernandez is convincing as Eugenio, the priest. The entire cast is commendable. The excellent direction is by Weyni Mengesha. The performers enunciate clearly and project. The effective set is by Arnulfo Maldonado...And yes, this reviewer wept.”
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