Already closed | 1h 25m | West Village

Seven Spots on the Sun

From 45 member  reviews
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. More…

The village of San Isidro has been without its doctor for 18 months. Moisés has remained a recluse, refusing to even look at a patient since the day the army took his wife away during the country’s civil war. But when a mysterious plague begins to infect the nearby countryside, the local parish priest convinces Moisés to take action. When Moisés examines his first patient, he discovers he has the miraculous power to cure this plague with just the touch of his hand. As thousands flock to the village to see him, Moisés is forced to confront his past, and San Isidro the violence that tore it apart.

1h 25m | Already closed | Rattlestick Theatre (West Village)

Member Reviews (45)

MEMBERS SAY:

Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Intense, Great acting, Ambitious
76
Avg Score

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.

Also This play taught me a lot about what people have to deal with, in thes... Read more Read less

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.

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

Also This has the "bones" of a really good play. But there are many misses ... Read more Read less

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.

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.

Also These performers did a fantastic job in this performance. In the begin... Read more Read less

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.

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...

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.

79
Absorbing, Intense, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Slow

See it if You want to see a story about how war tears people apart and how people struggles to heal their past pain.

Don't see it if You don't like Latino theaters or you want a light entertainment. A little bit confusing at certain points, needs more editing.

82
Intense, Profound, Masterful, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you want to see an aesthetically adventurous play confronting human capacity to tolerate violence; richly resonant & beautifully performed

Don't see it if you need a clear heroic (or anti-heroic) protagonist &/or emphatic narrative resolution

70
Thought-provoking, Big ideas, but at 75 minutes, too much crammed into too small of space/time. a lot of direct address to audience to push these big ideas out, which is not the best use of good actors.

See it if you want to see a thought provoking exercise in the horrors of war.

Don't see it if you want concise, exciting theatre. There is a lot of direct address to the audience.

66
Disappointing, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Confusing, Ambitious

See it if An unformed work that aspires to more than it achieves is enough for you.

Don't see it if You prefer polished or lighter fare.

Also A mix of brutal realism and magic spiritualism that doesn't quite gel.... Read more Read less

75
Absorbing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Emotional, Sprawling

See it if you're interested in new works, magical realism, allegory, want to support a smart and timely new play, love strong emotional performances.

Don't see it if you need your theatre evenly consistent (this show is uneven but when its good its great), are uncomfortable with violence/torture on stage.

32
Excruciating, Intense, Uncomfortable

See it if You don't mind magical realism and have a very strong tolerance for scenes of torture

Don't see it if You have PTSD, can't cope with graphic torture scenes on stage

79
Absorbing, Ambitious, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if if you are interested in new writing especially from self-identified Latinx writers speaking about legacies of violence in Latin America

Don't see it if you find intense, complex, violent work off putting

77
Ambitious, Great acting, Indulgent

See it if You're interested in contemplations of personal sacrifice vs self-preservation that are buttressed by emotions but are not all that original

Don't see it if The artificially exalted speech didn't really work very well for me. Rather, it worked quite well in third person (i.e., parson's monologues

Also but was annoyingly unnatural and distracting in most of the dialogues.... Read more Read less

78
Absorbing, Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Great staging

See it if You like theater that makes you uncomfortable and spotlights cultural issues. It covers atrocities during a civil war and their effects.

Don't see it if You want a happy, neat, uplifting story. Or if some narration and miming bother you. How some moments unfolded worked better than others.

Also The physicality of some of moments in the play added a lot. I didn't l... Read more Read less

65
Entertaining, Thought-provoking

See it if you're interested in stories of families during war times or bilingual theater.

Don't see it if you prefer large scale productions or you don't like war stories.

Also Although very interesting subject matter, it did not hold my attention... Read more Read less

85
Great acting, Profound, Intense, Thought-provoking, Great writing

See it if Care about the legacy of war and torture. You're interested in the themes of guilt revenge and forgiveness.

Don't see it if You don't want to see scenes of torture and other violence. You don't at least have a small understanding of Spanish.

80
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Profound

See it if you like emotionally intense thought provoking dramas. Set in an intimate theater with adult language and themes.

Don't see it if you like family friendly shows or musicals with elaborate sets.

78
Absorbing, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to see a moving piece which explores multiple sides of a story

Don't see it if You don't like intense pieces about war and loss

99
Absorbing, Great acting, Powerful, Must see

See it if You are open to explore other culture's history and beliefs. If you appreciate the power of words and courage.

Don't see it if - no reason not to see it.

Also This play has so much power from beginning to end. It uses just enough... Read more Read less

80
Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Thought-provoking, Profound

See it if Like stories of war and how people heal in Latin America. Very intense !

Don't see it if Want to see a musical

100
Absorbing, Ambitious, Intense, Refreshing, Thought-provoking

See it if You like stylistic magical realism about war and healing

Don't see it if You want straightforward contemporary theatre; you don't like deliberately dramatic performances; you're easily disturbed by violence

77
Great writing, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Ambitious, Spiritual

See it if You are open to metaphors(or magical realism?) and mysterious spiritual principles(read: karma). And willing to be educated a bit and think.

Don't see it if You expect something much lighter than exploring death/birth, war/peace, resentment/forgiveness etc.

Also I thought the best part was the script. Very beautiful words. But it's... Read more Read less


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 bat...
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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; w...
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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 th...
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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 i...
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