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She Calls Me Firefly

From 35 member  reviews
Members say: Great acting, Absorbing, Intense, Thought-provoking, Ambitious

About the show

This new, soul-searching drama from Parity Productions and New Perspectives Theatre Company transports you from the New York City streets to Freddie’s, a Kentucky dive bar.

Pull up a stool, and grab a drink. It's Nickel Beer Night at Freddie's Place. Ken has come to drown his sorrows, but no amount of alcohol can wash away the pain of his broken relationship with Levi, nor the secrets of his past.

Member Reviews (35)


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

Intense, Edgy, Romantic, Dramatic, Immersive

See it if Man with problems meets a helpful soul in a bar. Immersive performance in a real bar. Heavy themes of addition, breakup and incest.

Don't see it if You aren't interested in those heavy themes. Well written & acted but no big surprises. Protagonist slowly discovers his past. Non-linear.

Ambitious, Riveting, Great writing, Clever, Thought-provoking

See it if you are up to explore the human condition, how the past brings one to the present. Strong acting in a unique setting that has many moments.

Don't see it if you are up for a linear story - many flashbacks here to two other periods. Not the most comfortable seating tends to destroy the experience.

Ambitious, Non interactively immersive, Great staging / acting, Intense, Great use of bar setting

See it if interested in communal theatre, different theatre going experiences, exploration of incest, addiction & gay relationships, drink while C-ing

Don't see it if hate cramped quarters & summer heat, dislike gay issues & countryMusic, prefer not 2 visit problems of Kentucky denizens, prefer 2 stay home

Absorbing, Entertaining, Good acting, Intense

See it if you'll enjoy 4 fine performances in a play with dark themes which nevertheless leaves the characters and the audience in a hopeful place

Don't see it if you'll feel uncomfortable viewing a play with incest and addiction as themes which also has gay men kissing.

Also Two young women play country music before the show. They are good. I w... Read more Read less

Great acting, Ambitious, Disappointing, Excruciating, Slow

See it if you enjoy almost being part of the show in an intimate barroom setting; don't mind a very slow paced drama

Don't see it if you dislike a slow moving show, don't enjoy vulgar language, depiction of homosexuality & graphic discussion of incest

Also Bonus: pre-show entertainment-a singer

Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if You're ready for a strong dramatic story of a young man with lots of issues seeking a better life and freedom from his demons. Strong stuff

Don't see it if You don't like seeing a play performed right in your midst--in a bar/cabaret setting. I didn't think it would work, but it did.

Absorbing, Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if You find a nicely produced bar play in a nice bar

Don't see it if The subject matter is not unusual

Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Riveting, Relevant

See it if you want to see some fantastic acting by the lead in a very intense play.

Don't see it if you're sensitive to discussions of childhood sexual trauma or suicide.

Absorbing, Great acting, Ambitious, Edgy

See it if You want to see some good acting in a play dealing with issues of suicide, child abuse, alcoholism, and drug abuse. The staging is unique.

Don't see it if You want something with a narrower focus. While the writing is good, the play attempts to cover too much in a short 70 minutes.

Also The actors did a great job in a play that probably would have been bet... Read more Read less

Intense, Engaging, Intimate, Great acting, Great cast

See it if you like huge love drama in intimate (very effective) setting that puts you very close to the action yet w/o required interaction w/ cast.

Don't see it if you prefer a big venue/production. This is in a bar setting of less than 30 capacity which may be too close for comfort but a drink may help

Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Profound, Thought-provoking

See it if You can be in an intimate setting as part of the audience. The writer was brilliant in the way you learned about each character.

Don't see it if If you’re intimidated by being part of the set in this beautiful performance.

Also We loved watching the Brook Sisters before the play began. You should ... Read more Read less

Musty, Hot, Humid, Uncomfortable

See it if you like sitting in a hot, humid, musty basement cabaret theater with practically no air conditioning or ventilation.

Don't see it if believe that one should be at least remotely comfortable while attending a play.

Absorbing, Great acting, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Romantic

See it if you love a good non linear memory play that is superbly acted, emotionally powerful, intimately performed, & beautifully written.

Don't see it if you don’t like cramped performance space, non linear storytelling, difficult subject matter, gay love story.

Also This is such a beautiful play. Please do come see it if you are intere... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Relevant, Romantic, Immersive

See it if you're interested in an intense exploration of the multigeneration legacy of sexual abuse, and the lasting effects of a parent's suicide.

Don't see it if you're squeamish about dark psychological topics. You prefer a conventional theater setting to a small setting with smallish folding chairs.

Also Powerful exploration of the emotional turmoil of a young man whose cho... Read more Read less

Intense, Relevant, Great acting

See it if you like intimate stagings of delicate issues.

Don't see it if you like conventional/mainstream/safe.

Absorbing, Edgy, Well acted, Engrossing

See it if You want to experience an immersive play experience that succeeds in telling a painful, intimate story subtly and powerfully. Nicely done.

Don't see it if If you don't like immersive theater and the topic of incest makes you uncomfortable.

Absorbing, Refreshing, Slow

See it if you're interested in scrappy productions set in untraditional spaces, and want to support downtown theater & a brilliant company.

Don't see it if you need big production values, or truly original source material.

Clever, Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Great staging

See it if You like the idea of a fully immersive play that is set in a live bar where you can drink during the show if so inclined

Don't see it if You are uncomfortable with gay love scenes and sexual abuse . Don’t like an intimate setting of less than 50 people

Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Intelligent

See it if If you like immersive interacted theatre with tough themes,and a great story.

Don't see it if If you are uncomfortable with men kissing, and themes of sexual abuse.

Ambitious, Edgy, Thought-provoking, Intense

See it if You like intense family drama and plays about folks dealing with and battling addiction.

Don't see it if Don’t see if you might be uncomfortable about plays that deal with abuse, addiction and suicide.

Ambitious, Edgy, Intense

See it if you like family dramas that deal with trauma and abuse. Also if you love GAY LOVE!!

Don't see it if you are not okay with graphic depictions and descriptions of child abuse on stage. Also if you hate GAY LOVE!!

Ambitious, Intense, Great acting, Great staging, Edgy

See it if you like artfully crafted character explorations of the complex human flawed variety

Don't see it if you like the story laid out in a simple, linear, consecutive construction

Also the setting in a bar that is actually a bar gives great authenticity a... Read more Read less

Great acting, Confusing, Ambitious

See it if you want to see a unique production in which the action happens around you.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy non-linear plots. Also be aware that there are depictions and discussions of physical abuse and substance abuse.

Absorbing, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if You enjoy a well-written, well-acted compelling story, staged quite interestingly. Really enjoyed.

Don't see it if You don't enjoy a gay theme or serious human issues.

Also We really enjoyed this show and found it the acting, writing and stagi... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if You like plays that deal with family dysfunction/trauma and human connection

Don't see it if you are easily triggered by content dealing with suicide

June 8th, 2018
“The playwright’s poetic symbols meaningfully represent the mother/son relationship, establishing...the unique beauty of the love between them...The exceptional talents of a powerful ensemble with precise, empathetic direction...bring the production to life. They allow its complexity to soar. Wit...
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June 15th, 2018
“An immersive experience. While not interactive, the action is as close as a whisper and as affecting as a lightning strike, especially magnified with the reach-out-and-don’t-touch closeness of the cast...Villar-Hauser’s direction and staging give us tantalizing emotional and intellectual glimpse...
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