Shhhhh NYC Reviews and Tickets

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(35 Reviews)
Positive
49%
Mixed
37%
Negative
14%
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Edgy, Thought-provoking, Confusing, Ambitious, Disappointing

New play written, featuring, and directed by Clare Barron ("Dance Nation").

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Member Reviews (35)

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875 Reviews | 903 Followers
69
Disappointing, Confusing, Uneven

See it if You like short sketches mildly woven. Some stories are much better than others. Creative and well acted. when it's good, it's good.

Don't see it if when it's not, it's blah. lot's of sexual talk, which, again when it's good, it blends, when it's not, it grating.

851 Reviews | 1006 Followers
70
Edgy, Thought-provoking, Uneven

See it if You enjoy shows centered around female characters. The play has a lot to say about sex & relationships & consent.

Don't see it if You are uncomfortable w/ sexual situations or language. Or if you dislike VERY cramped and tight seating. Read more

677 Reviews | 152 Followers
78
Indulgent, Funny, Edgy, Clever, Ambitious

See it if if you liked the playwright's Dance Nation, enjoy edgy works with slightly unusual characters, carefully paced shows that connect at end

Don't see it if don't like slowly paced shows with meandering plots and unrelated characters, get easily flustered by nebulous plotting, not a fan of S/M

467 Reviews | 70 Followers
1
Pornographic, Overrated, Intense, Disappointing, Banal

See it if you like to see sex scenes performed right in front of you in a very small theatre.The squirm factor was off the charts.Well acted, good set

Don't see it if you have ANYTHING better to do.Every character was horrible.I wanted to care about them,to root for them. Read more

378 Reviews | 229 Followers
69
Disturbing, Uneven, Thought-provoking, Edgy, Visceral

See it if interested in seeing alternate life styles portrayed that might be discomforting to some; well acted; frank dialogue; different.

Don't see it if prudish; some good individual scenes but not much continuity between them; very uncomfortable theater.

385 Reviews | 72 Followers
5
Raunchy, Quirky, Edgy, Confusing, Disappointing

See it if you like strange, weird, and over-the-top kinky sex.

Don't see it if You want a coherent plot. There is none. Many scenes that don’t seem to be really connected. Very hard to explain show ! Read more

238 Reviews | 57 Followers
76
Raunchy, Insipid, Edgy

See it if you like experimental theatre...that's really all I can say

Don't see it if you are easily triggered by almost anything, don't enjoy fetishes, easily grossed out

227 Reviews | 49 Followers
70
Indulgent, Quirky, Intense

See it if Weird experimental staging with touches of witchcraft, ASMR and language about the body and bodily fluids. Claire Barron was good.

Don't see it if you don't like all the images of bodily fluids and sexual assault and weird witchcraft voodoo

Critic Reviews (10)

The New York Times
January 31st, 2022

"The other issue is the show’s erratic pacing. A Looney Tunes-esque chase scene and a mystical ritual both feel interminable. While other scenes are too short, and characters lack depth. Amaya has a sparky energy, but their character is less developed in relation to the others. And the characters of Francis and Sandra speak in only one scene, in the pizza shop, though the dialogue is incredibly compelling: candid exchanges about what it’s like to be a woman in a world of modern dating, and romantic metaphors about isolation and desire. I could’ve watched an entire show of this conversation."
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Time Out New York
January 31st, 2022

"Barron stirs these ingredients and others into a troubling cauldron, and the play can be challenging to take in; its uncorseted structure of scenes and vignettes and near-absence of traditional plot sometimes make it seem like working notes toward a play rather than a finished work. To some extent that is surely by intention, and some scenes that were confusing on first pass clicked into place for me in retrospect. Even so, and despite the production’s persuasively low-key performances, one wonders whether an outside director might have helped shape it to be even more effective, especially in the longer Witch sections. But Barron’s thoughtful ambivalence cuts through the occasional mess. She’s up there under glass for us, spilling her guts."
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New York Magazine / Vulture
January 31st, 2022

"At first, the production, expertly designed by Arnulfo Maldonado and lit by Jen Schriever, gives off sex-dungeon vibes (there’s black plastic on the walls in the lobby), but once Witchy Witch goes on a date at Brooklyn’s Morbid Anatomy Museum, the scenes all start to look like … exhibits. Shareen’s bathroom seems a bit like a habitat display: A wax woman with viscera piled on her belly rests in a vitrine; the naturalistic pizzeria set rolls out like a little diorama. It’s clever, but Barron falters at staging action scenes inside this crowded space, particularly when Witchy Witch starts running around the tableaux, chasing Kyle to enact revenge on her sister’s behalf. The play desperately tries to turn comic but can’t, both because Barron doesn’t have the staging savvy for farce and because the show is already so far gone in inky-black despair."
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Theatermania
January 31st, 2022

"Despite the pacifying title of her latest work, Shhhh, now making its world premiere at the Atlantic Theater's Stage 2, this one is even more discomfiting than the rest. While Barron's past works teeter on the edge of an abyss, thrilling their audiences with the incredible feat of remaining upright, Shhhh fumbles through painful vignettes without a trace of safety, or a guiding hand to reassure us that we're journeying toward something — even if that something is less than solid ground."
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TheaterScene.net
February 6th, 2022

Warning: Shhhh, a world premiere commissioned by Atlantic Theater Company from Clare Barron, Susan Smith Blackburn Prize-winner for Dance Nation, may just be the most visceral play you will ever see, describing all bodily fluids graphically from saliva to urine to feces and blood. It is not for the faint-hearted. Shhhh is meant for those who like adventurous, cutting- edge theater, performance that pushes the envelope. You may not like it but you will not easily forget it.
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Theater Pizzazz
February 5th, 2022

"That Shhhh is a strange play isn’t really open to debate. I think it works, which is certainly debatable. Bumping into a longtime friend and fellow critic on the way out of the theatre, I was somewhat taken aback that he felt the opposite about its merits, and yet I fully understand how it might not have been for him. But if an evening of outside-the-box theatre dealing with multiple aspects of sexuality and sensuality, is something you crave, then you’ll be most interested in what Clare Barron has to say about the moment at hand in 2022 American life."
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Front Row Center
February 5th, 2022

"At the end of the day, Shhh is a tease. It promises sex and kink and emotional depth and looking deeply at trauma and assault, but it gives only a hint of these items, too afraid to fully indulge in the seduction."
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New York Theater
January 31st, 2022

a play written, directed and starring Clare Barron that seems designed to make theatergoers uncomfortable… a collection of vignettes connected largely by a theme – the pains and pleasures of the body, and the emotional consequences of those sensations…I’d like to support a playwright of such obvious talent, even when the play is as disjointed as this one, and the shocks in it so often feel gratuitous.
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