Closed 1h 30m
Singing Beach
Soho/Tribeca
56

Singing Beach NYC Reviews and Tickets

56%
(16 Reviews)
Positive
25%
Mixed
44%
Negative
31%
Members say
Disappointing, Confusing, Thought-provoking, Excruciating, Great writing

About the Show

Theatre 167 presents the world premiere of Tina Howe's new drama about climate change, aging, and the power of imagination to change the world.

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Member Reviews (16)

53
Clever, Confusing, Great staging, Disappointing

See it if you enjoy clever staging and unusual plot. Talented cast.

Don't see it if you wish for a less confusing story. There are several plotlines going on, sometimes at same time. Too much going on in too little time.

61
Confusing, Disappointing, Great acting

See it if Like Tina Howe and want to see one of her plays

Don't see it if Wish for more substance

Critic Reviews (11)

July 30th, 2017

"While it returns to themes and situations Howe has movingly explored in other works, this sometimes absurdist play about a family in crisis splashes and thrashes under Kreith’s direction. It goes under almost from the get-go...Some of the performances feel tentative, almost apologetic, while others feel overly emphatic, suggesting that the actors may not believe in these worlds either. Part of that blame lies with Howe’s script...These characters don’t make much sense."
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July 31st, 2017

"There are worse things than a play going wrong—of course there are. But that perspective may be hard to remember during 'Singing Beach'...The often great Tina Howe has written a heartbroken work about aging...But heartbroken isn’t the same as heartbreaking. Awkward icebergs of exposition slam through the dialogue...Ari Laura Kreith’s fumbling production offers no help. Let the summer tide rise and fall, and may it take this 'Beach' out with it."
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August 9th, 2017

"If there's much of value in Howe’s new drama of weathered people on a weathered planet, ‘Singing Beach,’ it's overwhelmed by director Ari Laura Kreith's sluggish production…While ‘Singing Beach’s’ message is an urgent one, the slow-moving production rarely displays an emotional backbone, and requiring a child actor to carry the weight of the drama is a risk that, through no fault of Morss, doesn't pay off.”
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July 31st, 2017

"Director Ari Laura Kreith, artistic director of Theater 167 which has produced the play's world premiere, has not been able to help the actors with their thinly written roles and many of them come across as simply labels. At 75 minutes, the play is probably too short to deliver its messages on the dangers of climate change, dealing with the elderly, and the power of the imagination."
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July 31st, 2017

"It's admirable and timely that Howe addresses several extremely relevant issues of modern life, including her own. However, the timeliness is also the most dominant flaw of both the script and the director's staging. The plot's realistic pivotal points and the fairy tale detours somehow don't mesh, nor are they easy to follow. It's hard to put the blame squarely on the script or the dedicated but uneven performances...It's more disappointing than exhilarating."
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July 31st, 2017

“Milligan, Beirnard and Weiss are all standouts in their roles. Morss is just too inexperienced to carry a lead, and lacks the emotional depth to make us care for this child’s plight. Our hearts should break for this little girl’s separation from her beloved grandfather and they don’t. Kreith’s direction is a little too frantic and doesn’t really build to a climax…Howe just never lets us know how high the stakes are, and they are high…‘Singing Beach’ just leaves me high and dry.”
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August 3rd, 2017

"Howe...does the best she can with this gauzy, windblown capriccio on climate change and dementia. If only she had good direction, or the juvenile roles had been taken by adults...When a script lurches between poles as disparate as domestic naturalism and child’s fantasy, transitions are everything...It’s in these moments where director Kreith’s tin-eared, unhandsome production comes up short...The actors likewise flail...This damp staging smacks too much of kids playing dress-up."
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August 2nd, 2017

“Howe has not lost her knack for the fascinating detail, poetic yet realistic dialogue, and captivating, eloquent characters…But at a scant 75 minutes, the play feels underdeveloped. The theme of catastrophic climate change mirroring the family’s inner turmoil is touched upon but not fully explored. In addition, Kreith’s staging feels limp and slow…The actors...are tentative and hesitant in their characterizations. This ‘Beach’ could benefit from some further shaping by the playwright.”
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August 2nd, 2017

“This Theatre 167 presentation features seven appealing actors…The production, however, has an earnest quality that undermines the magical realism of Howe’s writing, and the pace of the performances is too lackadaisical to be compelling. These weaknesses are most egregious in the conclusion…Kreith and her sound designer Nick Straniere manage only an anemic hum to set the pace for Piper and her posse on their apocalyptic way. Piper and her playwright deserve more than that.”
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July 31st, 2017

"Directed by Ari Laura Kreith, the acting is capable but the play's lack of cohesion is apparent and the book is flimsy, even with plenty of references to poetry, religion and culture. The family problems lack depth as does the dramatic impact of what our culture has neglected."
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August 11th, 2017

"An interesting, dreamlike story...'Singing Beach' itself begins to sing in a joyous, cosmic way. Fick’s set is a beautiful place to experience this story...Kreith takes the characters on an unexpectedly intricate journey. Elodie Lucinda Morss, the youngest performer, carries much of the play. For me, her transformation into a defiant leader is the most striking moment...Tuck Milligan (Grandpa) shows us what we can hear if we truly listen."
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