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. More…
As a Category 4 hurricane approaches Singing Beach, the Sleeper clan is struggling with storms of its own. ‘Singing Beach’ is the latest work by Obie Winner, Tony nominee, and two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist Tina Howe.
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.
See it if you have a friend or relative in the cast and if you don't mind watching a poorly written script.
Don't see it if you want to see a well written play with interesting ideas.
See it if you are a fan of Howe's plays, with their fading patrician milieux, eccentric WASPs, and penchant for hiding emotion under brittle repartee.
Don't see it if you want a fully realized design of challenging scenic concept. Shoestring production of a piece that shifts between fantasy and reality.
See it if You want to hide from the mob for 75 excruciating minutes.
Don't see it if you have reasonable expectations of playwright Tina Howe. You can't stand awful child actors. You can't stand bad magic realism.
See it if Kids bickering on the beach. Grandpa with dementia. Climate change, magic realism, and a 10yo girl shall lead them. Why wasn't I warned?
Don't see it if you insist on coherence or important things said about important topics.
See it if you like experiments in theatre-making, and experimental mind-travels, even if they're not completely successful or fully realized
Don't see it if you need your theatre to be very clear and structured, or if inconsistent acting makes you uncomfortable
See it if You're a fan of Tina Howe and her often surreal yet deeply felt probings into the human experience.
Don't see it if You don't like magic realism. You find jumping back and forth between worlds via short scenes confusing or jarring.
See it if I was warned not to see this. I should have listened. It is sadly almost unwatchable.
Don't see it if You have any other options. This work was beyond indulgent and unfocused.
See it if You enjoy the work of Tina Howe!! Very smart play dealing with many current topics skillfully and handled adroitly by a wonderful cast.
Don't see it if If you don't like plays with screaming and where you have to have your brain working.
See it if You are a friend/family of the cast. You want to see all the work, even substandard, of an excellent playwright. I really wanted to like it
Don't see it if Like cogent coherent plays well performed. At times I felt I was watching the winner of a high school competition - Great intentions but..
See it if a Tina Howe retrospective repackaged as a new play w/ strange dream sequences and eco-disaster elements is your kind of quirky career recap.
Don't see it if young actors get on your nerves, especially when called upon to act out fantasy sequences involving fencing or ice-skating.
See it if you want to see universal issues on a personal level, seriousness and silliness at the same time. Tragedy & ultimate hope.
Don't see it if You're uncomfortable with shifting realities, complex wordplay, big issues.
See it if You like creativity and thought provoking theater. The staging was beautifully done. Tina Howe weaves her story through real life pain.
Don't see it if You aren't comfortable with painful decisions of life, especially someone else's life. Don't see it if you cannot follow dreams and reality.