Singing Beach
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Singing Beach

Singing Beach NYC Reviews and Tickets

(16 Ratings)
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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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Show-Score Member Reviews (16)

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61 Reviews | 9 Followers
Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Inconsistent

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

546 Reviews | 65 Followers
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

195 Reviews | 86 Followers
Overloaded with whimsy, Uneven acting, Heavyhanded direction, Ambitious, Disappointing

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. Read more

812 Reviews | 133 Followers
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.

314 Reviews | 52 Followers
Confusing, Disappointing, Slow, Excruciating

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.

147 Reviews | 39 Followers
Confusing, Disappointing, Excruciating, Bewildering

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.

228 Reviews | 42 Followers
Confusing, Disappointing, Excruciating, Indulgent

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.

8 Reviews | 3 Followers
Enchanting, Thought-provoking, Ambitious, Great writing

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. Read more

Critic Reviews (11)

The New York Times
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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Time Out New York
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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Times Square Chronicles
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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Village Voice
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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