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Singing Beach

From 16 member  reviews
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. 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.


Member Reviews (16)

MEMBERS SAY:

Disappointing, Confusing, Thought-provoking, Excruciating, Great writing
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Avg Score

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

48
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.

55
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.

Also You can understand why the young, scrappy Theatre 167 company would ju... Read more Read less

17
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.

30
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.

69
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

89
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.

Also This production seems to be have been polarizing, but I really enjoyed... Read more Read less

33
Disappointing, Excruciating, Terrible

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.

During previews
93
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Profound

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.

During previews
50
Not ready to be seen. incoherent.

See it if no reason to see it.

Don't see it if you have anything better to do.

During previews
44
Disappointing, Indulgent, Slow

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..

During previews
54
Thought-provoking

See it if you are a fan of the work of Tina Howe & the often strong work of Theatre 167.

Don't see it if you need a more coherent and dramaturgically sound piece, or a stronger sense of style out of this often times visually flat piece.

During previews
50
Fragmented, Dizzying, Political, Confusing

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.

During previews
88
Enchanting, Great writing, Imaginative, Profound, Magic

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.

During previews
89
Enchanting, Absorbing, Great writing, Thought-provoking, Great staging

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.


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 oth...
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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 th...
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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 req...
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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 t...
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