Something Clean
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Something Clean NYC Reviews and Tickets

84%
(72 Reviews)
Positive
94%
Mixed
6%
Negative
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Great acting, Absorbing, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Intense

About the Show

Playwright Selina Fillinger’s new drama for Roundabout slips into the jagged cracks of a sex crime’s aftermath—the guilt, the grief, and the ways we grapple with the unthinkable.

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962 Reviews | 339 Followers
80
Strong script, Well acted, Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Ambitious

See it if you'd like an intelligent, engaging work about aftermath of sexual assault. Strong characterizns/mostly credible plot. Good acting/staging.

Don't see it if you need bells-and-whistles prodn (SC in sm black box/barebones) Or the subj is triggering. Or you want more attn paid to the victim.

850 Reviews | 897 Followers
82
Moving, Relevant, Timely, Thought-provoking

See it if Insightful, intelligent and moving writing. Very relevant. Great acting.

Don't see it if issues of sex crimes, its consequences and aftermath are too disturbing to you.

826 Reviews | 1004 Followers
80
Intense, Absorbing, Great writing, Relevant, Great acting

See it if You enjoy intense shows. Excellent performances and some riveting moments. I'm always impressed w/ Roundabout Undergrounds play selection.

Don't see it if You aren't in the mood for a heavier subject matter and would prefer something light or comical.

699 Reviews | 214 Followers
85
Wrenching, Relevant, Moving, Great acting, Intense

See it if Parents try to cope with their son's sex crime, which also triggers a midlife crisis in their marriage. Compelling acting tears you apart.

Don't see it if You don't believe that a child you have raised for 20 years could hide a dark side from you. Alas, they can. Which makes this play so scary.

670 Reviews | 149 Followers
87
Ambitious, Intelligent, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Absorbing

See it if Fan of actress Erbe, enjoy cutting edge topics from a different perspective, enjoy tales of bonding between people who might never meet

Don't see it if Rape is a trigger issue, can’t understand a parent’s sympathy for a disreputable child, don’t like unresolvable moral dilemmas

460 Reviews | 257 Followers
95
Intense, Great writing, Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you want to see a work by a very promising young writer. Also, if you want to see Kathryn Erbe give a stunning performance.

Don't see it if you are uncomfortable with discussions about sexual assault. Read more

470 Reviews | 112 Followers
60
Cliched

See it if The mom & dad are great actors & give very believable performances. Perhaps high school audiences will enjoy this show.

Don't see it if The young kid gives a one-dimensional overacted performance. Too many statistics are given over & over. Feels like an after-school special.

446 Reviews | 115 Followers
85
Emotional, Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Riveting, Great acting

See it if you want to see a play about the effects of sexual assault as seen from an unusual angle or it you are a fan of the marvelous Kathryn Erbe.

Don't see it if you are uncomfortable with the topic and if you require having all the loose ends neatly tied up.

Critic Reviews (11)

The Observer
May 30th, 2019

"The star is the wonderful, nuanced and fascinating Kathryn Erbe, and the author, Selina Fillinger, is such a good writer...Fillinger manages to keep you riveted by writing about alarming contemporary issues with a style rarely encountered on today’s stages—real people saying real things to each other. The style some people might label old-fashioned is fresh as a spring blossom after a hard winter when it’s applied to a lethal subject."
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Gotham Playgoer
June 2nd, 2019

"The play, which rapidly alternates scenes between Charlotte and either Doug or Joey, leads to an inevitable climax when the three meet and Charlotte’s subterfuge is exposed. The acting is consistently strong, with Kathryn Erbe’s performance being especially powerful...Margot Bordelon’s direction is fluid and unfussy. While the plot has a few weak spots, the play is consistently absorbing and my overall reaction is quite positive."
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I
June 4th, 2019

“An astonishingly confident play...Watching the play gave me the disorienting sensation of constantly being on shifting ground. It’s a feeling that’s not dissimilar to real life, which gives the play an ambiguous, contemporary authenticity that many similar new plays don’t quite fully achieve. That Fillinger achieves this with grace and considerable emotional potency is a testament to her talent...The production also features the exemplary work of a trio of excellent actors.”
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The New York Times
May 29th, 2019

"A beautifully observed, richly compassionate new drama...’Something Clean’ covers a remarkable amount of ground. Some of its plot contrivances creak a bit...But in focusing on the ripple effects of a sex crime on one unextraordinary life, ‘Something Clean’ keeps readjusting our point of view, along with Charlotte’s, on the widespread implications of such acts and the nature of the culture in which they occur...All three performers are pitch perfect."
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Time Out New York
May 29th, 2019

"Bordelon elicits spot-on performances from all three members of the cast. The writing sometimes slides into didacticism...But for the most part, Fillinger’s meticulously constructed drama smartly focuses on the personal, not the political...Watching Charlotte parse her past while trying to plan a productive future can be discomfiting; there are moments when it feels hard to muster empathy for a woman who raised a rapist. But that's what makes 'Something Clean' so heartrending."
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New York Magazine / Vulture
May 29th, 2019

“It’s solid and fluid, predictable but not monotonous. Its perhaps inevitable moments of contrivance feel mostly forgivable, and in Margot Bordelon’s swift, no-frills production, the show’s three actors all eventually ease into themselves, delivering sensitive, well-observed performances. And the results are — fine...Ultimately, the play’s most daring suggestion in our current climate is that none of us are free of the human responsibility of empathy.”
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The Hollywood Reporter
May 29th, 2019

“The playwright displays a keen ability for well-drawn characterizations and astute, frequently darkly comic dialogue in her concise drama...Fillinger admirably refrains from spelling out everything too clearly, resulting in an intriguing ambiguity, even while making clear that pain is best healed through strong emotional connections...The actors deliver nuanced performances...The play's staging proves slightly awkward...But the emotions on display always ring true.”
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Theatermania
May 29th, 2019

"The production features some well-performed scenes...Bordelon keeps the pace of this play brisk, but ultimately the play lacks the ring of authenticity, giving us instead sentimental and psychologically heavy-handed scenes that clutter an otherwise resonant story...There's much to admire in this small production...The play begins to wobble, though, in the dumpster scenes...Sensationalist missteps undermine the play's insights."
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