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Something Clean

From 72 member  reviews
Members say: 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. More…

Wash the dishes. Mop the floors. Change the sheets. Change the past. Charlotte is a wife and mother who’ll try anything to put her family back together.

Member Reviews (72)


Great acting, Absorbing, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Intense
Avg Score

Riveting, Intense, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Absorbing

See it if Well-crafted tale with realistic conversations that keep you involved. An interesting, empathetic approach to aftermath of a sex crime.

Don't see it if Upsetting, dark topics not what you're looking for.

Thought-provoking, Great acting, Absorbing, Intense

See it if you want to see a gripping portrayal of parents dealing with their new normal after their son is convicted of a sexual assault

Don't see it if you don’t like very small theaters or a show dealing with sexual assault would make you uncomfortable

Also I thoroughly enjoyed this show. I didn’t read anything about it before... Read more Read less

Resonant, Intelligent, Absorbing

See it if Beautifully written,well played. A wonderful evening of theater. Very intimate, it’s great to see off broadway like this

Don't see it if A disturbing story,well worth the time,it’s not an easy Run in the park

Great staging, Relevant, Absorbing

See it if Somewhere between realist drama and Brechtian Lehrstück, the play addresses the aftermath of trauma and developing new forms of intimacy.

Don't see it if Some of the scenes are choppy or overly didactic, though it coheres strongly. Excellent staging that breaks up the realism.

Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if Good acting of a difficult subject appeals to you

Don't see it if Small cast shows that handle sensitive matters don't appeal to you

Thought-provoking, Gripping, Great acting

See it if you want to see a well written, engrossing drama. I was immediately sucked into this gripping story and was riveted until the end.

Don't see it if a play about the aftermath of a sexual assault would make you uncomfortable.

Thought-provoking, Ambitious

See it if you would be intrigued by a look into a mother coming to terms with the fact that her son committed a disgusting crime

Don't see it if you are Brock Turner's mom

Also I read a lot about Brock Turner's case, so it felt a little distractin... Read more Read less

A very important play,must-see for all parents, superb acting

See it if you have children and care about them and your role as a parent, you are a thinking individual and want important issues to be presented.

Don't see it if you are totally disconnected from reality.

Also Granted...this is not for the faint of heart or the "divorced from rea... Read more Read less

Thought-provoking, Resonant, Intense, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you want to be knocked right in your feels with emotion. A super strong cast brings the honesty and pain of all sides.

Don't see it if you want a light fluff piece or if you see things in black & white with no shades of gray and no other points of view.

Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great writing

See it if You appreciate a well written story that takes great care to provoke deeper thought about issues of rape, sexuality, and race

Don't see it if You reject or are triggered by the potential to empathize / sympathize with the pain experienced by a predator’s family

Must see, Great writing, Absorbing

See it if Love great engaging topical theater

Don't see it if Dont like shows about sexual assault

Thought-provoking, Must see, Intense, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you like fabulous performances in the service of immersive and uncomfortable theater, and you prefer the theater of ideas.

Don't see it if you are claustrophobic, as the performers are truly "in your face", (this is a black box), and if themes of personal journeys do not appeal.

Engaging, Relevant, Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You enjoy intimate plays and theaters (small room), you like thinking about things you might not have thought about before

Don't see it if You are triggered by sexual assault, though the play is more about grief and guilt (and friendship!) than about assault. Also Joey is great

Dark, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You want to see some good TV actors play a good drama

Don't see it if You want longer scenes. This is a play of many small scenes.

Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if you like good acting with very definite characters.

Don't see it if you don't like plays that deal with rape.

Resonant, Relevant, Intense, Intelligent, Great acting

See it if A must see for anyone who loves live, riveting theater in an intimate setting. You feel as if you are on stage with the actors.

Don't see it if Don’t see this play if you’re into big budget musicals.

Masterful, Intense, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if You want to see a playwright on the rise early in her career.

Don't see it if You don’t like serious stories about serious issues. An abundance of triggers in a trigger happy world.

During previews
Great acting, Great writing, Riveting, Resonant, Powerful

See it if You like shows that leave you feeling like you’ve just been punched in the gut-breathless and grasping for words to describe your feelings.

Don't see it if You are not ready for a deeply emotional journey with these characters.

Also This show pushed a lot of buttons for me-in a good way-that’s what goo... Read more Read less

During previews
Profound, Disappointing, Confusing, Banal

See it if If you want to see good acting for the most part. An interesting story.

Don't see it if Choppy at times. More focus than necessary put on mother where direction should have been focused on others.

During previews
Intense, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if Harsh but meaningful and well done. Pace was quick and dialogue sharp. An interesting perspective on sexual assault I hadn't seen before.

Don't see it if You think you will struggle with a show themed around sexual assault.

During previews
Wrenching, Powerfully staged, Beautifully played, Sharply drawn, Well-constructed

See it if you love when smart, hard-hitting plays by new playwrights deal with major issues, draw fascinating characters & tell taut stories.

Don't see it if the topic of sexual abuse (especially in a tiny space that you feel you share with the performers) might be too tough for you to handle.

Also With “Something Clean” Roundabout’s Underground continues its run as 1... Read more Read less

During previews
Relevant, Intense, Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if Authentic and lived-in portrait, courtesy of the reliable Erbe, of a guilt-ridden mother of child who harms. Good dramatic ensemble.

Don't see it if Some may question the focus on the mother's voice and not the victim's, but Erbe is so good, she compensates for the fragmented narrative.

Also "We prefer the term 'survivor' and not 'victim'."

During previews
Metoo from a new angle; sexual sin of son visited upon his parents; few surprises

See it if devastating effect sexual assault by son on his parents; mediates mom's guilt thru relationship w young gay man; heartbreaking K Erbe/mother

Don't see it if cliche-ish; unsurprising exploration of guilt by parents, fraying of their relationship, mother "cleaning" up garbage metaphor obvious

During previews
Intelligent, Relevant, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You enjoy plays that speak to current events. You enjoy plays that are more character studies than action-filled events. A 3 actor drama.

Don't see it if You can’t deal with serious and sad and sobering dramas.You don’t enjoy plays where the main event is not staged.

Also See this ! It’s unusual and thoroughly absorbing and thought-provoking... Read more Read less

During previews
Good story. good acting.

See it if You like plays dealing with current issues and how it affects the people around them.

Don't see it if You don't like plays that deal with current issues like sexual assault.

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 ...
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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...
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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. Th...
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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, al...
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