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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

During previews
Slow, Quirky, Confusing

See it if You like deeply confusing drama.

Don't see it if You want some entertainment

During previews
Authentic writing, Great acting, Clever staging, Informational, Emotionally impactful

See it if Shows the full range of the impact of sexual assault on survivor, perpetrator, and family and how long and how hard it is to find healing.

Don't see it if Sexual abuse content is difficult for you, although it is hopeful overall. You are or know a mother unfairly blamed for child’s misbehavior.

During previews
Great writing, Edgy, Funny, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if you want an in depth exploration of a unique side of sexual crime by telling it through the eyes of an often unconsidered victim.

Don't see it if you are uncomfortable with the subject of rape or you don't like being in a theater that is four stories underground.

During previews
Relevant, Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if a perspective from the family's viewpoint when a family member commits the crime. not often explored. short scenes but acted well.

Don't see it if want lightness so this is not for you. thought provoking making one consider other's reactions.

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

See it if You would like a thoughtful, sensitive, touching exploration of various experiences following sexual assault.

Don't see it if You will be triggered by the above.

Also At first, there were too many rapid-fire scene changes. But like getti... Read more Read less

During previews
Thought-provoking, Modern, Cliched, Banal

See it if you're interested in modern sexual and racial politics post #metoo.

Don't see it if you're not interesting in the side of the criminal's family or don't like serious subjects.

Also I thought the play was decently performed but riddled with labored met... Read more Read less

During previews
Great acting, Great writing, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Absorbing

See it if A play brimming with poignancy & pathos appeals; navigating abuse, struggling w/ sense of complicity. Such chemistry btw Erbe & Livingston!

Don't see it if Dislike fraught drama across small cast and space. Friendship blossoms in intimate setting where secrets may fester & healing can falter.

During previews
Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if Well written well acted play about a woman dealing with a painful incident. All three actors are amazing.

Don't see it if If Frank talk of sex insults your sensibility

During previews

See it if You like new works that are intimate and are character driven.

Don't see it if You want to be entertained only.

Also It’s a tough piece (dealing with the aftermath of sexual assault), but... Read more Read less

During previews
Sad, Thought-provoking, Profound, Intense, Great acting

See it if you’re interested in a difficult topic of sexual assault. Solid writing and masterful acting. Touches and holds attention.

Don't see it if The topic and acting are intense. It is just a tick slow. Other than that I would recommend seeing it.

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

See it if You are interested in a ripped-from-the-headlines kind of story with great acting and good writing on a current subject.

Don't see it if You like lighter fare that doesn’t touch on sexual abuse, racism, and what is appropriate punishment for the guilty.

Also This play held my attention all the way through. A very worthwhile 90 ... Read more Read less

During previews
Relevant, Intelligent, Intense, Thought-provoking, Great acting

See it if you want a well-acted, well directed play about the psychology of guilt, crime and family

Don't see it if you want something light

During previews
Good acting, Fresh, Absorbing

See it if You want a look at the impact sexual assault has on the mother of the perpetrator. Kathryn Erbe is excellent. Play structure is distracting.

Don't see it if Short, choppy (and some unnecessary) scenes break up the story & take you out of the flow ... otherwise, a well-done new play.

Also Roundabout's Underground rarely disappoints. Great place to see new pl... Read more Read less

During previews
Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You like plays about characters dealing with tough issues in modern society. You go to the theatre for wonderful performances.

Don't see it if a play about the effects sexual assault has on the family of the assailant is too much for you.

Also Wonderful performance by Erbe! And the two gentleman are great as well... Read more Read less

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

See it if You appreciate good acting in an intimate space. Especially the work of Christopher Livingston.

Don't see it if an obsession with orderliness might disturb you.

During previews

See it if you are in the mood for a gripping, well acted portrayal of a marriage in crisis.

Don't see it if you want to be spoon-fed a plot.

Also A powerful look at a couple dealing with the aftermath of their son's ... Read more Read less

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

See it if Excellent acting in a thought provoking play about the survivors of sexual abuse as well as the families of an abuser

Don't see it if You are uncomfortable with stories of rape of children and young women and the life long impact on the survivors and relatives

During previews
Great acting, Enchanting, Absorbing

See it if Great play, deeply touching, mixes humor with pain. Fantastic acting, especially the mom. Very fluid direction makes the scene transitions

Don't see it if fast and smooth. Simple yet effective set and light design. Best play that I have seen this year! Hope it will transfer to a bigger theater!

During previews
Intense, Masterful, Great acting, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if You enjoy intense family dynamics, clever staging and great acting.

Don't see it if If current date topics related to sex abuse are too much for you

During previews
Relevant, Profound, Great acting

See it if You would find interest in seeing a rare exploration of the effects of sexual abuse upon the family of the convicted abuser. Fine acting!

Don't see it if A sequence of many short episodes illustrating relevant story points would leave your head spinning.

Also Here’s one more takeaway: Kathryn Erbe did a great job as the shaken m... Read more Read less

During previews
Absorbing, Clever

See it if You care about today’s issues, families involved in an issue

Don't see it if You don’t like drama or don’t like very small cast

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

See it if You have an open mind and are willing to look at a story from a different perspective.

Don't see it if you are triggered by plays that discuss 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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