This drama about a woman’s solo journey to Mars explores the depths of mankind’s last true frontiers: outer space and a grieving heart. More…
In 'Spaceman,' the difficulties of interplanetary space travel are brought to life in exacting detail. Radiation exposure, long term weightlessness, low light, extensive communication delays, and poor hygiene are just a few of the challenges astronaut Molly Jennis must face as the first to Mars. But she soon finds nothing compares to the psychological effects of having so much time alone. Time spent mulling over the decisions she has made and what might be waiting for her when she finally reaches her destination.
"An engrossing and very fine piece of theater...A play about god in the age of science...Successful in transporting us into an entirely new place...The most impressive aspect of this impressive piece is how we are right there with Commander Stevens. We hear the very sounds she hears...We glance up to that space, as if we could see something there as welI...It's an impressive manipulation of the performance co-presence, and a testament to a good play." Full Review
"Treadway masterfully holds us for over 90-minutes of an intense endurance event of a performance. In addition to verbal stamina, she also subtly simulates an untethered body within Mraz's suspended, floorless metal ship...Explores the related zeal of scientific progress and religious faith...'Spaceman's' intensely vivid spectacle renders how life aboard a spaceship, without the possibility of return, is extraordinarily different from the Blue Planet grind." Full Review
"Ingenious and punishing, 'Spaceman' stays with Molly as she checks her air pressure, fuel levels...Of course, this being theater, she has also been lumbered with a tragic back story, which may unmake her...Boredom then panic, boredom then panic, is not the kindest way to describe the feelings that Leegrid Stevens’s play...evokes. But it’s not far off...Stevens finds creative ways to keep Molly chatting — at 100 intermissionless minutes, the play perhaps finds too many of them." Full Review
See it if You enjoy three-dimensional theatre that brings the audience into the high stake atmosphere and given circumstances of the play’s characters
Don't see it if You don’t enjoy being thrust into a high anxiety producing atmosphere.
See it if great concept, great to do this in a small space. don't usually like one person shows, but this was a great new quasi-nerdy take on the form
Don't see it if you expect broadway level production values. actually a little cheesy in the effects dept. it is also loud and bright, so you be prepared.
See it if you like sci-fi, or would like to experience a solo astronaut on a long mission, or have the imagine to go on the wild ride with them.
Don't see it if you have a bad reaction to LOUD, jarring, noises, bright flashing lights, or to strobe effects, or psychological thrillers.
See it if You enjoy strong one-person shows. You’re interested in varieties of scifi. You like clever staging that creates new environments
Don't see it if You find intense sound/lighting (ie loud, high pitched sounds, flashing lights) uncomfortable. You want a play that has distilled its msg
See it if you'd like to see epically ambitious creativity on a tiny budget.
Don't see it if you'll ding the show too much for having too many climaxes once it makes clear where the show is going.
See it if A tour-de-force performance by Treadway & a pyrotechnic production design send this astro-drama into space giving neat close-up viewpoint
Don't see it if Unfortunately, a weepy backstory not only soils the plot but nearly negates the female astronaut's achievements Sponsor subplot needs work
See it if You'd like a thought-provoking show about the space program, isolation, love, honesty, and how far we can push ourselves without cracking
Don't see it if you react to strobes, loud noises; don't want to think about life, death, and what it means to be human
See it if If you enjoy outer space and psychological journeys. This play is about a woman who fights to keep her composure as an astronaut.
Don't see it if You're not a fan of one person plays and prefer a clear story path. Much of the story is about drifting in space and grasping for hope.
See it if you like well-written deep character studies, exploration of psychological impact of isolation and pressure.
Don't see it if You are sensitive to loud sound or intense lighting effects. Agree with other reviewers that they are very intense. Had to cover my ears.
See it if Want to watch very brave actor explore outer edge of loneliness, madness, isolation in clever set w strobe lights, loud sounds, profundity.
Don't see it if Don't like solo shows or HAVE ANY KIND OF SENSORY ISSUES. Seriously, the director took light/sound beyond acceptable. Almost got sick.
See it if you want to watch a woman's descent into insanity. If you're interested in examining isolation and loneliness.
Don't see it if you have any sensory issues whatsoever. There are multiple periods of prolonged strobe accompanied by seat-shakingly loud dissonant sound.
See it if You like small character driven plays. You like space. You like shows that are visually stimulating.
Don't see it if You’re looking for a well paced play. At an hour forty-five it felt long. The script has nice moments but long stretches were it’s not inte.
See it if The commentary about the funding and future of the space program was profound. The struggle with daily isolation was moving.
Don't see it if You are looking for a light fluffy show. Also don’t go if you don’t like one character shows.
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