Already closed | 1h 30m | East Village

Spaceman

From 45 member  reviews
Members say: Intense, Great acting, Great staging, Absorbing, Ambitious

About the show

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.

1h 30m | Already closed | The Wild Project (East Village)

Member Reviews (45)

MEMBERS SAY:

Intense, Great acting, Great staging, Absorbing, Ambitious
80
Avg Score

67
Ambitious, Intense, Indulgent, Clever, Riveting

See it if If you want to see a solo that is intense, riveting at times, loud and illuminating at others.

Don't see it if Hard sensory with this one. About 30 minutes to long. If you dont want to go from side to side with this one.

80
Thought-provoking, Dizzying, Absorbing, Great staging, Great acting

See it if Solo astronaut keeps us and herself entertained while slowly losing her mind. Fantastic set. I was drawn into her delusions.

Don't see it if You don't enjoy innovative solo shows. You don't like the metaphor of lost in space for lost in life. Loud noises & flashing lights.

78
Absorbing, Slow, Thought-provoking, Intense, Great acting

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

89
Thrilling, Disorienting, A bit too long, Well constructed, Brilliantly played

See it if you’d like to experience a stunning evocation of the loneliness of solo space travel & how it might, over time, erode a human psyche.

Don't see it if a vivid portrayal of nervous breakdown might be too upsetting for you.

Also This is one of those productions that—for script, performance, set, co... Read more Read less

87
Clever, Great staging, Intense, Must see, Riveting

See it if First Martian probe colonist encounters agitation and anxiety in her search for her deceased astronaut husband and escape from loneliness.

Don't see it if Solo performance interaction w/ high-tech set piece, disembodied voices, aural transmissions, bright strobe lights, inanimate objects & fog.

Also Sample dialogue on an elevated stage:"I can't go back."

69
Too long., Absorbing until last 45 mins., then way too intense., Good acting

See it if Want to watch very brave actor explore outer edge of madness, isolation and God, 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.

Also I was really absorbed with this play and thought it was well-written a... Read more Read less

78
Great acting, Dizzying, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if you enjoy shows that explore loneliness, grief & how a person can unravel under extreme conditions. Erin Treadway gives a great performance.

Don't see it if you can't handle scenes with intense strobe lights and loud noise, you don't like solo shows, or hate the movie 2001: A Space Odyssey.

48
Way too long

See it if you like solo shows and want to see, feel and hear what it’s like to be an astronaut alone in space

Don't see it if you want a show that is smooth. It’s way too long also it’s not 90 minutes it’s closer to 105 minutes with no intermission

Also The set, actress, direction, lighting and sound we’re all very well do... Read more Read less

82
Ambitious, Epic, Great staging, Intense

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

74
Great staging, Intense, Long

See it if you liked the movie Gravity or Martian. Interesting concept, but feels too long without super interesting plotlines.

Don't see it if Strobe lights or very loud sounds cause you distress. Heavy use of both in the 2nd half.

75
Absorbing, Great set design, Epic, Great sound design, Intense

See it if You enjoy (mostly) solo pieces that are a tour-de-force for the actor. You enjoy plays that have high production value for off-broadway.

Don't see it if You dislike when drama crosses the line into melodrama and have a low tolerance for plot holes.

Also "I would like to die on Mars. Just not on impact." -Elon Musk... Read more Read less

76
Intense, Profound, Great acting, Great staging, Thought-provoking

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

Also POSTSCRIPT - on her way off the stage last night, the actress tripped ... Read more Read less

85
Great acting, Ambitious, Great staging, Intense, Intelligent

See it if Outstanding unusual theater, brilliantly acted. Never lagged- Just wish it did not turn into love story at end

Don't see it if Do not like one person show. Looking for something relaxing

81
Spot-on production, Spectacular, small-scale design, Sporadically spooky, Spreads itself thin towards the the end

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.

82
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Great staging, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to see something extremely different with a stellar performance that raises existential questions.

Don't see it if You hate sci-fi or are expecting to see a 'Broadway' show or want to see singing/dancing.

Also This is an amazing performance piece that could be great. The staging ... Read more Read less

82
Ambitious, Absorbing, Slow, Intense, Uneven

See it if You enjoy clever scenic design, unusual premises, and surprise puppets.

Don't see it if you're sensitive to intense light and sound

Also The scenic, lighting, and sound design are truly remarkable. The play ... Read more Read less

63
Visually excellent

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.

78
Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Very creative, Great staging, Great acting

See it if You enjoy one woman shows in a very creative setting about space exploration.

Don't see it if You don’t like one woman shows or prefer musicals and multiple characters on stage.

90
Great acting, Intense, Riveting, Intelligent, Great staging

See it if Like solo shows with a strong woman.

Don't see it if Loud noises or strobe lights bother you.

85
Absorbing, Edgy, Dizzying, Intense

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.

86
Ambitious, Dizzying, Intense, Great acting

See it if You’re into solo shows; you want something new and surprising; the theme - human’s coping with loneliness - is rarely touched

Don't see it if You’re very sentive with noise and strong lighting

84
Ambitious, Intense, Great staging, Great acting, Unique

See it if you like unique stagings, fantastic sets &/or great acting. You’re up for a lone woman's convincing step-by-step descent into madness.

Don't see it if bright lights/loud sounds/strobe effects towards the end would ruin the show for you (sit in back w/earplugs if so). Avoid if epileptic!!

Also SPACEMAN is fantastic in so many ways: 1st the unique set. Then the in... Read more Read less

85
Riveting, Great staging, Great acting, Must see, Absorbing

See it if This production is fantastic, one of the best solo shows I've seen it.

Don't see it if If you don't like to question about life

82
Great acting, Great staging, Intense

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.

Also Stellar acting by Erin Treadway, great voice acting, brilliant lightin... Read more Read less

87
Resonant, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Exquisite, Ambitious

See it if Brilliant use of a confined spaceship to propel essentially an one-woman show. Mesmerizing performance with powerful set design and effects

Don't see it if Just one person coping with how to survive in space. Very loud laser-beaming effects.


February 17th, 2019
"Ingenious and punishing...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. The show is imaginative, and in terms of its design...a magnificent example of what Off Off Broadway can do...Stevens finds ...
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February 22nd, 2019
“Intense and frightening play by Stevens, directed by Titus...Molly pinballs from professional to goofy to agitated, and interlocutors and insentient companions only underline her solitude: there’s mission control, whose messages arrive after a frustrating delay; the various TV shows that are hel...
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March 8th, 2019
"One would be hard pressed to recall noteworthy or memorable theater pieces about voyages into the great extraterrestrial expanses. Which is one of many things that makes 'Spaceman'...all the more compelling...'Spaceman' works so well not just as a result of its introspective writing (Leegrid Ste...
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February 26th, 2019
"Although the script veers towards heavy handedness at some points, I found the play’s increasingly hallucinatory psychological and emotional landscape to be dramatically gripping stuff. And even if her blunt, muscular performance isn’t to everyone’s taste, I applaud actress Erin Treadway for ski...
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