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Spinoza's Ethics (Dream Up)

26 Members say: Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Clever
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Part of Theater for the New City's Dream Up Festival: This new drama tells the story of a woman's struggle for love and faith in 1960s America through the eyes of Baruch Spinoza. More…

'Spinoza's Ethics' follows Ruth as she weaves in and out of marriages, vocations, and states of existence, with Baruch Spinoza by her side. Weaving the ideals and character of the 17th-century Enlightenment philosopher into the narrative, this play poses pertinent questions about the nature of life, religion, marriage, and mankind's ever-changing relationship with them.


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Carey Purcell

"Written by Emily Claire Schmitt, this play fuses philosophy with humanity in an engaging, if sometimes confusing, story...At times, the play is too reminiscent of a college lecture or classroom presentation, and the script could benefit from removing some scenes and investing more into the others...While the script spans many decades, the cast members’ moving performances cause the time to pass quickly." Full Review


98
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Profound, Great writing

See it if You enjoy small theater, topics that evoke more questions, philosophy, good acting by unknown actors

Don't see it if you don't like to think afterwards, you aren't a fan of community spaces, you don't like general seating

95
Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Profound, Great writing

See it if you love Broadway-level acting, direction, & costume design for off-off prices. (Enlightenment era chamber music mixed with ironic 60s pop;)

Don't see it if you don't like philosophy, religion, fantastical conventions, nonlinear structure, quick scene changes, or festival-style lighting design.

94
Absorbing, Great acting, Must see, Great writing, Great staging

See it if You want to see powerful performance and superb direction at an accessible price. I had no knowledge of Spinoza going in and I left inspired

Don't see it if You hate philosophy or plays about questions bigger than the characters. Honestly, nothing should keep you from this show.

88
Absorbing, Great acting

See it if I really liked it. I like philosophy so it was perfect for me.

Don't see it if If you are not into this kind of depth, than don't see it.

87
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if You have an interest in spirituality and philosophy. If you like good acting and something to make you think. Profound quandaries .

Don't see it if If you like a light weight fluffy show that is cut and dry. If you don't like overlaps in time and character. if you don't like spirituality

Also This show has young, dynamic actors. It tackled complex ers.philosophi... Read more Read less

87
Great acting, Thought-provoking, Quirky, Confusing, Entertaining

See it if You're curious about how they interweave Spinoza's philosophy within the life of a modern woman. Enjoyable acting, especially acting elderly

Don't see it if Two hours is too long for you to think about Spinoza's declarations... you don't want to leave the theater pondering his thoughts.

85
Original, Clever, Intelligent

See it if You want a philosophy thought about life and se a beautiful show with great actor

Don't see it if You hate philosophy and discovering new talent

49
Intelligent, Disappointing, Fluffy

See it if you want to get a two hour run down on Spinoza's Ethics, and watch Spinoza poke holes in Catholicism.

Don't see it if Casting is important to you. The cast was earnest but really poorly chosen. Also don't see if plays that start at the end bother you.

100
Absorbing, Clever, Edgy, Epic, Great acting

See it if You love philosophy and knowledge

Don't see it if All you care about is TMZ

89
Funny, Absorbing, Great acting, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if You like deep interesting theater

Don't see it if hate philosphy

86
Funny, Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting

See it if You want to support new theater and see a youthful professional cast do a great job.

Don't see it if you just want to be entertained without thinking.

100
Clever, Intelligent, Masterful, Must see, Right to the heart, touching, inspiring, excellent writing, wonderful acting, a play you don't want to miss

See it if ....just see it! Always! One of the best plays I've seen in a long time. 1 million reasons for seeing it!

Don't see it if Honestly can't think of one... And usually I'm a very critical person!

100
Clever, Delightful, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy philosophy. If you like to learn and be challenged.

Don't see it if you want to see a musical. No song and dance here.

98
Absorbing, Delightful, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Entertaining

See it if you are looking to be entertained while also challenged and stimulated in your thinking.

Don't see it if you are looking for song and dance.

97
Ambitious, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Profound

See it if You have ever been enchanted with philosophy, want to be reinspired, are uninhibited from exploring deep questions wherever they lead.

Don't see it if you prefer not think, are adverse to philosophy and want mindless summer entertainment with flashy staging.

96
Captivating, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Must see, Heart-felt

See it if You are looking for insightful ways of thinking about life and enjoy philosophy

Don't see it if You are looking to simply be entertained. The show should challenge the way you think about life.

96
Absorbing, Ambitious, Clever, Delightful, Profound

See it if You like characters who are as fearless about tackling life's great questions as are the show's writer and Baruch Spinoza himself.

Don't see it if You are not willing to be challenged.

Also The overall depth of heady themes makes this show worthwhile on its on... Read more Read less

95
Absorbing, Clever, Intelligent, Entertaining

See it if You like creative takes on the intersection of philosophy and real life

Don't see it if Just go see it

95
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Great writing, Great staging

See it if You enjoy a play that draws you in and challenges the audience to tackles life's big questions.

Don't see it if You are only looking for mindless folly.

95
Honest, Absorbing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Entertaining

See it if you are a human being.

Don't see it if you hate thinking.

94
Great acting, Thought-provoking, Romantic, Great writing, Entertaining

See it if You like to think about how we navigate our lives. The romance is in the depth of friendship rather than a sexual relationship.

Don't see it if You want to see lots of physical action.

92
Epic, Intelligent, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if You like plays that mix the lives of historical figures and ordinary people.

Don't see it if You don't like plays that try to teach you something

91
Clever, Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if You enjoy thinking about life's meaning and how we live life

Don't see it if You are looking for a fluffy piece

90
Funny, Ambitious, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy philosophy

Don't see it if you wanted to see Matilda

90
Absorbing, Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Profound

See it if you love philosophy

Don't see it if you don't love philosophy


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