Spinoza's Ethics (Dream Up)
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Spinoza's Ethics (Dream Up)

Spinoza's Ethics (Dream Up) NYC Reviews and Tickets

(26 Ratings)
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Intelligent, Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Clever

About the Show

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.

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115 Reviews | 47 Followers
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 Read more

61 Reviews | 53 Followers
Confusing, Quirky, Thought-provoking, Great acting, 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.

70 Reviews | 35 Followers
Clever, Intelligent, Original

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

21 Reviews | 3 Followers
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Profound

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

39 Reviews | 32 Followers
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Must see

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.

25 Reviews | 10 Followers
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.

18 Reviews | 10 Followers
Great acting, Great writing, Profound, Thought-provoking, Intelligent

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.

16 Reviews | 4 Followers
Intelligent, Fluffy, Disappointing

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.

Critic Reviews (1)

Carey Purcell
September 5th, 2016

"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."
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