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Squeamish

From 109 member  reviews
Members say: Great acting, Absorbing, Intense, Edgy, Great writing

About the show

All For One Theater presents a new solo horror show about a New York City psychoanalyst and recovering alcoholic whose bloody quest for personal balance begins when she finds herself in Texas after her nephew's suicide. More…

The third play in Aaron Mark's cycle of Sit-Down Tragedies after 'Empanada Loca' and 'Another Medea,' 'Squeamish' is a grotesque tale of phobia and compulsion, a minimalist work of psychological horror about craving what terrifies us most. Starring two-time Tony nominee Alison Fraser.


Member Reviews (109)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great acting, Absorbing, Intense, Edgy, Great writing
79
Avg Score

91
Absorbing, Entertaining, Riveting, Fun, Edgy

See it if You like suspenseful, dark, storytelling. This one person Show is a fine example of how to weave a great story.

Don't see it if You don’t like kind of creepy stories. I wouldn’t call it scary but, we’ll, the title is very appropriate.

92
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Must see

See it if A twisted and absorbing tour-de-force performance by Alison Fraser. The story is tight and horrifying. Wonderful one person show.

Don't see it if You don’t like horror as a genre. You want action. This is all words... haunting words.

85
Clever, Edgy, Intense, Deviant, Dark

See it if Manhattan therapist with problems goes on a journey to the dark side. Delicious triumphant black comedy. Plot twists. Great acting.

Don't see it if You don’t like vampire stories. You don’t want to hear graphic descriptions of blood gorged events.

80
Absorbing, Entertaining, Riveting, Haunting, Great acting

See it if you want to see the fabulous Fraser sink her teeth into a fresh & unexpected horror story & give a gripping, subtly eerie solo tour de force

Don't see it if you have hemophobia; you need special effects and high production values to spoon-feed you your thrills. [This is real theatre of the mind.]

77
Edgy, Great acting, Absorbing, Intense, Clever

See it if Another one of Mark's solo psycho-dramas, this time involving a sanguinous cult A tour-de-force for Fraser who kisses the heart of darkness

Don't see it if Well staged despite the static underpinings of the script Fraser spurs us over the more grand guingol aspects of the drama (aka the ending)

85
Great acting, Entertaining, Absorbing, Intense, Funny

See it if You enjoy horror w/a bit of camp ala "Tales From the Crypt". You want to see a captivating acting turn from Alison Fraser.

Don't see it if You are, as the title, squeamish, & uncomfortable w/hearing a horror story. You dislike one-performer shows. You prefer more serious horror.

73
Riveting, Ambitious, Edgy, Intense

See it if you enjoy edgy solo performances and have a strong stomach. The show is all dialogue, so you’ll also need an active imagination.

Don't see it if the thought of blood terrifies you, or you need visual stimuli.

74
Ambitious, Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Edgy

See it if Downtown Fraser brings merit to a monologue in the dark. Seriously, just a keylight and some atmospherics, and a client in session spinning

Don't see it if The "oh, bro" reveal is ludicrous, but the talented Fraser is the only reason to see this solo thriller.

75
Clever, Great acting, Intense, Enchanting

See it if you want to witness Alison Fraser's magnificent performance, like shows w/ clever endings, enjoy creepy storytelling & off-kilter characters

Don't see it if you would prefer a show with more visuals and more than one actor. Drink a coffee before the show because the lighting is very dim.

78
Clever, Great acting, Edgy

See it if You want to see a great performance from a woman who does a magnificent job telling a very detailed and graphic story.

Don't see it if If you can’t handle a one person show. I normally don’t go to one person shows but I made an exception for this because of the subject

Also I hope no one reads all these reviews on here and decided not to go to... Read more Read less

80
Absorbing, Great acting, Quirky

See it if you enjoy other-worldly stories or would be interested in a psychological drama.

Don't see it if you do not like one-woman shows or do not care for fantastical stories, e.g. about vampires.

80
Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing, Entertaining

See it if You enjoy a sick and twisted tale told well. The art’s all in the telling and Fraser’s a consummate professional.

Don't see it if You want a big, meaningful moral, or would be uncomfortable listening to taboo acts described in vivid detail in public.

Also The critics’ reviews are giving a bit too much away of this show. If y... Read more Read less

79
Edgy, Captivating acting, Intense, A little too long, Satisfyingly creepy

See it if Solo performance about bizarre & dark occurrences remarkably performed by Fraser while seated in her therapist's chair. Persuasive & compel-

Don't see it if ling but needs editing. Yes, the subject matter gets dark and graphic but bring your sense of humor as well.

81
Absorbing, Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Not for the faint of stomach

See it if you're ok w/being equally enthralled & disturbed by the plot that unfolds. If Alison Fraser isn't nominated this season awards mean nothing.

Don't see it if you're alarmed that two people left w/nausea, brought about simply by Fraser's ability to fully immerse the audience in this garish tale.

74
Intense, Quirky, Slow

See it if You enjoy long-form pieces that play with elements from the horror genre.

Don't see it if You dislike podcasts or one-person shows. This relies heavily on text rather than performance or staging.

90
Entertaining, Great acting, Great writing, Riveting

See it if Alison Fraser is phenomental in this superb one-woman show full of twists, turns, and nice dashes of horror!

Don't see it if While never shown, there are descriptions of gore that might not sit well with the... well... squeamish.

80
Clever, Entertaining, Great acting

See it if You like intense monologues, Allison is great.

Don't see it if You need character interaction. My mind wandered halfway, but the ending is great.

82
Intense, Riveting, Great acting, Great show for halloween

See it if You are interested in mesmerizing one person shows with great acting and absorbing story lines.

Don't see it if You feel claustrophobic in dark theatres, or are frightened by stories of violent death.

90
Ambitious, Funny, Dizzying, Great acting, Great writing

See it if you are looking for a good old-fashion story telling experience with a shocking conclusion you DON’T see coming!!!!

Don't see it if you live in a bubble and believe that there is only goodness inside of all of us.

Also Sometimes what’s brings us to an experience turns out to be even more ... Read more Read less

80
Absorbing, Intelligent, Challenging, Edgy, Amazing performance

See it if You want to see a seamless & engaging tour de force by Fraser, fully on, committed & inventive, to the smallest gesture, & in total control.

Don't see it if You have no patience, don't like monologues, solo plays or the dark — literal or figurative.

Also Alison Fraser delivers a quiet, subtle and thoroughly engaging tour de... Read more Read less

77
Great acting, Edgy, Excruciating, Slow, Absorbing

See it if you want to see an extremely well acted monologue, describing some very dark & gruesome acts.

Don't see it if you are a bit squeamish, even though the graphic, vivid, but sick acts are only verbally described. You want a show with action.

Also Although it moves slowly, the show is intense and extremely well acted... Read more Read less

68
Great acting, Indulgent, Intense, Ambitious

See it if you want to see a tour-de-force performance by Alison Fraser. She is magnificent handling a 90+ minute monologue.

Don't see it if you are looking for a fully staged production or a fun show. This is a stationary, long monologue. I guessed the final twist immediately.

75
Great acting, Absorbing

See it if for the extraordinary performance of Alison Fraser.She shows a willingness to take surprising bold risks with this role.Chilling and intense

Don't see it if you prefer something funny, light and fluffy.

100
Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Riveting

See it if You want to hear a one-sided psychoanalytical talk about funny family vampirish issues but so revel ant. Very humorous and dramatic

Don't see it if Not into solo shows or psychoanalytical issuses

Also This show was fabulous Alison Fraser was fantastic. She kept you glued... Read more Read less

65
Disappointing, Slow, Indulgent

See it if enjoyed getting to see alison fraser

Don't see it if this was not a play; this was someone sitting in a chair for 90 minutes telling a (not very) scary story


October 23rd, 2017
"'Squeamish' is ultimately, too shaggy and in need of greater restraint. But Fraser, slipping smoothly in and out of a half-dozen smaller characters besides Sharon, never loses command. Though we see the play’s considerable gore — and its hard-core-niche sexual situations — only through the mind’...
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October 16th, 2017
"There’s something unsettling about watching a solo show that’s been expressly written for its star and yet thinking she may be miscast, or at least under-rehearsed...Fraser doesn’t land most of the laughs as our neurotic narrator in the play’s first half, which is all setup. But once Sharon star...
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October 17th, 2017
“A voyeuristic experience…Fraser gives a deceptively charming portrait of a clever woman who would be the hit of any penthouse cocktail party, slowly revealing her seductive darker side. Her ability to remain engaging while being seated for the entire length of the play is a credit to the details...
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October 20th, 2017
“It's easy to feel one step ahead of the narrative—and impatient to get on with it...If Mark hasn't provided a sufficiently gripping narrative, he has found the right woman for the job...In contrast to the rather contrived and mechanical shocks that mark the plot, Fraser's performance conveys an ...
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