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Stet

Members say: Relevant, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Absorbing, Intelligent
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Abingdon Theatre Company and The Muse Project present the world premiere of Kim Davies' drama about a reporter who falls prey to the perfect cover story. Inspired by the 'Rolling Stone: A Rape on Campus' scandal.

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A young journalist is assigned to write an article about sexual assault on college campuses and must find a unique angle that will sell. During her investigation, she encounters a student with a horrific tale. Determined to bring the events to light, this ambitious reporter refuses to let anything stand in her way—including the truth.

 

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Reviews (99)

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71
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60
Theatermania

"While there are enough ethical dilemmas in 'Stet' to chew on for several lifetimes, there is nothing innately theatrical about the play that requires it live on a stage...We may pride ourselves on our depth of empathy as individuals who would choose to attend a play that deals with the difficult subject of rape. But for at least a moment, there's not much that differentiates us from the eavesdropping rubberneckers who will soon be reading Erika's tell-all for their fleeting entertainment." Full Review

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Time Out New York

"Writing about real tragedy has its dangers...The savvy playwright Kim Davies comes to 'Stet' fully aware of the pitfalls ahead. She points to them, skirts them, but her caution has its costs...'Stet' is an Ibsenite problem-drama, and Davies's world seems correspondingly, even appropriately, thin...'Stet' may simply be a case of too many cooks turning the recipe mild...Here what remains of the original truth is interesting, but it hasn't yet been turned into a good enough lie." Full Review

65
The New York Times

"An absorbing if somewhat unfocused drama...At its best and most sophisticated when it examines the attraction that extreme and graphic reports of sexual assault hold, as opposed to blurrier, more commonplace narratives...The play is less adept in clarifying its own story...The ways that it entwines facts and fiction aren’t always productive...Some of the performances are keen and nuanced...others are more caricatured." Full Review

55
Lighting & Sound America

“'Stet' is a slippery piece of work, so narrowly conceived that much of the time one hardly knows what to think--or, for that matter, where the play is headed...In any case, Speciale's production has a lot going for it, beginning with Kuritsky...In the end, ‘Stet’ suffers from comparisons to its source material...The situation it presents is too sketchy, too inconclusive to be satisfying. I keep thinking that what happens to Erika next is more interesting than what Davies has chosen to show us.” Full Review

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Theatre's Leiter Side

"While many issues related to campus rape are expressed in ‘Stet,’... the play offers little new or illuminating about the topic; it’s really about journalistic ethics, and might have been more powerful if that aspect, including its aftermath, were more explicitly dramatized and discussed...The tone and pacing are, for the most part, quietly naturalistic; this, though, creates a draggy, talky, sleepy atmosphere until Jack Fellows makes his entrance." Full Review

55
Talkin' Broadway

"It's Kuritsky's fiery tenacity and the pulse-stopping intensity with which she pairs it that fuels the evening...The problem with ‘Stet’ isn't what it contains - it's what it lacks...The result is a lifeless tribute to a person who already has all our sympathy and thus has nothing to teach us or any additional way to get us to emotionally engage...In ‘Stet’, there are no people other than Erika: just objects to be pushed around to make all-too-familiar points.” Full Review

80
Times Square Chronicles

"This piece is timely and there needs to be a discussion on the issues this play brings up. The cast does a remarkable job about bringing an authenticity to this piece...Director Tony Speciale brings the same kind of realism he does to his other work...Though I am a fan of Ms. Davies’ work, 'Stet' makes me wish this play showed more of the theatrical interactions that are only talked about. Ms. Davies' work shines in her confrontations and the dance between characters." Full Review

80
Theater In The Now

"'Stet' is a engaging 90-minute drama where the end game is clear but the pieces to complete the puzzle are the intrigue...Each character has a distinct and genuine voice. Davies’ does an impeccable job keeping the stakes heightened, even if you know the outcome...'Stet' is one of those plays that benefits from the 'ripped from the headlines' formula but sometimes sticking too closely can be costly. 'Stet' is a must-see story that will fire you up in some capacity." Full Review

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TheaterScene.net

"An earnest, well-acted but relatively inert drama...The dialogue is informative but it is periodically didactic. Revelatory details about each character’s personal conflicts and past behavior that bears upon the plot come across at times as mechanical...Tony Speciale has expertly staged the scenes with precision as well as proficiently integrated the design elements…Though fitfully interesting chiefly due to the performances, 'STET' plods straightforwardly rather than crackles." Full Review

85
Theatre is Easy

"'Stet' succeeds in tackling an emotional and controversial issue in a nuanced manner. Kim Davies’ script turns the case into an enthralling story that held my attention from start to finish...Each cast member gives believability to their character’s emotional turns...This production successfully tackles a difficult social issue of grave importance without becoming overly preachy and didactic or creating maudlin characters.” Full Review

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Theater Pizzazz

"'Stet' is a carefully crafted, beautifully executed play that deals with campus rape and its aftermath...Bruce Mackenzie is nigh on perfect as Phil, the editor, bringing just the right balance of hard-nosed newsman, understanding employer, and sensitive father-figure. He brings a rare verisimilitude to the stage...The spare production is most effective...The less-than satisfying ending is just what it should be, proving the validity of the victims’ fears." Full Review

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Epoch Times

“I found the play to be as timely as today’s headlines and thoroughly engrossing...Director Tony Speciale has paced the show tightly and swiftly, and performances are first-rate, with Jocelyn Kuritsky’s dogged intensity fueling the fire...An admirable play on an important topic. It deserves a longer life span than the current limited production at Abingdon Theatre Company." Full Review

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Stage and Cinema

"The play is a misstep... 'Stet,' though offering intelligent dialogue and a good number of sharp observations, feels flat from the start, and remains so for its entire 90 minutes...In its desire to make all its characters sympathetic, 'Stet' instead makes them impotent, resulting in a script that suffers from a profound lack of dramatic energy. And with tension virtually nonexistent all sorts of other impurities make their way to the surface." Full Review

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New York Theatre Review

"Davies does an incredible job of dramatizing conflicting points of view on rape within the feminist/activist/survivors community as well as more middle-of-the-road perspectives, taking care to highlight how and where these perspectives overlap...The tensions of journalistic integrity coupled with the implicit expectation that Erika craft not just a cover story, but a feminist call-to-action, makes 'Stet' a rare play that’s as dramatically compelling as it is topical." Full Review

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Exeunt Magazine

"Davies’s arresting examination of campus rape culture as reported by the media...Director Tony Speciale steers a superb cast into a moral danger zone where factual truth and emotional truth don’t quite square…Even without Jocelyn Kuritsky’s virtuosity in the role, Davies has written the type of female lead of intelligence and startling dimension that our American stages need…A rigorously crafted production in powerful pursuit of a national conversation." Full Review

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Off Off Online

"Kuritsky does a wonderful job portraying Erika’s transformation from detached, factual journalist to emotionally involved storyteller...'Stet' presents audiences with a myriad of moral questions throughout its hour-and-forty-minute run time, which flies by due to the snappy script and smooth staging by director Tony Speciale. The supporting cast of characters really shine as well." Full Review

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Center on the Aisle

"‘STET’ offers a sharp look at the struggles that come with reporting a critical story while maintaining the integrity of both the journalist and the source…The play is written in a highly conversational flow, allowing for the thoughts and motives behind each character to shine through truthfully." Full Review

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64
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Slow, Uneven

See it if you're interested in the exploration of campus rape and investigative reporting ethics as a dramatic subject

Don't see it if you're expecting a satisfying theatrical experience

65
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Disappointing

See it if For such a serious and timely issue, I found the production uneven and unfocused. I didn't really make a connection w/anyone.

Don't see it if You expect to be moved by this very serious topic, not sure exactly what was missing but I found it really lacking.

70
Absorbing, Relevant

See it if like good acting, interesting staging and topical issues. Good until the end, then it left me a little unsatisfied. Still worthwile.

Don't see it if you want a feel good play that doesn't make you think.

90
Original, Edgy, Intelligent, Intense, Relevant

See it if You want to learn more about the issues of campus rape and journalistic ethics. You like seeing the perspectives from well acted characters

Don't see it if The subject material doesn't interest you.

75
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great writing, Upsetting, Compelling

See it if you're interested in a really well-written, probing, incisive play about rape on college campuses.

Don't see it if a production that doesn't quite rise to the quality level of the script would frustrate you.

82
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if you were fascinated/disgusted/shocked by the Rolling Stone's infamous retraction of a story on college rape culture -this brilliantly probes

Don't see it if you want something fun and light and cheery

76
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Slow, Touching

See it if relevant important topic. Starts as documentary but gets a lot more personal. Good enough showing of different perspectives. Could go deeper

Don't see it if uneven acting. Maybe a little too polished for a very rough edged subject.

72
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Interesting, Informative

See it if You're interested in shows focusing on topical true life stories. It's a relevant informative and important story to tell.

Don't see it if The material is a bit dry and slow at times.

69
Ambitious, Relevant, Pedantic, Stilted, Serious topic

See it if it is a very important topic and college sexual assaults need to be recognized. good discussion starter with young adults. good acting

Don't see it if it has no dramatic arc, you do not get emotionally connected to any character. i felt distanced and like a rehash of true events

76
Original, Ambitious, Clever, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if You can handle a show about rape. It is a very intense show that presents points of views and can leave you uneasy.

Don't see it if If you like light hearted shows with lots of comedy and things with a happy ending.

66
Ambitious, Relevant, Disappointing, Slow

See it if Good sets. The male lead was able to show us even good, well-meaning people are unable to tell when no means no. "Christina" was very good.

Don't see it if You want to believe your leading lady. If you want to feel that everyone is in the same play.

76
Absorbing, Edgy, Thought-provoking

See it if seeing all sides of the story and all types of opinions is exhilirating and stimulating, even about a subject like campus rape

Don't see it if you are squeamish about the subject matter (campus rape) or discussing it

69
Thought-provoking, Profound, Relevant, Disappointing, Slow

See it if You like a lot of talk, not much story and a super challenging issue (college campus rape) to stage; well cast; decent acting

Don't see it if You want to be entertained, you don't like slow moving shows; you don't like highly sensitive topics

70
Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if Current issues

Don't see it if Uncomfortable with rape

85
Intense, Profound, Relevant

See it if you like a play that brings awareness to campus rape while raising ethical questions about journalists.Jocelyn Kuritsky is outstanding!

Don't see it if you are not ready for a complex, emotional,and ambiguous play.

62
Original, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Cliched

See it if you like theater that makes you face the issues of the moment and really think; if you are interested in up-and-coming playwrights

Don't see it if you require impeccable staging and acting (it's a bit forced at times); if you're looking for a night of light theater--this is pretty heavy

78
Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Resonant

See it if you're interested in true stories or media criticism, or you appreciate shedding light on issues of sexual assault.

Don't see it if you're looking for a fantastical tale. This is a very real story about a not-so-pleasant--but important--issue.

82
Absorbing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Resonant

See it if You like to see plays that are informative on current topics.

Don't see it if You prefer light entertainment or are offended by the subject of rape.

43
Indulgent, Slow

See it if You enjoy a talky slow-paced show that runs 2 hours with NO intermission. Needs major cuts.

Don't see it if You need to use the bathroom, as I don't think they'll let you back in if you can't sit for 2 hours straight with no break.

4
Disappointing, Slow

See it if I don't see a lot of "broadway" shows because I like when chances are taken. There were no chances taken here. This play is awful in every

Don't see it if way. There is no way anyone can like this show. I am mad at the Flea theater for sending me an email to recommend it.

80
Original, Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if You are open to understanding the need to tell the story and the fear of the victim having it told

Don't see it if You have trouble hearinf about rape

78
Absorbing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Slow

See it if you like serious plays about topical issues

Don't see it if you're put off by shows that seem more like documentaries or TV news programs than actual plays

82
Ambitious, Great acting, Intense, Great writing, Nuanced

See it if you'd like a nuanced view of rape. No victim-blaming or easy answers.

Don't see it if watching people break down telling stories of rape will bother you. The actors made it feel real.

99
Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking

See it if you think you already know all about campus rape--you don't

Don't see it if you can't stand having your preconceived notions shaken up.

81
Absorbing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Riveting, Great writing

See it if You want a play about issues that presents various shadings of opinions w/out being preachy.You want a play about the ethics of storytelling

Don't see it if You don't want to see a show about an uncomfortable subject. You want a comedy.