New York | 1h 10m | Already closed

Storage Locker

From 5 critic and 35 member reviews
Members say: Clever, Entertaining, Disappointing, Funny, Ambitious

About the show

IATI Theater presents a dark comedy inspired by reality television that explores American materialism and our "get rich quick" mentality. Part of Teatro Fest NYC. More…

In Jeff Stolzer's provocative new play, a married couple places a winning bid on an abandoned storage locker in the hopes of finding valuables inside. What they discover instead turns out to be a lot more than they bargained for.

1h 10m | Already closed | IATI Theater (East Village)

Theater Pizzazz

"Julián Mesri’s direction pieces together the puzzle of juggling alternate universes beautifully in order to bring obsession and greed typically associated with materialism and power to the forefront. So much so that the audience is forced to literally question what is real and what is the play’s truth on numerous levels...The three-actor-ensemble exhibits an extraordinary chemistry and a palpable intensity that inherently makes the play work." Full Review

L'idea Magazine

"Though the stage looks as drab, dirty, and cluttered as the city dump, tension builds from the start and never lets up...The ensemble cast is very good in bringing this desperation to life...Julián Mesri directs with a sure hand, maximizing the claustrophobic set by his clever use of other areas of the space, such as the sound booth, and his addition of multi-media. A solid job all around." Full Review

Off Off Online

"Director Julián Mesri invests the script with a tempo that draws the audience in...Stolzer’s script, with an ample amount of intrigue, and Mesri’s keen staging keep everything moving smoothly until the last five minutes, when it all just sputters...Even the actors, who until this point were spot-on, appear lost...For 65 minutes, or 92% of the time, 'Storage Locker' and its quirky, delicious contents deliver." Full Review

Theatre is Easy

"It’s clear that Mesri is more interested in using this play as a scaffold for an experiment in performativity than he is in its dramaturgy, or even in getting the audience invested in his characters, no matter how charmingly they are presented...It’s all a bit exhausting, and perhaps a disservice to the play...For maximum enjoyment, 'Storage Locker' should be judged less as a work of storytelling than as an experiment meant to expand one's idea of what it means to perform for an audience." Full Review

Front Row Center

"The production resembles nothing so much as a train wreck. You are horrified watching it, glad you’re not involved, but you can’t walk away because the play is 70 minutes without an intermission...The 'surprise' twist at the very end that comes out of nowhere and has nowhere to go? That belongs more to an M. Night Shyamalan/Disney movie mash-up...Bafflingly, the director Julian Mesri, has decided that the fix for what ails 'Storage Locker' is to turn it into an actual reality TV show." Full Review

Refreshing, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Great writing

See it if A well paced play for those who appreciate refreshing subject with clever plot of surprise twists, humor, great acting & staging.

Don't see it if It really should appeal to everyone except those with NO humor & too lazy to follow the dialogue loaded with it.

Also I thought this play is funny with surprise twists, spot on acting, ext... Read more Read less

Edgy, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Delightful

See it if you like controversial, avant-garde, contemporary performing arts that doesn't go by the standard and the old rules of theater and acting.

Don't see it if you can't stand seeing a diverse cast; and you expect the world to be as it is in your head.

Absorbing, Great writing, Riveting

See it if You like plays that get you to think and have a Twilight Zone/ Hitchcock twist that leaves you wondering about what really happened...I do!

Don't see it if If you like light and fluffy.

Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Great writing

See it if you want to see a clever, satirical contemporary comedy.

Don't see it if you prefer period pieces or classics.

Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Absorbing, Enchanting

See it if You enjoyed the TV shows Storage Wars or Twilight Zone.

Don't see it if If you don't enjoy comedy or plot twists coming at the very end.

Absorbing, Entertaining, Clever, Edgy, Ambitious

See it if You love a play of ideas that always keeps you guessing, a show whose big, dark and wonderfully realized themes are never compromised.

Don't see it if You need to see conventional stories told conventionally. This play decides to tell a story about technology by (partly) using technology.

Absorbing, Ambitious, Clever, Intelligent

See it if You like a good show, creatively written. The acting, while pretty good could have been a lot better.

Don't see it if You don't like plays with a message.

Entertaining, Funny, Quirky

See it if You are okay with simple staging. You are not looking for something deep and moving. You want to laugh. You like an unusual ending.

Don't see it if You need a big production. You need to see something deep and moving. You are too serious about what plays you see.

Clever, Funny, Confusing

See it if You like plays with a unusual premise and want to see something a little different.

Don't see it if You don't mind being somewhat confused at the end.

Quirky, Refreshing, Funny, Clever, Entertaining

See it if you want to see dark comedy with a familiar plot told in a quirky way

Don't see it if you are looking for a show of real substance that lasts longer than 50 minutes

Edgy, Intense, Quirky, Thought-provoking

See it if If you like sci-fi if you like things that are reminiscent of night gallery. If you like short shows.

Don't see it if If you are not into unusual plots. If you don't like sci-fi. If you like in-depth characters.

Clever, Confusing, Quirky

See it if you want to see some interesting use of live stream video in staging, and you'd like to support this theater.

Don't see it if you're expecting a riveting play experience.

Entertaining, Funny, Satirical, Ambitious

See it if you like-weird plot resolutions-the twilight zone-satire-storage wars-plays taking place in virtually one scene/setting

Don't see it if you want-three dimensional characters-a clear theme/ throughout. you don't like-redundant dialogue

Disappointing, Entertaining

See it if You want to see a new play well acted with a promising premise

Don't see it if You want to see a fully developed concept where the move from straight "slapstick" to "absurdist" is too abrupt.

Disappointing, Weak ending, Clever premise

See it if you enjoy a mystery . . . but don't expect the outcome to be satisfying

Don't see it if you're seeking a highly engaging suspenseful mystery . . .

Amusing, Self indulgent, Ambitious

See it if You like clever staging and an interesting premise.

Don't see it if You don't like an implausible and inexplicable "payoff".

Clever, Disappointing

See it if you thought of putting your "things" in storage you like a short play

Don't see it if you enjoy a good story that is well produced

Indulgent, Disappointing

See it if you don't mind dialogue that sounds pulled off a page, characters whose actions are impossible to believe, acting as wooden as the writing.

Don't see it if any of those things would signal a waste of your time

Thought-provoking, Disappointing, Ambitious, Great staging, Edgy

See it if You enjoy ambitious yet tight performance. Mixed media, symbolism and philosophical message.

Don't see it if You care about serious, skilled acting.

Promising concept, One-note acting, Underwritten parts

See it if The clash between what we have and what we covet is interesting, just doesn't offer fleshed-out plot or characters. Could be saved.

Don't see it if The clash between men and women as shown is weakly presented as name-calling. The who-has-power angle could be better examined.

Confusing, Cliched, Indulgent, Slow, Self-important

See it if You absolutely have to because you know someone involved.

Don't see it if there's any way you can get out of it.

Interesting camerawork livefeed, Questionable acting/casting choices, Ultimately doesn't go anywhere, Soporific effect, Script circles back on itself

See it if you know someone in the cast, want to support IATI Theatre & encourage them to do better & keep producing new scripts

Don't see it if you value the price of the ticket and time spent, much better choices can be made

Excruciating, Fluffy, Insipid, Bad acting, Bad writing

See it if You know someone involved w/the show. You received a comp ticket. You want to support a small theatre company.

Don't see it if You value good acting & writing.

Banal, Cliched, Confusing, Disappointing, Overrated

See it if Just don't

Don't see it if You have great memory, cause you definitely would like to forget this as soon as possible.

Ambitious, Banal, Disappointing, Excruciating

See it if you are intrigued by the avant-garde, not so obvious and enjoy off-off-off-off broadway productions.

Don't see it if you are confused by non-apparent themes and are expecting polished sets, performances, and the like.

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