Strange Country
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Strange Country
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Strange Country NYC Reviews and Tickets

85%
(51 Reviews)
Positive
94%
Mixed
6%
Negative
0%
Members say
Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Riveting, Resonant

About the Show

New Light Theater Project presents a new family drama set over a hot Fourth of July weekend in Bell County, Texas.

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Member Reviews (51)

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876 Reviews | 904 Followers
88
Riveting, Great writing, Great acting, Powerful, Must see

See it if The best off/off-off of the summer. Riveting. Realistic characters & behaviors . Roundabout needs to grab this one quick. Needs no changes

Don't see it if Issues of untreated addiction & mental weakness disturb you or hit too close to home. This is powerful/uncomfortable but also funny.

851 Reviews | 1007 Followers
88
Great acting, Great writing, Entertaining, Realistic, Resonant

See it if Family drama that blends drama/comedy effortlessly. 100% Engaged start to finish. Dialog & characters incredibly realistic. Top Notch cast!

Don't see it if Can't give this show enough praise! Excellent on all levels and ready for a larger venue! Go see this production!

946 Reviews | 387 Followers
90
Edgy, Intelligent, Intense, Absorbing, Resonant

See it if You've ever had to deal with addiction on any level, in any way, yourself or with someone you love. If you haven't... OK, but, you're lying.

Don't see it if you don't like little dark stories that make you look at the scary parts inside.

539 Reviews | 1875 Followers
82
Absorbing, Great acting, Resonant, Slow

See it if Complicated characters... And strong performances.

Don't see it if Dark themes. Stories of addiction.

706 Reviews | 214 Followers
85
Entertaining, Original, Edgy, Intense, Hilarious

See it if You enjoy being immersed in a dark comedy with unbalanced characters full of surprises.

Don't see it if You're not willing to suspend disbelief and go with it. There are some imperfections but it's creative and funny.

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506 Reviews | 1002 Followers
90
Great acting, Clever, Original, Resonant

See it if you want to see some fine theater in an intimate setting. "Do our problems relate to others?}

Don't see it if It is a 4 story walk up but if you do not wait for the last minute, .. phone the company and you can get the elevator sent down on White St.

470 Reviews | 112 Followers
79
Absorbing

See it if Good acting (a bit rough around the edges), raw/edgy plot, many twists & turns, holds your interest for 95 minutes

Don't see it if You're offended by alcoholism or sexual situations.

406 Reviews | 188 Followers
83
Absorbing, Great writing, Great acting, Resonant, Edgy

See it if You understand how addiction complicates family dynamics and every happy occasion turns into a confrontation; Then add in a third party..

Don't see it if Vulgar language and extreme consumption of alcohol upsets you. You cannot face watching the effects of addiction on a family

Critic Reviews (8)

TheaterScene.net
July 26th, 2016

"Anne Adams’ emotionally raw, earthy and often very funny contemporary dysfunctional family drama. This entertaining piece of Americana has the humanity of Lanford Wilson, the quirkiness of Beth Henley and the unruliness of Sam Shepard…In 90 well–crafted minutes, Ms. Adams affectionately renders her trio of interconnected lost souls’ plights with biting humor, and intense revelations with a number of plot twists. Everything leads to a moving, realistic and satisfying conclusion."
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Theatre is Easy
July 25th, 2016

“Taut dialogue, more than a few one-line zingers, and unpredictable twists keep this from being a run-of-the-mill play about family dysfunction. What’s more, the chemistry between the three characters is pitch-perfect. Even more striking, Jay Stull’s direction takes full advantage of the actor’s physicality, and relies upon movement and body language to convey what words do not...It’s a terrific production. It’s a terrific production. Deeply moving, fast-paced, and evocative."
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Exeunt Magazine
August 2nd, 2016

"The play challenges every first impression that it gives us...The play doesn’t have a large amount of plot, preferring character development over plot development. The trio of actors take us through these transformations beautifully...The play itself creates slight issues when it comes to its characters’ motives...Where 'Strange Country' is most successful is in its refusal to offer black and white moral answers to any of the challenges that its characters face."
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Times Square Chronicles
July 31st, 2016

"Well written, well directed and well acted, but seriously who wants to sit through this?...Adams has created three complex characters but we don’t really like any of them...Stull’s direction keeps us interested and he makes us believe this tale of woe...Adams' writing is natural, though who really is your audience and who wants to see this? In all honesty, I don’t. I feel as if my soul is being stolen."
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BlogCritics.org
July 25th, 2016

“Adams’ first play shows that she clearly knows her way around the territory’s dark alleys lined with addicts, enablers, broken families, and the mentally ill. Director Stull shapes an excellent cast into a realistic portrait quivering with Expressionistic intensity...One good definition of a successful drama is a story that acutely distills universal realities. ‘Strange Country’ gives us an uncommon triple portrait of common anguish, straight from the strange country of the human condition.”
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On Stage Blog
July 30th, 2016

"Three wonderful actors directed by Jay Stull have an amazing chemistry and play off each other very well. Every pause is in its place and even when we are left alone, looking at the stage that everybody left, the anticipation is charged with possibilities…Much like in life, there is no black and white, there is a constant struggle for truth and happiness, and sometimes people disagree on what is right and whether their happiness hurts other people."
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Off Off Online
August 1st, 2016

"'Strange Country' does a good job of capturing the sadness that is brought on when a family member is suffering from a problem that is too difficult to fix. However, it also explores the complicated idea that what may be good for one person may not be good for another. Everyone has his own way of surviving, and the measures people use may not always be the right ones...It’s a philosophical conundrum."
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Village Voice
July 26th, 2016

"A tough but tender ninety-minute drama…Adams, a first-time playwright, has a tendency to lapse into therapeutic cliché and implausible avowals…Those late missteps detract from the otherwise sensitive treatment of the trio by both Adams and the cast of Jay Stull's slow-burn staging…Geraghty's Jamie in particular conveys a quietly shattering sense of being shell-shocked by her self-inflicted pain."
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