Sub-Basement
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Sub-Basement
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Sub-Basement NYC Reviews and Tickets

66%
(15 Reviews)
Positive
47%
Mixed
40%
Negative
13%
Members say
Ambitious, Confusing, Disappointing, Thought-provoking, Great acting

About the Show

Athena Theatre presents the world premiere of a dark comedy exploring the importance of art, the challenges of homelessness, and finding your own path.

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Member Reviews (15)

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Ambitious, Entertaining, Funny, Intelligent, Refreshing

See it if If you enjoy pathos, absurdity and humor all at the same time, enjoy seeing ambitious works

Don't see it if If you enjoy big stage productions or prefer your entertainment to be more realistic

72
Quirky, Slow, Cliched, Uneven

See it if you find Canadians are a monochromatic, one joke country.

Don't see it if if you're a proud Canadian, or want a deeper evening of theater.

48
Banal, Confusing, Disappointing, Slow, Pretentious

See it if you're in the Village and have 80 minutes to waste

Don't see it if you are put off by non-realistic, absurdist- type plays Read more

50
Funny, Great acting, Disappointing, Confusing

See it if The first half was filled with off beat comedy and interesting character interactions that left me smiling.

Don't see it if The second part was confused and unclear and left me wondering how Much longer it could go on for. Read more

69
Entertaining, Absorbing, Ambitious, Indulgent

See it if You like a play where the lead character displays her life-choices inner struggles.

Don't see it if You prefer "reality" over absurdity.

64
Allegorical, Clever, Confusing, Quirky, Poetic

See it if you're interested in experimental theatre and want to contemplate.the sacrifices we make when we choose between individuality or fitting in.

Don't see it if you prefer a more traditional approach to theatre and are not interested in the avant-garfe or Samuel Beckett style productions

95
Ambitious, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Quirky, Great acting

See it if You enjoy great dialogue and a touch of magic in a quirky production.

Don't see it if You prefer straightforward storytelling and dislike dreamlike settings.

72
Clever, Ambitious, Great acting, Intense, Riveting

See it if You like to think about the meaning of life.....

Don't see it if You like plays with linear plots

Critic Reviews (4)

Theatre is Easy
March 30th, 2017

"Great for anyone looking for something a little less linear and a lot more offbeat than the more common fare. Tom Block engages with some lofty themes and mind-bending questions in this comedic epic...The play pulls no punches in its overt theatricality...The cast is immensely talented...All of the aspects of director Bird’s production come together nicely...'Sub-Basement' is a play that will not only make you think, but give you something beautiful to see as you do."
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DC Metro Theater Arts
March 28th, 2017

“It’s not just the confused protagonist Adrienne who can’t make up her mind. The play itself, after nearly three years of development, extensive reworking, and rewrites, suffers from the same plight of indecision…The show works best in its fast-paced funny opening scenes…Block’s theme becomes redundant and the style of the piece increasingly inconsistent. At present, ‘Sub-Basement’ is still in need of some revision and a clear decision as to what it wants to be.”
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Andy B Sports
March 28th, 2017

“In a great, cozy, even intimate setting at IRT Theater, the cast of Tom Block’s ‘Sub-Basement’ dazzled the audience with his superb writing and Hunter Bird’s direction. The story of ‘Adrienne,’ her career, romances and psyche as she interacted with three male characters, is performed in beautiful fashion by Veronique Ory…The men also deliver excellent performances. ‘Sub-Basement’ is another great production of Athena Theatre.”
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The Artswire Weekly
April 5th, 2017

"Although the play is set in the present day, it had a very post-modern, Brechtian tone...I understood Adrienne's motivation for her journey, but the play lacked the explanation as to why the two homeless characters, Gustav and Arnaud, were helping her...All four actors brought impressive commitment through some rocky plot points. Luckily, I left the theatre pondering the overarching themes rather than finding fault in plot holes."
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