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Suddenly, A Knock at the Door

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Members say: Funny, Edgy, Overrated, Intense, Cliched

About the show

Theater for the New City presents a new play about facing life's difficulties—from the absurd to the unbearable—without resorting to violence or abusing your power. Based on stories by Polish-Israeli author Etgar Keret. More…

'I can’t do it like this!' protests the writer Eitan Katzen to the bearded man, the survey taker, and the pizza delivery woman who have all come knocking at his door. Brandishing weapons, they make the stakes clear: a story or your life! So the writer held hostage by these three strange muses begins to weave his tales, played out onstage by the same characters that are his captors. 'Suddenly, A Knock at the Door' is a celebration of storytelling and the magic of art.

Member Reviews (1)


Funny, Edgy, Overrated, Intense, Cliched

Cliched, Funny, Edgy, Intense, Overrated

See it if The short stories were fantastic.

Don't see it if You get confused easily.

June 7th, 2016
"The play emphasizes the difficulty of translating prose works for the stage. In many scenes, the words simply don’t leap far enough off the page...Rather than transmuting the stories into dialogue and action, the script has an over-reliance on direct address and observation...As if to compensate...
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June 7th, 2016
"'Suddenly' can be startlingly funny. As the energy builds in action, the ensemble creates memorable tableaus to capture the moment...If there is a flaw, it is in the repetition without variation. The play sometimes feels lengthy without merit...Staging by Carson glosses over these imperfections....
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June 21st, 2016
"The brilliant, electric stories of Israeli writer Etgar Keret fill the black box…The poignant narratives are told in such a way that each story is seamlessly woven into the next one...While each individual story may have lost some of its specificity through being translated for the stage, the he...
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June 11th, 2016
"What works on the page does not always work in the stage. In this case, and the six actors playing a variety of characters are required to pantomime their surroundings, and one must even play the part of a goldfish…There are some stories that linger in mind...Others I recall for the awkward pres...
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