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Tea at Four (FringeNYC)

Members say: Great acting, Absorbing, Intelligent, Great writing, Resonant
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Members
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11 reviews
 

Part of FringeNYC: The intimate lives of two women from their youth to the last moments of their shared time together.

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Categories: Drama, FringeHIGH, National. From Created at The Shipley School, Bryn Mawr. Written by Tony Devaney Morinelli with Mallory Avnet,Lauren Grajewski and Elizabeth Dunham. Directed by Tony Devaney Morinelli.

FROM THE ARTIST:
Tea at Four is an intense drama of two women and their lives together from 1939 to 1961. The play finds its inspiration in the educational endeavors of intellectual women at a time when women of their company were discretely “unnoticed” by society. We watch the growing relationship of Catherine the daughter of Philadelphia aristocrats and Ruth, the secular daughter of Orthodox Jews. Together they face an unconquerable situation that respects no race, no religion and has no sexual prejudice.

 

Reviews (13)

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NY Theatre Guide

"A gentle feminist work about the lifelong love between two women…It’s a seemingly small story, but is packed full of moments of painful prejudice, wrapped in a soft, warm blanket of deep love. However, I do feel that the writing can be less filled with exposition and rather more interesting dialogue…I think these young women have done a fantastic job, but I feel they can evolve the piece by investing more into helping us believe they were lovers and not just friends." Full Review

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Theatre is Easy

"The time jumps are occasionally jarring and confusing, but excellently create the harsh reality a lesbian minority couple at that time would likely have faced…As Catherine and Ruth, McKamie and Grajewski have electric chemistry, and watching their relationship blossom from its first moment to its last is indeed heart-wrenching...All three talented women give the audience an intimate view of the constant flight between staying true to oneself and living in society." Full Review

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Ambitious, Resonant, Cliched, Fluffy

See it if you're interested in the historical context depicted here; don't mind some trivial grandiloquence unconvincingly delivered.

Don't see it if you expect tight scripting and staging - there isn't much action here and more monologues than necessary

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Ambitious, Great acting, Intelligent, Dated

See it if you are interested in a play that decries imid-20th Cent sexual, ethnic and religious prejudice or just a well written and acted play

Don't see it if you are done with that theme in that time no matter how well done

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Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant, Entertaining

See it if You enjoy quality, historical dramas about women.

Don't see it if You need a lot of action.

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Banal, Cliched, Cringe-making

See it if you have an hour with nothing better to do

Don't see it if you are a lesbian, think you may be a lesbian, know a lesbian, have any knowledge of social & political history or enjoy quality theatre

100
Absorbing, Clever, Delightful

See it if You are hungry for theatre about Lesbians that portrays them in an intelligent and compelling manner.

Don't see it if You hate plays that portray Lesbians in an engaging and sensitive way.

100
Great acting, Thought-provoking, Great writing

See it if you want to see a touching story of two women's love and the struggles they face. The acting is excellent.

Don't see it if You don't like a good story with great acting.

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Great acting, Intelligent, Resonant

See it if you want to see a very moving love story, that is historically very interesting and the actors are really wonderful.

Don't see it if you don't like love stories but even still I recommend you see it because it's an interesting character piece that is well written.

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Absorbing, Edgy, Romantic

See it if You're interested in history of marginalized groups

Don't see it if You're looking for action or comedy

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Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Great writing

See it if A well written and well acted story with interesting historical references about the life and struggles of a lesbian couple.

Don't see it if you don't want to see a sad love story.

100
Great acting, Intelligent, Intense, Resonant, Great writing

See it if you want a play that opens your eyes to the prejudice practices that face the gay community. Opened my eyes to what my gay son must face.

Don't see it if Just see it! Well done.

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Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Thought-provoking, Great writing

See it if you like great acting and what to better understand the struggles a gay couple faced through out their life.

Don't see it if you're close minded and not accepting of love.