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From 8 member  reviews
Members say: Great acting, Absorbing, Edgy, Ambitious, Profound

About the show

This family drama allegorically asks: how are white Americans haunted by and continually complicit in the sustained trauma against black Americans?  Presented by Next Door at NYTW. More…

'Terminus' tells the story of Eller--a poor, white matriarch-- and her mixed-race grandson, Jaybo, who live together down by the railroad tracks in rural Georgia. When Eller's mind begins to fade, her violent past in the segregated South haunts her from the very walls of the old family home. And as she descends terrifyingly closer toward a horrifying truth, Jaybo’s capacity to love his grandmother is put to the test.

Member Reviews (8)


Great acting, Absorbing, Edgy, Ambitious, Profound
Avg Score

Ambitious, Resonant, Intense, Profound, A performance for the ages

See it if you like your theater to be boldly theatrical & deal with life-&-death material, or want to see the performance of the year.

Don't see it if you favor polite, tidy theater that dots its I's, crosses its T's & is sure to deliver a little uplift before the lights go out.

Also I don’t understand the reviews for “Terminus”. Gabriel Jason Dean’s am... Read more Read less

Great acting, Disappointing, Dull

See it if you love Dierdre O'Connell.She is perfection in a tough role.Play itself can't match her talent.She is wasted in this meandering mishmash

Don't see it if you want a coherent, well told story.Acting is uneven, but O'Connell, Butler, & Hostetler are terrific.Play drags in places.Doesn't satisfy.

Absorbing, Great acting, Ambitious, Thought-provoking

See it if you like good acting - a great performance from Deirdre O’Connell.

Don't see it if you expect the other characters to be as well written as O'Connell's.

Banal, Cliched, Confusing, Great acting, Tedious

See it if you are willing to endure a tiresome and derivative show to see one great performance.

Don't see it if you've had enough Southern gothic to last a lifetime.

Faulkner meets shepard's buried child by way of o'neill, O'connell reliably wonderful, Uneven script, though powerful moments

See it if a fan of O'Connell's fierce commitment; you want a theatrical realization of Faulkner's admonition"The past isn't dead. It isn't even past."

Don't see it if Southern Gothic doesn't agree with you; some scenes are repetitive and the ensemble is uneven

Also Dierdre O'Connell is the main reason to see this new play from the Mon... Read more Read less

Interesting, Dramatic, Creatively staged

See it if you want to emotionally jump into intricate family drama with a sweeping historical focus and a large cast of characters and relationships

Don't see it if You want a linear approach that focuses on the here and now or you are not intrigued by some level of ambiguity in terms of unfolding events

Also It is amazing how much is able to be accomplished dramatically in a sh... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Great acting, Edgy, Riveting

See it if you want to see something timely with a message that is not spoonfed!

Don't see it if you are just looking for a light evening at the theatre.

During previews
Rough and powerful, Autobiographical, Some wonderful acting, some less so, Edgy, Absorbing

See it if Tough personal reckoning with family secrets is well, if sometimes confusingly done. A few actors speak indistinctly & performance space is

Don't see it if awkward so get a center seat, but much of the action is riveting. Could use a little trimming but unusual & honest.

February 20th, 2018
"Dean is lucky that Eller is portrayed by the New York stage treasure Deirdre O’Connell, whose heartbreaking, brilliant performance never draws attention to itself, never sacrifices the character’s integrity for thespian pyrotechnics...Dean and Tiberghien do not always work in issues of race smoo...
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February 28th, 2018
"Through the clever use of cultural references and the imminent 1996 Atlanta Olympics, Dean grounds the world of Eller and Jaybo's life and creates an anchor that holds the present as Eller's haunts create chaos only she can see. Deirdre O'Connell performs beautifully...'Terminus' explores the re...
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February 27th, 2018
"In the semi-autobiographical 'Terminus,' part of a seven-play cycle, playwright Gabriel Jason Dean unleashes this intriguing Southern Gothic setup, which touches off a deeply felt personal story about racism in a place that is obviously more real to Dean than imagined. Unfortunately, as it goes ...
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February 26th, 2018
"While the premise is dramatic and compelling, the production struggles to portray the story effectively...Tiberghien's staging of interactions across opposite ends of the wide stage feels like a ping-pong match...The booming gospel music confuses...The dramatic plot is also bogged down by improb...
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