The Chaplin Plays (Dream Up)
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The Chaplin Plays (Dream Up)
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The Chaplin Plays (Dream Up) NYC Reviews and Tickets

72%
(13 Reviews)
Positive
77%
Mixed
15%
Negative
8%
Members say
Clever, Great acting, Original, Thought-provoking, Ambitious

About the Show

Part of Theater for the New City's Dream Up Festival: A pair of plays by Don Nigro featuring the beloved movie icon Charlie Chaplin.

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Member Reviews (13)

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Ambitious, Edgy, Intelligent, Original, Quirky

See it if You know about Chaplin's life and want to see a great actress portray him beautifully. At times very funny and smart.

Don't see it if You don't like what amounts to a one woman play followed by a two woman play that meanders and feels, at times, forced and ridiculous.

71
Twists & turns, Thought-provoking, Well-played, 15 minutes too long

See it if You'd enjoy a play that starts out slow ( & ends up too long & repetitive) but offers monologue AND dialogue with lots of food for thought

Don't see it if Quirky, "downtown" theater is not your thing...

80
Entertaining, Clever, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Intelligent

See it if you like 2....2 plays in one. This Chaplin double feature brought the film icon back to life in an unusual way...see it

Don't see it if you don't want to think about one's reality , how celebrity is not all it is made up to be, and identity crisis

79
Entertaining, Original, Intelligent, Clever

See it if you enjoy good actors performing an intelligent play at close quarters and if you wish to learn about Chaplin's life.

Don't see it if if you expect grand performances in elaborate stages.

70
Entertaining, Great acting, Slow, Overrated, Ambitious

See it if You want to see a new spin on Chaplin & those who wish to be him.

Don't see it if You're looking for a tight production , because this one meanders with too much dialogue., especially given Chaplin was a silent film star.

70
Clever, Ambitious, Thought-provoking

See it if You are interested in Chaplin-like performances and psychological stories

Don't see it if Listening to monologues for most of the night is unappealing. Read more

78
Clever, Delightful, Original, Funny

See it if You want to enjoy a relaxed moment of good unpretentious theater with good acting and a good direction.

Don't see it if you expect great production values, looking for quick shallow entertainment.

79
Entertaining, Funny, Resonant, Profound, Clever

See it if you like-Chaplin-one person shows-monologues-deconstructions of identity and the psychology of silent movies-an immersive theatre experience

Don't see it if you want-three dimensional characters-live music-elaborate set designs (has but a few furnishings which helps to stay focused on Chaplin)

Critic Reviews (1)

Theater In The Now
July 5th, 2016
For a previous production

"Not what it seems on the surface and that keeps the excitement brewing. Though the second part went on a bit too long through repetition, what Nigro does bring to the stage encapsulates the enjoyment and potential of simplistic theater. And that's also thanks to the sublime direction of Lori Kee...One of those theatrical events that will leave you beyond satisfied. This was a team effort but Dumeng deserves a little bit of extra love. It’s a performance that’s bound to be discussed."
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