Already closed | 1h 30m | Gramercy

The Chechens

From 21 member  reviews
Members say: Absorbing, Great acting, Relevant, Ambitious, Resonant

About the show

This new drama is set in modern Chechnya, where gays are rumored to be held in camps. Can one family protect their brother suspected of being gay? Part of Exquisite Corpse Company's 'This Is a Distraction' festival.

1h 30m | Already closed | The Parlour (Gramercy)

Member Reviews (21)


Absorbing, Great acting, Relevant, Ambitious, Resonant
Avg Score

Important play / well-written / must-see, Mind-blowing / oppressive yet eye-opening, Well-staged in awkward claustrophobic venue, Intense & serious w/a side of wit & humor, Resonant / authentic / nurturing / relevant / moving

See it if you want to experience an eye-opening slice of eastern european "modern" way of thinking. Unbelievable, but unfortunately SO true to form.

Don't see it if 105min of numerous scenes (w/in a non-changing set) re: a Muslim family in Chechnya, w/underlying LGBT questions, can't hold your attention.

Also Will not spoil the EXCELLENT twist.... Read more Read less

Not quite

See it if Some nice banter, well developed characters.A few good performances although accents totally unnecessary.

Don't see it if Improbable ending that doesn't really address the family's core problem.Should explore that more. Too long-lots of excess stuff.

Relevant, Absorbing, Edgy, Intense, Human

See it if you are human (as opposed to inhuman), love people as individuals, want to understand genuine oppression, or think you know all about Islam.

Don't see it if you think Islam is peace & light, gays are degenerates, favor honor killing, or think all religions are equally hateful & can't reconsider.

Slow start but grabs you

See it if religious beliefs taken to believable extreme. Costumes, set are extravagant. You enjoy plot twists.

Don't see it if not in the mood for heavy subjects - love, hate, religion, family, deception, murder. Intermissionless 2 hrs in non A/C space on camp chairs

Relevant, Resonant, Ambitious

See it if You, or someone you love, doesn't fit the "norm" of his/her society or religion.

Don't see it if If you are closed off or think homosexuality is a choice or a disease.

Also I was truly moved, and caught of guard by this piece. As a native New ... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant, Resonant

See it if you like absorbing, relevant theatre with great acting.

Don't see it if you're looking to see a light play or musical.

Also A bit long at 1 hour and 45 minutes with no intermission but absorbing... Read more Read less

Extraordinary, Great acting, Riveting, Must see, Intelligent

See it if For great acting&directing. Dark humor Immediately follows serious and profound dialog and action, brilliant.entire play is sensational.

Don't see it if don't enjoy serious or thought proboking theater

Absorbing, Entertaining, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Riveting

See it if you enjoy great plot line and insight into a culture that is rarely viewed by the western eyes, clever storytelling and believable character

Don't see it if You are hung up on details and the math and geography of a play

Relevant, Thought-provoking, Ambitious

See it if you want to see a remote current event in three dimensions

Don't see it if you only want to be entertained

Intense slice of life, well-acted, wrenching, thought-provoking

See it if You want a glimpse of what folks face elsewhere and appreciate thoughtful, immersive theater

Don't see it if You can't deal with horrible sight-lines and a hot, airless theater

Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Funny, Poignant

See it if You want to watch excellent acting, concerning a family's attempt to save a man from oppression of homosexuality. You want funny, and drama

Don't see it if You cant sit thru 100 minutes no intermission. You dont like intimate studio theatre settings. You careless for deep storyline.

Absorbing, Profound, Relevant, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if you like different venues, well developed characters, great acting, intriguing theater

Don't see it if you can't handle being in a hot room where it is difficult to see the action.

Absorbing, Exquisite, Great acting, Profound, Riveting

See it if you like plays that are meaningful and thought-provoking with terrific acting

Don't see it if Everyone should see it!

Great writing, Relevant, Great acting, Absorbing, Must see

See it if You're looking for a show with a truly absorbing story and authentic, strong acting. I loved it.

Don't see it if Can't think of one reason why not to see it.

Also I thought this play was outstanding and highly recommend. A powerful s... Read more Read less

Must see, Great writing, Great acting, Great staging, Profound

See it if you like well written and acted, moving theater. Entertaining, powerful, and filled with dry humor—may also cause you to wipe away tears.

Don't see it if Just see it.

Also Don't miss seeing this show - I'm hopeful it will move to an even bigg... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Ambitious

See it if You're interested in gay issues in Russia

Don't see it if You want air conditioning

Ambitious, Entertaining, Slow, Indulgent, Shallow

See it if You're interested stories about gay rights and family dynamics.

Don't see it if you like plays that move.

Indulgent, Shallow, Slow, Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if You're interested stories about gay rights and family dynamics.

Don't see it if you like plays that move.

Ambitious, Exquisite, Great acting, Must see, Riveting

See it if Beautifully written, powerful piece. Acted by a talented cast. You want to see early stages of a play sure to move on to bigger houses.

Don't see it if You can't do a slightly too long piece to not have an intermission (you are missing out if that's the only reason...)

Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if if you're interested in other cultures and seeing a play that isn't afraid of asking difficult questions.

Don't see it if you'd rather go to a musical.

Absorbing, Funny, Great acting, Great writing, Intense

See it if The Chechens is an intense, funny and vital production. The cast is phenomenal. A must see.

Don't see it if You don’t like intense theater.

August 10th, 2018
"This all-too-timely story (see a host of other countries around the world, as well as many states right here in the U.S.) reminds us about the cost of taking away equal rights. Kot, Sokolovskaya, and Ionina are all amazing...At times delightful, experimental, and thought-provoking, with director...
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