The Conduct of Life
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The Conduct of Life

The Conduct of Life NYC Reviews and Tickets

(34 Ratings)
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Intense, Absorbing, Great acting, Edgy, Thought-provoking

About the Show

Boundless Theatre presents María Irene Fornés’ critically acclaimed drama, which presents an unflinching portrayal of the intersection between political and personal violence.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (34)

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800 Reviews | 252 Followers
Intense, Edgy, Clever, Relevant, Disturbing

See it if Stunning scenes of soldier's family members coping w/ his violent depravity. Creative staging and lighting intensify the disturbing script.

Don't see it if Torture and sexual abuse. Loss of humanity, emotional pain, and extreme anger. Terrified family. Makes its point; you won't forget it.

287 Reviews | 32 Followers
Intense, Thought-provoking, Confusing

See it if you are able to make connections between different plot lines

Don't see it if violence depicted onstage is a trigger for you. Read more

195 Reviews | 86 Followers
Intense, Well-designed, Uneven acting, Welcome fornes revival

See it if you appreciate Fornes' elliptical plays and want to see a spare but solid revival of one her compact, dreamlike plays

Don't see it if you're triggered by stage depictions of violence, psychological or physical; you don't like claustrophobic environments Read more

66 Reviews | 15 Followers
Disappointing, Great acting, Intense

See it if you don't have especially high expectations because it's by Irene Fornes; good acting can make an otherwise unappealing play worthwhile.

Don't see it if you can't deal with a play in a tiny, almost claustrophobic space that is relentlessly and almost exclusively about violence against women.

772 Reviews | 148 Followers
Edgy, Intense, Absorbing, Confusing, Voilence

See it if Very intense story a man that wants power and what he does to get the power.

Don't see it if Deals with torture sexual abuse. You want a happy story with music, singing, dancing. Read more

192 Reviews | 25 Followers
Cliched, Edgy, Indulgent, Great staging, Dated

See it if you must see all of Fornés oeuvre

Don't see it if if you have no patience for an extended sketch with only moments of humor and insight Read more

442 Reviews | 127 Followers
Absorbing, Intelligent, Relevant, Intense, Confusing

See it if you enjoy brutal depictions of cruelty and violent behavior which escalates as the production drags it's way to the finish.

Don't see it if you need a more easily understood plot and dislike the depiction of brutality and cruelty on stage; you don't care for minimalist productio

605 Reviews | 145 Followers
Disappointing, Great concept, poor execution

See it if you believe man is inherently evil or stupid

Don't see it if you want to a show to follow through on the first stage setting scene Read more

Critic Reviews (1)
September 16th, 2018

"A raucous yet insightful fantasia about military oppression taking its toll on the populace...The play is structured as 19 short, often absurdly funny and sometimes unsettling scenes, some lasting just a few seconds, that total 75 fascinating minutes...Araoz’s vibrant staging perfectly realizes Fornés’ vision...Araoz also crucially guides the vivid performances that are on display...Granados achieves a grand portrayal of a Brechtian everyman."
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