Already closed | 1h 30m | Brooklyn

The Dog, The Night, and The Knife

From 12 member  reviews
Members say: Confusing, Great acting, Intense, Thought-provoking, Great staging

About the show

J.U.S.T. Toys Productions presents this US premiere, an existentialist drama which centers around ideas of trust, safety, love, logic versus emotion, dream versus reality, and immortality versus murder. More…

In J.U.S.T Toys exploration of Mayenburg’s work, M is trapped in a nightmarish world full of blood-thirsty strangers - both human and canine. In this town, the desire to love becomes a desire to possess. In this town, “I want you” becomes “I want to eat you” and a lover quickly becomes prey— literally. Haunted by the demons of destruction, Younger Sister discovers new unfamiliar feelings towards M in an exploration of the possibility of love amidst a cannibalistic dystopia.

1h 30m | Already closed | Irondale Center (Brooklyn)

Member Reviews (12)

MEMBERS SAY:

Confusing, Great acting, Intense, Thought-provoking, Great staging
76
Avg Score

90
Gripping, Beautifully played, Beautifully staged, Nightmarish, Evocative

See it if you’d like to encounter a thrilling piece of contemporary European theater, or see a nightmare staged with admirable (if creepy) lucidity.

Don't see it if you are looking for a traditional play: In this production both subject matter & form are eccentric.

Also A young woman is running, not sure where she is. Her last memory is of... Read more Read less

72
Quirky, Intense, Great staging, Great acting, Confusing

See it if you like experimental theater with demanding acting, done very well, in the round, supported with excellent lighting and sound.

Don't see it if you want everything to make sense on its own - you have to fill in what is going on and some of the action is stuck-in-time repetition.

68
Curious incidents of the dog in the knife-time, Commanding, One-note

See it if you like surrealism performed with panache and precision.

Don't see it if you want a plot and characters that change.

80
Confusing, Intense, Great staging, Surreal, Thought-provoking

See it if you like existential dramas set in a surreal dystopian landscape. You're interested in the physical aspect of theater.

Don't see it if you want a fun, easy-to-follow plot with solid conclusions. You don't like surrealism. You can't get past the idea of a talking dog.

Also This dark and engaging play had me captivated from the first moment. S... Read more Read less

79
Thought-provoking, Intense, Edgy, Great acting, Dizzying

See it if you do not care about plot, like, at all.

Don't see it if you have control issues or you absolutely need things to make sense. You don't want to risk being showered with sand.

Also This play is so unusual, and it wouldn't ordinarily be my cup of tea, ... Read more Read less

82
Confusing, Dizzying, Edgy, Great staging, Great acting

See it if you want to see challenging, experimental theater done exceptionally well. Great acting, smart staging and wonderful production values.

Don't see it if you want a simple story told simply. It's complex and confusing.. but that may be the point.

62
Edgy, Entertaining, Confusing

See it if If you like edgy shows with complicated plots.

Don't see it if If you like shows that have a simple plot that are not edgy.

70
Intense, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Ambitious, Confusing

See it if You enjoy strange, slow-developing stories with repetitive themes, told by fantastic actors in an uniquely staged format.

Don't see it if You prefer traditional storylines with clear plot/objectives. This story folds in on itself, intentionally, and is interesting, but unclear.

80
Absorbing, Intelligent, Intense

See it if You like absurd dramas in the vein of Kafka.

Don't see it if You’re not into existential absurd fare.

69
A little thought provoking but mostly what is going on, Quirky, Entertaining, Confusing

See it if You like a well acted and produced experimental theater about dystopian world of violence and fear

Don't see it if YOU want a linear plot or musical or any standard theater

80
Meditative, Dream like

See it if You like dream like plays in a great space

Don't see it if You need realism or unambiguous storytelling

83
Absorbing, Great staging, Great acting, Profound, Thought-provoking

See it if You're into existential theater, European art theater or if you just want to try something different.

Don't see it if You have triggers like violence, blood. If you like happy, fun, big budget plays. If you want everything from the plot explained to you.


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