Already closed | 1h 30m | Midtown W

The Eternal Space

From 6 member  reviews
Members say: Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great writing, Absorbing, Resonant

About the show

Developed in collaboration with the Architect Institute of America commemorating the demolition of the Old Penn Station, the play charts an unlikely friendship across the upheavals of the mid-1960s. More…

On October 28th, 1963 the demolition of New York's Pennsylvania Station begins. The wrecking crews work outside in the morning drizzle to dismantle a fifty-three-year-old architectural marvel. Inside, a construction worker turned photographer is running away from his past while an aging English teacher can't let his go. Their coincidental meeting begins a three-year conversation over the value of old and new, as one man fights to keep the station standing while the other is taking it down. 'The Eternal Space' aims to bring the Old Penn Station back to life while giving voice to the quiet lament of losing it half a century ago.

1h 30m | Already closed | Theatre Row / Theatre One (Midtown W)

Member Reviews (6)

MEMBERS SAY:

Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great writing, Absorbing, Resonant
77
Avg Score

65
Slow, Interesting subject, Flat, Relevant, Ambitious

See it if you are interested in the destruction of the original (magnificent) Penn Station. The loss to NYC resulted in other landmarks being saved.

Don't see it if you want a fully-engaging play. The dialogue wasn't all zippy. I zoned out some. The visuals, tho, were impressive (blown-up photos).

Also I'm catching up on old reviews. I was pleased to see Eternal Space to ... Read more Read less

78
Slow, Thought-provoking, Original, Relevant, Resonant

See it if you like a good story

Don't see it if you don't like historically relevant stories, slow stories.

75
Great staging, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if You love architecture and/or photography. *I like the parallel of the 2 characters tearing each other down & building each other back up.

Don't see it if You're looking for a history lesson about Old Penn Station. You prefer lighthearted plays with immensely likable characters.

100
Great writing, Must see, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Great acting

See it if You love a good story- the kind that sticks with you and you want to tell everyone you know all about it.

Don't see it if You want to see a musical.

100
Absorbing, Great writing, Great staging, Thought-provoking

See it if you love New York. This is a love letter to the city as it was, is, and will be. A timely reminder that nothing lasts forever, and that's ok

Don't see it if You think it's going to be a dry play about architecture or history.

100
Absorbing, Great writing, Profound, Refreshing, Relevant

See it if You are are a New Yorker or love New York. It has an amazing set that will transport you back in time to the New York of old.

Don't see it if You expect a over produced musical


November 20th, 2015
"Rivers has conceived a genial, but unexciting, odd-couple comedy that moves along its appointed track with the predictability of the 5:15 train from Hoboken...Clyde Baldo and Matthew Pilieci are true pros, who, under Mindy Cooper's solid direction, make their dialogue seem better than it is. The...
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November 16th, 2015
"'The Eternal Space' is a strangely gripping piece that works on several levels...This beautifully wrought creation features two splendid actors...The excellent direction is by Mindy Cooper. This wonderfully structured play was written by Justin Rivers, who is also the producer...Two nits that ne...
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November 26th, 2015
"Under the fine direction of Mindy Cooper this is essentially a poignant consideration of the station's legacy and its architectural grandeur…Despite this production being small in scale, it is nevertheless grandly empowered. Through the playwright's somewhat conventional plot device, we listen a...
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November 25th, 2015
"Mindy Cooper provides attentive direction that gives the actors the room they need to develop their characters and tell their stories. The two actors here are somewhat mismatched...Nonetheless, 'The Eternal Space' deserves a visit before it closes on December 6."
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