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The Floor is Lava (LaMaMa)

From 30 member  reviews
Members say: Great acting, Intense, Absorbing, Relevant, Great writing

About the show

Set in a world consumed by social media, "The Floor Is Lava" follows a group of millennials struggling with success, jealousy, and the true meaning of connection. More…

In high school, Sean was voted “Most Likely to Succeed.” Ten years later, and not where he expected to be in life, he reunites with his high-school buddies at the launch party of their friend’s hugely successful app.


Member Reviews (30)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great acting, Intense, Absorbing, Relevant, Great writing
82
Avg Score

80
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Very good acting, Absorbing

See it if you want to see a smart, thoughtful look at Millennials transitioning from coddled youth to self-reliant adults and facing success & failure

Don't see it if u expect a typical slacker comedy about typical 20-somethings. [There are laughs here, but it's a more sober, wiser look @ life's struggles]

88
Well-played, Well-plotted, 20-something, Intense, Affecting

See it if you’d like to experience an affecting, disturbing look at the plight(s) of a class of millennials as they try to attain full adulthood.

Don't see it if deeply probing psychological naturalism is not your bag.

Also “The Floor is Lava” never transcends psychological naturalism, a form ... Read more Read less

87
Absorbing, Great acting, Resonant, Great staging, Intense

See it if relationship driven dramas excite you. Four school friends explore the changes that have occurred in a few years of real world living.

Don't see it if you like your theater light. The drama is interpersonal and stunning.

88
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Intense, Great acting, Great writing

See it if you enjoy well-written plays that ring true, this one about millennials in the age of social media employment and life. Good direction & set

Don't see it if you are not interested in the pressures on the young workforce today or do not like dealing with other people's tensions, sometimes loud!

71
Had the potential to be much better

See it if You want an honest look at how friends are not always happy for their friends when they become successful

Don't see it if You are not interested in a play about millennials who are spoiled and realize their lives don’t move in a straight line

Also I know this is going to sound weird but I like everything about this p... Read more Read less

94
Insightful, Genuine, Riveting, Resonant, Great writing

See it if you had a quarter-life career crisis within the last 5-10 yrs; are/know someone who was successful (like Series C successful) in their 20s.

Don't see it if your job isn’t a big part of identity. May interest less if your work is indisputably useful—like medicine, military, primary education.

Also A total gem. There is a huge audience for this show, but unfortunately... Read more Read less

83
Quality direction and writing, Interesting, Solid staging, Great acting

See it if you want to see a show with fine acting, staging, and direction about a topic most of the audience can relate to.

Don't see it if you want to see show where you have a deep connection to the characters. If you don't mind a too hopeful, unrealistic conclusion.

Also I never felt any great connection to any of the characters, but they w... Read more Read less

77
Good acting, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Intense

See it if You can appreciate a show about growing up together, going separate ways and meeting or not meeting expectations

Don't see it if You only enjoy happy experiences and endings

89
Relevant, Intense, Great acting, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You like to see a small, talented cast, off-off-Broadway. All 4 actors were phenomenal in this 100-minute play. Totally for millennials,

Don't see it if Although an older crowd can enjoy it. Lots of drinking, cussing, and drugs. My only gripe is, it could've been possibly 10-minutes shorter.

Also The same point kind of got beaten into our heads, but, great writing, ... Read more Read less

66
Navel gazing, Boring

See it if The lead actor is very good.

Don't see it if Every conversation is self analytical or examining relationships.Characters over dramatized everything. I just didn't care about any of them

69
Cliched, Ambitious, Slow, Relevant, Good acting

See it if you are interested in seeing someone go through existential crisis for the duration of 1 hr 45 mins.

Don't see it if you don’t like repetitious dialogue or don’t care for “millennial problems”.

90
Intense, Great staging, Great acting, Funny, Absorbing

See it if you are interested in the "social media" generation, the ups and downs of life's choices, the twists and turns of friendship

Don't see it if you want something fluffy or musical, watching alcohol and drug abuse offends you

Also the acting was sensational even if the writing wasn't always believabl... Read more Read less

60
Uneven

See it if You want to see a new work about jealous and ambition.

Don't see it if You want to see a polished piece.

Also The script has potential but makes its point early and circles that po... Read more Read less

83
Great writing, Relevant, Entertaining, Great acting

See it if You want to see a serious relevant story of friends and how they relate to one another

Don't see it if You like comedy and musicals

92
Intense, Thought-provoking, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you have wondered whether socially defined “success” will lead to happiness; powerful chemistry between male leads; great atmosphere control

Don't see it if Everything happens in La Mama’s basement theatre, staircases may be problematic; 1hr40min without intermission, need big bladder

85
Relevant, Intelligent, Great acting, Entertaining, Clever

See it if Interesting story in the social media age of twenty-somethings dealing with success and failure. Good acting, storyline and kept me engaged.

Don't see it if You prefer a lighter subject matter.

92
Must see, Intense, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you appreciate great writing and superb acting. 4 actors, one set, tons of intense dialogue and emotion - real struggle w/friendships/career

Don't see it if its a bit long with no intermission or let up in intensity

79
Relevant, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if A probing play questioning the meaning of success for millennials. Is it money? Friendship? Satisfaction with one’s day?good questions

Don't see it if Somewhat long play with no intermission is off putting. No interest in meaning of success in today’s money hungry society

62
Thought-provoking, Slow

See it if a new play about mid 20 year-olds facing disappointment in their futures appeals to you.

Don't see it if if the above doesn't appeal to you.

Also The play starts strong but wanes about 30 minutes in. It could use som... Read more Read less

75
Irrelevant, Intense, Great acting

See it if enjoy high school reunion type parties that define a characters' place in the hierarchy of society and watching actors argue in every scene.

Don't see it if you want to see something more meaningful, I'm not sure this millennium story is worth telling, but the acting was great.

80
Intelligent, Great staging, Absorbing, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if You like stories about young adults who have lost their way, interested in the pressure to always succeed, the ugly side of friendship

Don't see it if You don’t like plays without an intermission, are sick of millennials and their arrogance, don’t enjoy plays that are one continual scene

Also Fantastic direction and sensational performances carry this play and m... Read more Read less

88
Ambitious, Entertaining, Funny, Absorbing

See it if If you like plays involving personal life issues between friends and how they deal with them.

Don't see it if If you don't like shows that deal with personal issues and would like to see something more light hearted.

83
Intense, Relevant, Great writing, Great acting

See it if you enjoy superb acting and great writing

Don't see it if if you prefer light topics and musicals and are indifferent to struggles of millennials

76
Intelligent, Highly strung, Great acting, Intense

See it if you'd enjoy an intelligent well acted play about millennials facing existential crises and billion dollar pay outs.

Don't see it if you' prefer a more breezy play or musical. Some scenes intense and unrelenting.

89
Great writing, Resonant, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you can empathize with the "quarter-life crisis" and the challenges of not exactly knowing your way.

Don't see it if you have a tiny bladder (1:45 - no intermission!) or don't give a hoot about 20-somethings, even though you might have been one yourself!

Also This is a very intriguing story about love, friendship, careers, and t... Read more Read less


May 10th, 2019
"Like a 20-something Sorkin, Alex Riad has written a serious story of struggle for identity, connection, and success using crackling humor and genuine feeling. The dialogue is simultaneously realistic and punny...At an hour and 45 minutes, the road to resolution is a little long, though the ultim...
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