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The Hollower

From 21 member  reviews
Members say: Great acting, Ambitious, Confusing, Quirky, Absorbing

About the show

The New Light Theater Project presents Liza Birkenmeier’s new play, which tackles the perils of having a body in a repressed, imperialist, and moralistic world. More…

Otto is visited by an investigative podcaster who is half-pig, half-man. She also has a teenaged occult enthusiast houseguest who is making a claymation film about seventeenth century witchcraft in her kitchen. 'The Hollower' is a modern haunt-comedy exploring seventeenth century colonialism and how crowded isolation can be.

Member Reviews (21)


Great acting, Ambitious, Confusing, Quirky, Absorbing

Ambitious, Confusing, Great staging, Thought-provoking, Quirky

See it if Birkenmeier's feminist/anarchist dramedy is more confusing than coherent despite being well staged by Dodson & excellent lead de Courcy

Don't see it if It's rough going....brief staccato scene fragments coalesce around the bonding of a depressed love-sick lesbian & neurotic high school girl

During previews
Troubling, Point free, Earnest performances, Bag of tricks, Could give millenials a bad name

See it if have friends in cast, want 2 experience what Fellowship writers write, want to experiment with your tolerance, want 2 rate experimental work

Don't see it if cannot tolerate "experimental" theatre, need 2 see relationships and causation on stage, consider "absurdism" without intent as absurd

During previews
Confusing, Great acting, Quirky, Edgy, Entertaining

See it if You like strange, Lynchian, tweet plays that are big on weirdness and short on answers.

Don't see it if You like a clear plot and defined characters

During previews
Enchanting, Dizzying, Confusing

See it if you like things that border on the surreal, you wanna see some really good actors

Don't see it if you can't get swept up in some meaningful weirdness

Also feel like as a script this is a promising first go at something with a... Read more Read less

May 25th, 2018
“Aggressively quirky...A hermetically sealed experiment in extreme absurdism. It’s as if Wilkin was expressing the anticipated objections of critics wedded to oppressive Cartesian reason, and Birkenmeier chose to defy her own character and double down...What’s most frustrating is that this young ...
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May 25th, 2018
“The dialogue contains a lot of contemporary academic jargon and it all could be interpreted as some sort of Millennial exploration...Birkenmeier offers a tedious, vague and pointless surrealistic escapade...Strains to be funny and significant and tiresomely fails at both...Besides the fine perfo...
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June 1st, 2018
"There is something absolutely captivating about 'the hollower'...I was also enthralled by Kristy Dodson’s directorial choices. Her ambition is boundless and she pulls off some magical moments of stagecraft, rarely seen in Off Off Broadway. She resists pushing the absurdism of the piece too far.....
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May 25th, 2018
"Birkenmeier exploits Bit's eccentricity for all it's worth…The scenes dealing with Bit and Otto are relatively straightforward…Where the play…goes really off the rails is in depicting Otto's inner world...'The Hollower' is reminiscent in its exaggerated mix of the comically real and unreal of Ch...
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