In Previews: Opens Sep 21 | Soho/Tribeca

The Invention of Tragedy

From 6 member  reviews
Members say: Great acting, Edgy, Confusing, Quirky, Ambitious

About the show

This absurdist work about a chorus of students trying trying like the devil to tell a simple story offers an examination of the post-9/11 world. Part of the Flea's "Mac Wellman: Perfect Catastrophes" series. More…

From the show:


A chorus of students, all alike and all unalike, are trying like the devil to tell a simple story—perhaps the story about the tragedy of the Sandwich Man, with sandwich boards upon which nothing is written, and hence, say nothing. The Invention of Tragedy is Wellman’s examination of the post-9/11 world and America’s general and genial acceptance of the Iraq war.

Member Reviews (6)


Great acting, Edgy, Confusing, Quirky, Ambitious
Avg Score

During previews
Confusing, Excruciating

See it if You want to see a play where a bunch of girls are dressed as animals. It’s very weird and zany

Don't see it if You like to understand what is going on. I was confused by the first 30 seconds and none of the play made sense to me

Also I did not intend to see this play tonight my plan was to see another p... Read more Read less

During previews
Great acting, Edgy, Absorbing, Confusing

See it if you're a Mac Wellman fan (and everyone should be, really), i.e., you know what you're getting into. Confusing but powerful, great production

Don't see it if you expect to come out with a well formulated idea of what you've seen.

Also The language is intentionally and exquisitely non-linear, at times obt... Read more Read less

During previews
Quirky, Ambitious, Enchanting

See it if You enjoy poetic language, physical comedy, and fables.

Don't see it if You like plays where people sit on couches and TV style naturalistic dialogue

During previews
Insane, Great acting, Delightful

See it if You like experimental. You have an open mind & imagination. You've never seen a Mac Wellman play before (like I hadn't). Fun before drinks!

Don't see it if Don't see it if you often find yourself saying "I don't get it" after a show

During previews
Refreshing, Edgy, Great acting, Entertaining, Funny

See it if you want to experience quirky, fun and experimental theater. It's beautifully directed with gorgeous music and amazing costumes & dance.

Don't see it if you only like traditional theater. This is different than what you may find on Broadway, but will still appeal to fans of musical theater!

Also To newbies of the playwright of Mac Wellman: Mac writes odd plays!! Go... Read more Read less

During previews
Quirky, Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Hilarious, Clever

See it if You're in the mood for a healthy dose of experimental theater in downtown Manhattan

Don't see it if You feel like being spoon-fed an easy show. The Music Man is probably playing somewhere...

“The Invention of Tragedy” hasn't been reviewed by any Critics (yet!)

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