The Itch NYC Reviews and Tickets

41%
(28 Reviews)
Positive
14%
Mixed
25%
Negative
61%
Members say
Confusing, Disappointing, Slow, Excruciating, Indulgent

About the Show

Throes Theater presents a multimedia work exploring sibling love, addiction, and how far we’ll go to save ourselves and others.

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Member Reviews (28)

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69
Ambitious, Edgy, Intense, Great acting, Relevant

See it if you enjoy watching the tension in dysfunctional families presented in a new way with technology sometimes enhancing, sometimes distracting.

Don't see it if you cannot tolerate loud disruptions, multiple media presentations, choking smoke from herbal cigarettes and interrupting mechanical sounds.

65
Overrated, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Ambitious

See it if you like to view shows in an intimate space. (Great sight lines) Also, some credit must be given for effort.

Don't see it if You expect a fun musical comedy. I always wonder re:the same person being the writer and the actor in the same play. Yes the effort is there

34
Confusing, Disappointing

See it if you want to see some good acting by the leads

Don't see it if poor use of multimedia disturbs you. The fear of an author to directly confront their themes is problematic. Read more

53
Entertaining, Confusing, Disappointing, Dizzying, Slow

See it if You want to see a show that is confusing and all over the place. You want to see a play about siblings and their struggles.

Don't see it if You want to see a play that is easy to follow. Read more

50
Great acting, Confusing, Intense, Slow, Thought-provoking

See it if you appreciate challenging, creative, disturbing, dark, real drama of dysfunctional family, raw emotion, twins' sibling devotion and empathy

Don't see it if you prefer light comedy, musicals, clear plot, conflict resolution, and theme with all characters, not only Mills, live onstage. I was lost.

40
Confusing, Disappointing, Excruciating, Indulgent, Sister and brother mental health issues confusingly explored; more suitable for a therapist's couch than a theatrical performance.

See it if You like the idea of thanklessly puzzling over the mental problems of some rather uninteresting somewhat dislikable people.

Don't see it if You'd prefer being entertained or edified in some way, rather than puzzled and annoyed.

10
Confusing, Excruciating, Boring, Just awful

See it if I can't think of anyone who would want to see this play. It really made no sense at all. Not sure what the message was

Don't see it if You value your time. This was one of the worst plays I ever saw. No intermission so it was impossible to leave til the bitter end! Read more

41
Excruciating, Banal, Disappointing, Insipid

See it if I can't think of a reason and feel bad for the actors who put in their time and energy to make this work.... but it didn't.

Don't see it if that's what I would suggest.

Critic Reviews (7)

TheaterScene.net
September 7th, 2017

"'The Itch' is tedious, seemingly pointless and has patches of intrigue...Boredom or mild interest are the likely possibilities...The cast does their best by the material with their strong characterizations...Ms. Buchheister’s physical staging is efficient and adeptly melds all of the elements into a slowly paced yet endurable 90 minutes...Ultimately, if accepted on its own self-consciously unconventional terms, 'The Itch' is a fitfully engaging experience."
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Theatre is Easy
September 9th, 2017

"There are some loose ends protruding from the shocking surface, and that is the play’s main sin...This descent deep into the void of forbidden love could benefit from some clarification. But...writer Zelman-Doring seems to be more interested in separate stitches, not the whole picture. The direction by Buchheister mimics this approach with interestingly staged scenes cobbled together as if in a hurry...The play ends abruptly, leaving the siblings pretty much where they started."
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Stage Buddy
September 6th, 2017

“A very nice new play…A smart and well-developed structure…Buchheister’s direction, a light touch with strong theatrical instincts, creates compelling moments as well…The play has some unhelpful unresolved questions, but the ambiguity of the core relationship gave the work an American honestly I appreciated. Awesome, another awesome, and super sad, American family play.”
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Front Mezz Junkies
September 6th, 2017

“The main problem lies in the disconnected writing that has no sequence of events, nor any cause and effect from moment to moment, and the direction that fails to make sense of it all…They blindly drive forward recklessly sprouting lines and scenarios void of realistic emotional engagement, sequential logic, nor any connection to the shabby world around them…It is basically dead on arrival.”
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T
September 6th, 2017

“A work in progress...By populating the stage with live actors and music, video projections, voice-overs, and prerecorded soundscapes, writer Zelman-Doring and director Buchheister split audience focus with, at best, no discernibly useful outcome, and at worst, unnecessary distractions…It would be fascinating to see a stripped-down theatrical version of this play...There is the potential for deeply resonating drama in these characters, but it’s all shielded behind the frills of multimedia.”
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T
September 13th, 2017

"The confusingly odd story...has a decidedly downtown feel and makes use of film and video projections as well as loud original punk sounding music...The staging, however, lacks tension despite the smart dialogue. And neither the actors nor the direction infuse the evening with an emotion-filled conflict that is necessary to bring the meandering story to a final unresolved fade-out."
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Opplaud
September 9th, 2017

"This thought-provoking story takes the dysfunctional family to extremes...If it sounds like this isn't exactly the feel-good story of the summer, then you get the point: it's not the place to bring the kids for a taste of cutting-edge theater. But if you're looking for a play that isn't afraid to take what most people consider taboo and insist that you look the demon in its eyes, then this is a story for you."
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