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The Milkman's Sister

Members say: Great acting, Absorbing, Intense, Relevant, Thought-provoking
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Members
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13th Street Repertory Company presents a new family drama set in the Bronx during the Cuban Missile Crisis.

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'The Milkman’s Sister' takes place inside a Bronx tenement in October 1962, when nuclear annihilation was seemingly just hours away. Despite a historic last-minute reprieve from atomic disaster, the residents are still devastated. The nerve-wracking countdown to their impending deaths unleashes an explosion of heroism, cowardice, and delusion for an overweight housewife, an unemployed milkman, an angry supervisor of hospital linen, and their neighbors.

 


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80
Village Voice

"As destruction comes to seem more certain, the characters aim their worries at each other, revealing long-boiling resentments, particularly the strain and abuse that defines the central marriage. Director Joe Battista and the committed cast let the drama run excitingly wild — by the end, the floor is coated in the spaghetti and milk from a dinner gone wrong, the remnants of a family in pieces but still pushing on." Full Review

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79
Absorbing, Intense, Thought-provoking, Quirky, Entertaining

See it if You like plays about historical events. You want to be entertained. You don't mind slow moving scenes. You remember milk being delivered

Don't see it if You don't like plays about historical events. You don't want to laugh. You don't want to see the meek become strong and find their voice.

Also This play moves slow at times but I must say that the actors did well ... Read more Read less

59
Cliched, Slow, Dated

See it if You want to see life in the Bronx from the 60's in a very stereotypical manner

Don't see it if You are used to more contemporary approach to drama

89
Absorbing, Intense, Relevant

See it if you think 30 year old plays can be as relevant today as when they were written. A plus for the minmal sets and gratis wine and snacks.

Don't see it if you don't like history or the events which inspired the news. Or if you need a bigger theater and ellaborate sets

90
Funny, Absorbing, Clever, Great acting

See it if You are a fan of history, the Bronx, and like a melodramatic type of play told with great acting and staging.

Don't see it if Just see it! Warning....if you are turned off by flying food, stay away. Sitting in the first row is risky!

75
Great acting, Intense, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Slow

See it if complex interrelationships, effect of extreme fear and helplessness on them and overwhelming compulsion to status quo fascinate you

Don't see it if you have a short attention span, tire, abhor violence, psychological/physical abuse and stereotypes, or avoid reminders of current threats

74
Intense, Thought-provoking, Slow, Good acting

See it if Historically compelling melodrama; mash-up of Chayefskian kitchen sink realism & Strangelovian nuclear paranoia. Powerful acting by leads.

Don't see it if Extremely slow & verbose first act nearly implodes piece; jump starts with arrival of abusive husband/vet Burt (explosive Dan Yaiullo)

69
Ambitious, Intense, Melancholy

See it if You are comfortable with promising but uneven writing - You like working class stories - You are comfortable with conflict

Don't see it if You want happy, you are looking for polished

Also The premise of the Cuban Missile crisis is interesting as a point of c... Read more Read less

79
Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Apocalyptic

See it if You like realistic drama, are into depressing world events and their domestic fallout, like good acting, enjoyed the movie "Marty"

Don't see it if You only like costume dramas, are already too depressed by the last election to think further about the threat of nuclear war or misogyny

Also Interesting play highlighting an emotionally abusive relationship betw... Read more Read less

60
Indulgent, Disappointing, Excruciating, Insipid

See it if you want to watch the interactions of family in the 60's when faced with a crisis.

Don't see it if If you don't want to sit in a tiny theatre for 2.5 hours watching people yell at one another.

Also The first act was interesting as you got to know the family. The secon... Read more Read less

45
Indulgent, Disappointing, Excruciating, Slow, Too long

See it if You know someone with the production. You're ready to hear philosophical musings on milk, jigsaw puzzles & jellybeans(really).

Don't see it if You want multi-dimensional characters: each character has 1 trait that will be played again & again. You want a sharp, polished play.

88
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if You like shows that are based on historical events. Great characterizations are important to you. Plays about family relationships intrigue.

Don't see it if You are looking to see a comedy. Although there are a few comedic moments in this new play it is thought provoking and serious and terrific

85
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Relevant, Great writing

See it if you like well made plays with strong monologs. Set on a night when the world appeared to be ending makes it relevant for lots of us today.

Don't see it if violence on stage upsets you. The characters believe the world is ending which releases a lot of truth and pain with some strong physicality

65
Excruciating, Slow

See it if you are interested in the interaction people have with each other when they think they are going to die

Don't see it if you want something lighthearted, enjoyable, comedic

Also The play felt like it would never end. Was very disappointed in the wa... Read more Read less

89
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Intense, Riveting

See it if you enjoy great acting. All of the cast was excellent; Concetta Rose Rella was amazing!!!

Don't see it if you find watching a dysfunctional family, especially emotional abuse in a marriage, painful; you prefer something light.

Also After the first act, I was a huge fan of this play. Unfortunately, the... Read more Read less

83
Great acting, Intense, Masterful, Relevant, Resonant

See it if Take The Honemooners, Sam Shephard, Cat On a Hot Tin Roof and throw in a little Twilight Zone believably during the Cuban Missile Crisis

Don't see it if You want to feel comfortable

69
Indulgent, Entertaining, Fluffy, Bloated

See it if You like acting that elevates a weak faux-Shepard dysfunctional family script.

Don't see it if You're old enough to remember the time period depicted.

80
Funny, Ambitious, Clever, Great acting, Thought-provoking

See it if You like history, or '60-th.

Don't see it if You wait something extremly funny and light

81
Ambitious, Edgy, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if you enjoy the tension that fear can create with the ones you love.

Don't see it if you have not lived through the Cuban Missle Crisis or do not have an appreciation for the state of the Cold War world.

90
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Profound, Relevant

See it if you appreciate classic American drama a la Sam Shepard, Arthur Miller, Edward Albee. This is an off-Broadway gem with superb acting!

Don't see it if you're looking for something light and fluffy. There are plenty of laughs, but serious themes lurk underneath.

44
Excruciating, Slow

See it if friends of cast/crew, or intrigued by decent equity actors imprisoned by an overwrought script & director w/ no understanding of pacing

Don't see it if you can avoid it.

80
Funny, Delightful, Great acting, Great writing, Entertaining

See it if If you enjoy family bonding

Don't see it if If you can't discuss a difference of opinion among family members

69
Great acting, Confusing, Slow

See it if You lived through the time and can identify.

Don't see it if You are looking for a well staged show. There was too much going on...sorry.

94
Great acting, Intense, Riveting, Upsetting,

See it if You are looking for an intense, sad, upsetting window into unfulfilled lives set in the stressful shadow of the 1962 Cuban missile crisis.

Don't see it if You will be upset to see a lovely woman bullied and humiliated by her horrible husband.

Also The acting was exceptional, and I sat at the end of my seat entirely e... Read more Read less

88
Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Masterful

See it if you want a marvelously acted play about interpersonal relationships

Don't see it if you are looking for something that is light-hearted, you cannot accept sexual innuendo ( small amount)

Also This play is such more than the story of a family during the Cuban Mis... Read more Read less

75
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if You enjoy political dramas with an undercurrent of domestic troubles.

Don't see it if You enjoy light and fluffy comedies.