Part of FringeNYC: The Muscle in Question is a magical realism full length play in one act about how the technical structure of a human’s brain has an effect on their day to day well-being, experiences and existence. More…
Categories: Drama, Local. Written by Samantha Stone. Directed by Mariana Rose Benjamin.
"The plot is impressively intricate. Unfortunately, this leaves the play feeling unfocused and overlong; a tighter arc might have allowed for deeper emotional investment...Because we are not given a chance to know the characters before they must confront matters of life and death, the dialogue doesn't always feel earned...The play lacks the profundity that it seems to be aiming for. Instead, it hits the audience over the head with ideas that might have worked better as subtext." Full Review
See it if you'd like to see a sweet, light, deft touch applied to a play where the subject matter is brain cancer and brain aneurysms.
Don't see it if experience would have you not want to deal with this subject matter, or you'd be bothered seeing it handled with grace instead of misery.
See it if you want to see a young woman stand out in an otherwise unsatisfying play.
Don't see it if you want to hear all the dialogue as most of the actors don't project enough to be heard over the noisy air conditioner.
See it if You like plays in the theme of "The Notebook" with worse dialogue and character development.
Don't see it if You were expecting anything mature, earned, or well-written. You know anybody with cancer.
See it if You like great character development and have an interest in psychology. If you like original theatre and want to support young talent.
Don't see it if You're troubled by illness and heavy topics, but there is much more to this play than that!
See it if Science does not solve everything. The play explains the concept of love, faith, and family is needed to win.
Don't see it if In all honesty, the only complaint I have would be the little leg room, but all great theaters have that.
See it if You want to experience a heartbreaking, poignant exploration of illness and how it affects those around it.
Don't see it if The subject matter of brain cancer and illness will be triggering for you!
See it if I found this play to carry genuine emotion in a world that was both scientific and fantastical. every character has a story to tell
Don't see it if you are triggered by illness or the conversations that may come with it.