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The Muscle in Question (FringeNYC)

Members say: Great acting, Absorbing, Great writing, Thought-provoking, Clever
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Critics
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Members
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22 reviews
 

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.

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Categories: Drama, Local. Written by Samantha Stone. Directed by Mariana Rose Benjamin.

 

Reviews (23)

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45
Avg Score

45
Theatre is Easy

"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

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80
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69
Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Slow, Meh

See it if you are interested in a rather boring plot concerning death and friendship; parenting

Don't see it if you are easily bored, don't enjoy somewhat insipid characters.

82
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if You like good human comedy drama and are interested in brain body emotions challenges

Don't see it if You are looking for light raucous entertainment

81
Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Resonant

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.

94
Ambitious, Delightful, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Profound

See it if You want to see what the brain's heart looks like.

Don't see it if You're jaded and have dulled your feelings to a pulp.

45
Thought-provoking, Confusing, Disappointing

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.

45
Confusing, Disappointing, Excruciating, Cliched, Overrated

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.

85
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent

See it if looking for a good drama; good acting by all, but most notably the girl.

Don't see it if you are super demanding; this is fringe -- rewrites will be applied later...

100
Original, Clever, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Great writing

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!

93
Absorbing, Clever, Enchanting, Great acting, Great writing

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.

100
Ambitious, Edgy, Profound, Great writing

See it if You are interested in cerebral and philosophical plays

Don't see it if You want an upbeat happy go lucky show

80
Great acting, Romantic, Great writing

See it if You like family drama

Don't see it if Are wanting a suspenseful thriller

95
Profound, Resonant, Great writing

See it if You want to see great writing and strong performances.

Don't see it if You are uncomfortable with medical discussions

95
Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great writing

See it if you want to be engrossed in a brilliantly written play.

Don't see it if You don't like uncomfortable situations.

100
Enchanting, Resonant, Great writing

See it if You like serious dramas with a refreshing dash of comedy

Don't see it if Illness scares you

88
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Intelligent, Resonant

See it if You want to think, want some family drama

Don't see it if You are triggered by illness, are looking for something upbeat

97
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Masterful

See it if You want to see the domino effect of how you touch others

Don't see it if you might be triggered by illness

100
Original, Absorbing, Great acting, Must see, Great writing

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.

99
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Great writing

See it if You want to have something to think about after you leave the theatre

Don't see it if You are looking for something light and frothy.

100
Absorbing, Clever, Enchanting

See it if You like thought provoking theater with very human characters

Don't see it if You are triggered by illness

100
Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Quirky, Great writing

See it if You like to contemplate the human experience.

Don't see it if You have trouble with heavy themes.

100
Absorbing, Great acting, Romantic, Great writing, Entertaining

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!

50
Indulgent, Banal, Cliched, Insipid, Slow

See it if Younger crowd that won't have seen similar cliches before

Don't see it if You've seen any other dramas about illness or love