Already closed | 1h 35m | West Village


From 17 member  reviews
Members say: Entertaining, Funny, Quirky, Insipid, Great acting

About the show

Rattlestick Playwrights Theater and The Amoralists present a dark comedy about a group of teenagers whose summer vacation is interrupted by an extraterrestrial encounter. More…

It's the summer of 1992 in Medford, New Jersey. Adam and his gang of friends face life after high school. Matt and Hayley are sweethearts who harbor secrets. Tara is hoping she can ditch state school for an Ivy education, and Pete needs to face his not-so-secret desires. But when the five encounter a mysterious visitor from another world, their lives are forever changed. A comedy about that time when everything and nothing seem possible.

1h 35m | Already closed | Rattlestick Theatre (West Village)

Member Reviews (17)


Entertaining, Funny, Quirky, Insipid, Great acting
Avg Score

Slow, Disappointing, Confusing, Good acting

See it if Tepid material from usually bold Amoralists Confused mash-up of coming of age teen drama & sci-fi terror movie Acting saves it (sort of)

Don't see it if Urban's poignant scenes of teens growing up undercut by ludicrous alien consumption subplot At times, plot veers toward the cliched

Thought-provoking, Great staging, Clever, Sad

See it if you want to see a play with a really fun and clever concept that sheds light on the ways life changes after high school.

Don't see it if low production values get in the way of your enjoyment of a play.

Entertaining, Great acting, Refreshing, Resonant

See it if You'd enjoy a fun coming-of-age tale about a group of teenagers growing up in a small town in NJ. The "alien" scenes are quite fun!!

Don't see it if You'd be offended by brief on-stage nudity (2 men and 1 woman).

Clever, Great acting, Intelligent, Must see, Relevant

See it if you want to see a real, raw and gritty show.

Don't see it if you want a happy play or if you don't want to think

Also The ammorlists are the best. they only do a few shows a year and they ... Read more Read less

Space alien turns nj teen repubican

See it if you like your teen angst dramedy spiced up with a space invader for no reason. Raunchy sex comedy introduced a kinda pathetic gay angle

Don't see it if good acting and direction still left me scratching my head. Most people in the audience liked it, though.

Entertaining, Funny, Intelligent, Quirky, Puppets

See it if You want to see a portrait of teenagers growing up and discovering themselves in an inventive way.

Don't see it if You have a problem with nudity because there is plenty of it (both male and female). Or if supernatural elements are a turn off.

Also I love Ken Urban and I think this play has a lot of potential but it n... Read more Read less

Quirky, Funny, Indulgent, Entertaining, Great acting

See it if you like the work of the Amoralists and enjoy a goofy approach to nostalgia.

Don't see it if you're tired of plays about groups of friends about to go their separate ways.

Entertaining, Great writing, Profound

See it if enjoyable coming of age type dramady; early 90's high school grad nostalga

Don't see it if you are offended by some brief nudity and graphic language

Banal, Disappointing, Insipid

See it if You want a play with " aliens ", nudity and teenagers dreaming about their future after graduating high school and discovering themselves

Don't see it if You don't have a very open mind. This play is kind of absurd and the story revolves around an alien landing on the jersey shore

Confusing, Insipid, Quirky, Thought-provoking

See it if You like your coming of age plays to be laced with monsters and random nudity. Premise isn't uninteresting but execution is inconsistent

Don't see it if you want more complex characters and a more original story, or if you have little tolerance for silly supernatural shenanigans

Excruciating, Indulgent, Insipid, Raunchy, Dizzying

See it if You like to witness a writer indulge his own history and angst.

Don't see it if You want an enjoyable time in the theater.

Funny, Entertaining, Disappointing

See it if You want a fun night out with friends that won't break the bank.

Don't see it if You are offended by onstage nudity.

Ambitious, Edgy, Intelligent, Refreshing

See it if you want a real portrayl of coming to age. The story is a lot. there's a lot going on, but the acting and story are engaging

Don't see it if nudity makes you uncomfotable...

Thought-provoking, Bold, Funny, Provocative, Magnetic

See it if you want to see a realistic comedy/drama about coming of age in the '90's which features a supernatural twist.

Don't see it if The sexually explicit scenes may be a bit too disconcerting for more sensitive audience members.

Also A coming-of-age mix of comedy and drama (with more than a touch of fan... Read more Read less

Fluffy, Quirky, Slow, Insipid, Great acting

See it if You're open to seeing plays with partial nudity

Don't see it if You're expecting to see a play with high-quality content

Also The play was just ok. The young actors have potential.

During previews
Cliched, Indulgent, Slow, Losers being clueless

See it if You are endlessly intrigued by aimless youths being so clueless that even a monster from outer space can't really shake up their world.

Don't see it if Your tolerance for sad sack youths being clueless and aimless is as limited as mine. I hated this show. (But I'm old)

During previews
Absorbing, Entertaining, Funny, Delightful

See it if you would enjoy a somewhat new spin on coming of age stories.

Don't see it if you don't like elements of the absurd.

Also Good production, acting (especially James Kautz) and an honest take on... Read more Read less

February 28th, 2017
“When it goofs off, it’s pretty negligible. But when it takes itself seriously, it matures into a melancholy comedy about growing up and apart...That Urban mixes memories with the cultural enthusiasms of his youth is understandable…But this ultimately distracts from the heart of the show, which i...
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February 28th, 2017
“Urban injects a supernatural element...It just feels like an 'SNL' sketch that goes on for way too long…We giggle at the absurdity of it all, but it shows us little we don't already know about the process of growing up…None of this is to say we don't appreciate Urban for taking formal risks with...
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February 28th, 2017
“As long as the play follows this particular pathway, it paints a more-or-less realistic portrait of Adam's struggles…But the playwright sidetracks us with two other plot lines, either of which might be better suited to a play of its own…The performances are well-delineated, but the play itself i...
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March 6th, 2017
"Ken Urban's new play 'Nibbler' opens on Christmas Eve, 2004, in Medford, New Jersey, when the overlapping dialogue and interruptions quickly evoke the early works of David Mamet. However, any comparisons with a great playwright stop there, unfortunately, at the beginning of the play."
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