Already closed | 1h 35m | West Village

Nibbler

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)

MEMBERS SAY:

Entertaining, Funny, Quirky, Insipid, Great acting

65
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

67
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.

66
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

68
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

61
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.

During previews
68
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)


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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