Part of FringeNYC: Young love, a professional medical surgeon, whispers, a manic wife, a pool, a baby, Virginia Woolf, sauce, suicide, a psychic, death, a minnow, and one blue night tell the story of how love alters through the course of marriage and loss. More…
Categories: Drama, Comedy, Local. Written by Jenna Langbaum. Directed by Jenna Langbaum.
FROM THE ARTIST:
The Night of Blue and Salt follows WIFE and MAN, a couple who's young love rusts into a seemingly hopeless fate. WIFE, full of magic and manic, longs to be a writer, often speaking in lines of Sylvia Plath and Virginia Woolf. MAN, full of knowledge and numbers becomes a surgeon, speaking mostly in medical jargon and statistics. When WIFE and MAN endure the tragedy of losing their baby girl, their lack of communication is ultimately their greatest downfall. Written in the style of Theatre of the Absurd and riddled with dark humor, WIFE gradually dismantles the shackles of domesticity and a loveless marriage to be the dramatic feminist ingenue she always longed to be.
"A good as the acting is, 'The Night of Blue and Salt' does not have enough people working on it. The story is able to strike a chord because of its motifs, but the final execution does not live up to what could be a heartbreaking, even phenomenal, show. Still, the small team behind this piece are a force to be reckoned with." Full Review
"The whole thing begins quite quickly to feel cliche, and thoroughly blurs the line between Theater of the Absurd and simply unoriginal…It’s all melodramatic in a boring way, broken up with quotes by Virginia Woolf and statistics about hyposexual desire disorder. One wants to enjoy it, and almost can, but the framing of Theater of the Absurd makes it hard to tell if we’re supposed to enjoy it at all or if the sense of mild confusion and impression of ham-handedness was the playwright’s intent." Full Review
See it if You enjoy quick, poignant, and poetic language that strikes to the truth of a situation without sacrificing any of its unique romanticism.
Don't see it if You dont enjoy dark humor, absurdist elements, great female weirdrs.
See it if The show was amazing! The acting and script were unparalled. So intriguing and thought provoking! Two thumbs up for an excellent show! BRAVO
Don't see it if Everyone should see it!
See it if you want to be completely enthralled into this story of love and loss. It was captivating and had me laughing, crying and wanting more!
Don't see it if you are looking for something lighthearted. This play definitely gets inside of you.
See it if You want to be intellectually engaged by artful writing, comedic timing and compelling acting.
Don't see it if You like theatre firmly based in realism. Prepare for dark humorous absurdity.
See it if You are not afraid to be wowed. You want to watch three extremely talented actors perform. You are ready for an authentic and strong piece.
Don't see it if You can only enjoy positive stories.
See it if Strong performances all around! Tons of energy. Short and punchy story of a romance gone flat, even toxic. Loved it!
Don't see it if Trigger warning: this show meditates at length on suicide (should be clued by the mention of Plath and Woolf in the "about," but just FYI).
See it if You want something that will challenge your conventional view of 'happily ever after' after marriage.
Don't see it if You don't want your views/opinions challenged or see a thought provoking show.
See it if You are a fan of 19th and 20th century theatre masters like Ibsen, Strindberg, Artaud -- combined with a contemporary feminist perspective
Don't see it if You want to see a conventional, unoriginal naturalist play.
See it if You want to be challenged by a show's narrative. This show is absolutely fantastic and mirrors the audienence's perception of romance.
Don't see it if You are unwilling to have your views challenged. If you are close minded. If you are unwilling to see a play that could expand your reality.
See it if Not sure what Hailey the "critic" is talking about-I did not find this show to be absurd, cliche or unoriginal. Show was moving & well done!
Don't see it if If you don't like to support a talented set of young actors and actresses, then maybe another show is for you.
See it if I absolutely loved this performance! The script was very moving-full of dark humor and profound, beautiful moments between the characters!
Don't see it if This show is a must see! Don't miss it!
See it if Get the innocence of love.Complexity of marriage.Different human responses to tragedy & loss.Fragility of the heart & emotional well-being.
Don't see it if Can't face how life-changing & dark personal tragedies can be. They tear apart lives,families,love,relationships, & mental health.