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New York | 1h 10m | Already closed

The Night of Blue and Salt (FringeNYC)

From 2 critic and 32 member reviews
Members say: Great acting, Great writing, Clever, Absorbing, Intelligent

About the show

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.

1h 10m | Already closed | 64E4 MAINSTAGE (East Village)


70
Theatre is Easy

"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

35
The Highlighter

"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


95
Original, Refreshing, Great writing

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.

69
Intelligent, Disappointing

See it if Marital breakdown, aburdist-style writing

Don't see it if Sometimes the approach worked, sometimes it seemed posed and got in the way of connecting with the emotional landscape.

65
Thought-provoking, Disappointing, Overrated

See it if The premise of the play was interesting, but it didn't deliver.

Don't see it if At times the acting was juvenile. It was highly rated, but I was disappointed.

100
Clever, Epic, Great acting, Great writing, Entertaining

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!

100
Absorbing, Clever, Enchanting, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if You want to be enchanted, heartbroken, and inspired, by the magical writing and acting of a very talented up and comer!

Don't see it if you don't like to dream at night

100
Great acting, Intense, Profound, Riveting, Great writing

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.

100
Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if You want to be absorbed in an emotional roller-coaster that's relatable.

Don't see it if You are looking for something more light-hearted.

100
Funny, Dark, Absorbing, Clever, Thought-provoking

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.

100
Delightful, Great acting, Profound

See it if you are a human!

Don't see it if you're an idiot!

100
Absorbing, Enchanting, Exquisite, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if You are prepared to be challenged, stimulated and entertained.

Don't see it if you are more Tosh.0 than Charlotte Perkins Gilman

100
Absorbing, Resonant, Great writing

See it if You are a romantic living in the modern world. Aka. Human

Don't see it if You like fast cars, fire, explosions and/or Nicolas Cage.

100
Edgy, Great acting, Masterful, Profound, Great writing

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.

100
Funny, Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Romantic

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).

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

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.

100
Great acting, Profound, Resonant, Great writing, Entertaining

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.

100
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

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.

100
Intense, Riveting, Great writing

See it if you love drama and fantastic acting! You feel intimately connected to the character's marriage and leave feeling absorbed by it

Don't see it if You are looking for a comedy.

100
Great acting, Intelligent, Great writing

See it if If want to see a drama that is well written and is not a straight line.

Don't see it if If you only like straight line plays. Nicey Nice

100
Great acting, Intense, Thought-provoking, Must see, Profound

See it if you are looking for a more serious play with tones of dark comedy

Don't see it if you do not enjoy serious family/relationship story lines.

100
Clever, Delightful, Great acting, Intense

See it if The cast was great and the writer did an excellent job! Well done by everyone involved ESPECIALLY JENNA LANGBAUM!

Don't see it if You cant handle the truth about life!

100
Clever, Great acting, Intelligent, Great writing

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.

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

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!

100
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Great writing, Entertaining

See it if You enoy slightly whimsical theater of the absurd with dark undertones

Don't see it if You are sentivie to sad scenes and don't do well with blood

100
Great acting, Intelligent, Must see, Great writing

See it if YOU WANT TO ENTERTAINED TO THE BITTER END. VERY WELL WRITTEN !!

Don't see it if YOU DON'T HAVE AN IMAGINATION AND CAN'T EXPAND YOUR MIND.

100
Absorbing, Ambitious, Clever, Exquisite, Entertaining

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.