Atlantic Theater Company presents Adam Rapp's new play about an adolescent abandoned as an infant who meets her mentally ill father for the first time. More…
Ellis Shook lives alone in a small duplex apartment in Kentucky. He works nights buffing floors, keeps to himself—except for the occasional game of Monopoly or Yahtzee with his neighbor—and always remembers to take his medication. When two teenage girls arrive at his doorstep one afternoon, their visit forces him to confront a tragic past while also offering him a glimpse of hope.
See it if you have endless patience for sloooow exposition. And for not-to-be-believed plot points and inconsistent characterizations.
Don't see it if you want the option to leave; it's performed with no intermission so you're held hostage. An unpleasant hour and a half, with little payoff.
See it if you like something slightly unusual but easy to get into, family & redemption stories, secrets revealed, characters not encountered before
Don't see it if you need everything explained right up front, have trouble with characters who may have done bad things, don't like yelling or silences
See it if You like a 1 hour 26 minute show to feel like twice that length. Or like slow moving shows with 2 minutes of a psychotic violent episode
Don't see it if You want to stay awake, as the story is very slow-moving and feels like something a kid would write.
See it if Adam Rapp is the greatest playwright of all time. I would score all of his plays on here above a 90. See this show!!!
Don't see it if If you are looking for a musical. I can't think of any reason not to see this show. Wish I could write more.
See it if You like shows about mental illness,broken families and rebellious teens Are OK with criminal situations Like to feel uncomfortable
Don't see it if You dislike foul language Are under age 16 Find severe mental illness uncomfortable to watch Dislike hideous crimes
See it if You want to see an unconventional family drama with good acting. Story is a bit episodic where it should be organic.
Don't see it if You are squeamish about mental illness.
See it if Like me, you love Adam Rapp and his sorely damaged characters who while unfamiliar, are recognizable as human to the core.
Don't see it if You want action and an upbeat plot involving "normal" people who don't have bad days or feel frustrated or think about killing themselves.
See it if you like theater that requires patience as the story unfolds. You're expected to wait and learn what the characters are all about.
Don't see it if you don't want to engage in the story of troubled people.
See it if you are a fan of Adam Rapp's work and enjoy intense, character-driven plays.
Don't see it if you prefer plot-driven plays or are uncomfortable with damaged characters in extreme emotional states.
See it if You are ready to test your own perceptions and values - it allows you to consider your own sense of risk, courage, fear, and honesty
Don't see it if You are in the mood for something traditional, comforting or light
See it if like slow building stories with intense emotional payoffs. beautiful performances from the cast
Don't see it if you're not patient or want a lot of action
See it if You like quirky characters dealing with mental illness.
Don't see it if You don't appreciate stereotyped characters inserted into a play to create unnecessary drama that could have arisen in a more authentic way.
See it if You're an Adam Rapp completist; you want a character study with uncommon characters in uncommon scenarios.
Don't see it if You don't want a play that almost feels like a documentary. It's less of an escape and more of a reminder of cold reality.
See it if You are looking for a fresh night of theatre. Heart wrenching and endearing story.
Don't see it if You want a light story. It's dark but not the usual Rapp experience.
See it if You like quirky character dramas about mental illness.
Don't see it if You don't appreciate stereotyped characters inserted into a plot to create drama that could have come organically.
See it if You like character driven shows. Really takes its time getting there but a fairly rich portrait is painted by the end. Worth the wait to me.
Don't see it if You're looking for Little Miss Sunshine. These characters are all broken and you have to work at times to even find something in common.