The Things That Were There
The Things That Were There
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The Things That Were There NYC Reviews and Tickets

73%
(9 Reviews)
Positive
67%
Mixed
22%
Negative
11%
Members say
Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Confusing, Ambitious

About the Show

The Bushwick Starr and Abingdon Theatre Company presents this memory play and a meditation on loss from David Greenspan.

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Member Reviews (9)

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Lapidary, Touching, Uneven, Well played, Short

See it if you are a fan of David Greenspan's work & want to see it all, or you don't know his work & would like to see a short, simple specimen of it.

Don't see it if you are expecting a traditional play, or are unwilling to concentrate: the audience has to sift its way through multiple plot possibilities. Read more

75
Absorbing, Intense, Moving, Meditative

See it if A modern memory piece of overlapping losses, told from 5 characters points of view. Overtones of Our Town.

Don't see it if Confusing time lines. You have to stay focused, but with capable staging & actors, you will.

Critic Reviews (2)

The New York Times
October 13th, 2018

"A vaporous piece that is as much a remembrance of plays past as it is a portrait of time recaptured....Identities blur and time bends, as characters become themselves at different ages, coasting onto lonely tangents...Evans wisely keeps the performances from her five cast members at a meditative simmer that never boils over into declamation and melodrama."
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Theatermania
October 13th, 2018

"The play begins with five actors gathered in a semicircle around a polished wooden dining room table...It feels like a no-nonsense way to lay out the exposition. But then it goes on and on and on like that, with each character narrating his or her story, not necessarily in chronological order and with no regard for emotional build...At its best, 'The Things That Were There' conveys the strange logic that governs memory...Unfortunately, this play suffers from an oversaturation of significance."
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