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.

78
Entertaining, Intelligent

See it if You are happy with a circular, repeating style, leaping forward and back in time, probing into family details, letting things seep in.

Don't see it if You need a logical plot, momentum, a sense of where you are and where things are going. Relax, no pressure, let it wash over you.

38
Banal, Excruciating, Indulgent, Irritating

See it if you enjoy anything that feels "lofty"

Don't see it if you want a piece with something to engage with. Read more

82
Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Riveting, Intelligent, Intense

See it if Questions about how realities and perceptions change over time, and how very complex ideas can be presented on stage intrigue you

Don't see it if You need a linear plot line or a lot of story, moments of confusion make you uncomfortable

80
Great acting, Worth seeing, Moving, intelligent, eloquent

See it if u like stream of consciousness poetry telling 2 families' stories touching on theater, food, deaths & life profoundly in 45minutes/genius

Don't see it if u don't appreciate david greenspan, a story that does not follow a linear path or experimental theater Read more

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Absorbing, Confusing, Disappointing, Indulgent, Intelligent

See it if You're a big fan of David Greenspan or you like the more experimental pieces the Starr usually programs.

Don't see it if You live far from Bushwick. Show length isn't everything, but this is only 45 minutes long and nothing happens. Subway ride there was longer Read more

94
Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Intelligent

See it if You want a fascinating, moving, poetic exploration of aging, memory, and the way the people we love slip away. Exquisitely directed. 45 min.

Don't see it if You hate non-narrative non-linear drama and feel cheated if you don't spend at least an hour in your seat.

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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