Already closed | 1h 30m | West Village

The Twentieth-Century Way

From 3 member  reviews
Members say: Great acting, Absorbing, Edgy, Intense, Profound

About the show

In the summer of 1914, Long Beach Police Department enlisted two actors to go into public restrooms to entice gay men toward sexual acts in order to arrest them. More…

Based on a little-known incident in LA history, this theatrical ride at Rattlestick Theatre explores the collision of reality and fantasy as two actors juggle various roles to entrap homosexuals for “social vagrancy” in public restrooms. But are they actually entrapping each other? Who they are and what they need is a mystery that deepens with every twist and turn.

1h 30m | Already closed | Rattlestick Theatre (West Village)

Member Reviews (3)


Great acting, Absorbing, Edgy, Intense, Profound
Avg Score

Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Great writing, Edgy

See it if you're looking for a smart, entertaining, engaging play performed by two astonishing actors. A fascinating piece of history told brilliantly

Don't see it if you like your theater simple and undemanding, or if you're offended by strong sexual situations or nudity.

Edgy, Great acting, Clever, Absorbing

See it if you're into intense storytelling with a small cast

Don't see it if you have an issue with full frontal male nudity.

Absorbing, Great singing, Intense, Profound, Slow

See it if you enjoy the long build up.

Don't see it if you are looking to dive into a play from the beginning and not after the break.

June 5th, 2015
"These meta-theatrical tangles and the self-conscious musing are the least interesting parts of this frequently involving play. Mr. Jacobson has a habit of stating his themes too baldly and the ending is a blunder...Better than this writerly game-playing are the opportunities the script affords t...
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June 3rd, 2015
"I found most of the meta-shenanigans annoying and, oddly, overliteral. Because the 1914 betrayals and seductions were, on the other hand, quite touching, I just kept wishing Jacobsen had stuck with that, and left his Stoppard pretentions at the stage door. But apparently the 21st-century way is ...
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June 3rd, 2015
"The script is clever and self-aware, not as a means to be cute or wink at the audience, but always in service to the story...'The Twentieth-Century Way' matches its formal rigor with thought-provoking content...The 'Twentieth-Century Way' raises all of these issues without beating you over the h...
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June 3rd, 2015
"'The Twentieth-Century Way' is a potentially engrossing but somewhat pretentious work...The story’s focus gets diffused in the pyrotechnics of its performance... Straight or gay, it’s hard to follow an ambiguous discussion when the speakers’ private parts are publicly staring you in the face."
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