softFocus presents the world premiere of this satire starring Tony nominee Austin Pendleton as a veteran theater professor of an MFA playwriting program. More…
Ward Stein (Pendleton) presides over his class. Posters from old productions of his plays adorn the walls. There's a framed Obie Award, bookcases crammed with tomes, a table, chairs, and a boombox. His students range in age from early to late 20s. Kris and Zorick get ready to read Riley's play as the other students look on...
See it if you like plays about theater. TW is compelling w/ focus on writers (not actors). Fine ensemble acting, but Pnd'ton had some trouble w/lines.
Don't see it if discussions of theater seem pretentious .Or digressions annoy you (long one re: child molestation). TW needs cutting. Easily 30 mins.
See it if you want to see some very talented actors (incl. the masterful Austin Pendleton) play out a fascinating polemic on the art of playwriting.
Don't see it if you have no interest in modern drama or the insight into the writing process; you're uneasy in intimate settings (ie, an audience of 40).
See it if you love theater and what makes theater.. Austin Pendleton is superb. The setting is great. It is perfect for anyone who wants to write .. .
Don't see it if Only about 40 seats Only two more weeks to the run.
See it if You enjoy theatre about the theatre. You like satire. You enjoy site-specific theatre. You like being up close to the performers.
Don't see it if You have no interest in theatre that talks about itself. You dislike small performing spaces. You don't like theatre about the process.
See it if You like smart ideas that are written, acted & staged well. It helps if you are versed in lit & dramaturgy, but it's compelling regardless.
Don't see it if Don't like teensy spaces where you're on top of actors. Not lots of action, & talky by design. Profanity/raunchy sex talk (lots) 1st scene.
See it if You have a good knowledge of theatre and its history. You want to see characters with interesting stories
Don't see it if Want something easy and light
See it if you can appreciate a funny, intelligent take on the conflict between millennials and baby boomers and how they define theater.
Don't see it if you have no familiarity with theater history.
See it if Self-referential play about MFA playwriting class that uses up all ideas in act 1: emo needy has-been prof, inappropriate relationship, in-
Don't see it if articulate & illiterate would-be authors, preening successes but ignores only student of color. Even MFA students can leave at intermission.
See it if You want to see a compelling, tender, and real story told by a master actor and his ensemble.
Don't see it if You can't sit for 2 1/2 hours in a tiny space, virtually on top of the actors.
See it if you're interested in "academic" theatre; are a theatre professional;have read /seen many famous American plays; are an Austin Pendleton fan.
Don't see it if you want somethng light; don't have a fairly good background in American theatre history; don't like "talky" plays.
See it if you luurrrrrrve theater and well written, well-crafted plays. Loved the insider jokes, the sarcasm, the sadness and the great performances.
Don't see it if you don't have strong opinions of NYT theater critics - really don't.
See it if You want insight into theater writing, and how success and failure affects the writer,while being entertained. Sitting close draws you in.
Don't see it if If you have no patience for witnessing a process, which includes long speeches. One character not fleshed out as well as the others.
See it if You're up for an intense character study about a college prof who is a hero or a villain to the students he helps or warps. You decide.
Don't see it if All talk but almost no physical action is not your idea of a satisfying evening of theater. I was mesmerized.
See it if You want to see wonderful acting. Plot is a Master's Playwrighting Workshop. Love Austin Pendleton. Very funny, moving, exciting. See it!
Don't see it if You hate small venues and intimate setting.
See it if you love intimate theatre (the actors are so close, you can touch them), ensemble pieces about relationships, and episodic structure.
Don't see it if you're not a fan of the "Annie Baker" school of playwriting (narratives that gradually unspool, often in real time) & like plot-driven shows
See it if Smart, intimate, and real. You feel like you're in the room, but without the threat of audience participation. Pendleton & Co. all very good
Don't see it if You won't get as much out of this play if your theatre/lit knowledge is subpar. This play works best for well-read urban sophisticates.
See it if this is a play for theatre people, and a smart/witty one at that. Superbly acted with a centerpiece performance by Pendleton.
Don't see it if I can imagine most of the show not being nearly as entertaining if you weren't in the theatre. The script could also stand to loose 15 min.
See it if You want to see a well written show about the world of theatre with characters to care about
Don't see it if You do not know much about the theatre world
See it if You want to sit in on an instructor and students of theater-slice of life scenes depicting playwriting process. Intimate setting.
Don't see it if You are uninterested in the creative process of developing plays and the numerous references to theater. I found this work very engaging.
See it if if you like Austin Pendleton and small intimate dramedies and interesting characters.
Don't see it if you are looking for production values or a plot driven story. This is about character development.
See it if You went to or teach in an MFA playwriting program. Funny and pathetic and shallow depiction of self involved playwrights.
Don't see it if You want a plot. Or like a piece that isn't self indulgent. This play is very funny/insider jokes. But long.