The Workshop
Closed 2h 30m
The Workshop
85

The Workshop NYC Reviews and Tickets

85%
(42 Reviews)
Positive
95%
Mixed
5%
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Members say
Great acting, Absorbing, Intelligent, Clever, Funny

About the Show

softFocus presents the world premiere of this satire starring Tony nominee Austin Pendleton as a veteran theater professor of an MFA playwriting program.

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Member Reviews (42)

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977 Reviews | 342 Followers
80
Talky, Intellectual, For theater buffs, Rambling, Clever

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. Read more

MJK
677 Reviews | 189 Followers
87
Absorbing, Intelligent, Relevant, Entertaining

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). Read more

don
506 Reviews | 1000 Followers
93
Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Great acting

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.

563 Reviews | 194 Followers
87
Clever, Great acting, Great staging, Hilarious, Intense

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. Read more

444 Reviews | 112 Followers
79
Ambitious, Entertaining, Great acting

See it if you want to see a show with great potential but still needing work

Don't see it if a show needing entire scenes to be struck severely disappoints you Read more

431 Reviews | 130 Followers
85
Absorbing, Intelligent, Funny with good bits of drama, Fine ensemble acting

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. Read more

435 Reviews | 61 Followers
85
Entertaining, Funny, Great writing, Intelligent, Riveting

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

429 Reviews | 69 Followers
78
Great acting, Funny, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

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.

Critic Reviews (4)

The New York Times
August 8th, 2017

“The dialogue is a succession of quick jabs and uppercuts, and references abound…At the same time, ‘The Workshop’ does not feel overly insidery…As an incisive and insightful tale of ambition and envy, inspiration and mediocrity, the show should resonate with a wide swath of theatergoers…The writing, bolstered by Mr. Pendleton’s poignant performance, transcends the chuckles as it depicts a man staring at the abyss of his failure.”
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Time Out New York
August 1st, 2017

“You can tell Torrey Townsend has studied his craft…You can tell because the very idea of studying art fills him with both affection and revulsion…‘The Workshop's’ desultory portrait of their semester lasts two and a half hours, yet somehow rarely feels long. Townsend’s well-performed play is bracingly cynical…Adams’s intimate production tucks us close enough that we can smell the spilled coffee. The scorched odor of dying dreams, though, is the thing that keep us awake.”
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New York Magazine / Vulture
August 9th, 2017

“It’s the kind of raw, audacious evisceration that only someone who truly loves the messy, awful art of the stage could perform…This combustion of frustration and exhilaration makes for one hell of an evening of theater. Directed with a deft and unaffected hand by Adams and featuring a shattering central performance by Pendleton…‘The Workshop’ is a breathtaking study of an Ego…The uncomfortable brilliance of ‘The Workshop’ is that it won’t let us pat ourselves on the back.”
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Village Voice
August 8th, 2017

"Townsend’s bitingly funny demolition of writerly ambition...What elevates the material over drive-by satire is Townsend’s mixed love and disgust for stage dinosaurs like Stein...Townsend’s script could stand to lose 20 minutes...There are also minor false notes...But the intimate, tight-focus staging by director Adams is perfectly scaled...The young ensemble is appealing and precise in their character typing, and Pendleton does Pendleton—the elvish, shambolic shaman—surpassingly well."
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