Thunder Rock NYC Reviews and Tickets

(19 Reviews)
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Thought-provoking, Great acting, Absorbing, Relevant, Intelligent

About the Show

Metropolitan Playhouse presents this 1939 drama, centering around a veteran journalist who keeps a lighthouse on an isolated island, where his only company are the ghosts of a ship, sunk 90 years before.

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Member Reviews (19)

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87 Reviews | 20 Followers
Relevant, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you enjoy an intimate setting, a superb cast, a creative set that evokes a lighthouse, effective sound and lighting, and wonderful costumes.

Don't see it if you are uncomfortable feeling like you are on stage immersed in the production. Read more

239 Reviews | 60 Followers
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Intelligent, Great writing, Stellar acting

See it if you like to see a 1939 play which has still meaning for today. Stellar acting all around the ensemble! A real gem!!

Don't see it if you can't climb a flight of stairs or need constant action or changing scenery. Read more

134 Reviews | 38 Followers
Ambitious, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if Super acting-design-direction, fascinating obscure 1939 American play ponders humanity's brutish resistance to progress. MPlayhouse scores!

Don't see it if Well-written, literate, relevant ideas may be too challenging for audiences who prefer cursing, violence, easy emotion & obvious humor.

718 Reviews | 141 Followers
Thought-provoking, Little slow, Great staging, Great acting

See it if A play from the past the holds true today.

Don't see it if want action, goes slow at some points. This running over 2 hours Read more

234 Reviews | 18 Followers
Timely, Must see, Great staging, Absorbing, Ambitious

See it if intelligent, well written and acted play that is as relevant today as when it was written. A play full of hope for our sad times.

Don't see it if you can't climb a flight of stairs or don't wish to think about the times we live in Read more

86 Reviews | 10 Followers
Intelligent, Great acting, Clever

See it if You are interested in pre WWII history from a different viewpoint. Like plays about internal psychological conflict

Don't see it if You prefer lighter fare Read more

132 Reviews | 33 Followers
Romantic, Relevant, Intelligent, Great staging, Great acting

See it if you enjoy thought-provoking fantasy that is surprisingly relevant in today's world. If you enjoy fine acting with amazing concentration.

Don't see it if you get restless at talky plays (it is overlong). You prefer flashier shows.

216 Reviews | 58 Followers
Clever, Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Great writing, Great acting

See it if you enjoy clever scripts without a lot of action. Play was written in 1939 but it feels fresh.

Don't see it if you have trouble sitting for 2 hours or not in the mood to listen but acts 2 and 3 are more captivating. Read more

Critic Reviews (4)

The New York Times
January 26th, 2020

"‘Thunder Rock’ Review: A Beacon That Fails to Light the Way: It’s no surprise that this play about disillusionment, with its message of hope wrapped in warnings about nationalism and isolationism, was a choice for this season."
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Lighting & Sound America
January 27th, 2020

"'Thunder Rock' is a ghost story tied to a philosophical debate about the search for meaning in a world gone mad, and, for two of its three acts, it pursues its argument in a strikingly original way."
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Talkin' Broadway
January 18th, 2020

"The actors do fine work with the material, and Peterson is very convincing as a man in the midst of an existential crisis. There is excellent ensemble work, but in the second preview the company was still finding its footing. With more performances, the audience's experience will surely be richer."
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January 23rd, 2020

"It is not difficult to see what attracted Metropolitan Playhouse to Ardrey's drama: its message that one cannot shut one's self off from the problems of the world as the America First movement wants to do is very timely once again as in the 1930's..."
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