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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965 Reviews | 339 Followers
Strong acting, Intelligent, Old-fashioned, Thought-provoking, Absorbing

See it if you'd like a hopeful 1939 play. Philos'l discussns abt arc of progress/meaningful,engaged life. Ghostly chars well-used. Gd set/costumes.

Don't see it if you want a fast-pace; TR is leisurely, esply Act I. Acting is strg (a few wobbly accents). Lead Jed Peterson is a stand-out! Intimate space.

811 Reviews | 221 Followers
Intelligent, Great acting, Great staging, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if you would like to see how a play written 8+decades ago can deliver messages for today with a fine cast in great costumes on a small stage.

Don't see it if you need a play with a lot of action. This moves at a slow pace with characters who have a lot to say over nearly two hours.

706 Reviews | 214 Followers
Period piece, Philosophical, Slow, Absorbing, Intelligent

See it if Nihilistic 1939 lighthouse man talks w/dead victims of 1849 shipwreck about whether there is hope for the future. Call to action for WW2.

Don't see it if You are not up for a nicely acted & staged period piece, now relevant because of Trump's assault on people's integrity & ideals.

687 Reviews | 114 Followers
Ambitious, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Slow

See it if Roe's crisp, efficient staging & a fine tuned ensemble (notably Pinhasik's Dr Kurtz) keep the momentum flowing in this talky, dense allegory

Don't see it if It's rough going in first act of Ardrey's historical 'ghost-story' as we get accustomed to both style & verbosity but it slowly captivates

612 Reviews | 125 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

657 Reviews | 101 Followers
Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting

See it if you wish to see an intelligent, well written and acted,rarely performed play about a person who has become disillusioned and then changes.

Don't see it if you don't like small venues or can't manage steps. Read more

567 Reviews | 146 Followers
Thought-provoking, Slow, Great writing, Great acting, Clever

See it if Lonely lighthouse keep fancies living among lost costumed shipwrecked souls, until they refuse to leave. Battle of cynicism vs. innocence.

Don't see it if Long, slow 50-min Act I.Pipe smoke.Slurs."Don't look at me as if I were dead/Why do you say I haven't the courage to face your times?" Read more

431 Reviews | 131 Followers
Solid production, Good acting, Thought-provoking, Slow, Absorbing

See it if Like a huge cast in a tiny space who are well-used/staged to spin an interesting premise/story. 1st act is slow but holds your interest.

Don't see it if You have to lean into this one a bit-it's complex & casts its spell thru a writer's imagination & ghosts. 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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