Thunder Rock NYC Reviews and Tickets

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Thought-provoking, Great acting, Absorbing, Relevant, Intelligent

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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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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.

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.

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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