"’Trial’ demands answers surrounding the human condition. Griffin has written a tour-de-force...Simultaneously and unabashedly she peels away all pretense and illusion in a dimension that negates space and time. Griffin as...Arcadia exploded in a plethora of sadness, fear and righteous indignation. A whirlwind of emotional torment, she brilliantly portrayed the myriad stages of psychological, emotional anguish and discovery.” Full Review
"'Lives off an extra helping of suspension of disbelief, but in turn delivers an intense and inimitable theatergoing experience...As the forces of good and evil fight tooth and nail, the line between the two is both blurred and elucidated...'Trial' tells us that the quality of mercy is not strained, but mercy is twice blessed...Griffin's work reflects the best elements of storytellers past and combines them in her own style. Just enough detail for the imaginations of her audience to take over." Full Review
"Directed by Lori Petty, the exceptional cast brings to life the gray shadow that coincides with what we desperately wish to be black and white...Under Lori Petty’s direction, the actors succeed in portraying the darkest and brightest elements of humanity...While handling two very relevant and challenging topics, Ashley Griffin’s play begs the question: What would a victim decide if they could determine their abusers eternal fate?" Full Review
“Griffin’s ‘Trial’ shows how trapped a young person can feel when her father is repeatedly harming her and the grown-ups that all children are urged to tell do nothing to help her. The titular trial revolves around Arcadia wavering between blame, justice, and mercy...The play is skillfully staged in a theatre-in-the-round style...Cooper's lighting takes Arcadia from the present to the past without missing a beat.” Full Review
See it if you want to see an original twist on a story of child abuse and the aftermath. Great acting and writing by Ashley Griffin.
Don't see it if you don't like stories of child abuse or family relations or manipulation or death.
See it if You want a great story that keeps you on the edge of your seat, phenomenal acting and a play that you will cont to think about long after.
Don't see it if Even if you don’t like small intimate theatres, with little to no set... see it any way.
See it if Bravura Ashley Griffin leads an incredible cast bringing this brutal play that hits you in places you haven't felt in a long time.
Don't see it if You can not deal with the child abuse depiction, as it is a central theme though not the only one.
See it if you want to see a powerful show that explores the concepts of sin, forgiveness, & humanity in a masterfully quirky & intriguing production.
Don't see it if you are not a fan of intimate theater experiences or do not want to see a show that deals with child abuse and death.
See it if You like plays that make you think. The acting is very strong and the plot twist is unique. The play could benefit from some editing.
Don't see it if you're upset by abuse (sexual, verbal, physical).
See it if If you like intimate NY theater and creative writing about serious topics. It was not a "heavy" play but touched on heavy themes.
Don't see it if You are sensitive to themes involving child abuse or don't like serious theater.
See it if You like a large cast with solid acting.,Interesting staging and a likeable lead actress
Don't see it if You do not want to be hit on the head with a disturbing topic, Are annoyed with cliche dialogue like- “ you are not damaged goods” -
See it if You want an evening of what theater is supposed to be - high art that will affect your heart, soul and spirit.
Don't see it if You don't like heavy subject matter. This show deals with very emotional issues. It's also in a very intimate space - a little disconcerting
See it if If this show were on Broadway it would win the Pulitzer. No exaggeration. I've never seen forgiveness dealt with so profoundly. Go.
Don't see it if You just want a frothy night out. This is a show that makes you deal with uncomfortable issues. Not for the faint hearted.
See it if You like thought-provoking work with a great twist and like the premise of "The Great Divorce" or the show "The Good Place"
Don't see it if You don't like heavy topics like the after-life (this show has only a hint of religion) or childhood abuse
See it if You appreciate thought provoking drama. As a playwright and actress, Ashley Griffin puts her soul into her creations.
Don't see it if You like inane subject matter.
Also This is a must see production for anyone who always asks why...
See it if you like edgy, intimate dramas that make you think as much as they make you squirm.
Don't see it if you're triggered by difficult subjects such as verbal and physical abuse.
See it if You are looking for TV dialogue/performances onstage. Great premise, great acting. Lori Petty does really smart work in a small space.
Don't see it if You are ultra-religious or afraid to have your opinions challenged. The second act is very long and tries to do many things at once.
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