Members say: Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Great writing, Intense

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This new afterlife drama intimately questions the morality of justice versus mercy.

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A young woman waiting for her own judgment in the bureaucratic system of the afterlife finds herself in the role of judge and jury to determine the eternal fate of the man responsible for her death. Directed by film star Lori Petty.


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85
Times Square Chronicles

"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

75
Stage Buddy

“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

91
Paper Tiger Reviews

"'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

95
Living Novellas

"’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

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43
Confusing, Cliched, Insipid, Overrated, Fluffy

See it if you like experimental theater.

Don't see it if you don't want to lose your time.

Also The theater building is an office building, the theater was in the bac... Read more Read less

94
Original, Absorbing, Great acting, Relevant, Resonant

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.

100
Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Thought-provoking, Great writing

See it if This is a very powerful story, the cast is excellent.

Don't see it if Abuse of a child, physical, verbal, sexual.

92
Clever, Great acting, Intense, Thought-provoking, Great writing

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.

85
Absorbing, Clever, Relevant

See it if Low-budget production of a well-structured play about child abuse, with interesting twists and characters. Could use further development

Don't see it if the subject makes you uncomfortable.

85
Ambitious, Great acting, Thought-provoking

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).

71
Absorbing, Intelligent, Intense, Thought-provoking, Slow

See it if You are interested in serious drama confronting difficult issues.

Don't see it if This is an intense drama with several very emotional scenes.

Also This play has interesting and valuable things to say about important i... Read more Read less

94
Absorbing, Exquisite, Great acting, Masterful, Great staging

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.

69
Great acting, Intense, Indulgent, Disappointing, Great staging

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” -

99
Absorbing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Masterful, Profound

See it if You enjoy well-written challenging thought-provoking work.

Don't see it if You're looking for light entertainment.

Also The stellar acting and direction of this riveting play makes for a ver... Read more Read less

83
Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Creative writing

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.

94
Absorbing, Edgy, Great acting, Must see, Riveting

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.

95
Masterful, Must see, Riveting, Great writing, Great staging

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.

Also Ryan Clardy and Ashley Griffin, OMG. Electric! The whole cast is fanta... Read more Read less

100
Great acting, Masterful, Must see, Resonant, Great writing

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

Also This show needs a better venue. The small space is very interesting an... Read more Read less

100
Absorbing, Ambitious, Clever, Entertaining

See it if You enjoy shows like August Osage County

Don't see it if You don’t want to cry

Also Incredibly moving - offering hope to a very dark and relevant topic

92
Absorbing, Ambitious, Edgy

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...

100
Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Great writing, Entertaining

See it if you like theatre that is trying to say something.

Don't see it if Strong emotions and taboo subjects make you uncomfortable.

85
Edgy, Great acting, Intelligent, Intense, Thought-provoking

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.

Also it could benefit from a little cutting, but what show out there couldn... Read more Read less

99
Funny, Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Great writing

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

Also Amazing acting, directing, writing and stage-lighting! Very well-thoug... Read more Read less

72
Absorbing, Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Slow, Entertaining

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.

94
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Intelligent, Great writing

See it if You want a thought-provoking play.

Don't see it if You don't enjoy the essence of the theatre.


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