Ugly Lies The Bone
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Ugly Lies The Bone
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Ugly Lies The Bone NYC Reviews and Tickets

83%
(34 Reviews)
Positive
88%
Mixed
9%
Negative
3%
Members say
Absorbing, Great acting, Relevant, Intense, Thought-provoking

About the Show

Roundabout Underground, dedicated to producing new works by emerging playwrights, presents a drama about a traumatized US veteran home from Afghanistan who uses video game therapy to heal.

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Member Reviews (34)

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962 Reviews | 339 Followers
65
Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Intense, Absorbing, Uneven

See it if you want to see a strong performance by Mamie Gummer. The script is lacking, but the premise (helping vets reacclimate) is compelling.

Don't see it if you want a fully polished, convincing play. ULTB needs work, but it has potential...especially if it retains its leading woman.

850 Reviews | 896 Followers
100
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Must see

See it if you like nuanced characters

Don't see it if you only like musicals

826 Reviews | 1004 Followers
92
Great acting, Must see, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Excellent

See it if You enjoy powerful performances with a great story that moves at a great pace.

Don't see it if You don't like small theaters

460 Reviews | 257 Followers
95
Absorbing, Intelligent, Must see, Riveting, Thought-provoking

See it if you enjoy seeing the works of up-and-coming writers.

Don't see it if you do not like being emotionally involved in a play.

273 Reviews | 473 Followers
90
Absorbing

See it if you want to see a compelling drama with a great set and strong, naturalistic acting.

Don't see it if you don't like intimate spaces. It's a very small black box theater.

263 Reviews | 57 Followers
90
Intense, Riveting, Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Moving

See it if you love theatre and want to see an intense and emotional performance from Mamie Gummer and the cast.

Don't see it if you'd rather not think or be moved and would rather see a "la la" piece.

Al
127 Reviews | 887 Followers
95
Great acting, Intelligent, Moving, Riveting

See it if you enjoy dramas about interpersonal relationships.

Don't see it if you prefer theater with lighter themes.

178 Reviews | 280 Followers
80
Great acting, Timely, Realistic, Good dialogue, New work, needs work

See it if You enjoy supporting new work. The playwright has a good ear for dialogue and fresh take on topics (disabled returning Vet). Great cast.

Don't see it if You dislike naturalistic themes, are unsympathetic to disabled/veteran themes, prefer more finished or "lofty" works

Critic Reviews (17)

The New York Times
October 13th, 2015

"The play confirms that Lindsey Ferrentino is a writer of dauntless conviction. This bracing drama, starring a superb Mamie Gummer, confronts an achingly topical issue with hardheaded honesty and admirable compassion...Despite the forthright depictions of Jess’s suffering and frustration, 'Ugly Lies the Bone,' directed by Patricia McGregor with careful attention to subtle changes in texture, retains a certain buoyancy."
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Time Out New York
October 14th, 2015

"'Ugly Lies the Bone' is worthy but schematic...Patricia McGregor directs the strong ensemble with honesty and attention to detail...While 'Ugly Lies the Bone' addresses genuine contemporary issues, its reality is too streamlined and foursquare, too virtual."
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New York Magazine / Vulture
October 13th, 2015

"Everything that happens in the social scenes is banal compared to the therapy...The play drops so many levels it can hardly recover. That it keeps recovering anyway is mostly the result of the extraordinary performance of Mamie Gummer as Jess."
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The Hollywood Reporter
October 13th, 2015

"Ferrentino's writing is deeply felt and often touching. But the play, running a brief 75 minutes, feels underdeveloped and strangely thin...The drama also suffers from the skimpy production values of the developmental theater...But the work does have truly affecting moments."
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Entertainment Weekly
October 15th, 2015

"Playwright Lindsey Ferrentino has given us a unique heroine, a female war veteran, and a fascinating real-life-based premise. Virtual reality? Show us more! Yet just as we start to fully visualize Jess’ simulated world, Ferrentino pulls back the curtain. And that’s it. "
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Deadline
October 13th, 2015

"'Ugly Lies The Bone' is clearly the work of a young talent with plenty ahead of her. It’s timely, compelling and as current as you could want. It’s also self-consciously bleak and overwrought. Jess’ return from the war doesn’t need the underlining it sometimes gets in Patricia McGregor’s alternately brisk and heavy-handed production."
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Theatermania
October 13th, 2015

"Ferrentino is economical with her dialogue, packing both humor and sincere emotion — but Gummer offers an energetically charged and emotionally raw performance that brings the text to even greater heights...Ferrentino is at her best when writing through the tip of a laser: the insular world of pain, the claustrophobic routine of Middle America — this is the durable skeleton of 'Ugly Lies the Bone.'"
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Lighting & Sound America
October 19th, 2015

"If 'Ugly Lies the Bone' sounds like the most depressing drama of 2015, I hasten to add that it isn't, partly because of Gummer's almost brutally unsentimental performance and because of the glints of spiky humor buried in Lindsey Ferrentino's script...The author is much better at suggesting the agony of Jess' life than in providing any hope...In the brief running time of 'Ugly Lies the Bone,' a bright young talent becomes a major force to be reckoned with."
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