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. More…
Newly discharged soldier Jess has finally returned to her Florida hometown. She brings with her not only vivid memories of her three tours in Afghanistan, but painful burns that have left her physically and emotionally scarred. Jess soon realizes that things at home have changed even more than she has. Through the use of virtual reality video game therapy, she builds a breathtaking new world where she can escape her pain. As Jess advances farther in the game, she begins to restore her relationships, her life and, slowly, herself. 'Ugly Lies the Bone' explores the idea that no matter how much life may ask us to endure, what truly matters is finding the strength to survive—and to heal.
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.
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.
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
See it if you're looking for an original story, enjoy heavier topics (ie veterans & identity), & like intimate theater settings.
Don't see it if you want light themes, likable characters, & fast paced story telling. The themes are a bit heavy handed as well.
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.
See it if you want to see great acting. It's an absorbing story with profound themes. Emotional depiction of a wounded vet dealing with life back home
Don't see it if you don't like naturalistic acting, you don't like seeing someone in great physical pain. Realistic burn makeup makes you uncomfortable.
See it if An unsentimental exploration of a soldier's chronic pain therapy will keep you enthralled through all the banal situations. Gummer delivers.
Don't see it if If an 80 minute play skimming a vast and complicated subject will leave you thinking less isn't more. Play needs to be properly visualized.
See it if You like dramas about real-world issues.
Don't see it if You don't like war stories or being reminded of the issues that Afghan and Iraq War vets face when they come home.
See it if a play about harrowing injury, but keenly tuned in to gentle irony and human comedy as it examines how we heal together
Don't see it if you think war plays must be grim
See it if you like intense, brilliant shows with a great twist on modern technology and modern issues
Don't see it if you want to see classic theatre
See it if you are passionate about veterans' issues, love dysfunctional families, love Meryl Streep's offspring.
Don't see it if you are defensive about Florida or are squeamish about burns.
See it if you look for a very complex character, well acted with enormous depth. Smart writing.
Don't see it if you are expecting an easy resolution to life's problems.
See it if You are touched by veterans with disabilities, human compassion in times of crises and the family dynamic. Love brilliant acting.
Don't see it if You are squeamish about disfigurement, or you are subject to post traumatic stress disorder.
See it if You are interested in seeing a raw performance in a small setting.
Don't see it if You're afraid of seeing someone in emotional and physical pain.
See it if you want to see a play about current issues and something that shows a play in a whole new way.
Don't see it if You don't like intimate plays, since it is in a black box.
See it if you want to see a thoughtful and heartfelt play about a veteran recovering from her injuries. Mamie Gumer is amazing in this.
Don't see it if you don't like serious dramas or don't want to think about the costs of war.
See it if Watching Miss Gummer masterfully work through each scene as an injured war veteran is worth the penny in this thoughtful & touching new play
Don't see it if ULTB isn't the quickest moving play in New York- so if you're expecting rapid, witty, pace you'll be let down.
See it if You'd enjoy a fine acting performance by Amy Gummer in a challenging role; you're interested in our female wounded warriors.
Don't see it if You want a fully seasoned story, rather than some very strong observations and good characters from a playwright with promise.