Up the Rabbit Hole
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Up the Rabbit Hole

Up the Rabbit Hole NYC Reviews and Tickets

(40 Ratings)
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Cliched, Disappointing, Great acting, Ambitious, Slow

About the Show

Theater for the New City presents Andy Halliday's autobiographical play about sex, obsession, and finding your home.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (40)

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116 Reviews | 53 Followers
Relevant, Great acting, Great writing, Thought-provoking, Realistic

See it if U want a realistic drama that includes subjects of identity, substance abuse, sexual content. adoption, maternal emotions, & queer life.

Don't see it if If you are not mature enough to see realistic depictions of drug abuse, sexual & nudity content or are uncomfortable with queer topics. Read more

74 Reviews | 22 Followers
Great acting, Edgy, Relevant, Resonant, Great writing

See it if You are willing to experience the journey of one man's search for his identity and self confidence, want to see some great performances.

Don't see it if You are offended by gay-themed plays or nudity and drug use on stage, are looking for a light comedy, don't want to see a true life story.

524 Reviews | 133 Followers
Poignant gay drama of addiction and recovery

See it if touching drama of gay twenty-something adoptee connecting with his birth family. Poignant scenes of addiction. Tyler Jones is excellent

Don't see it if this is not an Andy Halliday campfest. It's a serious drama, well written, directed and acted. Gay love, sex &addiction portrayed with punch

175 Reviews | 24 Followers
Fine acting, Cute cast, Entertaining, Intimate setting, Titillating

See it if you like a slice of gay light drama w/ a touch of drugs/adoption/romance/rape yet w/ a happy ending. The serious stuff is balanced w/ humor.

Don't see it if you don't like any of the above themes, nor some flashes of nudity & M2M scenes. These were well executed hence more artistic than offensive

175 Reviews | 30 Followers
Absorbing, Great acting, Serious drama

See it if You want to see a dramatic piece with great acting that takes on the issues of drug addiction, adoption, and family and gay relationships.

Don't see it if You'd prefer something lighter, or the above does not interest you. Or if you might feel uncomfortable watching a simulated rape scene.

85 Reviews | 13 Followers
Great acting, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Cliched, Surprisingly humorless

See it if You are interested in seeing a good attempt by a young theater company to depict the life of a young gay man dealing w drug addiction

Don't see it if You are expecting any real new insights, or if you need some levity with your drama Read more

98 Reviews | 38 Followers
Edgy, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if you are into gay themed drama. The story line is intense dealing with drugs, addiction and the search for one's place in life

Don't see it if you are offended by nudity or simulated sex.

761 Reviews | 165 Followers
Ambitious, Banal, Cliched, Dated, Disappointing

See it if you enjoy plays with gay protagonists about issues relevant to the LGBT community, plays about mothers & sons & absent dads, sweet endings

Don't see it if gay subjects bother you, tidy endings don't seem realistic, dragged & repetitive scenes don't seem necessary, too basic of a set feels cheap Read more

Critic Reviews (7)

September 27th, 2017

“The play's most frustrating line is its last one, ‘And more shall be revealed!’ Halliday is reaching for poignant ambiguity here, but it just feels like ‘Up the Rabbit Hole’ ran out of script before it ran out of story. Up to this point, we have learned all about Jack's problems, but we don't know Jack. It's a shame, because there appears to be a lot more to know.”
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Theater Pizzazz
September 26th, 2017

"A touching play about a young man seeking acceptance. It’s neither a 'coming of age' nor a 'coming out' piece, but rather a psychological odyssey...This play, by Andy Halliday, is well-constructed, has an arc, and believable characters. Having both mothers played by the same actress was a bit of casting genius...Smith defines both women exquisitely...Given that the work is largely autobiographical we can relax knowing our protagonist really has climbed out of the hole."
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Stage Buddy
September 26th, 2017

"A tale sweetly told, autobiographical in nature and well cast...We’ve seen this story before and we’ve seen these characters too...Halliday’s work is witty at times, but the plot really revolves around Jack and his endless desire for the advances of a pseudo-heterosexual...Perhaps, my discomfort is that this play is entirely too plausible in 2017...Smith, a lovely actress who gives us a pair of dignified performances as two characters, offers us a quick note of humor too."
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The Huffington Post
October 9th, 2017

"Halliday apparently believes he can present a series of recalled scenes from his life and assume they’ll rise from reported incidents to full-fledged drama...As he goes along, Halliday takes patrons to and through various meetings between and among the characters...The actors, under G. R. Johnson’s sure direction, are all more than proficient in their roles...Halliday puts forth a specific slice of life as precariously lived today—and in not small numbers—but he needs to do more with it."
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Times Square Chronicles
September 30th, 2017

"Andy Halliday’s newest and deeply personal play seems at first a cliché, however as the play moves forward it is clear that this narrative isn’t part of the mainstream...The primary weakness of the show is the pace...Tyler Jones carries the piece with his excellent physicality and effusive charm...While some edits and some tightening up would benefit the production, 'Up the Rabbit Hole' is powerful and moving."
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September 28th, 2017

"Raw, honest and brave. It also, in places, suffers from the lack of objectivity that affects many writers as they attempt to mold their life experiences into dramatic narratives. There is plenty to like, including a strong cast, but both directorially and script-wise, it’s in need of further development...Despite its unevenness, though, 'Up the Rabbit Hole' manages, at times to be deeply moving and tenderly funny."
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September 30th, 2017

"Several scenes in the play drag with a maudlin safety...The conversation is idyllic and natural but lacks significance...When the drama heats up it is a joy to watch the patience pay off with strong choices from actors and characters alike... Johnson’s directing puts Jones front and center for naturalistic transitions, and the pair works beautifully...There is a real satisfaction in the structure of the final scene that inspires tangible gratitude."
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