Already closed | 1h 30m | East Village

Up the Rabbit Hole

From 40 member  reviews
Members say: 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. More…

'Up the Rabbit Hole' is the story of a young, gay, drug-addicted man obsessed with finding his birth mother and the answers to questions surrounding his entire life. After finally reconnecting with her, he has the courage to embark upon a life beyond his wildest dreams.

Member Reviews (40)


Cliched, Disappointing, Great acting, Ambitious, Slow
Avg Score

During previews
Banal, Cliched, Dated, Raunchy, Slow

See it if you appreciate performances featuring stereotypical Millennial coccaine addicted gays acting out and seeking love, and their insipid moms

Don't see it if you do not want to sit 100 consecutive minutes watching or hearing about gay porn, coccaine use, rape, dysfunctional family relationships

During previews
Interesting, but...

See it if interested in gay/adopted youth, addiction, intermissionless 1.5 hrs. Held attention largely because of Tyler Jones' sympathetic portrayal.

Don't see it if you're easily offended by any of the above or brief partial male nudity, betrayal by a "friend." Ends abruptly.

During previews
Ambitious, Disappointing, Slow

See it if Want decent performances and don't have something else to do. Slow and a bit bland.

Don't see it if Having anything else to do like read a menu.

During previews
Great acting, Great writing, Intense, Thought-provoking, Fast-moving

See it if you want to see a fast-moving, well-written, gay-themed play that addresses social issues such as addictions, adoption, rape, hustling, etc.

Don't see it if you're uncomfortable with gay relationships, simulated but non-explicit sex including gay-rape, brief flashes of nudity,and drug addictions.

Also In my opinion, this was a very well-acted, intense, fast-moving, thoug... Read more Read less

During previews
Disappointing, Edgy, Sexy, Lacking point of view, Conflict-free

See it if you want to support new plays.

Don't see it if you'll be bothered by a lack of a point of view and lack of conflict.

During previews
Inconsistent, Cliched, Entertaining, Slow starting, Thought-provoking

See it if you are interested in the problems of addiction or a play about dealing with adoption

Don't see it if you are put off by gay themes, drug use, or simulated sex

During previews
Great acting, Profound, Relevant, Intense, Ambitious

See it if like edgy intense storylines.

Don't see it if you are easily offended by nudity and references to sex and gay culture.

During previews
Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if Interesting look at the interconnectedness of drugs and sex and the impact on relationships.. Some insightful writing and good performances

Don't see it if Gay themed plays or (very limited) nudity.

During previews
Absorbing, Entertaining, Edgy, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if you enjoy a thoughtful examination of gay life and love, and the issue of adoption and biological parents.

Don't see it if you are homophobic are are offended by brief nudity and sexual situations.

During previews
Disappointing, Slow, Ambitious, Unfinished

See it if you want to support an LGBT play and Theatre for the New City.

Don't see it if you don't like seeing a work-in-progress being presented as a finished piece.

Also I wanted to like this play, and based on the blurb, thought it would b... Read more Read less

During previews
Well worth a visit

See it if You are into gay male relationships and the reasons that lives can go off kilter, and can come back on track.

Don't see it if You are not interested in gay characters and might be offended by a few bare butts. The play can still use some work.

Also There are some very fine performances here, especially Tyler Jones in ... Read more Read less

During previews
Frustrating, Repetitive, A work in progress, Appeals to a limited audience, Major element goes unresolved

See it if You are interested in new plays dealing with gay, drug and adoption issues.

Don't see it if You're not interested in gay, drug or adoption issues.

During previews
Well-staged, honest, nearly graphic depiction of young, gay addiction

See it if A frank, simple, professionally acted story about coke, adoption fallout, with some male nudity and brief male-on-male action appeals

Don't see it if You're stickler for trenchant depth in the writing. This play is genuine enough but not harrowing, and, therefore, a bit by-the-numbers.

Also At first performance, some ofi the humor in the opening scene was off ... Read more Read less

During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if you are interested in self-esteem issues and serious episodes in a young gay man's life.

Don't see it if you are offended by frank talk about drugs and sex.

During previews
Slow, Excruciating, Disappointing, Work in progress, Self indulgent

See it if you want to see a work in progress with themes of queer identity, addiction, adoption, and self-discovery

Don't see it if you are uncomfortable with the above themes

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 kn...
read more
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...
read more
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...
read more
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. Johnso...
read more

Related content