Utility NYC Reviews and Tickets

(5 Ratings)
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Great acting, Clever, Slow, Confusing, Would be so much better if it ran 70 minutes instead of 100 minutes.

About the Show

The Amoralists present 'Utility,' a new drama about the trials and tribulations of a working mother.

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665 Reviews | 125 Followers
Clever, Delightful, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing

See it if everything about this is great. The ammorlists always do a good job. they have only ever done one below average show.

Don't see it if there is no reason not to see this other than it closed and you can't see it. Look out for anything the ammorlists do.

106 Reviews | 75 Followers
Great acting, Slow

See it if You like family drama's or a fan of great acting

Don't see it if if you don't like living room (in this case) kitchen dramas.

55 Reviews | 11 Followers
Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if you want to a good production , well acted

Don't see it if You need to view fast paced plots

35 Reviews | 14 Followers
Overrated, Slow, Would be so much better if it ran 70 minutes instead of 100 minutes.

See it if you want to see the work of the great Melissa Hurst.

Don't see it if you don't admire plays that are directed at a snail's pace.

2 Reviews | 0 Followers
Clever, Enchanting, Entertaining, Confusing

See it if you have nothing better to do

Don't see it if stay home

Critic Reviews (16)

The New York Times
February 4th, 2016

"Not a lot happens in Emily Schwend’s 'Utility,' but its air hums with a tension that’s just this side of despair...'Utility' is a skillfully constructed, beautifully acted domestic drama about struggling simply to make do...There are no fireworks here...Ms. Schwend offers a close, unblinking look at a moment in the life of a woman who’s treading water as fast as she can, trying to keep her family afloat."
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February 1st, 2016

"A soberly ambivalent assessment of the sacrifices people make not just to get ahead, but to just maintain a life they didn't want in the first place...'Utility' sometimes feels like the exposition scenes of a horror film, one in which the killer never shows up to work...Shaggy dialogue and dead-end exposition aside, 'Utility' is a vitally honest story of perseverance in the face of the massive challenges facing working-class American families."
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Talkin' Broadway
February 1st, 2016

"The playwright has done a masterful job in creating an atmosphere of tension that threatens to crush Amber through the daily demands of her life...The cast does an excellent job in delineating the characters and their stressed-out lives. But the backbone of the production rests with the compelling portrayal of Amber by Ms. Vache, who allows us to see both the external strife and the internal struggle of a woman doing everything she can to keep the wolves at bay."
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February 8th, 2016

"'Utility,' a kitchen sink drama, is as realistic as the day is long. The problem with the play is that as theater it is unrelievedly grim, with little or no catharsis along the way...The cast is uniformly accomplished giving indelible performances...It is weak on dramaturgy in that there is little progress or catharsis to keep the play from remaining on one level throughout the evening."
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Theatre is Easy
February 7th, 2016

"The characters and situations in 'Utility' are fairly recognizable, however the acting is very strong...The commitment is apparent as each actor is truly alive as their character...Each artist involved with 'Utility' further adds to this fantastic cohesion to execute a standout production."
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Theater Pizzazz
February 8th, 2016

"The deep-down truthfulness of the behavior comes from the slow careful way playwright Schwend builds the relationships and the action…So much desire and missed opportunity is expressed in awkward, slow fits and starts that the beauty of this play explodes quietly...The actors perform as a graceful ensemble…'Utility' is a very satisfying experience, and unfolds like a bittersweet secret."
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Stage Buddy
February 8th, 2016

"The script is beautifully written by Emily Schwend…The power of 'Utility' is in its authenticity, which is aided by subtle details...There was no lesson to be learned from Amber’s hard work and there was no light at the end of her tunnel. Watching it was like watching life as it often is--a lot of hard work with a fleeting minute or two to sit and reclaim yourself."
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Exeunt Magazine
February 15th, 2016

"With the intricate performance lacework that Schwend’s script demands, the cast and director really have to make every moment count. Someone needs to be generating energy and a vibrating undercurrent of emotion even if no one is saying a thing. Here, the actors hold on these moments but the meaning plays a bit too faint. The characters are operating on multiple levels. But we do not always get to see that secondary layer in all the performances, all of the time. "
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