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Washed Up On the Potomac

From 3 critic and 9 member reviews
Members say: Great acting, Funny, Relevant, Resonant, Thought-provoking

About the show

Part of the theatrical pop-up 'The Pool,' this dark office comedy is a new work about the ways in which we try to stay afloat. More…

Order is the name of the game in this D.C. proofreading office, but things are all off today. It’s 90 degrees in October, an error has been made on a major account, and someone is going to be fired. As three proofreaders ponder their futures, they become haunted and inspired by memories of a coworker whose body may have washed up on the Potomac today. Who is the next to go? Or are they already gone? 'Washed Up On the Potomac' will be performed in rotating repertory with 'The Rafa Play' and 'Tania in the Getaway Van.'


"Lynn Rosen’s crackling is a blast of wit, broad humor, and sharp observations of how artists’ struggles mirror human nature. Etched into vivid relief by a superb cast, its characters are caricatures who ring true...The ending may be a bit overblown, but director José Zayas guides the cast through Rosen’s three-scene arc with a sure hand, eliciting delightfully funny and touching performances and bringing to life a hilarious and ultimately graceful story." Full Review

Village Voice

"If the play’s surreal conclusion mystifies more than satisfies, Rosen’s bantering chitchat and the snappy enacting of it, etched through José Zayas’s sharp direction, maintains viewer interest for a fleeting eighty minutes." Full Review

The Reviews Hub

"'Washed Up On the Potomac' has a lot that will feel familiar to anyone who has ever worked in an office...Crystal Finn’s excellent portrayal of Sherri seems almost like an imagining of what Carrie White would be like had she stayed home from the prom...Though there are a few missteps, this a funny and thoughtful play that contemplates relationships in a close space. It’s an entertaining evening that gives its audience some food for thought." Full Review

Beautiful, Relevant, Resonant, Spirited, Melancholic

See it if the world outside is scary to you, with a crap economy, dying dreams, horrifying news cycles, and trouble finding meaningful relationships.

Don't see it if you'd be put off by the weird and spooky plot elements around the fringe; you don't relate to under-employed and desperate millennials.

Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Entertaining

See it if you want to see a play with great acting, great casting, great direction, great staging and great writing.

Don't see it if you want to see a play with a happy, predictable ending.

Also My three friends and I thoroughly enjoyed the play.

Great acting, Interesting, Perceptive, Excellent direction, Wonderful casting

See it if you like superb characterizations, young people struggling to find happiness and meaning, wonderful dialog, acting and direction.

Don't see it if you favor "light," frothy dialog, "escapist" theater and dislike loud, "in your face" characterizations.

Funny, Insightful, Intense, Quirky, Resonant

See it if Office workers endure drab jobs while their true selves boil with loneliness, anxiety, crushes, and fantasies. Disturbing and moving.

Don't see it if You don’t like dark comedy that makes you feel uncomfortable.

Absorbing, Exquisite, Great acting, Intelligent, Relatable

See it if You are interested in terrific acting in a show where it's amazingly easy to relate to ALL of the characters.

Don't see it if You're looking for a big scale production. This is exactly what off-off Broadway should be - small, relatable, exquisite.

Ambitious, Disappointing, Well cast, Well staged, Uninteresting story

See it if you want to hear an emerging writer

Don't see it if you expect a fully-developed play

Funny, Clever, Great acting

See it if you want to see edgy new comedy

Don't see it if you want a traditional off-Broadway drama

During previews
Great acting, Thought-provoking, Great writing, Engaging, Satisfying

See it if you want to see a thought-provoking exploration of the way our hopes and dreams interact with our reality, and some great acting.

Don't see it if you're a snob about production values.

During previews
Funny, Great acting, Raunchy, Relevant, Slow

See it if You need a good laugh. DRESS FOR WINTER!! stage manager keeps the a/c on High throughout the theatre and play and it’s FREEZING!!

Don't see it if If you have low resistance to cold.

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