What We're Up Against (Life Force Arts)
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What We're Up Against (Life Force Arts)
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What We're Up Against (Life Force Arts) NYC Reviews and Tickets

77%
(30 Ratings)
Positive
93%
Mixed
0%
Negative
7%
Members say
Relevant, Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

About the Show

Life Force Arts presents Theresa Rebeck's timely dramedy, which explores the intricacies of wage inequality and gender roles in the workplace.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (30)

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580 Reviews | 88 Followers
93
Clever, Great writing, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if you like shows that are 100% relevant, well acted, well staged, and VERY well written. It's set in 1993, but is topical today.

Don't see it if you think women should stay at home and make babies. Rebeck shows us how women don't always help women in the workplace, & men rarely do.

291 Reviews | 716 Followers
92
Absorbing, Resonant, Timely, Timeless, Great acting

See it if you're a woman who's run up against gender bias, so, basically every woman in America will find something that resonates here.

Don't see it if you're looking for a light comedy or easy answers. This one will stay w/ me a good long time. Loved it. Amazing set design on a budget, too.

219 Reviews | 88 Followers
92
Absorbing, Great writing, Relevant

See it if You're interested in workplace dynamics and gender issues. You want to see a small show tackle actual issues.

Don't see it if You're easily offended by language or sexism. Read more

290 Reviews | 92 Followers
90
Absorbing, Great acting, Resonant, Great staging, Intelligent

See it if You are interested in timely, issue oriented plays with a message that needs to be addressed and lands loud and clear. An important must see

Don't see it if If you want to go and see light and fluffy play. This is not one of those.

89 Reviews | 37 Followers
87
Absorbing, Crackling dialogue, Intelligent, Relevant, Must see

See it if Are interested in theatre that poses questions about equal opportunities in the workplace for men and women. Good direction, lively dialogue

Don't see it if If cursing offends you or if you aren't interested in this subject matter. You didn't like Glengarry Glen Ross. Read more

332 Reviews | 109 Followers
86
Absorbing, Clever, Great writing, Great acting

See it if You're interested in a well crafted play investigating gender in the workplace.

Don't see it if You want something with spectacle or outside day-to-day challenges.

62 Reviews | 30 Followers
85
Absorbing, Relevant, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Satiric

See it if You are intested in seeing an intelligent well-acted piece of "issue-oriented" theater-- in this case gender discrimination in the workplace

Don't see it if You have no interest in watching a play about sexual politics.

115 Reviews | 47 Followers
82
Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if If you are interested in the issues facing women in a corporate atmosphere - good acting and well developed characters

Don't see it if You like characters that fit easily in a good versus bad scenario. If you don't like drama or profanity Read more

Critic Reviews (4)

BroadwayWorld
October 24th, 2016

"This satirical play is timely as we watch the historic battle of the sexes between presidential candidates Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton...Rebeck's writing, Mamet-esque and tack-sharp, is a pleasure to behold. This production, directed by Lorca Peress, is well done with standouts in the cast, Lesley McBurney as Eliza and Ean Sheehy as her smart but cowardly colleague, Ben."
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TheaterScene.net
October 25th, 2016

"Theresa Rebeck writes an explosive new play on gender parity and the glass ceiling which does not get the production it deserves."
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Stage Buddy
October 24th, 2016

"Watching the show was, for the women in the audience, a deeply frustrating experience, testament to the play’s success in portraying the sexist practices that all-too-often dominate male-centric workplaces...Though the play’s themes are explicitly portrayed, Rebeck’s nuanced writing, aided by the skill of McBurney’s performance, develops a more profound understanding of those women’s experiences...Under Lorca Peress’s direction, the performances avoid the obvious stereotyping."
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Times Square Chronicles
October 24th, 2016

"'What We’re Up Against' shows how sexism remains entrenched to the bowels...Ms. Rebeck’s play is dark, timely, foulmouthed, juicy and seems like it is placed in the '50s not now, but the truth is we have not come along way baby...There are a few twists and turns that could be cleaner...Ms. Peress is a director to watch as she makes this show feel effortless. This is a company with actors to follow and a play that will have you in conversation for at least a couple of days."
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