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When It's You

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Members say: Slow, Great acting, Disappointing, Absorbing, Thought-provoking

About the show

Keen Company presents the world premiere of Courtney Baron's one-person play about gun violence in contemporary America. More…

Ginnifer is single, 37, and has just lost her mother to illness. She moves back to her hometown and learns her first love in high school is now at the center of a violent crime. Ginnifer must confront her relationship to the heinous act as well as her changing place in society, all while living in her dead mother's home. Timely and frank, 'When It’s You' tackles one of the most vexing issues our country faces today.


Member Reviews (73)

MEMBERS SAY:

Slow, Great acting, Disappointing, Absorbing, Thought-provoking
66
Avg Score

70
Ambitious, Great acting, Resonant, Slow, Disappointing

See it if Baron's attempt at understanding the psychology of a mass murderer is a mixed bag A tour-de-force solo performance from Reeder helps a lot

Don't see it if Double strand of parental death and former boy friend's massacre seldom moves us enough We never feel the carthesis that Reeder does

77
Ambitious, Intelligent, Intense

See it if You are interested in individual emotions and relationships. A unique story well written.

Don't see it if If you preferred light dramas or musicals

47
Disappointing

See it if You like one woman shows. If you want to hear a middle age woman whine about a past romance. If you like Ana Reeder.

Don't see it if You like scenery. Only one chair. If you want a cast. One woman. If you want an exciting thoughtful story. This goes no where.

68
Absorbing, Great acting, Relevant, Slow

See it if You don't mind a one woman show talking about gun violence and how it affected her. You don't mind simple staging. You want to hear a story.

Don't see it if You need elaborate staging. You don't like narratives. You don't want to hear a story about gun violence and how it affected this person.

60
Slow, Tedious, Uneventful, Disappointing, Unconnected

See it if you enjoy a one-person show

Don't see it if substance and relevance is important to you

70
Delightful, Funny, Enchanting

See it if YOU LIKE A NARRATIVE ABOUT WHAT CONFUSION CAN BE LIKE WHEN YOU HAVE CONFLICTING FEELINGS ABOUT A DEADLY SITUATION.

Don't see it if IF YOU WANT PIZZAZZ AND OTHER BASIC THINGS THAT NORMALLY ACCOMPANY A PLAY.

70
Great acting, Thought-provoking, Confusing, Slow, Sincere

See it if you want to marvel at the charisma, skill and power of Ana Reeder; if you are interested in dramatic potential of the one-person play genre

Don't see it if you need plays (even/esp 1-person plays) to have a some kind of dramatic structure and narrative urgency (beyond empathy & topicality)

65
Great acting, Intense, Slow, Relevant, Disappointing

See it if You want a one-woman show talking about gun violence, you want to hear a story

Don't see it if One-person shows aren't your thing, if discussions of gun violence are upsetting or boring

59
Cliched, Relevant, Slow, Thought-provoking

See it if you'd enjoy seeing a conversation about gun control from a new angle

Don't see it if there are a lot of irrelevant tangents and the play's conclusions aren't particularly original or profound

69
Banal, Cliched, Disappointing, Insipid, Slow

See it if If you don't already know much about how someone can personally be effected by gun violence

Don't see it if You despite bad, cliched narrative of a solo act, that doesn't Truly give New insight

100
Absorbing, Great acting, Must see

See it if want to see an outstanding solo performance

Don't see it if don't wont to see a story about the effect of gun violence

Also Ann Reeder gives one of the best performances that I have ever seen.Sh... Read more Read less

90
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Relevant, Intelligent

See it if You enjoy a single actor telling an intricate story that starts out funny and becomes increasingly heartbreaking.

Don't see it if You dislike monologues and minimal staging. You need visuals when hearing a story.

63
Indulgent, Disappointing, Thought-provoking, Slow, Ambitious

See it if you like monologues.

Don't see it if You want more meaning and depth to your theater experience.

66
Intense, Great acting, Intelligent

See it if You want to see a monologue...flat. Good acting , but monotone, no expression. Serious stuff.

Don't see it if You want fun entertainment. This is serious. Stage set is one chair and one woman!

62
Banal, Slow, Disappointing

See it if Like a good actress in a one person show.

Don't see it if You don't like to see a one person show with hardly any props.

Also It's unfortunate because Ana Reeder gave a good performance but the wr... Read more Read less

79
Great acting, Intelligent, Profound

See it if you want a relevant play for our times for gun violence.

Don't see it if you expect great staging.

95
Absorbing, Exquisite, Great acting, Great writing, Intense

See it if You appreciate a fantastic one woman show about dealing with grief.

Don't see it if You don't like monologue-based shows, or if talking about gun violence is triggering for you.

69
Intelligent, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if You enjoy one person shows with a deep, somewhat disturbing storyline. Acting was good.

Don't see it if You don't enjoy or appreciate one person show with some upsetting dialogue.

100
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if You enjoy solo work, Obie Winner Ana Reeder and a storying that just keeps unraveling -- you could have heard a pin drop all 90 minutes!

Don't see it if You are expecting orchestra and show tunes.

54
Slow

See it if If u like boring

Don't see it if If u want to see a better show

75
Funny, Slow, Thought-provoking

See it if You enjoy a one person show.

Don't see it if You need more than one actor in a show.

During previews
35
Pointless, Poorly written, Boring, Unfocused, Unengaging

See it if you want to waste your time. Even if you get free tickets, don't go. WIY is a mess. The script, the staging, and the acting were all bad.

Don't see it if Go see On The Exhale about gun violence. WIY is unwatchable. Uninteresting character tells tedious, unimportant story. Ugh.

During previews
79
Absorbing, Entertaining, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if You enjoy monologues. This is an interesting one that conjures some spot on memories from some not so comfortable times of life.

Don't see it if You're not interested in following the journey of this character as she processes a life changing moment. I found it interesting.

During previews
50
Banal, Disappointing, Excruciating

See it if Nice try, but boring, slow. Amateur-ish. Didn't take anything away from it.

Don't see it if There are better ways to spend your time.

During previews
74
Ambitious, Indulgent, Rambling, Slow, Disappointing

See it if you like one person shows, interested in stories exploring grief and people's attachments to a mass shooter, short shows (70 minutes)

Don't see it if one person shows fail to hold your attention, rambling narration too convoluted, subject matter of mass shootings in a school upsets you


March 29th, 2017
“Why is she telling us this? That’s one of those critical questions that unfailingly sound grumpy and pedagogical, yet I never did figure out the answer. I don’t think Ms. Baron did either…This is a cold production, and maybe that’s intentional…But I kept wondering how much more sense Ginnifer’s ...
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March 21st, 2017
“With a topic so timely, it's a shame that this one-act solo play lacks a sufficiently compelling plot and the dramatic heft to contribute to a serious discussion of one of the most dire problems facing our society today…Reeder gives a wonderfully nuanced performance…This, unfortunately, is not e...
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March 21st, 2017
“Baron's script is full of striking observations…The weakness of ‘When It's You’—and it's a pretty big one—is that the pleasures it offers are largely those of fine prose...We follow Ginnifer's progress toward a bleak sort-of realization with avid interest, but the climax that Baron supplies simp...
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March 21st, 2017
“Reeder powerfully performs this 70-minute solo play…Baron very skillfully imparts all of the pieces of information in precise increments...The result is an engrossing depiction of Ginnifer, as well as a measured but clear support of gun control…The writing though is so accomplished that it could...
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