When It's You
Closed 1h 10m
When It's You
66

When It's You NYC Reviews and Tickets

66%
(73 Reviews)
Positive
45%
Mixed
44%
Negative
11%
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.

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Member Reviews (73)

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687 Reviews | 113 Followers
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

384 Reviews | 71 Followers
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.

361 Reviews | 80 Followers
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

332 Reviews | 42 Followers
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.

149 Reviews | 19 Followers
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.

139 Reviews | 18 Followers
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

118 Reviews | 27 Followers
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)

91 Reviews | 10 Followers
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

Critic Reviews (11)

The New York Times
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 meandering confidences might make if we were huddled close in a more intimate room. Seemingly foiled by the remove, Ms. Reeder races through the text.”
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Theatermania
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 enough to lift the play out of the doldrums of Baron's slowly paced plotting…Like a sputtering engine, the story doesn't leap into gear until the revelatory ending.’”
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Lighting & Sound America
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 simply isn't as dramatic as it should be...I was never bored watching 'When It's You,' but I also kept thinking it would make an even more powerful novella.”
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TheaterScene.net
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 succeed just as a theatrical portrait without that plot point or any political agenda. It’s also a fine vehicle for an excellent actress and it has that with Reeder…'Totally absorbing.”
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Theater Pizzazz
March 19th, 2017

"Baron’s engaging if tepid drama...As directed by Jonathan Silverstein, Reeder's delivery is deliberate but casual. We believe her. But for all her candor and a sprinkling of embarrassing factoids, there’s no aha! moment: no meaningful revelation or flash of insight. Her tale of Jason peaks in a burst of carnage; her own story is flat...Ginnifer’s character is well-writ and well-played, but she doesn’t learn or grow or catch us off-guard. She ends the play pretty much where she started."
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CurtainUp
March 24th, 2017

"Reeder is a skilled performer. She is so well rehearsed that she sounds totally spontaneous. She gives her character infinite texture and subtle nuance. But this is not enough to keep the play from becoming a victim of its confessional nature...It's certainly a pleasure watching Reeder ply her trade. But one wishes she were dealing with better raw material."
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Stage Buddy
March 21st, 2017

“An intriguing premise, but ultimately, the play’s purpose feels as tangled and unclear as the ‘ball of yarn’ metaphor Ginnifer invokes when attempting to untangle her own life…Ana Reeder’s performance, directed by Jonathan Silverstein, lends the play more nuance. Playing up the guilt and grief felt by Ginnifer, Reeder builds a convincing flow between the many topics she covers. She lends weight to the play’s most introspective moments.”
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Front Mezz Junkies
March 19th, 2017

"Reeder does an impressive job circling around this subject, mixing in all the other questions, denials, and curiosities that are running scattered around her brain...At times the story, directed by Jonathan Silverstein, could use more drama or try to engage us on a deeper level, but this is also part of the story...I’m not sure if this story didn’t fall a bit short in general, missing a chance to really dig down into something powerful."
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