Closed 1h 10m
When It's You
Midtown W
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)

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

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.

Critic Reviews (11)

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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March 19th, 2017

“By the time the piece concludes, we can be forgiven for feeling like we've been part of a grief counseling session listening patiently to a member's lengthy account of her trauma and what she's learned from it...The narrative...isn't especially novel or interesting...While not much of a play,...'When It's You' offers Ana Reeder an extended acting exercise in which she offers a lovingly constructed performance, one that fully captures the emotional toll of Ginnifer's experiences.”
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March 29th, 2017

“Any show that takes on this topic has to walk a narrow line, paying homage to the pain the real-life tragedies caused without exploiting them and attempting to provide insight into the incomprehensible. The Keen Company's production of ‘When It's You’ fails to meet both tests…The character actress Ana Reeder does what she can with the part but it's thin gruel and the 70 minutes it took for her to get through it seemed endless.”
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March 23rd, 2017

"Reeder is empathetic and nuanced as a Texas gal with a light drawl and a friendly manner...Ginnifer's skimming introspective search results in a bland play directed by Jonathan Silverstein that moves with slow determination but little flow and no anchor to truth. 'I may be alone, but I am not without purpose. I’m going to have direction.' She sounds determined but Courtney Baron's play does not make an encouraging case."
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