Set in 2037, this black comedy/psychological thriller explores how government by the people, of the people, and for the people is often just an empty slogan. Part of Theater for the New City's Dream Up Festival. More…
From the show:
It’s 2037 and the planet is teetering on the verge of a global economic meltdown as well as facing the specter of ecological doomsday. Against this dystopian backdrop, America has sworn in its 1st female President promising a return to values of austerity and propriety. Frank and Cassie Fornitelli, a struggling couple with some uncomfortable secrets between them, are visited by Whip, a senior government case officer for the newly minted Department of Personal Responsibility and Rectitude, who is charged with helping the Fornitellis get their financial troubles in order. Whip, an Asian-American with an English accent, is not the devoted, squeaky clean official that he’s cracked up to be. He has a dark hidden agenda. “Whipped” is a black comedy/psychological thriller that satirizes how the ideal of government by the people, of the people and for the people is all too often just an empty slogan.
See it if You want to see a play that takes place in the future about something that you never thought anyone would take the time to write about
Don't see it if You are expecting a dark comedy. That’s what they tell you but not one audience member laughed or even smiled during the whole play
See it if You want to see a play about the government in the future and how it affects the people. You have an open mind and aren't so critical.
Don't see it if You need a big Broadway production. You are not open to seeing something different. You don't have an open mind. You are too serious.
See it if you enjoy good acting comedy that makes you wonder "what would the world be like if this ever happened"
Don't see it if you want to laugh without giving it much thought
See it if can see and think ahead and to be able to find several interesting ideas in the "row" plot. You understand that the whole story is utopian
Don't see it if Full of criticism; episodes with lobotomy looks stolen from the "One flew over the cuckoo's nest. "
See it if An interesting peek at the near future. The acting was better than the material.
Don't see it if Theater For the New City's (values (where the show is performed) are rudimentary and the play is virtually humorless
See it if you have a friend in the show and want to support but even that is pushing it
Don't see it if you have literally anything better to do, like having your wisdom teeth pulled.
See it if You like quirky speculative fiction with a fresh story, good acting and a lot of dialogue.
Don't see it if You want a Broadway-quality play with a lot more history and experience under its belt - 1st run of the playwright’s first full-length play.