Already closed | 1h 30m | East Village

Williston

From 39 member  reviews
Members say: Great acting, Absorbing, Great writing, Entertaining, Intelligent

About the show

This world premiere dark comedy about the oil industry asks: how far would you go to carve out a slice of the American Dream? More…

Larry and Barb, two veteran oil reps, are closing a deal on drilling rights in Williston, North Dakota, but the arrival of a newbie changes things up. It’s not business as usual in this boomtown. Miranda presents the world premiere of Adam Seidel's dynamic, thought-provoking dark comedy.  


1h 30m | Already closed | IATI Theater (East Village)

Member Reviews (39)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great acting, Absorbing, Great writing, Entertaining, Intelligent
85
Avg Score

75
Edgy, Indulgent, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Nasty

See it if Ruthless oil land acquirers meet in a remote trailer. Older generation fears being replaced by younger. Cruel business, cruel people.

Don't see it if Foul disrespectful language from unlikable characters. Not believable that locals are so stupid, or that so much transpires so quickly.

87
Great writing, Edgy, Great staging, Clever, Intelligent

See it if you'd like to spend an entertaining time in a trailer with 3 characters, except for a couple minutes mimed outside of it, in a twisted tale.

Don't see it if you do not like rough language argumentative or immoral characters.

90
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Intense

See it if All three actors were excellent. The play was well written and engrossing. Set was simple but perfect. Didn't need anything more elaborate

Don't see it if If you want Broadway. This is a very small, intimate theater in the East Village. Very satisfying theater experience.

93
Absorbing, Clever, Great writing, Great acting

See it if You'd enjoy an 85 minute comedy/drama that flies by with superb acting & a "twist" towards the end. Free sunflower seeds or honey too.

Don't see it if You don't like shows with Broadway stars in them.

81
Entertaining, Great acting, Great writing, Relevant, Intelligent

See it if you enjoy drama with an interesting plot and well developed characters, subject matter not normally in your realm of knowledge.

Don't see it if you have no interest in the oil industry, wheeling and dealing, and unlikable characters who swear a lot and (front row warning) also spit

78
Entertaining, Relevant, Well paced, Interesting subject

See it if Well plotted tale of corporate carnage. Characters a bit exaggerated but the show gets a lot right about threats to power at middle mgmt.

Don't see it if The show’s resolution is its Achilles heel. Moral is rendered ineffective. Instead of hefty conviction you get wishful thinking.

Also Pros: 3 recognizable characters to anyone working in a declining indus... Read more Read less

85
Great direction / very entertaining, Strong performances / fast-paced dialogue, Great set (intimate venue) / well-staged, Intense / compelling / absorbing / relevant, Great set-up / interesting arc (twist) / so-so resolve

See it if you enjoy morality plays, intimate theatre (LOVE this venue), strong acting, discovering audition-worthy monologues (can't help it).

Don't see it if you're only interested in grand Broadway shows, don't like tight spaces, are easily offended by F-bombs, don't enjoy exploring new plays.

Also Re-read official show description when I got home.... Read more Read less

88
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Resonant, Relevant

See it if you want to see the very talented cast using the high quality writing and direction given them to the best advantage of the show.

Don't see it if small shows attacking corporate greed and insensitivity seem unAmerican to you.

Also extremely well done. Definitely needs a new "blurb" - the one here mak... Read more Read less

81
Riveting, Great writing, Thought-provoking, Intense, Great acting

See it if You're interested in an intense drama about corporate greed in America. Great writing and acting - delivered more than I expected.

Don't see it if You don't like being almost on the stage - this is an extremely intimate venue. But you would be missing out - this is well worth your time.

88
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Relevant, Resonant

See it if 3 brilliant actors in a hotel room, reminiscent of THE BIG KAHUNA.

Don't see it if If you only like Broadway musicals

82
Ambitious, Intense, Quirky, Good acting

See it if you'd like to see a new, well-performed drama that doesn't have the "same old" plot; you won't mind some cursing and violence.

Don't see it if you prefer lighter fare, more complex sets

49
Short, Nice set

See it if Not a bad story but trying to make two immoral, obnoxious characters sympathetic heroes is contrived and silly.

Don't see it if Some truly awful Mamet-esque dialogue. Ridiculous stereotypes. Forced dialogue.I couldn't even tell you if the actors were any good.

Also I'm pretty sure one of the characters actually said "I wouldn't TRUST ... Read more Read less

84
Great acting, Great staging, Intelligent

See it if Good acting and a great script...surprising ending.

Don't see it if You want a splashy set.

78
Relevant, Entertaining

See it if you'd like to support original material that covers social, political and climate issues within the context of a good story.

Don't see it if you want polish, perfect writing and flawless delivery. Despite well known actors, this is still black box theater, early in it's run.

Also Good story, good issues (corporate greed, unethical and deceptive busi... Read more Read less

91
Entertaining, Absorbing, Great writing

See it if It’s refreshing seeing a new American play packed with emotion not about lgbt rights or gun violence that captures a timely topic.

Don't see it if You don’t like small theatres in east village.

Also There were a few glitches but it was first preview. But despite all th... Read more Read less

79
Great acting, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to see an original play with some great acting

Don't see it if You want to see a big production or are uninterested in new plays

70
Ambitious, Cliched, Entertaining, Great acting, Indulgent

See it if you enjoy intimate off off broadway production, if you want to see great acting.

Don't see it if you are into big Broadway and musicals

Also Cute little play with some big awkward ideas on politics, business and... Read more Read less

92
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great writing, Intelligent

See it if You enjoy a well-written, well-performed dramatic ensemble piece. It is engaging,compelling and intimate experience in a 50 seat theater.

Don't see it if You don't like good theater. It's a just a gem of a production. Everyone should see it.

90
Great acting, Great writing

See it if Solidly written, solidly acted in a small space so you are right there “living” the story in all the right ways.

Don't see it if You are not good with drama’s performed at a high pitch with you as part of the room

82
Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Intense

See it if you want to see a new play early in the process, you want to see talented actors up close in a small venue and a plot that moves along

Don't see it if you want a grand spectacle or a musical, if the subject matter turns you off or if you are put off from the basement atmosphere

Also Tonight was the first preview of this new play which is very well cast... Read more Read less

89
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting

See it if Fast paced, funny, well plotted three hander about the oil business in North Dakota. Relevant and entertaining.

Don't see it if You don't like straightforward narrative drama.

88
Absorbing, Great acting, Edgy, Intelligent, Intense

See it if You're interested in the way corporations are dehumanizing the workforce and local populations.

Don't see it if You are not looking for an intense, topical 3-hander

50
Disappointing, Some ok acting

See it if You live in the neighborhood and have nothing else to do

Don't see it if You enjoy good theater You aren’t in the neighborhood and don’t feel like making the trek to that theater

100
Absorbing, Funny, Riveting

See it if You want to see powerful funny clashes between very different characters strip ea other to their essence amid oil company greed, ND Indians

Don't see it if You can’t find 64 east 4 st (R, F,or 6 trains or cab) in Manhattan, don’t want to be in a small intimate off off off Bway theater

Also Excellent writing, direction and acting - dramatic every second as we ... Read more Read less

89
Absorbing, Entertaining, Funny, Great staging, Great acting

See it if You want to see a really absorbing story acted and directed wonderfully.

Don't see it if You’re not into profanity and you don’t care to watch unsympathetic characters learn something.


November 8th, 2018
"Playwright Adam Seidel crafts a nifty three-hander where everything and everyone is not as it seems...Deftly directed by Valentina Fratti, the actors are given the freedom to unwrap layers...Grimes goes deep as the seasoned woman who knows how to hold her own and get ahead in a man's world...LuP...
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November 2nd, 2018
“Skillfully constructed...Fratti gave the actors room...to show us not only the complexity of their relationships but also key moments in their characters...You’ll be drawn into the piece through its humor and Seidel’s well-delineated dialogue, building characters quickly..Here, in this tiny spac...
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