World Builders
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World Builders
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World Builders NYC Reviews and Tickets

76%
(21 Ratings)
Positive
86%
Mixed
14%
Negative
0%
Members say
Great acting, Ambitious, Intelligent, Absorbing, Thought-provoking

About the Show

Flux Theatre Ensemble presents a new dark comedy about two psychologically fragile patients who meet during a clinical drug trial.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (21)

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57 Reviews | 16 Followers
93
Absorbing, Great writing, Great acting, Great staging, Relevant

See it if You are inclined to question what is normal (in society, in the human mind...)

Don't see it if You don't like to learn about how the world looks from another person's perspective. Also, if mental illness scares you.

175 Reviews | 24 Followers
80
Great acting, Ambitious, Great staging, Intense, Too long

See it if you're intrigued by mental disorder & psychology theme and be treated to fine intense acting that will drive you to deep empathy & sympathy.

Don't see it if you get impatient with plays with just long dialogues w/o anything else much to entertain your senses but your own imagination and feelings. Read more

155 Reviews | 46 Followers
77
Ambitious, Great acting, Edgy, Long, Intense

See it if your idea of a fun night is living with two participants of a drug trial for a long 100 minutes. Intense writing. Needs editing.

Don't see it if you don't want to get into the heads of two mentally ill very human beings or you want a more enjoyable evening.

59 Reviews | 7 Followers
75
Great acting, Long

See it if you like strong acting.

Don't see it if you get distracted easily, need more of a plot-driven play. Read more

55 Reviews | 14 Followers
75
Funny, Great acting, Ambitious, Clever

See it if you want to see a new play elevated by the top notch acting, precise directing, and a unique love story dealing between mental health.

Don't see it if you are looking for a tight script. Writer needs to trust more and explain less. It should be a 60min play. Great potential though!

754 Reviews | 128 Followers
75
Absorbing, Great acting, Funny, Thought-provoking, Quirky

See it if If you're interested in how human minds work. The play studies the evolving connections between between two people who have never connected

Don't see it if mental illness disturbs you. The form it takes here is imaginative not creepy. The actors are marvelous.

131 Reviews | 46 Followers
75
Thought-provoking, Great acting, Ambitious, Absorbing, Intelligent

See it if you'd like to see and support a well-executed two-hander about two lost characters who find each other.

Don't see it if you don't like small shows; the topic of mental illness doesn't interest you. Read more

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98 Reviews | 36 Followers
75
Ambitious, Enchanting, Repetitive

See it if nice and enthusiastic acting, good premise - two schizoid personalities who are eagerly introspective while going treatment.

Don't see it if The script really needs a lot of cutting. Way more time is spent on the sci-fi "world" than it deserves and things become way too repetitive

Critic Reviews (4)

Theatre is Easy
May 5th, 2017

"A shared tale of love, agency, and devotion...Humorous, heartfelt, and philosophical of its own accord, Johnna Adams’ script shines under the actors’ chemistry and realism...By inviting the audience into its characters’ worlds, and similarly tasking us to hold them, 'World Builders' challenges us to dissect our own...'World Builders' reaches no neat conclusions, but offers in Max and Whitney the possibility that love and empathy may well be worth the risks they entail. "
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Blog Critics
May 3rd, 2017

“The dialogue is artfully crafted, Kelly O’Donnell directs with a sure hand, and the early going suggests a strong result...Before the final conflict arises my patience wore out…Whitney and Max passionately – and incessantly – debate how to achieve a happy ending together. Like real life, but unlike an effective stage drama, it just goes on and on...In the end they exasperate us beyond tolerability…A beautifully realized production. It’s just that, there’s way too much there there.”
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The Clyde Fitch Report
May 7th, 2017

"During the show’s intermissionless 90 minutes, Spielmann uses her characters' words to extends her world around the set and into the audience. Schulenburg keeps up artfully awkward attempts to maintain his character’s boundaries. Together, these actors create a joyous, revelatory experience akin to a happy version of the film 'Cocoon.' O’Donnell, as director, regulates the pace of this mind-opening tale better than certain medications."
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New York Theatre Review
May 3rd, 2017

“An empathetic, whimsical portrait of two people finding comfort in each other’s fantastic delusions...There is a warmth and fluidity to the physical life of the show…Adams’s script has a lot of fun fleshing out the fantastic details of Whitney’s world…But the script really drops in when Max finally opens up about his...Is it possible—or even moral—to try and avoid facing pain? Whatever one decides, 'World Builders' is a call for empathy for those engaged in the struggle.”
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