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World Builders

Members say: Great acting, Ambitious, Absorbing, Intelligent, Slow
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Critics
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4 reviews
Members
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21 reviews
 

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

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In 'World Builders,' Whitney and Max live deep within their own imagined realities—one expansive and fanciful, the other dark and brutal. To break free of these visions and become functional members of society, they embark upon a clinical drug trial that might erase these worlds forever. But are they truly able to leave their fantasies behind? In a medicated age when our imaginations are colonized by mass media, how do we know when happiness and love are real?

 

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Reviews (25)

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78
Avg Score

60
BlogCritics.org

“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.” Full Review

85
Theatre is Easy

"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. " Full Review

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The Clyde Fitch Report

"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." Full Review

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New York Theatre Review

“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.” Full Review

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75
Funny, Absorbing, Great acting, 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.

57
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Disappointing, Slow, Nonsensical

See it if You want to hear some good ideas and possibilities played out but not taken to a logical or believable ending.

Don't see it if You want a fully functional play. I liked the ideas of this one...the possibilities of what it could have been but not at all what it was.

75
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

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.

Also I loved the set design, which reminded me of a sandbox in which the ch... Read more Read less

58
Disappointing, Slow

See it if you want to see two great acting performances

Don't see it if you don't like drawn out plays with unnecessary dialogue.

Also When I read the description of this play, I was very excited to see it... Read more Read less

77
Ambitious, Edgy, Great acting, Intense, Long

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.

66
Ambitious, Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Great writing

See it if You want to get a real feeling for people who exhibit schizoid personality

Don't see it if You do not want to see a show with many positive attributes, but becomes so detailed it is tedious.

Also I wanted to like this play, as I saw a previous reading of it. The act... Read more Read less

70
Great acting, Slow, Long

See it if you like strong acting.

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

Also Great efforts, but feel the play could be strengthened with some tight... Read more Read less

75
Funny, Ambitious, Clever, Great acting

See it if you want to see a new play elevated by the 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!

84
Absorbing, Edgy, Great acting, Intelligent, Intense

See it if You like great acting and plays written with an edge and intensity.

Don't see it if you are looking for a comedy.

70
Ambitious, Great acting, Intelligent

See it if acting was really terrific - The first 30 min and the last 30 min were pretty compelling - good story line - just should have been shorter

Don't see it if get bored by details of fantasy land. I got lost in her descriptions. I mean who cares.???

80
Ambitious, Great acting, Intense, Too long, Great staging

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.

Also very promising theme- and kudos to the 2 thespians. The play was fine,... Read more Read less

80
Ambitious, Great acting, Intelligent, Disappointing, Great staging

See it if you want something intense, well acted, kind of nutty, a take on mental illness very much from the patient's perspective. Dark comedies.

Don't see it if you want an even production from beginning to end, you want something light, though there is LOTS of laugh out loud moments.

Also The last fourth to third of the script could have been cut and this wo... Read more Read less

78
Intelligent, Quirky, Slow

See it if you like an ambitious two-hander. See it if you have or had a vivid imagination (as a child), which made you feel like an outsider.

Don't see it if If you don't have patience for a play that is not plot driven.

Also A strong writer needs a good first production with a smart director. T... Read more Read less

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

93
Absorbing, Great acting, Relevant, Great writing, Great staging

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.

91
Great acting, Thought-provoking, Profound

See it if you want to see great actors taking a script to the next level.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy extend real life dialogues by the minds of those society calls "crazy".

75
Ambitious, Quirky, Slow, Needs editing, Cutesy

See it if fantasy worlds are your thing.

Don't see it if you get bored easily (it's all talk).

Also The actress is wonderful and quirky and you understand why the male ch... Read more Read less

75
Ambitious, Dizzying, Great acting, Overlong

See it if You're ready to stick with a somewhat over-detailed and intermittently boring show that ultimately delivers and features terrific acting.

Don't see it if Schizoid characters annoy you and you're into something purely entertaining.

87
Absorbing, Great acting

See it if want to see a humorous show with great acting, dialogue and staging.

Don't see it if you're not into show with lots of text.

80
Funny, Absorbing, Clever, Enchanting, Intelligent

See it if You've ever thought about imagination, mental health, love, culture, sacrifice ...

Don't see it if You want simple, neat, tidy, happy, uplifting.

90
Absorbing, Great acting, Quirky

See it if You like seeing how mental illness is explored on stage and how medication alters our "truths." Quite a thought-provoking piece and novel.

Don't see it if If you just want a fluff piece or be merely entertained. This play requires getting inside (and out) of these character's minds.

Also Hats off to the actors for embracing a very wordy piece and still taki... Read more Read less