World Builders
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World Builders

World Builders NYC Reviews and Tickets

(21 Reviews)
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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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Member Reviews (21)

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Thought-provoking, Slow, Disappointing, Relevant, 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.

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.

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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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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