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Yerma

From 35 critic and 198 member reviews
Members say: Great acting, Absorbing, Great staging, Intense, Riveting

About the show

Lorca’s 1934 drama about a provincial Spanish woman’s desperate desire to have a child is radically reimagined into a parable of modern life in this Olivier Award-winning staging starring Billie Piper ('Dr. Who.') More…

A blogger and journalist is driven to the unthinkable by her obsession with her own infertility while brutally documenting her trauma amidst the internet-surfing blogosphere of today. Simon Stone—in his New York directorial debut—stages this requiem for lost hope in a glass encasement that transforms from luxurious apartment to garden to wild music festival.



95
The New York Times

"One of the most harrowing - and compelling - productions you are ever likely to see...As appealing and vivid as Ms. Piper has reliably been, nothing she did previously prepares you for this blistering portrait...One of those performances that leave you bruised, breathless and grateful for an experience you wouldn't have missed for the world...What hooks and holds you is the magnetic emotional pull of the performances, and I mean all of them." Full Review

95
The Hollywood Reporter

"The genius of Stone's modern-day adaptation is how it reconceives this elemental, almost mythical drama into a shattering psychological study. 'Yerma' will leave you shaken long after you've left the theater...The characters and dialogue unerringly ring true...All of the members of the ensemble do excellent work...Piper's work here is simply staggering. Her character devolves in such heartbreaking, visceral fashion that the evening takes on the feel of Greek tragedy." Full Review

95
Front Mezz Junkies

"Simon Stone’s adaptation bares the weight of its history but drives it forward into the modern world of British culture and liberalism...It’s a sad and horrendous journey to watch, especially as enlivened by Piper and as coaxed through by director Stone into a journey riddled with complications and reactions that will be forever etched into my brain...If Piper doesn’t rip your heart in two, I’d wonder if you left it at home with your babysitter." Full Review

95
Woman Around Town

"Production values are inspired, acting and directing ferocious. Billie Piper should be carried off on our shoulders...This is a GREAT, GUTSY performance. Billie Piper (Her) mentally and emotionally eviscerates herself on stage...She blazes, vibrates, grasps, strikes out, and mines something so deep and desperate, it’s painful to watch and impossible to turn away. Brendan Cowell meets Piper blow for dramatic blow...Simon Stone helms with viscera, humanity, and visual acuity." Full Review

95
New York Stage Review

"This astonishing adaptation manages to address concerns in a contemporary context, exploring not only the limits of progress but also the fresh challenges it can pose...The character of Her is given remarkable life by Piper...Minimalist set encloses the characters in glass walls...The design not only reinforces Her's increasing sense of being trapped, but emphasizes our general vulnerability in a digital age that encourages us to live our lives in public, and be judged accordingly." Full Review

95
Stage Left

"A modern tragedy on par with the Greek classics, harmoniously marrying visual, aural, and physical elements to produce a disorienting and enveloping stage magic at once heart-stopping and jaw-dropping, and wholly in service to the larger metaphors at work in the story...Piper gives an absolute knockout and haunting performance, painting a painful portrait of an increasingly tortured, depressed, and untethered Her...Stone's text is smart, natural and fast, matched by crisp and striking staging." Full Review

95
Stage Buzz

"One of the best shows of this or any other theatre season...Featuring a tour-de-force performance by Piper...Stone's staging of his own adaptation is nothing short of brilliant...Another essential element of the story is the very intriguing set...Interesting when it starts and riveting by the time it finishes, 'Yerma' works best because it never forgets the various human elements in this all-too-real situation." Full Review

95
WNYC

"'Her' is played by Billie Piper and it is the most compelling performance of the season. The role is Shakespearean in its complexity, moral ambiguity and rage, and Piper brings to it a snarling honesty that starts out with raunchy wisecracking and ends with a primal scream...Piper's ferocity, however, never overshadows the rest of the cast, despite their more restrained performances. It is a testament to their skill and that of Stone, who also directed the play...This production is a triumph." Full Review

90
Theatermania

"A play that surges through the bloodstream like a nonstop adrenaline rush...While Stone's decision to steep Lorca's tale in upper-middle-class privilege might at first seem like yet another needless erasure of the poor, it actually ups the ante in this story...Nothing will leave you more shaken than Piper's penetrating performance...Will have you on the edge of your seat and gasping for air as our protagonist chases her illusive mirage across a scorching desert of ruined dreams." Full Review

90
Village Voice

"'Yerma' feels new in ways both thrilling and terrifying...Piper is nothing short of astonishing, yet her turn also feels unselfconscious...What Stefan Gregory, who handled the music and the sound design, achieves here is just wild. Indeed, the whole production operates at a heightened level of technical ingenuity we are simply not used to seeing in the U.S. But this would be all moot if the human element did not keep up, and it certainly does." Full Review

90
CurtainUp

"Stone's 'Yerma' stays true to Lorca's tragic story...However, it's presented within the framework of contemporary London's blogging journalists...More an original story than an adaptation...A riveting theatrical outing...While Piper is the star attraction, the other cast members add to the all-around acting excellence...There are times when you'll want to look away from those darkening events. But there's no looking away from Piper's powerhouse performance and this imaginative reinvention." Full Review

90
Towleroad

"A deft modern update...Piper’s performance is a tour-de-force from blithe start to bitter end. The entire cast, like Stone’s visually surprising production, is fine-tuned to optimize the story’s jolting emotional impact, by drawing us in so close we could press our noses against the glass." Full Review

90
This Week in New York Blog

"Stone puts domesticity and obsession under a microscope in the blistering, no-holds-barred 'Yerma'...Every aspect of the production has been ingeniously crafted to organically intersect into a wholly involving and shattering experience that will leave you physically and emotionally exhausted as well as thoroughly exhilarated...Piper is electrifying...It is a brave, bold, unforgettable performance that leaves it all out on the stage, literally and figuratively...Stunning, brutal production." Full Review

90
Theatre is Easy

"Even though all these elements separate us from the action, Piper's performance makes it impossible to disassociate...Sometimes when men try to write complex female characters, they still come across as a man's version of what a woman is, but in this case, 'Her' feels authentic , and it's especially refreshing to hear her talking about subjects like a former abortion and anal sex, topics that don't often get discussed in life or on the stage. More of this please." Full Review

85
Time Out New York

"Stone's high-gloss infertility thriller...Piper's powerhouse performance, a thing of such hectic emotional commitment that you fear for her actual sanity...To some extent, this gorgeousness aestheticizes the terror...It's sometimes hard to get a purchase on the play behind the magazine-spread perfection...That’s what makes it so astonishing when Piper bashes her way into intimacy with everyone in the theater." Full Review

85
Gotham Playgoer

"In this high-concept environment, the actors have their work cut out for them. Fortunately, they are up to the task and then some...Ms. Piper does not hold back; it is easy to see why she won the Olivier for her performance. Mr. Cowell is a fine foil for her. I admire Mr. Stone and designer Lizzie Clachan for the originality of their concept, even though I found it somewhat alienating. It was a stimulating evening." Full Review

85
New York Stage Review

"Piper is delivering a monumental performance...Stone's modernized adaptation...Serves to make the play far more relevant to modern audiences, for sure, and allows a production filled with vibrantly startling images. The social pressures and character developments which justify Lorca's plot, though, are somewhat lost in the translation...Piper is astonishing...This is a grand performance, no question, and likely to remain unforgettable. Her five stagemates offer able support." Full Review

85
Melinda's Malarky

"The theatrical glass box stage has audiences looking in on two sides is modern and surreal...There is an overriding feeling of being trapped as a voyeur as much as the actors are entrapped within their glass house. A strong sense of confinement and impending sense of doom is overwhelming...What little joy there is in the play is fleeting...For thespians who yearn for a moving theatrical experience this will leave an impregnable punch to your gut." Full Review

85
TheaterScene.com

"With every beat of Her heart she and the audience slip further into searing despair...in Lorca's scorching play...The creative director and playwright, Stone saw something timeless and universal in the Lorca story and reinterpreted it for a 21st-century audience...One of the most poignant moments in the play is when Her and John's union comes to its shattering end...Her takes us on hellish journey with a shocking conclusion, but you can't help but take the ride nor can you look away." Full Review

80
AM New York

"Whether or not the glass box concept is more than an elaborate, self-conscious gimmick is up for debate, and the play is certainly not easy to sit through. But for those ready and willing to take the ride, it offers pure tragedy played out with escalating, thriller-like intensity. Piper's high-pitched performance - a portrait of someone losing her mind - is full of restlessness, vulnerability, delirium and desperation and will not be forgotten anytime soon." Full Review

75
Berkshire Fine Arts

"A transfixing work. Piper's Olivier-winning performance is justly celebrated. All the cast members contribute to the wrenching drama...From the start, we are not offered appealing characters...This stance that makes the play difficult to take...The dialogue here is often snappy...There is clearly an audience for the ugly characters of Neil LaBute. I am not part of it, and this is my prejudice. What I loved about the evening was my placement in an alternative theatrical space." Full Review

70
Daily Beast

"Piper is utterly convincing, painfully so, but the play would benefit from scenes that would allow her pain to accrue and marinate in front of us. On stage, the character transitions can feel as sudden as the stunning scenery changes...A powerful production for sure, even if sometimes you find yourself wanting to sit longer with its wordsand with Her herself to fully understand her tragedy, besides taking a ringside seat for her graphic personal implosion." Full Review

70
JonathanKalb.com

"Stone's breathtakingly intense Lorca adaptation...The actors in this production are unforgettably vivid, fearless and honest-particularly Piper as Her, a slow-building thunderstorm...At the same time, the joyless, sterile environment they're in underscores what a thorny problem modernizing Lorca is...At a certain point...The story's plausibility takes a big hit in its rush-rush final section...The play's violent conclusion seems to perpetuate a 'desperate woman' stereotype." Full Review

65
Lighting & Sound America

"I'm betting that you won't be able to take your eyes off Billie Piper...You may also wonder what Stone and company are getting at...It's a stunning technical achievement...Without sufficiently operatic performances, one might be distracted, wondering how the magic was made. There's little worry of that here...Ultimately, the experience of watching her inside that box, coming apart spectacularly, comes to feel uncomfortably sadistic." Full Review

45
The Wrap

"Anyone wanting to see a Lifetime movie on steroids should see Stone's 'Yerma'...Some plays have an arc...'Yerma' resembles a descending escalator. It sometimes runs slow, sometimes fast; it even stops on several occasions...The experience of watching the miked actors perform a series of brief skits through a glass wall is as close to going to the movies as anything you’ll find in live theater...Her is not much of a character, although Piper is very good at being hysterical and rolling around." Full Review


100
Great acting, Masterful, Must see, Riveting, Great staging

See it if You want to see a one of a kind theatrical experience of masterful acting, directing in a space that is unique

Don't see it if You’re not looking for a tragic outpouring of rage, anger and every other intense emotion

100
Absorbing, Great acting, Masterful, Great writing, Great staging

See it if you want to witness the best acting ever!

Don't see it if a sensitive topic like infertility will upset you.

100
Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Resonant, Great staging

See it if into intense and riveting acting from your performances, enjoy a really cleverly designed play in terms of set changes

Don't see it if You are expecting an exact adaptation of Lorca's play, plays about mental issues and distress is not your cup of tea.

Also I've read the play and seen a Spanish production back in high school a... Read more Read less

100
Absorbing, Clever, Exquisite, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if you are looking to see one of the most spell-binding performances onstage, and are not afraid to be moved and heartbroken.

Don't see it if you are looking for something that is not heavy in tone or gut-wrenching. This certainly is both of those things.

100
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Resonant, Devastating

See it if You want to see a devastating, disturbing, and brilliantly portrayed story of a woman's self-destruction

Don't see it if You are not mentally prepared to be emotionally exhausted. This play is beautiful but brutal. Also if you are sensitive to strobe lights.

100
Ambitious, Edgy, Epic, Intense, Riveting

See it if You enjoy avant garde staging, modern interpretations of classics, and astonishing performances.

Don't see it if The subject matter is absolutely devastating and heavy. Violence, physical and psychological, is present throughout.

Also This production is one of the finest pieces of theatre I have ever see... Read more Read less

100
Edgy, Great acting, Intense, Thought-provoking, Riveting

See it if you want to see theater with real impact. Seriously intense and totally heartrending.

Don't see it if you're looking for something light and fun.

100
Absorbing, Great acting, Masterful, Must see, Riveting

See it if During the 100 minutes of the play, there was not a cough, a sneeze, or a sound from the audience except for a cry or two. See this show!

Don't see it if As others have written about shows they admire, there is no reason not to see this show.

Also Spoiler alert: It does not matter whether you have children, have want... Read more Read less

100
Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Exquisite, Great acting

See it if you want to see great acting, intelligent adaptation, spectacular staged. Amazing production.

Don't see it if you don't like dramas and if you like Lorca in a conservative way.

100
Great acting, Masterful, Must see, Riveting, Great staging

See it if you want a great theatrical experience both classic and contemporary

Don't see it if you only want to attend musicals.

Also How ingenious to take Garcia Lorca's iconic female and create a new pl... Read more Read less

100
Absorbing, Great acting, Must see, Great writing, Great staging

See it if you want to see one of the most thrilling productions in NYC right now.The cast, led by Billie Piper, is outstanding. WOW!!!!!!

Don't see it if four letter words disturb you.

100
Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Must see, Great staging

See it if you want to see a tour de force performance by Billie Piper and exquisite staging by Simon Stone.

Don't see it if you do not like intense evenings in the theatre. This play is harrowing, and may likely cause a sleepless night.

100
Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Riveting, Brutal

See it if you want to see a brutally, wonderfully acted drama by Billie Piper and an ensemble cast with completely natural sounding dialogue.

Don't see it if you dislike overlapping dialogue, can't identify with primarily womanly issue of being unable to conceive or want something upbeat.

Also I am a male. Sorry. So I can never identify with the issue of female i... Read more Read less

100
Ambitious, Exquisite, Great acting, Intense, Riveting

See it if you ❤️ Billie Piper--she tears it up! Brilliant adaptation of Lorca for 21st c. Stunning, impossible set changes. Emotional rollercoaster

Don't see it if You are frightened or upset by non-traditional staging, intimate emotion, loud noises, frank exploration of sex, partnership, & motherhood.

Also Saw the NT Live film broadcast of this last year--stellar. Same cast h... Read more Read less

100
Great acting, Masterful, Must see, Riveting, Great staging

See it if You love good theatre. This is darn good theatre. Also if you love ensemble pieces and plays featuring strong and messy women.

Don't see it if You aren’t interested in plays centered around women or you prefer comedies. This has comedic moments but ends in a gut punch.

Also 100 is almost too low to rate this phenomenal piece of theatre. This i... Read more Read less

100
Absorbing, Great acting, Must see, Great writing, Great staging

See it if OMG! Amazing Billie Piper. How does she do this every night. See it if you can get a ticket

Don't see it if If drama isn't your thing. Especially if you are uncomfortable with provocative scenes or female issues

100
Absorbing, Ambitious, Clever, Exquisite, Great acting

See it if you want to see a riveting adaptation of Lorca's Yerma. Theatrical, raw, and emotional. Entire cast gives it their all. Supremely directed.

Don't see it if you are looking for light entertainment. I would say not for someone suffering PTSD as it is a very emotionally raw production.

99
Absorbing, Exquisite, Great acting, Intense, Great staging

See it if you want to see one of the best performances this year.

Don't see it if you're looking for something light and breezy.

99
Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Great staging

See it if Beyond intense. Take this journey if you are willing to let go of yourself and become someone else entirely. Billie Piper electrifies.

Don't see it if Are easily disturbed.

99
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging

See it if You crave brilliant performances in a unique setting.

Don't see it if Want to avoid infertility issues in today’s society and profanity.

99
Exquisite, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if Piper deserved the Olivier. The staging is amazing. The Armory is an unusual space to perform a play. Fabulous acting,, and sets.

Don't see it if If you do not like salty language. IF YOU can't concentrate for 100 minutes. Sit close because the theatre is very steep.

Also I was totally memorized by the play..

99
Absorbing, Dizzying, Masterful, Must see, Resonant

See it if You like good theatre. This is what theatre should be.

Don't see it if You are triggered by reproductive issues.

Also This show wrecked me. Honestly, the only thing I thought was a bit off... Read more Read less

98
Absorbing, Ambitious, Edgy, Great acting, Must see

See it if you want an event of a theatrical experience. Buckle your seatbelt!

Don't see it if conceiving children is a topic that hits too close to home. This play is about so much more than just getting pregnant, however.

98
Shattering, Innovative staging, Not what you expect, Incredible performances, Billie piper & brendon cowell !!

See it if U want to see great, truly great drama This is a MUST SEE, a complete knock-out, People will be talking about play & Billie Piper for years

Don't see it if You are dealing with some hard issues inside your family or relationship pertaining to fertility - it could hit too hard & be too painful

Also As the play ended the audience stood slowly as if they were stunned - ... Read more Read less

98
Great acting, Intense, Thought-provoking, Masterful, Relevant

See it if You want to see a three-dimensional female character who is consumed by the same hopes, fears, and pressures that many women face every day.

Don't see it if You don't like hyper-realistic plays with flawed characters who discuss sex, pregnancy, abortion, life, and death in a brutally honest way.


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