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Yerma

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Members say: Great acting, Great staging, Absorbing, 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.


Member Reviews (200)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great acting, Great staging, Absorbing, Intense, Riveting
88
Avg Score

90
Great acting, Great staging, Riveting, Intense

See it if Powerful story. Riveting performances from Piper & Cowell. Great writing. Spectacular staging! Must see.

Don't see it if Issues of mental illness upset you.

Also Piper is especially exceptional. The combination of the one-of-a-kind ... Read more Read less

90
Absorbing, Great acting, Entertaining, Intense, Great staging

See it if The incredible staging combined w/ the outstanding performances (Piper is incredible) make this raw & emotional rollercoaster a must see.

Don't see it if You dislike heavy emotional shows or want to see something light.

Also It's easy to see why this won the Olivier for best revival and actress... Read more Read less

85
Intense, Insane, Dizzying, Great staging, Great acting

See it if Billie Piper is irresistably charismatic and crazy. The staging and sound are startling. Shit happens in the darkness between the scenes.

Don't see it if As a “descent into madness” play, it is one-dimensional. There are no surprises, & no humor to soften the characters. Just a slide into hell

86
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Intense

See it if you want to spy on a couple in descent in a modern-day Greek tragedy about obsession, conception, unrealized dreams & family responsibility.

Don't see it if you don't like histrionics & melodrama, very frank discussions of sex, gimmicky (tho mostly effective) staging, or you're a Lorca purist.

Also If nothing else, see this for the shattering and compelling performanc... Read more Read less

84
Intense, Brilliant, Aestheticized, Clinical, Chilly

See it if you want to experience a gorgeous, intense, flawed early draft of the theater of the future (or at least 1 kind of it).

Don't see it if you’re expecting to see a production of Federico García Lorca’s classic play “Yerma”.

Also Want to experience bold, beautiful theater unafraid to challenge conve... Read more Read less

91
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Great staging, Epic

See it if you like tense, dynamic acting, older classics adapted to up-to-the minute environments, unique stagings that will be recalled for years

Don't see it if you don't like blunt, devastating plays that focus on a womans' descent into maddness, messy surreal sets, & people withholding information

84
Billie piper the "it" girl in "dr. who" has grown up to become a powerful actress in yerma

See it if the actors are the thing particularly piper who's marvelously mercurial; fascinating set shows actors as specimens; great use music

Don't see it if rationale 4 Piper's descent into madness b/c barren not well-explained; as "Her" she's supposed 2 be universal tragic figure-don't feel that

87
Absorbing, Great acting, Riveting, Intense, Relevant

See it if You love modern plays where you deeply connect to the characters, or want to see a brilliant, how-does-she-do-it-every-night performance.

Don't see it if A play about a woman obsessed with getting pregnant doesn’t sound like your cup of tea.

95
Great acting, Great staging, Extraordinary, Epic, Thought-provoking

See it if you can! A study or a warning of the destructive power of extreme desire. Like nothing else in the theater. Try to sit close to the stage.

Don't see it if you don't see much theater. It is dramatic and disturbing. Probably not good for people with childbearing issues.

94
Absorbing, Intense, Great staging, Great acting

See it if you want to see excellent acting from a whole cast. Its is very intense drama.

Don't see it if metal issues and upset topics for some people.

Also A woman who want a baby so bad, and that the problem. no intermission,... Read more Read less

96
Powerful, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Riveting

See it if You want to see a most powerful update of a classic tragedy ! The arc of this drama is subtle at first. Suddenly it’s a rollercoaster ride!

Don't see it if You don’t care for powerful wrenching drama that seers your insides as you watch the heroine slide into madness !

Also This play is the most harrowing experience currently being performed o... Read more Read less

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

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.

85
Great acting, Great staging, Riveting, Intense, High-concept

See it if you want to see an amazing performance by Billie Piper or if you like high-concept revivals or if you enjoy innovative scenic design.

Don't see it if you expect a revival to hew closely to the original.

Also Some of the scene changes are magical, but the blast of music needed t... Read more Read less

90
Devastating, Great acting, Great staging, Profound, Engrossing

See it if Captivating, engrossing drama of one woman's descent into madness. Cast is excellent, Porter is exquisite. Creative, minimalist staging.

Don't see it if loud music bothers you. Music is used at chapter interludes to sync your feelings to that of "Her" and can be very loud & disturbing.

95
Powerful, Stunning, Extraordinary performances, One-of-a-kind experience, Masterful at every level

See it if Want a brilliant modern retelling of classic story. This will both drain and thrill you in equal measure. Theatrical magic. Astonishing.

Don't see it if Don't want an intense, dark tale about a woman struggling to conceive & her emotional and psychological descent. Staging is avant-garde.

Also You need to be prepared for the intensity of this. I was holding my br... Read more Read less

90
Great acting, Great writing, Great staging

See it if Lorca’s barren woman archetype brought up to date. Excellent performance by Billie Piper as Her. Impactful sound design and set changes.

Don't see it if Lorca’s characters in situations he could never have imagined. Plot adaptations and modifications may bother a Lorca purist.

86
Incredibly theatrical, Assaultive, Great staging, Great acting

See it if you can't let yourself miss one of the most spectacularly staged shows in recent memory, with very powerful performances.

Don't see it if you're triggered by infertility issues or violence onstage.

Also SPOILER ALERT:... Read more Read less

90
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Must see, Riveting

See it if You have the opportunity to see this creatively staged, intense drama. Billie Piper gives an incredible performance

Don't see it if You are sensitive/have a distaste for topics connected to infertility and pregnancy

87
Riveting, Magnetic acting, Remarkable staging, Voyeuristic

See it if Experiencing the disintegration of a woman who cannot have what she most desires through a glass wall is jarring. As she flays open her pain

Don't see it if you observe her as a scientist & pity her trapped in her neediness. Revelatory acting. Astonishing staging/music/ambience.

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

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.

93
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Intense, Great sound design

See it if a women's gut-wrenching obsession with conceiving a child at the risk of ruining relationships and going mad

Don't see it if you want anything uplifting & don't want very, very disturbing scenes;

Also Audience on two sides with actors performing in a glassed in area - ve... Read more Read less

97
Electric, Gripping, Shocking, Turbulent, Piper is extraordinary

See it if You long to see one of the most harrowing, hectic, and haunting performances in a drama since who knows when. This is Broadway-worthy work.

Don't see it if themes of sex, sexuality, and frank talk bother you; if looking for light-hearted fare; fertility issues and abortion talk are triggering.

Also If Yerma were on Broadway, it would easily rack-up Tony nominations, p... Read more Read less

80
Clever, Great staging, Epic, Intense

See it if You enjoy inventive staging and reimagined classics.

Don't see it if You dislike intense sound design and long breaks between scenes.

88
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Riveting

See it if A very powerful and moving play involving a couple's struggles with infertility.The cast is terrific.The performance of Billie Piper amazes.

Don't see it if The subject matter may be too intense for people who have experienced these difficulties.

85
Great staging, Disappointing, Ambitious, Epic, Intense

See it if you want to see a lovely designed play set in a massive terrarium in a mammoth space with intense acting and set changes.

Don't see it if you're expecting something close to the Lorca original. You don't want to examine the horrors of obsession, barrenness, and love collapsing.

Also While Stone has written a gripping, contemporary play, I think he does... Read more Read less


March 28th, 2018
"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 exp...
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March 28th, 2018
"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 pe...
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March 28th, 2018
"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 ...
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March 28th, 2018
"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-p...
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