"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
"'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
"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
"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
"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
"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
"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
"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
"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
"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
"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
"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
"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
"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
"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
"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
"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
"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
"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
"'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
"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
"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
"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
"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
"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
See it if you want to watch Billie Piper do some truly amazing acting in a very intense play.
Don't see it if you're sensitive to depictions of self harm and/or about struggles with conception.
See it if you want a group of remarkable actors in an interestingly staged, intimate play
Don't see it if you want something comfortable, have trouble with stories surrounding infertility or dislike loud musical intervals
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
See it if you want to leave the theater needing to digest & think about what you have just witnessed; brilliant staging, Billie Piper's performance!
Don't see it if you want to leave the theater humming some catchy show tunes; you are offended by raw frank sexual dialogue, don't want a gut wrenching plot
See it if Contemporary adaptation of Lorca's 1934 play of a woman's desperate yearning have a child. Visceral acting with a capital "V".
Don't see it if No lush elaborate scenery, just in-your-face drama in brief stark episodes. Stage set between two bleachers with audience on either side.
See it if Billie P fascinating; she carries it with good cast chemistry; interesting staging
Don't see it if to me, doesn't work as a "radically reimagined" parable of modern life; to the contrary, updated setting made me ask: where have they been?
See it if you want to see some fantastic performances. Billie Piper deserves all the acclaim she has received. The staging is unique. Good show.
Don't see it if you expect a faithful version of the Lorca play. This is "after Lorca." Don't see it if you are a prude. If you are bothered by loud noises.
See it if you want to see a remarkable performance by Billie Piper who won every British award for this role. Unforgettable and painful to watch.
Don't see it if you don't like actors screaming at each other, actors wearing mikes and woman as victim themes. The chapter title irritated me.
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
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.
See it if Gorgeous production, well acted and directed. It's intense, but a good intense. Billie Piper is phenomenal!
Don't see it if you want something light and fluffy. This isn't but it's mesmerizing.
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.
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.
See it if You like raw intensity. You want to see an innovative set and production in the very cool Park Avenue Armory.
Don't see it if You are struggling with infertility. You seek to empathize with the characters. You dislike plays with nonstop yelling.
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.
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.
See it if You already read original version &/or the contemporary one & want to see it live. You're already a fan of actress Billie Piper (great!).
Don't see it if You don't want to deal w/ serious topics/ things that real women go through. You want the original script played out. You want a happy play.
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;
See it if You want to see a truly brave and captivating performance from Billie Piper.
Don't see it if You are uncomfortable with the subject matter - or with witnessing one character coming unhinged before your eyes
See it if you're interested in an update on the source, want to see Billie Piper's astonishing performance, are intrigued by unusual staging & design.
Don't see it if loud noises upset you, or if you will be distracted by overt and fairly unique design choices.
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