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You Don't Matter (FringeNYC)

From 3 critic and 25 member reviews
Members say: Thought-provoking, Great writing, Great acting, Intelligent, Absorbing

About the show

Part of FringeNYC: Trump or Clinton. Caitlyn or Bruce. #BlackLives or #AllLives. These are the issues tearing humanity apart. But when a suicidal god makes a shocking discovery, she realizes why these issues - and you - don't matter at all. More…

Categories: Comedy, Drama, Local. Written by Paul Morris. Directed by Paul Morris and Cassandra Lewis.

Take our fun PERSONALITY QUIZ to see if YOU matter, then come see our POINTLESS show!

1h 20m | Already closed | 64E4 MAINSTAGE (East Village)

NY Theatre Guide

"Gives us a lot to think about: Why are humans so awful? Why do we seek self-gratification? Why do we wonder and imagine and try? But also, why do we want and want so much, but never do? 'You Don’t Matter' takes the complicated discussion of humanity, why we’re so horrible to ourselves and each other, and presents it to us to digest in a way that’s easy to understand. But, did we learn anything new? Does it really matter?" Full Review

The Highlighter

"The play becomes a fascinating examination of how we hurt our loved ones to a powerfully uncomfortable look at how we hurt everyone around us…Anna’s time spins wildly out of control and then abruptly, the play is over. The audience is left reeling–thinking about not just their own existence, but their existence in relation to others. To the universe. It’s overwhelming, and frightening, but most of all, beautiful." Full Review


"The play took a dark tone to start with…The show had its funny moments, as well. Robert and Anna actually reminded me a lot of my relationships with certain people. Showing that a play could relate to me, they had me laughing. I mean, we are all human at the end of the day right? But of course just like every other unexpected turn in this play it challenged even that question." Full Review

Dizzying, Must see, Intense, Riveting, Thought-provoking

See it if you use theater to ride an emotional roller coaster; you like self-referential pieces, dark humor, & funny but deeply damaged characters.

Don't see it if you just want to go home feeling happy; you're not up for constant reminders of humanity's biggest atrocities and cruelest impulses.

Absorbing, Clever, Funny, Thought-provoking, Great staging

See it if You want to see theatre that is incredibly funny and not easy to explain. STRONG CAST and great script. Don't miss this

Don't see it if You don't like theatre that admits it's theatre. It's pretty meta

Clever, Great acting, Original, Meta

See it if you want to see a meta-play that involves interesting themes that require a lot of brain power to unpack. I give it a B grade.

Don't see it if you want a traditional play following a set arc, because this play is essentially two different plays and its direction can be confusing.

Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Must see, Thought-provoking

See it if you ever spend too much time thinking about the birth & death of the universe and humanity's uncanny ability to be cruel

Don't see it if you're turned off by nihilism or bored with existentialism

Ambitious, Great writing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Riveting

See it if Want to see Our Town in 2016 through the eyes of a nihlist in an explosive, well performed, thoughtful and POWERFUL piece of pure art

Don't see it if You're looking for escapism. Get ready for a straight left hook of existentialism.

Ambitious, Great acting, Edgy, Great writing, Thought-provoking

See it if You love innovative theater masterfully executed! The Writing is incredibly intelligent and is matched by exquisite Acting!! A MUST SEE!!!!

Don't see it if You dont like risk taking. It may be uncomfortable at times for sensitive viewers BUT it is TASTEFULLY executed. There is nothing unecessary

Profound, Original, Must see, Masterful, Great writing

See it if you want to see something truly original and new. By far one of the most unique plays I've seen in the past 20 years here in NYC.

Don't see it if you are not willing to use your imagination.

Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Riveting, Intelligent

See it if You enjoy shows that make you think and contemplate your existence! Also if you enjoy great acting and a very well conceived script!

Don't see it if You don't like frank talk of death and other sensitive subjects. Also if you don't want to feel like you don't matter.

Ambitious, Absorbing, Original, Thought-provoking

See it if You're ready for something new! You are interested in theater that will ask you to grapple with a WIDE range of emotions. You like fun.

Don't see it if You dislike meta theater.

Ambitious, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Profound, Indulgent

See it if you like intense thought experiments about time, the human condition & relationships.

Don't see it if you want everything to make sense all the time.


See it if You like smart talk

Don't see it if Above

Clever, Absorbing, Funny, Original, Great writing

See it if you dig musings on the macro and micro aspects of life and dark humor

Don't see it if you're not into thinking about play after it's finished

Great writing, Intelligent, Intense, Profound, Absorbing

See it if you want to think; you're interested in the universe and the concept of time

Don't see it if you want to see something fluffy and light

Thought-provoking, Original, Intelligent

See it if If you like to have everything you know about your own existence in the universe challenged, then this is the play for you.

Don't see it if There's literally zero reasons not to see You Don't Matter.

Great acting, Thought-provoking, Great writing

See it if you like creative storytelling.

Don't see it if it upsets you that a large object center stage does not represent cheese. My "Oh I get it, this is a play about mice" dreams were dashed.

Clever, Great acting, Intelligent, Intense, Quirky

See it if You like walking away from a theater piece feeling inspired in a thoughtful way.

Don't see it if You don't like to think.

Entertaining, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Funny, Masterful

See it if you're alive. This play destroyed my mind, I saw their opening and bought tickets to see it again. I've never felt like this before.

Don't see it if You're afraid of asking big questions.

Thought-provoking, Riveting, Resonant, Great writing, Ambitious

See it if You want to be FOREVER CHANGED by a BRILLIANT script. (Disclaimer: I wrote and directed this play.)

Don't see it if you actually can't see it anyways because it's done.

Great acting, Great writing, Great staging, Intelligent, Must see

See it if you want to see an imaginative and well-performed tale befitting those from *The Twilight Zone*.

Don't see it if your feet are too tired to be on your toes constantly for 80 minutes.

Thought-provoking, Great acting, Great writing, Ambitious, Must see

See it if on-stage chemistry, energy, and intensity, at times necessarily frenetic, matter to you.

Don't see it if life's been perfect and you've never needed a do-over.

Great writing, Refreshing, Original, Resonant, Clever

See it if You enjoy fresh, funny, smart scripts - and strong/exciting performances. One of the more interesting plays I've seen in a very long time.

Don't see it if You can't handle looking into the abyss.

Absorbing, Funny, Relevant, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if You can find the humor in being insignificant.

Don't see it if You're currently fighting with your boyfriend or girlfriend.

Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Original, Intelligent

See it if you are interested in how the world will end. if you think modern people and their self-absorption suck. if you believe in higher powers.

Don't see it if you don't want to think.

Enchanting, Great acting, Masterful, Riveting, Relevant

See it if you like meta and absurdist theater. If you like great acting and compelling movement.

Don't see it if you like traditional didactic theater.

Funny, Thought-provoking, Original, Intelligent, Great acting

See it if You have a gallows sense of humor, you don't mind being faced with your own insignificance and inevitable mortality.

Don't see it if You need a happy ending. Of any kind.