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Zen A.M.

From 16 member  reviews
Members say: Great writing, Quirky, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Clever

About the show

This new comedy looks at the conundrum of artists who must reconcile their patrons' demands with their own artistic integrity, and explores issues of class identification, compassion, cultural identity, and creative resistance.  More…

In the 21st century, the patrons’ demands can come from both the left and right. The play is a story of laughable characters straining to act rationally when faced with difficult decisions of artistic integrity. The play is a light farce with the theme that Americans will never agree about anything because we have become too divided, but its deeper theme is the price of artistic integrity.


Member Reviews (16)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great writing, Quirky, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Clever
70
Avg Score

70
Clever, Entertaining, Profound, Resonant

See it if A good/ decent show with so e good acting. A story line that holds your interest. A nicely directed show.

Don't see it if If you do not like off off Broadway, or need a big production. This is a basic no frills.

75
Well staged, Resonant, Slow, Disappointing, Ambitious

See it if Block's attentive direction & a centering lead performance by Feyman help keep Meena's unwieldy dramedy on target despite looming cliches

Don't see it if Problems stem from Meena's inability to find a tonal balance around theme of artistic temperament vs surrounding piranhas Humor often flat

20
Disappointing

See it if You like to support new plays at off off Broadway theaters.

Don't see it if You want I finished product. This feels like it’s still finding its feet.

Also At the core there’s any interesting idea for a play, but I’m afraid th... Read more Read less

71
Fluffy, Quirky, Entertaining, Funny, Disappointing

See it if you like stories about hapless artists and want to see a cast of hardworking performers giving it their all

Don't see it if you don’t like independent theater or small-scale farce

Also The theater was quite warm the night I saw the play

35
Banal, Confusing, Excruciating, Indulgent, Disappointing

See it if you like listening to overacting actors yell rapid-fire at each other for most of the show.

Don't see it if like good comedic timing, want to understand what is going on and like to see nuanced acting and sensitive directing.

65
Confusing, Fast moving

See it if you like parodies on the world of artists (painters).

Don't see it if you will be bothered by 15 -30 minutes of a smelly smoking torch with the smell filling the small theater.

Also The cast of 6 played their roles well. I was bothered by the smoke.

99
Profound, Must see, Clever, Funny, Absorbing

See it if You enjoy farce, sarcasm and great writing. Pokes fun at some of the things we have grown all too accustomed to, all while making you think.

Don't see it if You are unable to question norms and don't like farce.

89
Relevant, Quirky, Thought-provoking, Great staging, Great writing

See it if memories of 9/11 could make you turn away a commission that would make your career and change your life.

Don't see it if you want tired-businessman's entertainment, don't want dialog you have to listen to, can't stand a challenge, perhaps to your beliefs.

88
Quirky, Thought-provoking, Clever, Great writing, Great acting

See it if you're ready for a comedy set in 2005 about the aftermath of 9/11. A painter is torn between his friends' demands and his conscience.

Don't see it if you are unable to question norms, don't like farce. or if a comedy about 9/11 is out-of-bounds.

87
Quirky, Thought-provoking, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting

See it if post-9/11 politics, painting and poltroons are your cuppa tea!

Don't see it if post-9/11 politics, painting and poltroons are your poison.

88
Funny, Great acting, Great writing, Ambitious, Thought-provoking

See it if a comedy about politics and painting and 9/11 five years after 9/11 sounds intriguing. Great acting, sets, lights, costumes, directing.

Don't see it if a comedy about politics and painting and 9/11 five years after 9/11 sounds impossible.

89
Great writing, Quirky, Thought-provoking

See it if An artist confronts his conscience, balancing memories of 9/11 vs. a career-making commission that would denigrate those memories is for you

Don't see it if A comedy about 9/11 seems impossible, if zany friends straight out of the commedia bore you

88
Dizzying, Great writing, Great acting, Quirky, Thought-provoking

See it if four New Yorkers and a Chinese take-out delivery man in search of one 9/11 survivor/painter's soul can get him to abandon his principles.

Don't see it if you don't want to listen, to think, to hear and see what 9/11 was still doing to people in 2005.

87
Intense, Relevant, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting

See it if for a comedy set 5 years after 9/11 about a painter split by friends' demands that he take a once-in-a-lifetime commission and his memories.

Don't see it if you want fluff, can't handle laughter mixed with tears.

100
Funny, Entertaining, Clever, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if You crave brilliant playwriting, a brilliant plot, interesting funny characters who we all know, and want to be moved and provoked. Art.

Don't see it if If can’t be open minded or if you want funny and fluff. If you want fluff and don’t want real art, go uptown and get a ticket to Frozen

100
Resonant, Must see, Great acting, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if Thoughtful (surrounded by humor) exploration of challenging issue of personal integrity.

Don't see it if Have no interest in being immersed in a great story portrayed by talented actors!


June 1st, 2019
“Director Andrew Block pits these forces of generally good humor and bad behavior against the truth of the value of art in public places. Will Chang and Rachel lose their investment in Bruno? Can Denise coax Bruno into a painting spurt with love or worse? Will Chang’s metaphysics raise Bruno’s en...
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June 1st, 2019
“Catch this funny, insightful play while you can — you’ll be glad you did...It’s the quintessential New York play in that it forces you to think and presents elements of comedy and tragedy...Zany and unpredictable, ‘Zen A.M.’ brings a fun, diverse cast of characters together under the auspices of...
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