The Year of Magical Thinking
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The Year of Magical Thinking

The Year of Magical Thinking NYC Reviews and Tickets

(8 Reviews)
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Great acting, Absorbing, Profound, Masterful, Great writing
A one-woman adaptation of Joan Didion's autobiographical memoir. Read more Show less

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474 Reviews | 55 Followers
Intelligent, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if enjoy intimate shows. only 12 people and the actor. really forces you to listen. and acted so well. captivating.

Don't see it if not a fan of small shows where the performer sees the audience. this is a unique experience not for all.

294 Reviews | 67 Followers
Revelatory, Mournful, Intimate, Profound, Cathartic

See it if you want feel like you are w/ a close friend who is baring her soul to you as you bear witness. Chalfant is a master. Special evening of awe

Don't see it if you feel uncomfortable sitting a few ft. from an actor performing in an intimate setting. Hard to bear if you have lost a loved one recently

268 Reviews | 87 Followers
Must see, Masterful, Exquisite, Absorbing

See it if In a word magical! Kathleen chalfant becomes didion speaking directly to you. Even though I had read the book it was truly compelling.

Don't see it if You can’t handle tragic story about loss

52 Reviews | 8 Followers
Riveting, Profound, Masterful, Great acting, Exquisite

See it if you have a pulse. Chalfant makes you feel like she is addressing you personally. Grief, denial and acceptance, but not in a maudlin manner

Don't see it if you are uncomfortable with the subject of tragedy and death...and affirmation. Read more

42 Reviews | 11 Followers
Masterful, Great acting, Profound, Delightful, Absorbing

See it if you’ve ever lost someone, if you like intimate theatrical experiences and wonderful, warm, natural, effortless acting.

Don't see it if you want to sea a big brassy show with special effects.

23 Reviews | 3 Followers
Thought-provoking, Profound, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You want to see an extraordinary one woman show.

Don't see it if are not a fan of Joan Didion or do not like physical closeness between audience and actor. Read more

11 Reviews | 0 Followers
Intense, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You like one person shows, and are a Kathleen Chalfant and/or Joan Didion. Funny and heartbreaking of a woman’s loss of her family.

Don't see it if Don’t like one person shows or Joan Didion.

87 Reviews | 12 Followers
During previews
Better than broadway revelatory superb production

See it if You appreciate theater for the relationship forged between performer and audience. You love thoughtful scripts, Didion, Kathleen Chalfont.

Don't see it if You need elaborate sets, multiple performers. This is a one-person gem of intimacy; it is wrenching. Read more

Critic Reviews (4)

The New York Times
November 2nd, 2022

"The play is a report back from an emotional abyss, yet for all its intensity, it isn’t grim or overwrought. It’s rigorously self-scrutinizing, dryly self-mocking, fairly stunned — somehow both unsentimental and consumed with love."
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November 2nd, 2022

"The timing of this production feels appropriate... since 2020 the world has been dealt catastrophic blows of death and grief with which we are still grappling...'The Year of Magical Thinking' will be a balm for some, a quieter way to meditate on the inevitable."
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New York Stage Review
November 2nd, 2022

"Accomplishing an intimate rapport with her listeners, Chalfant adroitly chisels her way into our hardened, worldly, over-burdened hearts...This Chalfant achieves, with seeming ease and enough warmth to tide us over as we head back out into a harsh, less forgiving world."
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Front Row Center
November 2nd, 2022

"Didion was no longer just an observer of the year of magical thinking; she had lived and thrived as a result, and this is a remarkable piece of literature."
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