The Other Place

Samuel J. Friedman Theatre
261 W 47th St, New York, NY 10036
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The Other Place

Went to see this with my wife on 2/16/13. If I could get my money back on this mess I would. This play made absolutely no sense at all. It jumped all over the place, and brought you to no conclusion at all. Save your money and go see something else.

The Other Place

This is a fascinating play about the collisions between past and present, dementia and guilt, brain and mind.Sadly, this production explores these complex themes simplistically and superficially. The actors are stranded in a complicated installation of a set which seems to confuse them unnecessarily. Daniel Stern is horribly miscast as the husband, taking long pauses, going up on his lines and playing erratic emotionalism to such an extent that his wife, who is suffering "episodes," seems more stable than he does. Laurie Metcalfe, is grounded and solid in a role that requires fragmentation, loss and delusion. Her daughter, Zoe Perry is lost in her roles. Yet, all of this can be blamed on an inadequate exploration of the play's profound questions about self and identity.Once again, MTC has shown that it must heighten and deepen the way it produces and directs plays in order to serve them and their audience. Otherwise, especially with a grant from the Sloan Foundation, we are all being severely cheated.

The Other Place

This is a fascinating play about the collisions between past and present, dementia and guilt, brain and mind.Sadly, this production explores these complex themes simplistically and superficially. The actors are stranded in a complicated installation of a set which seems to confuse them unnecessarily. Daniel Stern is horribly miscast as the husband, taking long pauses, going up on his lines and playing erratic emotionalism to such an extent that his wife, who is suffering "episodes," seems more stable than he does. Laurie Metcalfe, is grounded and solid in a role that requires fragmentation, loss and delusion. Her daughter, Zoe Perry is lost in her roles. Yet, all of this can be blamed on an inadequate exploration of the play's profound questions about self and identity.Once again, MTC has shown that it must heighten and deepen the way it produces and directs plays in order to serve them and their audience. Otherwise, especially with a grant from the Sloan Foundation, we are all being severely cheated.

The Other Place

This is a fascinating play about the collisions between past and present, dementia and guilt, brain and mind.Sadly, this production explores these complex themes simplistically and superficially. The actors are stranded in a complicated installation of a set which seems to confuse them unnecessarily. Daniel Stern is horribly miscast as the husband, taking long pauses, going up on his lines and playing erratic emotionalism to such an extent that his wife, who is suffering "episodes," seems more stable than he does. Laurie Metcalfe, is grounded and solid in a role that requires fragmentation, loss and delusion. Her daughter, Zoe Perry is lost in her roles. Yet, all of this can be blamed on an inadequate exploration of the play's profound questions about self and identity.Once again, MTC has shown that it must heighten and deepen the way it produces and directs plays in order to serve them and their audience. Otherwise, especially with a grant from the Sloan Foundation, we are all being severely cheated.

The Other Place

This is a fascinating play about the collisions between past and present, dementia and guilt, brain and mind.Sadly, this production explores these complex themes simplistically and superficially. The actors are stranded in a complicated installation of a set which seems to confuse them unnecessarily. Daniel Stern is horribly miscast as the husband, taking long pauses, going up on his lines and playing erratic emotionalism to such an extent that his wife, who is suffering "episodes," seems more stable than he does. Laurie Metcalfe, is grounded and solid in a role that requires fragmentation, loss and delusion. Her daughter, Zoe Perry is lost in her roles. Yet, all of this can be blamed on an inadequate exploration of the play's profound questions about self and identity.Once again, MTC has shown that it must heighten and deepen the way it produces and directs plays in order to serve them and their audience. Otherwise, especially with a grant from the Sloan Foundation, we are all being severely cheated.

The Other Place

This is a fascinating play about the collisions between past and present, dementia and guilt, brain and mind.Sadly, this production explores these complex themes simplistically and superficially. The actors are stranded in a complicated installation of a set which seems to confuse them unnecessarily. Daniel Stern is horribly miscast as the husband, taking long pauses, going up on his lines and playing erratic emotionalism to such an extent that his wife, who is suffering "episodes," seems more stable than he does. Laurie Metcalfe, is grounded and solid in a role that requires fragmentation, loss and delusion. Her daughter, Zoe Perry is lost in her roles. Yet, all of this can be blamed on an inadequate exploration of the play's profound questions about self and identity.Once again, MTC has shown that it must heighten and deepen the way it produces and directs plays in order to serve them and their audience. Otherwise, especially with a grant from the Sloan Foundation, we are all being severely cheated.

The Other Place

This is a fascinating play about the collisions between past and present, dementia and guilt, brain and mind.Sadly, this production explores these complex themes simplistically and superficially. The actors are stranded in a complicated installation of a set which seems to confuse them unnecessarily. Daniel Stern is horribly miscast as the husband, taking long pauses, going up on his lines and playing erratic emotionalism to such an extent that his wife, who is suffering "episodes," seems more stable than he does. Laurie Metcalfe, is grounded and solid in a role that requires fragmentation, loss and delusion. Her daughter, Zoe Perry is lost in her roles. Yet, all of this can be blamed on an inadequate exploration of the play's profound questions about self and identity.Once again, MTC has shown that it must heighten and deepen the way it produces and directs plays in order to serve them and their audience. Otherwise, especially with a grant from the Sloan Foundation, we are all being severely cheated.

The Other Place

This is a fascinating play about the collisions between past and present, dementia and guilt, brain and mind.Sadly, this production explores these complex themes simplistically and superficially. The actors are stranded in a complicated installation of a set which seems to confuse them unnecessarily. Daniel Stern is horribly miscast as the husband, taking long pauses, going up on his lines and playing erratic emotionalism to such an extent that his wife, who is suffering "episodes," seems more stable than he does. Laurie Metcalfe, is grounded and solid in a role that requires fragmentation, loss and delusion. Her daughter, Zoe Perry is lost in her roles. Yet, all of this can be blamed on an inadequate exploration of the play's profound questions about self and identity.Once again, MTC has shown that it must heighten and deepen the way it produces and directs plays in order to serve them and their audience. Otherwise, especially with a grant from the Sloan Foundation, we are all being severely cheated.

The Other Place is a study of a brilliant woman's decent into mental instability. Laurie Metcalf gives a Tony worthy performance as the troubled Julianna. The plot takes many turns as more and more of Julianna's life is exposed. The Other Place play will peak your interest throughout it's entirety. The supporting cast does an admiral job with a two thumbs performance by the multitalented Daniel Stern, but it is Ms. Metcalf who steals the show.I would have preferred to have seen this show as an off Broadway production.I say this because the set design simple and basic, the show runs very short (about 80 minutes) and it would be more effective in a smaller and more intimate venue .Still I enjoyed this play very much and would encourage you to go see it if for nothing else to see Laurie Metcalf's magnificent performance.

The Other Place is a study of a brilliant woman's decent into mental instability. Laurie Metcalf gives a Tony worthy performance as the troubled Julianna. The plot takes many turns as more and more of Julianna's life is exposed. The Other Place play will peak your interest throughout it's entirety. The supporting cast does an admiral job with a two thumbs performance by the multitalented Daniel Stern, but it is Ms. Metcalf who steals the show.I would have preferred to have seen this show as an off Broadway production.I say this because the set design simple and basic, the show runs very short (about 80 minutes) and it would be more effective in a smaller and more intimate venue .Still I enjoyed this play very much and would encourage you to go see it if for nothing else to see Laurie Metcalf's magnificent performance.

The Other Place is a study of a brilliant woman's decent into mental instability. Laurie Metcalf gives a Tony worthy performance as the troubled Julianna. The plot takes many turns as more and more of Julianna's life is exposed. The Other Place play will peak your interest throughout it's entirety. The supporting cast does an admiral job with a two thumbs performance by the multitalented Daniel Stern, but it is Ms. Metcalf who steals the show.I would have preferred to have seen this show as an off Broadway production.I say this because the set design simple and basic, the show runs very short (about 80 minutes) and it would be more effective in a smaller and more intimate venue .Still I enjoyed this play very much and would encourage you to go see it if for nothing else to see Laurie Metcalf's magnificent performance.