Actually OFF-BROADWAY REVIEWS

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  • NY TIMES

  • Opening Night:
    November 14, 2017
    Closing:
    December 3, 2017

    Theater: MTC / 131 West 55th Street, New York, NY, 10019

    Synopsis: 

    At a raucous party during their freshman year at Princeton, Tom (Joshua Boone) and Amber (Alexandra Socha) connect in ways that seem innocent enough at first. But as things progress, they find themselves in murky territory, with ramifications that could affect the rest of their lives. What actually happened between them? Tackling the highly charged topic of sexual consent, this hit production direct from Williamstown Theatre Festival explores the intersection of gender and race on campus today, offering “a portrait of a generation” (The Boston Globe). This deeply felt, funny and thought-provoking play comes from fast-rising playwright Anna Ziegler (Photograph 51) and is directed by Obie Award winner Lileana Blain-Cruz (Pipeline).

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  • NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW OF Actually

    In ‘Actually,’ a Case of She Said, He Said and They Said

    Jesse Green

    November 14, 2017:

    The dense, bare, grass-green carpet on which Anna Ziegler’s “Actually” is staged establishes perfectly the Princeton University setting, with its air of privilege and legacy lawns. But it also establishes the play’s psychosexual setting: the open field of contention that is college life today.

    Or at least that’s what college life becomes for Amber Cohen and Tom Anthony, the play’s sole characters. Before their first campus autumn has turned to winter, they’ve completed what seems to be a new freshman trifecta: flirting after psych class, hooking up drunk and then appearing as adversaries at a hearing to adjudicate an accusation of rape.

    “Actually,” which opened on Tuesday night in the smaller of Manhattan Theater Club’s two spaces beneath City Center, could hardly be better timed — and not just because obvious and powerful predators like Harvey Weinstein are being exposed every day.

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