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  1. Norma Rosenthal

    What a fascinating show! Another thoroughly interesting piece of theater to add to this outstanding season. We discussed Constellations for at least an hour after viewing the show and its premise that a single word or phrase has the power to change the outcome of your life.

    Both actors were exceptional and deserve even higher praise for being able to finish an interupted performance (due to a medical emergency in the audience) totally back in character. Their chemistry together was obvious. The Leo K was the perfect venue so the audience could catch the many subtle nuances of their portrayals.

    Seattle Rep – thank you so much for mounting this smart, sophisticated production!

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  2. Susan Lynette

    My reaction to this play is difficult for me to put into words….but the play (writing, acting, directing, lighting) embodies every aspect of what we call ” good theater”.
    It is just as provocative as “Disgraced” but what a contrast!

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  3. Todd

    A play where science and life meet, and with minimal staging and set, all of you focus is on the actors. You need not know about quantum mechanics or string theory, you just need to know that life is full of infinite possibilities. The BBQ scene draws us in because we’ve all can easily relate to that situation, but as a dancer I thought of dance scene as a metaphor of life. Though you feel constrained by the music, steps, the lead or follow, or partner, there are actually infinite directions of leads, follows and interpretation of the music. It is a connection of two people where it is impossible to do the same exact pattern the same way twice.
    This play where it tells you that all life seemingly has a beginning and and end, but the way we get there is infinite, but even that it seems can be interpreted as infinite. What a wonderful though provoking play.

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  4. zack mosner

    Do the random rules of physics excuse a lack of plot, purpose and creativity? Should the boldness of abandoning any structure or moral clarity overlook a minor talent gracelessly occupying our space and time? The actors survived this literary slaughter masquerading as a play and showed pure talent and determination. They have talent that will carry them into the future. The playwright should work harder to find his future. It might not be in this field.

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  5. Del Muse

    I agree with Zack Mosner. A play without a story or plot is not good theater. I think part of the problem is that the playwright really doesn’t have anything new to say. Give him thirty years and maybe he will be old enough to have had some experiences worth relating, providing that he learns how to tell a story.

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  6. John Wekell

    I saw this play last night (Feb 3) and was not impressed. It was sloppy and disjointed. This skipping between the “multiverses” is utter nonsense and clearly the playwright has no understanding of cosmology and quantum mechanics. There was only the weakest of story lines, or what passed for a story line. Further, the characters were downright annoying! The skipping universes most certainly did not help develop the characters. For a play to be successful, the audience must have some degree of empathy for the characters, in this play it was impossible. Sorry but this play is big fail.

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  7. Jean

    This play could have been done in minutes, rather than repeating lines over and over. I did not find any deep meaning and certainly don’t see this as a play I will remember. The actors did a good job but there was no plot and I did not enjoy this play.

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  8. Anne Morrison

    Very interesting and extremely well done. We see all the Rep’s plays, and Constellations drew the most appreciative comments from my husband that I have ever heard. Of course, he is a physicist, but he liked the design of the play, the well choreographed choices the couple could make. REally well done!!

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  9. Margaret Toomey

    Delightful. Sublime. Beautiful. Magical. So refreshing to see nonlinear performances told with such precision and beauty. The minamalist scenery, the beats taken with the lights, the entire show was well-crafted, well-executed and something to be proud of. This season has been exceptional and I hope this kind of curration of stories continues.

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  10. I enjoyed the play immensely. I thought it was funny and poignant. It seemed like the accents came at times, but the chemistry between the actors was strong. And I admired their stamina to go for 70 minutes without interruption. I was puzzled by the meaning of the “face/God/skin” exchanges – but puzzled in a way that has me mulling it over. I also liked how the audience (well, my date and I) were invested in the characters enough to stay focussed when they slipped into sign language for several minutes. A very good experience.

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  11. Femi Lakeru

    What a magnificent performance by the two actors. The writing was just extraordinary. This was quite a thought provoking piece where every word, along with when it was delivered, mattered. I imagine rehearsals were difficult, stage timing and lighting was challenging, but it was absolutely necessary for it all to come together to produce the sublime performance we were so fortunate to experience. Bravo!

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  12. tcr

    I enjoyed the unusual structure with the repeated lines having different outcomes. The ending surprised me, going back in time, and really moved me. My husband didn’t care for the show much at all. Kudos to cast, crew, designers, and playwright from me!

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  13. Mary Beth Gemperle

    My husband and I both liked Constellations very much! The acting was amazing and it led to an interesting discussion of how differently things might have gone in our own lives if just one circumstance had been different here or there. A grand night in the theater!

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  14. Brad Anawalt

    It was a terrific play. I enjoyed the use of quantum mechanics as a an extended metaphor for how subtle chances in tone, expression or phrasing can affect the outcome of human interactions. Very witty. Very well acted.
    I would enjoy seeing it again.

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  15. Scott

    The incredibly tedious use of multiple small variations of the same trite scenes makes the play a painful experience. This play has absolutely nothing to do with “string theory, relativity, and quantum mechanics.” Unfortunately, I was in the middle of my row and there was no intermission, so I was forced to endure the full 75 minutes.

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  16. Seattle Rep

    Dick and Mary Beth write in:

    I wanted you to know about Constellations at Seattle Rep! We loved it, John. Clever concept, well written and of course as always well directed and acted. How did they remember all those lines? I like to read the Science Times every Tuesday, so I was at least familiar with the words, if not totally conversant with the concepts. There was a play called “Humble Boy” about string theory about ten years ago. A swell night in the theater, following a swell dinner at Taylor Shellfish.

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  17. Oana Tomai

    The actors did a fine job trying to give a little life to the play. The writing was dry and tired, the repetitions though trying to illustrate an idea did nothing to relieve a stagnant feel throughout. I find it arrogant actually to come on stage with a play as lacking in substance as this one. The lack of invention and experiment in this play shows that having a ‘good’ idea does not create a play. When the play ended I felt that this was perhaps a sort of warm up for the actors and the play was yet to start. Apparently within the many possibilities of being and not being a play of substance on a stage this play chose to not show up at all tonight and sent instead a poor cousin to say a timid hello. There was much hype and very little substance underneath. I truly hope Repertory Theater will bring better quality plays in the future, the fare it produces is often way too light. I know that I enjoyed Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf when it came. Could you please bring better quality plays to your audience? We hunger for real theater!

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  18. Eileen

    My enjoyment of the play was diminished by the very large person to my left whose body extended significantly into my seat. I had to sit squeezed to the right side of my seat for the entire play. It was my first time at The Rep and my experience wasn’t the greatest.

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