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Sandra Oh, Paige Gilbert, Ann Harada & more to star in NA premiere of Lucy Kirkwood's THE WELKIN

Sandra Oh, Paige Gilbert, Ann Harada & more to star in NA premiere of Lucy Kirkwood's THE WELKIN

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#3Sandra Oh, Paige Gilbert, Ann Harada & more to star in NA premiere of Lucy Kirkwood's THE WELKIN
Posted: 3/9/24 at 11:31pm

I did. Hardly remember it except for being annoyed that it took a slot while I was in London and that it was tiresome. It was selling very well before the reviews came out, so I took a chance.  
 

Google reviews of the National production and you’ll see what I mean. 

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#4Sandra Oh, Paige Gilbert, Ann Harada & more to star in NA premiere of Lucy Kirkwood's THE WELKIN
Posted: 3/10/24 at 3:44am

It was okay if a bit overstuffed and with at least one subplot de trop. But there's some good material for a fine cast of actresses 

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#5Sandra Oh, Paige Gilbert, Ann Harada & more to star in NA premiere of Lucy Kirkwood's THE WELKIN
Posted: 5/1/24 at 12:33pm

Is anyone planning on seeing this? It seems like What Became of Us is selling much better.

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#6Sandra Oh, Paige Gilbert, Ann Harada & more to star in NA premiere of Lucy Kirkwood's THE WELKIN
Posted: 5/1/24 at 1:51pm

I saw this at the National just before shut down and was bowled over. My favorite new play since Ferryman, and now Stereophonic has taken that place. A BRILLIANT piece for women - I just hope it works with American actors.


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#9Sandra Oh, Paige Gilbert, Ann Harada & more to star in NA premiere of Lucy Kirkwood's THE WELKIN
Posted: 6/11/24 at 6:04pm

Has anyone caught this at The Atlantic yet? Recommend?

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#10Sandra Oh, Paige Gilbert, Ann Harada & more to star in NA premiere of Lucy Kirkwood's THE WELKIN
Posted: 6/12/24 at 9:54am

Caught this at the Atlantic and loved it.  It's an ensemble cast historical play about a woman accused of murdering a child who is presented to a jury of 12 women who must decide whether she is truly pregnant and should be banished instead of executed. It's anachronistic, including a BIG swing set piece in the second act that will definitely divide response. I expect critical and audience responses to be all over the place, but I found it gutsy, sincere, and thought-provoking.

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#11Sandra Oh, Paige Gilbert, Ann Harada & more to star in NA premiere of Lucy Kirkwood's THE WELKIN
Posted: 6/12/24 at 11:22am

I loved it too. Acting as finely calibrated across a large cast as you see here is extremely rare nowadays. Kudos to director Sarah Benson. It's a true ensemble piece, although Sandra Oh, in what is arguably the central performance, is remarkable in her return to the New York stage. The play will not be to all tastes, and it's certainly not an easy night at the theater, but I haven't stopped thinking about it for days. That, to me, is the mark of a great work.


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#12Sandra Oh, Paige Gilbert, Ann Harada & more to star in NA premiere of Lucy Kirkwood's THE WELKIN
Posted: 6/12/24 at 11:34am

I liked it, as well! It's a bit overstuffed and somewhat overly ambitious, but I'd much rather that than a mindless slog, like most of the things on Broadway right now. Sensational performances all around - and, yes, LOTS to discuss and think about afterwards.

If I had to elevator pitch it, it's like TWELVE ANGRY MEN x WOMEN TALKING x THE CRUCIBLE - and while not as consistently strong as those works, it's rousing nonetheless. Atlantic has been killing it lately. 

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#13Sandra Oh, Paige Gilbert, Ann Harada & more to star in NA premiere of Lucy Kirkwood's THE WELKIN
Posted: 6/12/24 at 11:52am

Sandra Oh and Haley Wong are absolutely phenomenal here, as is the rest of the cast. Such a fun high-drama night.

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#14Sandra Oh, Paige Gilbert, Ann Harada & more to star in NA premiere of Lucy Kirkwood's THE WELKIN
Posted: 6/12/24 at 4:27pm

Thank you Sauja, AC126748, WiCkEDrOcKS and Synecdoche2 for the feedback.  I am so glad that I asked. I have my ticket for next week and really looking forward to it. 

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#16Sandra Oh, Paige Gilbert, Ann Harada & more to star in NA premiere of Lucy Kirkwood's THE WELKIN
Posted: 6/12/24 at 6:49pm

WiCkEDrOcKS said: "I liked it, as well! It's a bit overstuffed and somewhat overly ambitious, but I'd much rather that than a mindless slog, like most of the things on Broadway right now. Sensational performances all around - and, yes, LOTS to discuss and think about afterwards.

If I had to elevator pitch it, it's like TWELVE ANGRY MEN x WOMEN TALKING x THE CRUCIBLE - and while not as consistently strongas those works, it's rousing nonetheless. Atlantic has been killing it lately.
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Could not agree more with those comparisons, and what good company to be in as The Welkin certainly holds its own held up against those pieces. My jaw was on the floor by the end!

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#18Sandra Oh, Paige Gilbert, Ann Harada & more to star in NA premiere of Lucy Kirkwood's THE WELKIN
Posted: 6/13/24 at 1:01am

Vulture

https://www.vulture.com/article/theater-reviews-the-welkin-and-hilma.html

"The Welkin is all muscle — taut and intense and, in Benson’s fascinatingly un-English production, energized not only by its moral indignation but by its sense of humor, and by the specific humanity of each of its large cast of characters."

TheaterMania 

https://www.theatermania.com/news/review-the-welkin-depicts-an-18th-century-jury-of-women_1742725/

Talkin' Broadway

https://www.talkinbroadway.com/page/ob/06_12_24.html

The Wrap

https://www.thewrap.com/the-welkin-off-broadway-review-sandra-oh-12-angry-women/

"And what a delight it is to see a large ensemble on stage together and a theater company not afraid to give them that space to perform.

“The Welkin” is a two-act play that clocks in at a little over two and a half hours. If that sounds like a trial, it is not. I haven’t laughed this much in the theater since I last saw Cole Escola’s comedy “Oh, Mary!”"

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#19Sandra Oh, Paige Gilbert, Ann Harada & more to star in NA premiere of Lucy Kirkwood's THE WELKIN
Posted: 6/14/24 at 1:27pm

Critic's Pick in the Times:
https://www.nytimes.com/2024/06/14/theater/the-welkin-review-sandra-oh.html

And a mostly positive notice from Helen Shaw:
https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2024/06/24/the-welkin-theatre-review


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