Printer Friendly - Detroit ending question.


Detroit ending question.
Posted by two ladies tickets 2012-10-25 16:02:15


I saw Detroit at The National in London earlier this year and now I keep hearing about the coup de theatre that happens at the end of the New York production. I was jet lagged when I saw the show in London but don't remember anything like that happening at the end, can someone explain what happens? I'm not going to see it in here in New York so spoil away, thanks in advance.

Detroit ending question.
Posted by bjh2114 2012-10-25 16:07:22


I don't know how anyone could see the show and NOT know what people were talking about...

Detroit ending question.
Posted by ClapYo'Hands 2012-10-25 16:08:56


I also saw it at the NT. It was a big thing but the reaction it seems to be getting over there in the states is huge. Either they changed the effect (i.e made it bigger) or American audiences have just lapped it up more. Either way, it's a great play.

Detroit ending question.
Posted by bjh2114 2012-10-25 16:17:10


The effect is almost exactly the same as it was in London.

Detroit ending question.
Posted by ClapYo'Hands 2012-10-25 16:28:41


Which strikes me as odd, as like I said, it's a great effect but it seems to be such a huge thing over there!

Detroit ending question.
Posted by bjh2114 2012-10-25 17:46:03


I really don't think people have been making too big a deal about it to be perfectly honest.

Detroit ending question.
Posted by ClapYo'Hands 2012-10-25 18:12:27


That's just how it appears to me.

Detroit ending question.
Posted by two ladies tickets 2012-10-25 18:37:06


Since the New York and London productions have different designers I thought that maybe the effects and such had changed or were different somehow. When the show started previews in New York there was indeed much talk about the ending on various message boards.

Detroit ending question.
Posted by bjh2114 2012-10-25 18:54:52


I think that's mostly based on the fact that it's surprising that a play written in this style would have an ending like that. I just don't think most people see it coming. I certainly didn't when I saw it in London. I think the reaction has less to do with how the effect is done and more to do with the fact that it's simply wildly unexpected.

Detroit ending question.
Posted by ClapYo'Hands 2012-10-26 04:18:00


You're probably right.

Detroit ending question.
Posted by jayinchelsea 2012-10-26 07:58:33


Talk about a play being overhyped and overrated. Every time the NY Times (read: Ben Brantley) champions a bad play, it's the audience that pays for it, in every conceivable way. I saw DETROIT this week, and the audience response was palpable: they hated it.

Detroit ending question.
Posted by iluvtheatertrash 2012-10-26 12:04:36


Won't get to see it, but sick of hearing about this and not knowing what it is. Can someone post a spoiler or PM me?