Lucy Off-Broadway

Lucy 2023

Opened: February 5, 2023
Closing: February 25, 2023

Lucy - 2023 - Off-Broadway History , Info & More

Minetta Lane Theatre
16 Minetta Lane New York, NY 10012

Ashling is every busy parent's dream: a professional nanny with experience and a warm, sunny attitude. But from the moment Mary hires her to look after her young children, things start to feel a little…off. Are Mary's stressful work schedule and lack of sleep playing games with her own sanity, or has she welcomed an unstable troublemaker into her home? At once harrowing and hilarious, Erica Schmidt's LUCY explores the wild range of parents' emotions, asking if we can entrust others with the safety of our home.

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5 / 10

The premise is reminiscent of The Hand that Rocks the Cradle, a film about an evil nanny causing death and destruction in her path. The stakes in Lucy, though, are very low and as a psychological thriller, it is hugely disappointing. Plot points don't always make sense, and there are few clues as to why Ashling does what she does. Is it class warfare? Maybe psychological manipulation or something darker? The audience the night I saw it was primed to scream, but the revelations are laughably banal and the suspense and danger do not accumulate. We are told several times, for instance, that Lucy is at odds with Ashling, but we don't see it. They seem to get along just fine as they dance, play, and eat soup together. Even the ending, which promises a tense standoff between the two adults, is both too timid and too tepid. When the final lights went down, there was a noticeable sense of dejection in the applause.

The Accidental Camp Comedy of LUCY
4 / 10

Like a grizzly bear with a fish, Collins (who could pass for 32, is actually 45, and plays even older here) slams each of her lines against the proverbial stone and eats their every last piece, gutsily swinging between passive-aggressive remarks and aggressive-aggressive directives, her performance growing aptly wilder as the story flies off the rails. Once it is settled that it is not a great play, nor an effective production of what could be a fun exercise in camp, Collins rises to fill the ludicrous gaps left by the direction, though Bloom’s hysterical, climactic, “How do you think I felt, coming home and seeing that SOUP?” is as lip sync ready as they come. Let’s revisit this in 10 years when RuPaul buys the Minetta Lane from Audible and stages drag-only performances

Audible Theater's LUCY Reschedules Two Performances Due to Illness in the Company
by Chloe Rabinowitz - February 14, 2023

Due to illness in the company, the February 13 and February 14 performances of Audible Theater’s Lucy have been rescheduled.

Photos: Go Inside Opening Night of LUCY at the Minetta Lane Theatre
by Chloe Rabinowitz - February 7, 2023

Check out photos from opening night of Audible Theater's world premiere production of Lucy, written and directed by BAFTA Award nominee Erica Schmidt.

Review Roundup: LUCY World Premiere Opens at the Minetta Lane Theatre
by Chloe Rabinowitz - February 7, 2023

Read the reviews for the world premiere of Erica Schmidt's Lucy, now playing at the Minetta Lane Theatre.

Photos: First Look at Brooke Bloom, Lynn Collins & Charlotte Surak in LUCY at Audible Theater
by Chloe Rabinowitz - February 2, 2023

Get a first look at photos of Brooke Bloom, Lynn Collins and Charlotte Surak in the world premiere production of Lucy at Audible Theater.

Video: Watch the Trailer for Audible Theater's LUCY, Now Beginning Previews Tomorrow
by Chloe Rabinowitz - January 27, 2023

Get a first look at the trailer for Audible Theater’s world premiere of Lucy, now beginning preview performances Saturday, January 28, at the Minetta Lane Theatre.

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