The Flick

The Flick

Annie Baker / Dec 07, 2019

The Flick In a rundown movie theater in central Massachusetts three underpaid employees sweep up popcorn in the empty aisles and tend to one of the last thirty five millimeter projectors in the state With keen

  • Title: The Flick
  • Author: Annie Baker
  • ISBN: 9781559364584
  • Page: 221
  • Format: Paperback
  • In a rundown movie theater in central Massachusetts, three underpaid employees sweep up popcorn in the empty aisles and tend to one of the last thirty five millimeter projectors in the state With keen insight and a ceaseless attention to detail, The Flick pays tribute to the power of movies and paints a heartbreaking portrait of three characters and their working lives AIn a rundown movie theater in central Massachusetts, three underpaid employees sweep up popcorn in the empty aisles and tend to one of the last thirty five millimeter projectors in the state With keen insight and a ceaseless attention to detail, The Flick pays tribute to the power of movies and paints a heartbreaking portrait of three characters and their working lives A critical hit when it premiered Off Broadway, this comedy, by one of the country s most produced and highly regarded young playwrights, was awarded the coveted 2013 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, an Obie Award for Playwriting and the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

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      • Annie Baker

        Baker grew up in Amherst, Mass and graduated from the Department of Dramatic Writing at New York University s Tisch School of the Arts She earned her MFA from Brooklyn College.Her play Body Awareness was staged off Broadway by the Atlantic Theater Company in May and June 2008 The play featured JoBeth Williams and was nominated for a Drama Desk Award and an Outer Critics Circle Award Circle Mirror Transformation premiered off Broadway at Playwrights Horizons in October 2009 and received Obie Awards for Best New American Play and Performance, Ensemble Her play The Aliens, which premiered off Broadway at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater in April 2010, was a finalist for the 2010 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize and shared the 2010 Obie Award for Best New American Play with Circle Mirror Transformation.Baker s adaptation of Anton Chekhov s Uncle Vanya premiered at the Soho Repertory Theatre in June 2012 and was called a funky, fresh new production by a New York Times reviewer Her play The Flick premiered at Playwrights Horizons in March 2013 A New York Times reviewer wrote, Ms Baker, one of the freshest and most talented dramatists to emerge Off Broadway in the past decade, writes with tenderness and keen insight The play received the Obie Award for Playwriting in 2013.Baker teaches in the MFA program at Stony Brook Southampton She was one of seven playwrights selected to participate in the 2008 Sundance Institute Theatre Lab In 2011 she was named a Fellow of United States Artists.


    1. When will I ever learn? I should know by now that the Pulitzer Prize for Drama might as well be a Razzie Award for really dumb plays. Proof won the Pulitzer, a play in which the protagonist learns that whereas a mathematical conjecture requires proof, love requires trust. Wow! Hallmark cards have the same level of wisdom at a cheaper price. August Osage County won a Pulitzer. That had a real shocking incest revelation! Well, fine, it's heartening to know that playwrights still think their jaded [...]

    2. This play surprised me in how much I enjoyed it. I'm not a big fan of reading plays, but I'm wending my way through reading all the women Pulitzer works, so this came up on my list. Something about the immediacy of the conversations in a very imaginable work place, among very real and normal people that we can all picture interacting with if not working alongside pulled me in right away and made this an easy read. There is plenty of foreshadowing and symbolism to be found for those who want to g [...]

    3. This play is amazing. I didn't realize Baker also wrote The Aliens, which I loved the first act of and which the second act seemed like a long drawn-out denouement. The Flick delivers and seems to have learned from this, as it is simply great from start to finish.The Flick takes place in a single-screen movie theater in a small-town, inside the theater. The three characters are employees here: Sam, 35; Avery, 20; and Rose, 24. Sam has worked at the theater the longest, has been passed over for a [...]

    4. Wow, okay. I'm still trying to formulate my thoughts about this play because I enjoyed it so much. It's incredibly thought provoking and harrowing in its representation of mental illness and race (even though the mentions are subtle). I absolutely adored Avery as a character, in fact, I loved all of the characters. Each one was carefully crafted and incredibly diverse, even if I didn't necessarily like them as people. Annie Baker really understands the nuances of how people talk and act with one [...]

    5. Saw this play this weekend. At first, I was highly concerned with the director's choice to incorporate prolonged silences into the work. But, upon reading excerpts of the play, it seems these were all prescribed by the playwright, turning the work into three hours of tedium. The characters were disjointed and not compelling. Also, if the theme was to preserve authenticity in our modern age and to put a magnifying glass on the boredom of every day menial labor, there are elegant ways to present t [...]

    6. I need to remember that, just because something won a Pulitzer Prize (or was nominated for one? or something, that's how it was recommended to me), doesn't make it worth reading. Or even good, for that matter. I couldn't get past the first dozen pages. It's like something a high school kid would write. Yikes.

    7. 3 very different people working together in a one screen theater which is falling apart struggle to understand themselves and each other. The movies they love act as a foil for the life they're living, both exposing their "performance" and providing a map of sort.

    8. Wow. No? What is this play even.It does have exactly one good audition monologue, of the spliced variety, for an actress who can convincingly play early 20s. Not much other than that. It's not atrocious, just disjointed, and definitely not into exploring any of the themes it slaps about in doubtful imitation of profundity. For all its talk of authenticity, it mostly just smacks of self-congratulatory nostalgia, coming across as a sly reactionary piece more than anything else.

    9. It's a quick read and an interesting concept, but definitely one I will have to wrestle with before I "get" it

    10. it's hard to review this play as a reader rather than an audience member more than any play I've read because this play is notoriously long, apparently even going over 3 hours, which for as little dialogue as there is, is pretty astounding. nevertheless, what dialogue there is, and the long silences specifically noted, which seem to happen every 30 seconds it seems like, create a good picture in your head of how unique and powerful seeing this in a theater would be. there's multiple sections of [...]

    11. annie baker makes me love theater againter directing and acting in about ten shows nearly back to back for my whole high school career, i was feeling a little burnt out on theater. after being exposed to broadway hits and pultitzer winning dramas alike, theater started to feel formulaic, even stale. i think i owe part of my discontent to the theater scene i was part of, which was populated by upper class white people who loved brunch and galas. there's a certain type of theater persona, that i c [...]

    12. One day I was at work - in my projection booth office at a ramshackle independent movie theatre in the suburbs, a place whose collection of strange characters and things falling apart and being fixed have totally changed my life. My friend urgently texted me asking if I had ever read The Flick. I said no, and he said I needed to.So here I am, and I think this is the fastest I've ever read anything (it is a play, though). It's a simple play and not much happens, but the truths about these cobbled [...]

    13. This felt a little bit on the surface like Clerks in a movie theater, but obviously with a much more indepth look at the characters involved. Almost the entire play focuses on the dialogue between three characters operating a movie theater, and if this sounds like it would be something of a bore, then I suggest you read it and find out how interesting it can be when you allow three characters to just speak to each other and gradually allow some of their walls to fall down only to have them come [...]

    14. This is one of my favorite plays since seeing it at Barrow Street Theatre. The stammering dialogue and mundane setting ground the play in reality, and draw you into the character's thoughts more than most plays I've seen.Some people complain about the length (over three hours), but watching it is like watching The Godfather, you are so drawn into the story, that it could keep going for a week and you'd never leave your seat.I actually laughed out loud in the library as I read funny moments in th [...]

    15. A play (winner of the Pulitzer Prize for playwriting) about 3 employees of a single screen movie theater and their lonely, seemingly dead end lives. THe play takes place entirely in the auditorium of the rundown theater that is about to be sold and turn from showing 35 mm films to going into full digital projection. Nothing much happens in this rather long play, but the lives and thoughts and actions of these 3 people are expressed in such subtle words, physical action and in the very 'nothingne [...]

    16. This has won so many awards and prizes, including this year's Pulitzer for Drama, that I needed to read it - despite not being terribly impressed with any of Ms. Baker's previous efforts - including her inexplicably popular 'Circle Mirror Transformation'. Nothing ever much 'happens' in any of her plays, yet she creates a very naturalistic world and characters who have all the normal foibles and heartaches we all do. Here she focuses on three young people working dead end jobs at a rundown movie [...]

    17. So not only is American English being corrupted with lazy [like] speak (Shaggy Disease), it’s now being WRITTEN? And PERFORMED? And given awards? Like, wow, like. It’s disturbing to read and I would probably walk out of the theatre if I saw/heard it being presented. This is just a few inane skits as opposed to a “play”. Great setting, but the characters are annoying enough, even without the like lack of anything to say and like like like, oh my god. I am continually baffled why “oh my [...]

    18. Loses some effect on the page--it's hard to imagine the impact of the long lulls that Baker's stage directions imply--but still packs a punch. One review called this a story of "small lives," but it felt more real and rewarding than many more traditionally "dramatic" plays I've seen staged.

    19. I loved every piece of this play from the first to last line. I loved these characters fiercely in all their flawed and real beauty. It was just so bittersweet did strange things to my teeth and heartd, but in a simple and lovely way.

    20. This was surprisingly beautiful in its simplicity. I want to do scene work from it someday. It managed to capture a lot about the human experience--class, race, gender, mental illness, sex, friendship. And it felt honest and genuine. I both understood and cared about each of the characters.

    21. as a depressed person with suicidal ideation who also worked in a movie theatre in massachusetts, this play was unsettlingly relatable at times. i liked it a lot. i don't read a lot of straight plays so this was refreshing for its writing as well as its content. good stuff.

    22. Bold and weird and thought-provoking, this play is certainly a new American play worthy of the divisive attention it received.

    23. Went to see the play; I was anxious to see the play; pulitzer prize winners have to be good; couldn't stand any more after the first act, so I read the rest.More of the same if you ask me.

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