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The Tragedy of the Commons Reviews

Old Town Theatre (San Diego, CA)

Reviews & Ratings

22 ratings
3.8 average rating
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113 reviews
70 stars
attended Jan 26 2011

I found the play well written, with often funny and relevant local bits. The acting, as always, was outstanding. I particularly enjoyed the performance by the magnetic Francis Gercke. It's a treat to visit this venue; Cygnet always provides an...continued

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14 reviews
1 stars
attended Jan 21 2011

It was soooo La Jolla of 30 years ago to me. Property values, everything about what I want, the "Me ,me era", and indifference to others feelings when it comes to money. It will make some squirm and all will be familiar with the arguements. Still...continued

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7 reviews
6 stars
attended Jan 28 2011

Great Venue, strong acting by main character. Interesting to watch him slide from anger,into rage, ending up in despair. Certainly not for those who enjoy "light hearted faire". Definately reminiscent of the La Jolla mentality from years gone by....continued

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2 reviews
9 stars
attended Jan 23 2011

A wry and moving slice of life that prods us to examine our priorities and put them in perspective. Extraordinary acting - loved every minute.

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2 reviews
0 stars
attended Jan 22 2011

This was a rather depressing play. Thought the acting was really good though.

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2 reviews
0 stars
attended Jan 21 2011

This was a very well acted play about loss. Loss of family, loss of friends, loss of oneself and loss of home. The actors did a fabulous job. I also loved the intimacy of the small venue.

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40 reviews
26 stars
attended Jan 22 2011

It's a play that is very "deep", so if you like that sort of thing, than you'll probably like this...it just wasn't our style.

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33 reviews
25 stars
attended Feb 17 2011

I've read previous reviews and expected a terrific show. We were NOT disappointed. The ending was a shock, of course. The acting was terrific. Cygnet is such a great experience.

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29 reviews
5 stars
attended Feb 04 2011

A wonderful story. Really made you think about individual needs vs the greater good. Jim Winker was amazing. would love to see him in other Cygnet shows.

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24 reviews
0 stars
attended Feb 20 2011

Liked it alot. Actors did a great job of drawing the audience in even though my seat was on far side of the stage. Serious subject matter so don't expect to be uplifted.

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22 reviews
11 stars
attended Jan 27 2011

To judge from the title and the dialogue in the second half, the intent of the play was to raise issues about commonly-held property, and how such property is always despoiled because it is owned by all and the responsibility of none. The view...continued

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14 reviews
0 stars
attended Jan 22 2011

Excellent acting, love the Old Town venue, nice to have local references and "sensibilities" in a performance. We enjoyed the play and recommend it.

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12 reviews
16 stars
attended Jan 21 2011

Great acting, especially the main character, and it was fun to recognize the locales, culture and debates of the San Diego area. There was one spot in the second half that didn't seem to have any relation to the plot, and it felt like the author...continued

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11 reviews
21 stars
attended Feb 05 2011

Another great play from Cygnet. A tragedy caused by the protagonist's monomania similar to Captain Ahab's and the selfish nature of those who inhabit the commons. As always well acted and thoughtfully presented.

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10 reviews
2 stars
attended Jan 22 2011

This was a well acted new play in a wonderful venue. I can't say I loved it, but it certainly grabbed my attention, and provoked lots of thought. I was thoroughly impressed with the exceptional talent of Stephen Metcalfe as a play write. There...continued

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9 reviews
5 stars
attended Feb 16 2011

Sensitively up to date. A real part of the real world

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7 reviews
9 stars
attended Jan 21 2011

Well played but poorly written play! The stage and the acting were good, but certain things didn't make sense and left the audience with questions. This was the worst Cygnet play we have ever seen.

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6 reviews
0 stars
attended Jan 21 2011

Excellent acting and a story that can hit close to home with some long time marraiges

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6 reviews
16 stars
attended Jan 22 2011

I very much enjoyed watching a "local play."
Hoping that people learn what the title of the play means.
Acting excellent as always with Cygnet

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2 reviews
3 stars
attended Feb 17 2011

As with all Cygnet performances, I enjoyed this one a lot. The story, script and acting were all very good. I took the message that "desirable things decay" as the "Tragedy of the Commons". Regardless of my accuracy, I was moved by the...continued

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