Reviews: What Do Critics Think of Kate Douglas’ The Apiary Off-Broadway? | Playbill

The Verdict Reviews: What Do Critics Think of Kate Douglas’ The Apiary Off-Broadway?

Directed by Kate Whoriskey, the play is the centerpiece of the Second Stage's inaugural Next Stage Festival.

April Matthis and Carmen M. Herlihy in The Apiary Joan Marcus

Kate Douglas’ play The Apiary officially opened Off-Broadway February 13, and the reviews are rolling in. The production, which began performances Off-Broadway at Second Stage Theatre January 31, has extended through March 3. Directed by Kate Whoriskey, the piece plays Second Stage's Tony Kiser Theater thanks to the New American Voices Fund.

The Apiary stars Obie winner April Matthis (The Piano Lesson, Toni Stone), Lucille Lortel nominee Carmen M. Herlihy (Bachelorette), Nimene Wureh (That Damn Michael Che, Inside Amy Schumer), and Emmy, SAG, and Golden Globe nominee Taylor Schilling (Orange is the New Black, A Month in the Country).

Set 22 years in the future, two lab assistants put a plan in motion to change the world, with the help of a few unusual volunteers.

Read the reviews here.

New York Stage Review (Frank Scheck)

The New York Times (Jesse Green) *

New York Theatre Guide (Allison Considine)

The Observer (David Cote)

TheaterMania (Christian Lewis)

Vulture (Sara Holdren) *

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Playbill will continue to update this list as reviews come in.

The Apiary was previously a part of the 2022 Judith Champion Reading Series. The New Play Development at Second Stage is supported by a grant from the Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust. This season is supported by a grant from the Howard Gilman Foundation.

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Photos: Second Stage's The Apiary Off-Broadway

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