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The Shed

Jamie Lloyd’s hit revival of Lucy Prebble’s drama about a love affair between drug trial participants opens Off-Broadway.

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What impulses and feelings define who we are? Can they be manufactured in a pill? Emmy Award winner Lucy Prebble’s (Succession) funny and intimate play The Effect dives straight into some heavy existential questions as its characters take part in a drugs trial and quickly fall in love.

This “intense and intoxicating” (The Guardian) production from Jamie Lloyd (A Doll’s House and Betrayal on Broadway) was a hit at London’s National Theatre last Fall and now runs for a limited four-week season at The Shed theater.

What is The Effect about?

Connie and Tristan have signed up for a drug trial, and soon they’re falling in love. But is it real? Or is it a dizzying side effect of the antidepressant they’re taking? And are they taking the antidepressant or the placebo?

On the other side of the experiment, the doctors are asking questions too. Should they intervene and remove Connie and Tristan from the trial? Or continue and use them as guinea pigs?

Posing intense questions about love and manufactured emotions, The Effect is an intimate, challenging drama from playwright and screenwriter Lucy Prebble, who won an Emmy Award for her work on HBO’s Succession. This acclaimed revival is directed by Olivier Award winner Jamie Lloyd, who made his mark on Broadway with Betrayal starring Tom Hiddleston, Zawe Ashton and Charlie Cox, and soon brings his 5-star revival of Sunset Boulevard, starring Nicole Scherzinger, to New York.

A Hit Revival, Direct From London

The National Theatre and Jamie Lloyd’s acclaimed run of The Effect was a hit in London, earning rave reviews from critics. With a traverse staging that will make you feel intimately connected to the performers, this “exhilarating” (Sunday Times) production is a must-see and proves why Jamie Lloyd is “the most exciting director working today” (The Evening Standard).

The Effect Off-Broadway Cast

The cast of this fantastic revival transfer across from London, including Paapa Essiedu (HBO’s I May Destroy You) and Taylor Russell (Bones and All) as Tristan and Connie; and Michele Austin (This Is Going to Hurt, Cyrano de Bergerac at BAM) and Olivier Award winner Kobna Holdbrook-Smith (Tina: The Tina Turner Musical) as the doctors who monitor their illicit romance.

Book Tickets For The Effect at The Shed NYC

Get up close and personal with human emotions and decide for yourself whether they’re real or straight out of a lab at this intense show. In town for just one month, book early to avoid missing out.

Sorry this show closed 31 March 2024, we recommend these similar productions.

Performance dates:
30 Mar 2024 - 31 Mar 2024
Running time:
1 hour and 40 minutes.
Age recommendation:
Best for age 12+
Audience Notes:
This show features strobe/flashing lights, smoke, haze effects, and some loud music. Some scenes include sexual content, physical aggression, depictions of seizures, & references to depression, anxiety, & suicide.

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