Chicken & Biscuits (Broadway)
Ends Jan 2022 1h 40m
Chicken & Biscuits (Broadway)
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Chicken & Biscuits (Broadway) NYC Reviews and Tickets

76%
(101 Reviews)
Positive
79%
Mixed
12%
Negative
9%
Members say
Funny, Entertaining, Cliched, Great acting, Delightful

A new Broadway comedy starring Norm Lewis and Michael Urie.

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Member Reviews (101)

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73
Needs cutting, Good actors, Funny, Ambitious, Long

See it if Funny and fun with thought-provoking truths. Great performances.

Don't see it if Too long. Many parts drag and suffocate the good ones.

73
Uneven, Overly long, Entertaining, Funny

See it if You enjoy fun comedies about families. I enjoyed most of this show and had a good time.

Don't see it if You don't want to sit for 2hrs w/ no interval. It's way too long. Would have been much stronger @ 90min. Scenes could be shortened easily.

Critic Reviews (14)

Time Out New York
October 10th, 2021

"Chicken & Biscuits clearly has its heart in the right place, and the cast and creative team include more than two dozen people making their Broadway debuts. But their lack of seasoning shows: the writing is blobby, much of the design is unpolished, and young director Zhailon Levingston sometimes seems lost in dealing with the challenging three-quarters thrust stage at Circle in the Square."
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Variety
October 10th, 2021

"Fresh, relatable and laugh-out-loud funny...This play is both a Hallelujah and an A-men. "
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Deadline
October 10th, 2021

"But new voices doesn’t always equal fresh voices, as this safe, cozy comedy makes clear. Like grandpa’s biscuits, stale is the word that comes to mind."
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Lighting & Sound America
October 12th, 2021

"It's the kind of easygoing domestic comedy that reigned on Broadway for decades...But Chicken and Biscuits suffers from a tedious, drawn-out structure, taking its time introduce the characters before then segueing into a lengthy series of eulogies followed by breakout groups in which characters confront each other in pairs, laboriously laying to rest long-buried resentments."
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New York Stage Review
October 10th, 2021

"How much you enjoy the evening will depend on your tolerance for stereotypical characterizations and situations more redolent of a sitcom than theater."
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New York Stage Review
October 10th, 2021

"It may be that while creating that trajectory, dramatist Lyons takes a few, sometimes sentimental shortcuts, but only the crankiest onlookers will object to what looks to be a commercial success."
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Broadway News
October 10th, 2021

“Chicken & Biscuits,” at Broadway’s Circle in the Square theater, is a savory comedy served with a hefty side order of sentiment. It’s a mostly successful combo plate, even if the play’s buoyant humor tends to recede in the later scene."
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TheaterScene.net
October 18th, 2021

"While the formula may be time-worn and familiar, Lyons’ play directed by Zhailon Levingston (also making his Broadway debut as the youngest Black director in Broadway history) is fast-paced and generally bright and appealing."
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Front Row Center
October 12th, 2021

"This is sit-com writing and stock characters from start to finish, but the actors take it all in stride and walk hand in hand to the finish without flinching. It is we who do the flinching. And the laughing. There seems to be an equal balance of both."
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New York Theater
October 10th, 2021

...the play feels readymade for a series TV adaptation. Its characters are familiar types, and their relationships with one another unfold according to a formula: Tension followed by confrontation followed by reconciliation. But it’s also full of laughs, performed by a great, eight-member cast...And, underneath the formula, Douglas Lyons’ play offers a clear-eyed look at what one character calls a “family in its purest and most fragile form.”
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Theatre's Leiter Side
October 14th, 2021

"Friendly, warmhearted, and schmaltzy, the play—vigorously staged by Zhailon Levingston—never makes up its mind as to just what it wants to be...it mashes together a panoply of different styles, including family comedy, zany farce, domestic melodrama, and even revivalist singing, smothering them in heavy acting gravy. Sadly, these mashed methods aren’t so easy to swallow."
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The Wrap
October 10th, 2021

"The comedy keeps lurching into melodrama even before we get to the extended treacly denouement and those many endings."
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New York Theatre Guide
October 11th, 2021

"All families have their secrets, but few handle them as entertainingly as the Mabry family in Douglas Lyon’s Chicken & Biscuits. All is not perfect by the play’s end but...It’s the perfect take home message as we continue to navigate the viral pandemics that are tearing our nation apart."
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3Views
October 11th, 2021

"Regardless of any lulls in character development, Chicken and Biscuits fulfills its promise. It is two hours of soulful, side-splitting fun."
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