Chicken & Biscuits (Broadway)
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Chicken & Biscuits (Broadway)
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Chicken & Biscuits (Broadway) NYC Reviews and Tickets

76%
(185 Reviews)
Positive
82%
Mixed
10%
Negative
8%
Members say
Funny, Entertaining, Cliched, Great acting, Delightful

A new Broadway comedy starring Norm Lewis and Michael Urie.

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Member Reviews (185)

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875 Reviews | 903 Followers
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.

851 Reviews | 1006 Followers
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.

539 Reviews | 1873 Followers
72
Entertaining, Cliched, Funny

See it if You like an easy laugh. Predictable humor in a family dramedy.

Don't see it if You don’t like comedies about funerals.

642 Reviews | 94 Followers
78
Entertaining, Funny

See it if You like amusing tiffs between family members at a funeral. The actors were really funny. Staging simple but good.

Don't see it if You don't like comedy. Read more

467 Reviews | 70 Followers
78
2 hours, no intermission, Great performances, Disappointing, Great staging, Clever

See it if you want something light and fun.Performances are terrific, especially Norm Lewis and Michael Urie. They are worth the price of admission.

Don't see it if you are looking for something profound or different.This is a cute play with good performances.Be warned:it is 2 hours with no intermission!

379 Reviews | 201 Followers
95
Refreshing, Great acting, Funny, Delightful, Clever

See it if Wonderful & joyous show with comedic relevance & jubilant. A fun & must see show.

Don't see it if Sensitivity to Religion & religious culture.

418 Reviews | 61 Followers
82
Delightful, Funny

See it if Quick-moving, cheesy comedy of a Black Christian family funeral with family drama and secrets.

Don't see it if Cheesy, sitcom-ie humor; Black church life perspective; mention of N-word aren't your thing. Read more

365 Reviews | 63 Followers
17
Insipid, Excruciating, Disappointing, Cliched, Ambitious

See it if and ONLY if you are craving a live version of a Tyler Perry "black exploitation movie" come to life right in front of you.

Don't see it if you are expecting to see a witty black slice of life theatrical comedy for the 21st century because this "play" put the term LOW in low brow Read more

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

"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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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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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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