Clyde's (Broadway)
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Clyde's (Broadway) NYC Reviews and Tickets

81%
(373 Reviews)
Positive
91%
Mixed
8%
Negative
1%
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Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Clever, Thought-provoking

Emmy winners Uzo Aduba and Ron Cephas Jones star in a play by two-time Pulitzer winner Lynn Nottage.

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Member Reviews (373)

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876 Reviews | 906 Followers
65
Great acting, Aimless, Slow, Uneven

See it if You like the actors and you don't mind uneven writing.

Don't see it if There are many parts where the show lolls and bores, but the main problem is that it lacks any resemblance of plot wanting to go somewhere. Read more

851 Reviews | 1007 Followers
65
Funny, Uneven, Boring, Slow, Disappointing

See it if You're a fan of Uzo. She is great and her scenes are very entertaining and fun.

Don't see it if Unfortunately she is just a supporting character & many scenes without her are slow/boring and didn't keep attention.

952 Reviews | 387 Followers
79
Great costumes, Intriguing, Quirky, Thought-provoking, Funny

See it if You want to see some great lighting/costumes used to full effect in this funny play that tries to be deep but just doesn’t quite get there.

Don't see it if You’re looking for something that’s going to be deep and meaningful. This is a funny little story with some depth but no character shines.

811 Reviews | 221 Followers
82
Quirky, Relevant, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting

See it if you like fast-paced comedy built on a current societal issue with a lot of tension. A perfect cast with outrageously great costumes for Uzo.

Don't see it if the tight seats and stuffy theater make dealing with the fake cigarette smoke a problem even for a 95 minute show.

539 Reviews | 1877 Followers
70
Indulgent, Disappointing, Great writing

See it if You like character studies.

Don't see it if You need a thick and fast moving plot.

706 Reviews | 214 Followers
86
Raunchy, Thought-provoking, Incisive, Relevant, Funny

See it if Ex-cons find purpose & self-respect, despite being exploited and put down by society (= Clyde). Fast-paced & nasty. Great costumes.

Don't see it if The passionate sandwich making is a copy of the 2019 play "Lunch Bunch". Nottage added the ex-con theme, and the hellish Clyde.

746 Reviews | 124 Followers
76
Edgy, Resonant, Entertaining, Confusing, Absorbing

See it if an amusing ensemble piece where the pasts of ex-convict kitchen staff are revealed one monolog after another seems worthwhile.

Don't see it if a piece that is all narrative with a confusing nominal plot fails to appeal to you.

692 Reviews | 152 Followers
82
Great staging, Refreshing, Great acting, Funny, Clever

See it if you're a fan of Aduba & Jones, want to see a new Nottage play, enjoy light but realistic comedies & plays with characters one cares about

Don't see it if Not a fan of gentle comedies touching on current issues (hiring formerly incarcerated) or 1-act plays, don't care about the perfect sandwich

Critic Reviews (15)

The New York Times
November 23rd, 2021

"Critic's Pick!...Nottage’s delightful new play, “Clyde’s,” which opened at the Helen Hayes Theater on Tuesday, dares to flip the paradigm. Though it’s still about dark things, including prison, drugs, homelessness and poverty, it somehow turns them into bright comedy."
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Time Out New York
November 23rd, 2021

"Yet the morality play at the core of Clyde’s doesn’t feel preachy—not just because Monty’s saintliness and Clyde’s viciousness are presented with overt winks of theatricality, but also because the performances burst with warm humanity. The special sauce of Whoriskey’s production is its excellent cast."
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Variety
November 23rd, 2021

"Director Kate Whoriskey amps up the energy to 11...“Clyde’s” might also be considered a subversion of familiar genres, including drawing room comedy and workplace drama, and the value judgments conventionally inherent to them. By nature of her composition, Nottage also questions which sorts of rooms and people have previously been considered worthy of sustained attention."
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Deadline
November 23rd, 2021

"The quest to create the perfect sandwich takes on existential tones in Clyde’s, the tasty if occasionally and slightly undercooked new dramedy from two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage. Though it lacks the heft of the playwright’s great Sweat, Clyde’s makes for an intriguing companion piece."
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New York Daily News
November 23rd, 2021

"The beaten-down, formerly incarcerated staffers, all of whom have had major struggles in life, are forever in fear of the manager, the kind of toxic personality who will get right up in your face on a daily basis and, on occasion, will bruise both your psyche and your physical body. And yet, “Clyde’s” is a dark Broadway comedy, replete with a terrifyingly funny performance from Uzo Aduba (”Orange is the New Black”) as the titular boss from hell. And, to my mind, this is a very clever, multi-layered and deliciously self-aware allegory from the writer Lynn Nottage that deftly shrouds its true intent between two pieces of bread."
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AM New York
November 23rd, 2021

"Director Kate Whoriskey (who regularly collaborates with Nottage) may have overemphasized the play’s broad humor, to the point where it often starts to resemble a sitcom version of “Top Chef.” But at its best, “Clyde’s” is a relatable, rambunctious, feel-good work that optimistically preaches a path to self-redemption."
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Lighting & Sound America
November 30th, 2021

Clyde's may not go down as one of her major works, but it certainly doesn't lack for audacity. Startlingly, Nottage takes a situation and characters that other playwrights might have treated as stark drama, playing them for laughs. The play is a slightly fantastic fable spun out of the grimmest circumstance and I can't say it totally works. But it's a bold gamble that, despite a certain structural problem, pays off handsomely in trash talk, crackling tension, and scathing hilarity.
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New York Stage Review
November 23rd, 2021

"4 stars!...The sandwiches—and these kitchen dreamers continually play at conjuring up ultra-tasty-sounding delights while filling less exalted orders rifled through the counter window by the cigarette-smoking dragon of a proprietor—are not sandwiches, per se. They are metaphors for life, specifically the life faced by these ex-cons struggling along the halfway-house treadmill to life outside."
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