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

79%
(132 Reviews)
Positive
86%
Mixed
12%
Negative
2%
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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 (132)

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Indulgent, Disappointing, Great writing

See it if You like character studies.

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

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.

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

80
Absorbing, Clever, Great writing, Great acting

See it if you like a story about characters who try to better themselves after imprisonment. The acting was realistic and I became involved.

Don't see it if you don't like crude talk or stories that don't have a simple ending. Read more

87
Appetizing & appetite-inducing, Thought-provoking, Humorous, Sometimes metaphorical, sometimes literal in an unclear way, Superbly-acted

See it if you want to see a tightly-knit quintet of pure talent doing their darnedest to be deep, thoughtful, hurt, hilarious, and sandwich-loving.

Don't see it if a rather simple story (ex-convicts work at truck-stop sandwich shop and seek meaning while fearing their demonic boss) is unappealing. Read more

78
Funny

See it if All made up (hair, clothes, nails) Uzo's like the devil in Hell's kitchen holding reentry folks trying to strive for a better life.

Don't see it if "Foodie" talk, light plot, physical humor / over acting, knives, talking about prison system aren't your thing. Read more

95
Intelligent, Refreshing, Hilarious, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if Well directed with masterful performances not to be missed. Bravo!

Don't see it if If you prefer musicals, this is not your show.

77
Thought-provoking, Confusing, Relevant, Great acting

See it if you want to see a strong but not flawless piece from the usually excellent Lynn Nottage. This has a phenomenal cast giving their all.

Don't see it if you're expecting perfection from the script. It's a little too on the nose in some spots, and a little confusing in others. But that CAST!

Critic Reviews (12)

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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New York Stage Review
November 23rd, 2021

"4 stars!...The way two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage (Ruined, Sweat) writes about sandwiches in her tempting new slice-of-life comedy, Clyde’s—and the way her characters rhapsodize about them—could bring me around."
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Broadway News
November 23rd, 2021

"When is a sandwich more than a sandwich? When it becomes a symbol of redemption, aspiration and hope, as in Lynn Nottage’s latest play, “Clyde’s,” a lively and funny if sometimes ham-handed — or should I say ham-on-rye-handed? — comedy-drama."
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New York Theater
November 23rd, 2021

a savory comedy [whose] chief joke is how seriously the employees take the art and craft of sandwich making, especially Ron Cephas Jones as Montrellous, whom the others worship for his culinary gifts.The chief delight of this production…,is the art and craft of the theater making, by an extraordinarily talented cast, and also by the designers, who get whimsical and weird (in a good way.)
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The Wrap
November 23rd, 2021

"Maybe “best” should mean that actor or director who takes flawed or flimsy material and turns it into something worth watching. That’s the miracle director Kate Whoriskey performs with Lynn Nottage’s sketchy new play, “Clyde’s,” which opened Tuesday at Second Stage’s Helen Hayes Theater."
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