Clyde's (Broadway)
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Clyde's (Broadway)

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(383 Ratings)
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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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75 Reviews | 39 Followers
Entertaining, Great acting, Edgy

See it if A play with meaning and great acting. One you won’t forget.

Don't see it if You prefer lengthier plays

141 Reviews | 28 Followers
Clever, Great acting, Hilarious, Great writing, Great staging

See it if you like to laugh out loud! Wonderful play that makes you laugh & think. A very humanistic play for hopeful humans.

Don't see it if you want a musical or are easily offended by raw language or stories with ex-cons as characters. Read more

91 Reviews | 21 Followers
Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Great writing

See it if You enjoy a great ensemble

Don't see it if You need a “big” show. Read more

318 Reviews | 61 Followers
Great writing, Hilarious, Must see, Profound, Edgy

See it if If you like the actors involved, playwright Lynn Nottage, 95-minute plays, some light violence & cussing, diverse cast, thought-provoking

Don't see it if Comedy. Don’t see it if any of the above is not your style. Oh and sandwiches, if you don’t love sandwiches- this is not for you. The cast Read more

73 Reviews | 5 Followers
Must see, Great acting, Great staging, Delightful, Funny

See it if You love captivating, hilarious emotional shows.

Don't see it if You don’t like plays with one location or that have ambiguous endings.

133 Reviews | 44 Followers
Great acting, Hilarious, Great staging, Great writing, Must see

See it if This is a perfect production! Writing, staging, acting, direction, casting . Incredible well done. Bravo!

Don't see it if If you don't like theater.

140 Reviews | 39 Followers
Slow, Entertaining, Relevant, Great acting, Hilarious

See it if you enjoy slice-of-life plays with exaggerated and fantastical moments, LOTS of comedy, and flashes of heart.

Don't see it if you want to see something flashy or aren't looking for a message about the prison system in your comedy. (TW: sexual harassment)

108 Reviews | 35 Followers
Resonant, Clever, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting

See it if If you like serious drama, straight plays w/ social conscience, CYLDE'S is up there w/ Arthur Miller or Tennessee Williams. Almost perfect!

Don't see it if If you're looking for something light and fluffy, this play isn't for you. Some parts are very funny, but with a dark theme about ex-cons.

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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New York Theatre Guide
November 24th, 2021

"Directed by Kate Whoriskey, the author’s go-to collaborator, the production cooks on all burners. Orange Is the New Black Emmy winner Aduba slyly brings out Clyde’s devilish streak. Young is thrilling as the take-no-b.s. Tish. The physical production is also deft thanks to Jennifer Moeller’s character-defining costumes, Takeshi Kata’s realistic working kitchen, and Christopher Akerlind’s moody, shifting lighting. A final rebellious communal act of creativity turns out to be liberating for the kitchen crew. You can take the ending literally or poetically — either way it works, and it satisfies. Chalk that up to Nottage’s theatrical 'wichcraft."
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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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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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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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