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Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus

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Members say: Great acting, Funny, Disappointing, Raunchy, Confusing

About the show

Three-time Tony Award winner Nathan Lane and Tony nominee Kristine Nielsen star in this world premiere comedy by Pulitzer Prize finalist and MacArthur Fellow, Taylor Mac. More…

In "Gary," Taylor Mac’s singular world view intersects with Shakespeare’s first tragedy, "Titus Andronicus." In Mac’s new play, set during the fall of the Roman Empire, the years of bloody battles are over. The civil war has ended. The country has been stolen by madmen, and there are casualties everywhere. And two very lowly servants – Lane and Nielsen – are charged with cleaning up the bodies. It’s only 400 B.C. – but it feels like the end of the world. Directed by five-time Tony Award winner George C. Wolfe.


Member Reviews (517)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great acting, Funny, Disappointing, Raunchy, Confusing
66
Avg Score

69
Sophomoric, Wild and weird, Thought-provoking, Antic, Clever

See it if you like crazy absurdist works. Sometimes funny, philosophical, political...and sometimes gross, puerile, repetitive. An extended sketch.

Don't see it if you want trad'l theater. Strg acting, but LOUD (shouting). Scatological humor abounds. Knowing Titus A helps. Ode to Power of Art (and Fart)

48
Insipid, Overrated, Raunchy, Banal

See it if If you want to see nathan lane. Some good comedic moments.

Don't see it if If you want a really good comedy, or something worth your money. Most jokes went flat, most jokes were pervie. Terrible shiw.

70
Thought-provoking, Overrated, Great staging, Ambitious, Edgy

See it if Nathan lane is my hero forever. Taylor Mac is a superstar. The set alone is worth viewing. The audience loved the show

Don't see it if BUT..... It is not my kind of humor. With 3 major performers it is a yelling contest,

91
Bold, Great acting, Raunchy, Intelligent, Hilarious

See it if u want to see 3 masterful performances in a subversive, multi-layered, satirical, morbid, comical, poignant, thought-provoking, unique play.

Don't see it if u seek a traditional theatrical experience; ur squeamish & unable to fully embrace raunchy humor in the service of very smart lampoonery.

Also I wish I had seen this sooner in its protracted run, as I would have e... Read more Read less

74
Raunchy, Resonant, Great staging, Great acting, Funny

See it if you're looking for something completely original and don't mind fart jokes and gore (though the gore is not realistic).

Don't see it if you prefer clear language. The show isn't terribly difficult to follow, but there are moments where the characters lapse into poetic verse.

81
Entertaining, Funny, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting

See it if you want to laugh-Nathan Lane at his best as clown, fool and maid, with equal support by Kristine Nielsen on a great set with surprises.

Don't see it if you do not enjoy raw humor set in 400 B.C. that relieves the horrors of war with brilliantly written words, marvelous rhyming and timing.

86
Raunchy, Quirky, Funny, Edgy

See it if Funny and raunchy play with dead bodies, blood. Not something you see every day.

Don't see it if Rhyming, Blood, Dead bodies (Not Real), fart jokes, Raunchy humor. Someone needs to get rid of the bodies.

78
Raunchy, Great staging, Great acting, Entertaining, Clever

See it if you enjoy a raunchy and funny sequel to Shakespeare's play. Very clever and entertaining. There is some gross talk but also very witty.

Don't see it if you don't like talk of farts and private parts. The dialogue is very funny but much is off color.

Also A must see if you like Nathan Lane and Julie White. All three actors g... Read more Read less

75
Banal, Quirky, Entertaining, Great acting, Funny

See it if you're a fan of anyone in the talented cast, you enjoy farce and calamity, or are looking for a 90-minute comedy.

Don't see it if you can't stand some low-brow humor including a lot of fart and penis jokes.

57
Quirky, Potty humor, Great acting, Disappointing, Ambitious

See it if You really like potty humor. You really want to see Nathan Lane. You want to see phenomenal actors with great comedic timing.

Don't see it if You want actual substance in a play. Nothing happened for 90 minutes other than bathroom humor again and again.

90
Raunchy, Relevant, Resonant, Great writing, Great acting

See it if You’re taste in theatre is extremely sophisticated and your wits are quick.

Don't see it if If you’re prudish or squeamish.

Also Bring a heavy sweater the theatre is FREEZING!!

81
Height of absurdism as the bodies pile up

See it if Deliciously ridiculous and raunchy. Taylor Mac's script might not make much sense without Nathan Lane and Kristine Nielsen delivering it.

Don't see it if It may be too grotesque for some, but I couldn't stop laughing. George C. Wolfe's direction adds clarity. Tony Kushner was in the audience

61
Ambitious, Confusing, Dizzying, Raunchy, Intelligent

See it if Many funny moments. If you’re familiar with Titus, it helps. Great cast. Spectacular set. If you can get cheap tickets, it’s ok.

Don't see it if Often hard to understand. Many stomach-churning moments. Goes on after the natural ending. A lot of it is in verse.

15
Execrable, Endless high pitched shrieking, Endless penis jokes

See it if you want puerile humor beating you unrelentingly over the head. You dont mind it was nominated over To Kill A Mockingbird.

Don't see it if You dont like penis jokes, body fluids squirting out of various orifi inevitably ending up in our stars faces. You dont like jokes explaine

Also If the jokes cant fly on their own they wont be better if you try to e... Read more Read less

45
Funny, Disappointing, Confusing, Banal

See it if You are a fan of Nathan Lane, if you laugh at anything or if you like slapstick humor.

Don't see it if You want a really funny comedy with a well developed plot and significant comedic content.

81
Great acting, Over the top, Raunchy, Refreshing, Relevant

See it if you want a fresh take on the stupidity of war.

Don't see it if you dislike farces, gore and lewd jokes. I dislike all three and still enjoyed this show because of it's powerful and well executed message.

68
Quirky, Entertaining, Great staging, Funny, Raunchy

See it if extremely different over-the-top play about underlings cleaning up the messes created by those in power, great set; Lane, Nielsen & White*

Don't see it if don't want large amount of puerile humor (about flatulence, penises + other body parts, etc.); don't want any verses told in rhyme;

Also * Julie White was especially good.... Read more Read less

85
Low-brow comedy and high-brow writing, Raunchy and ridiculous, Bleak, Irreverent & intelligent, Hilarious dark comedy

See it if fans of Nathan Lane, Kristine Nielsen, and/or Julie White—all exceptional comics who are playful and intelligent in their (absurd) choices.

Don't see it if you dislike “low-brow,” even ghastly humor involving bodily fluids of all kinds; making fun of death; lots and lots of “blood” and nonsense.

Also Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus provocatively extends the aforement... Read more Read less

80
Entertaining, Intelligent, Clever, Raunchy, Hilarious

See it if you want to see Nathan Lane doing what he does best - making me laugh. A mix of Shakespearean references and fart jokes, plus a baby shark.

Don't see it if you don't know enough about Shakespeare to get the jokes or are too much of a snob to giggle at swinging penises.

10
The longest 90 minutes of my life, Insipid, Excruciating, Waste of time and talent, Oh, sweet lord!

See it if you want the bragging rights to be had here, which for me is only Nathan, or if you want to see a good set. This is the new Moose Murders.

Don't see it if excessive potty humor, anatomy jokes, pointless script and obvious humor is not your style. I really suffered through this one.

Also Sadly, I was there on opening night, and compared to other openings, t... Read more Read less

60
Confusing, Fart-joke humor

See it if you enjoy physical humor and the gross-out factor. You're a fan of Nathan Lane.

Don't see it if you're not 13 years old anymore and don't need gross-out, fart-joke plays.

87
Quirky, Edgy, Great acting, Hilarious, Ambitious

See it if You like absurd comedies. You think Nathan Lane is hilarious.

Don't see it if You'll be disturbed or grossed out by a bunch of corpses (not particularly realistic)

69
Intelligent, Quirky, Funny, Clever, Ambitious

See it if you are a fan of Nathan Lane.

Don't see it if Nathan Lane, Kristine Nielsen, and Julie White aren't a trio of actors you'd love to see in any production.

Also Loved the concept. Loved the actors cast. Loved the set. Loved the mes... Read more Read less

80
It’s just as disgusting as you’ve heard, Like nothing else you’ve ever seen on a stage, Imaginative, Far out

See it if You have an open mind about theater and don’t mind being shocked. You have a strong stomach.

Don't see it if You don’t like gross-out humor.

Also I am very glad I saw this unique vision from the mind of Taylor Mac, a... Read more Read less

69
Funny -- yes, i laughed, Disappointing, Edgy, Ambitious

See it if you're curious about what happens AFTER Titus Andronicus. You're up for 90 minutes of kaka, farts, urine and the actors' great comic timing.

Don't see it if you're hoping to see a play worthy of the actors' talents. It's such a mess, literally and figuratively.

Also 5/11 - Saw Gary again, this time from a much closer seat and re-evalua... Read more Read less


April 21st, 2019
"Where carnage and camp coexist — if not exactly in peace, then in a constructive dialectic...For me, at least, the most convincing and powerful moments came when the performances aligned with the gravity of the premise. Gary’s speech about the power of art to create new realities was one such mo...
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April 21st, 2019
"An outrageous mix of the absurd and the grotesque, designed to make audiences gape...Lane is tremendous, and Julie White is screamingly funny as the play’s third character, Carol...While George C. Wolfe’s production delivers all the flatulence a person could desire, there are stretches where it ...
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April 21st, 2019
"Though it’s Nathan Lane’s name that tops the marquee and Nielsen’s that comes close behind, it’s all but impossible to imagine ‘Gary’ without White’s brilliantly kooky antics. Of the show’s game trio of actors, she’s the one living most comfortably in its heightened, hyperactive yet pensive, tra...
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April 28th, 2019
"It is the work of a real writer expressing depths in a popular form...I have never liked Lane and White as wholeheartedly as I did watching them in 'Gary,' mostly because of their and Neilsen’s admiration for the script, and where it takes them as performers. Mac’s words illuminate them...This s...
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