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Meteor Shower

Members say: Funny, Entertaining, Clever, Great acting, Hilarious
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Steve Martin's new comedy about two married couples who gather to watch a celestial event comes to Broadway starring comedians Amy Schumer and Keegan-Michael Key, Tony winner Laura Benanti, and Jeremy Shamos.

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It’s a hot night in Ojai, California in 1993, and Corky (Schumer) and her husband Norm (Shamos) are having another couple over for dinner. But Laura (Benanti) and Gerald (Key) aren't looking for a casual evening of polite small talk with new friends. Eventually, the two couples find themselves in a marital free fall matched in velocity and peril only by the smoldering space rocks tearing through the sky. Directed by four-time Tony winner Jerry Zaks.

 
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60
Broadway News

“A scattershot – and even scatterbrained – comedy of bad manners...The play’s shaky tonal shifts, pileup of non sequiturs and lurches from naturalism to absurdity render it strangely weightless...The actors, to their great credit, keep the mostly aimless proceedings at least watchable...Feels like a jumble of scenes, jokes and gags that haven’t been properly assembled into a cogent play. The laughs erupt, but there’s little aftereffect, as with meteors streaking across a blank sky.” Full Review

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Theatermania

“Probably wouldn't be on Broadway without all the celebrities involved...Not only does it have a famous author, but it features a cast of four big names...Never pretends to be brilliant (and it's not), but it will make you laugh...It's like a Will Eno play, but funny. A lot of that has to do with the performances. Martin's humor is mildly amusing on the page, but hilarious onstage...An undercooked play, much of which feels like a live staging of Martin's ‘funny ideas’ notebook.” Full Review

60
Variety

“Schumer’s choice delivery of Martin’s one-liners prop up this endearingly gawky comedy about mirror-image married couples...Martin has a flair for surreal comedy — a style that suits ‘Meteor Shower’...Clever lines and canny body language only get you so far, and there comes a point when this lightweight comedy just gives up and implodes on itself from lack of thought and direction...‘Meteor Shower’ could use a few more scenes to get its head together.” Full Review

85
BroadwayWorld

“Under the guidance of Zaks, this four-person laff-riot eschews sentiment for undiluted surrealist vaudeville...The quartet of comic experts are just sensational together, and Zaks' fast and funny staging keeps us from unnecessarily lingering on vague philosophical points...From sound designer Patton’s opening blast of Beethoven's Fifth Symphony to the uproarious predicament presented by the play's final clinch, ‘Meteor Shower’ lights up Broadway." Full Review

65
Time Out New York

“Martin’s writing veers in and out of realism—scenes sometimes stop, restart and go in different directions—which lets the playwright throw in some gutsy twists...The show zigzags across lanes with relentless speed with help from an expert cast...Despite a somewhat strained attempt to explain itself at the end, ‘Meteor Shower’ never quite coalesces into a convincing whole. Its entertaining moments blaze, then disappear into an empty sky.” Full Review

65
The New York Times

“Mr. Martin is peerless at crafting tiny wit bombs...But unless you’re Oscar Wilde, tiny wit bombs do not make a satisfying play…It would be more satisfying if Mr. Martin had found a way to maintain character integrity while developing his bigger ideas and also remaining funny...Mr. Zaks tries, turning out a production so bright and chipper you can hardly stop to worry about its contents. In the process, though, he sets the wrong tone — a sitcom tone, with everything but a laugh track.” Full Review

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Village Voice

“An attenuated, forgettable vignette...A draggy, shaggy eighty minutes in which four excellent actors try to wring laughs from a space rock...The story is just an excuse for Martin the author to noodle about...To call this theater of the absurd would be an insult to the genre...If the characters or situations were truly inspired or demented, you could overlook the lack of depth or narrative logic and simply enjoy the anarchy.” Full Review

60
The Guardian (UK)

“Steve Martin’s lump of sight gags, one-liners and situation comedy streaks toward Broadway...Jerry Zaks, the director, angles for yuks throughout, cold-shouldering sense or consistency...Sure, there are laughs to be had, some of them wonderfully raunchy, but there’s an incessant sense that while 'Meteor Shower' may occasionally be a hoot, it is never really a play. It’s a comedy sketch that resets when it doesn’t know how to end, flaming out long before it hits the Booth stage.” Full Review

70
Theater Life

"As substantial as a soap bubble. At 75 minutes, it feels skimpy for a high-priced Broadway attraction, but that one hour and 15 minutes is packed with hilarity...'Meteor' takes a slight idea and stretches it as far as possible without snapping it. Jerry Zaks’ zippy direction mines extra yuks from Martin’s brief but gut-busting script...Don’t waste any brain cells trying to search for hidden meaning, messages on marriage, or satire on the Theater of the Absurd, just sit back and guffaw." Full Review

45
DC Theatre Scene

“Martin enlists four phenomenal performers...for a joke-filled, overlong, trickster comedy sketch about marriage that is an uneasy stew of Neil Simon and Edward Albee, but falls short of either...A cloudburst of laugh lines lasting only about 80 minutes, but its non-sequiturs and silliness turn tedious in a remarkably short time...The four talented comic actors make sure that every joke that can land does land, even when it wouldn’t in other hands.” Full Review

65
The Hollywood Reporter

“Schumer is one of four terrific performers who juice the entertainment of this high-sheen production...But neither director nor cast can disguise the lack of substance in the padded sketch material...More like improv-comedy fodder than grist for a full-length play...There are plenty of laughs here — just no credible basis...that go beyond loopy absurdist parody...The production's chief reward is its deluxe cast, whose infectious energy helps fortify the flimsy material.” Full Review

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Theatre's Leiter Side

“The sharply contrasting couples spend the evening in a series of ludicrously absurdist encounters, made even odder by their being repeated in different variations, with a worm-turns twist ending the proceedings…In all design respects, the production displays a patina of…Broadway polish…That polish, though, is dimmed not only by the innocuous script but by the exaggerated acting…which operates on the principle that more is more, encouraging the actors to milk their shtick to the last drop.” Full Review

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The Wall Street Journal

"Mr. Martin isn’t a bad playwright, but he isn’t a good one, either, and 'Meteor Shower,' a pseudo-surrealistic four-hander...is no more than very mildly amusing...Zaks, who’s been directing on Broadway for three decades, could have staged this one in his sleep, but he didn’t: He makes sure that every gag detonates on the nose, thus making the script seem somewhat sharper than it is." Full Review

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AM New York

“Unfortunately, ‘Meteor Shower’ turned out to be a nonsensical and tedious skit that is simultaneously starry and substandard, flimsy and overstuffed. I’m even tempted to call it a ‘trainwreck’...Martin unsuccessfully attempts to take the 90-minute, four-character play beyond the limits of the traditional sitcom with absurdist twists and turns, nonlinear stops and starts and theoretical propositions...The cast and audience alike would be better off if the script was tossed out entirely.” Full Review

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The Clyde Fitch Report

“Though its just 80 minutes long, the play’s comedic amusements become intermittent — even bordering on the unappealing. The audience might wince at some of the credulity-testing moments and events. Credit the actors for never resisting Martin’s demands...’Meteor Shower’ doesn’t arrive from outer space. Despite its stars, however, the play still somewhat burns up in the atmosphere.” Full Review

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Chicago Tribune

“I cannot imagine anyone here thinks the tollway really can hold this A-list vehicle barreling down the mountain...It is being steered in so many directions at once. Which is not to say it does not achieve something worthwhile: an updating of absurdism for Gen Xers…I don’t think I’ve ever seen farce collide so messily with satire, while at the same time lurching honorably if haplessly for a moment in which the world has changed so drastically that no one knows her place. Interesting. And quick.” Full Review

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Deadline

“One of the funniest, and wildest, games of social and sexual one-upsmanship...Every element in Zaks’ production is working at full throttle...Schumer exhibits flawless comic timing in this quartet of master practitioners under the assured direction of Zaks, a funny businessman nonpareil...There’s method in Martin’s madness, which is to set you off-kilter while drawing you into this brief, satisfying lunacy. Resistance is futile.” Full Review

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New York Daily News

“Schumer’s deft and daffy performance is a bright spot in ‘Meteor Shower…The play is heavy with absurdity and modestly laced with laughs. But it has the lightweight feel of an extended, if not overextended, skit…The cast of Broadway rookies, including Schumer and Key, who aces his blowhard Alpha-male role, and stage vets click…Director Jerry Zaks keeps the show moving lickety-split. Even so, by the time “Meteor Shower” runs its course, the laughs have pretty much dried up.” Full Review

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CurtainUp

“Schumer backs her star wattage with a nicely relaxed performance, and the other three actors do everything they can with their two-dimensional roles (Shamos is best)...But with all due respect to the actors, the script's abundance of jokes and clever twists and turns, even with Beethoven several times accompanied by Ms. Benanti's sexy dancing, can't compensate for the lack of real sizzle and sophistication — and, most importantly, a meaningful, coherent theme.” Full Review

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Front Mezz Junkies

“To no one’s surprise, Benanti sparkles, as does the play, and like the stars, comets, and meteors shooting through space above us reflecting back brilliant light, ‘Meteor Shower’ is creating a dazzling display nightly. Don’t miss the chance...Everyone wins in Martin’s play...The cast delivers hilarious line after line in this trippy new play. But in actuality, we are the true winners of this night, happily taking in each deliciously wicked moment and playful asides.” Full Review

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The Wrap

“Martin has taken what might have made a good story for one of his New Yorker ‘Shouts & Murmurs’ columns and turned it into a full-length play...Would be consistently hilarious if the comedy could be watched in the time it takes to read one of his New Yorker columns. The other 60 or so minutes of Martin’s new play is little more than set-up and filler, often repeated...Zaks has no choice but to direct his ensemble of four to deliver very broad performances.” Full Review

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Front Row Center

“What does one say about an entertainment this lightweight, this pointless, this short? I could start with an observation about the splendid cast and design team assembled by Zaks and the surprising amount of theatrical talent...Or, I could just jump right into the issue of high expectations and low return...The collection of funny bits and silly pieces of action that comprise this short evening in the theatre do not, at the end of the day, a whole play make.” Full Review

60
Talkin' Broadway

“Hardly the stuff of great comedy. While many of the jokes land by virtue of their eccentricity and delivery, the play as a whole suffers from...milking its premise past its ‘sell by’ date. Despite the excellent quality of the performers and the direction by Zaks, the play is hard-pressed to get beyond the sketch comedy roots...Martin's writing lacks the discipline of, say, Yasmina Reza, whose 'God of Carnage' is the model of the kind of comedy 'Meteor Shower' strives to be." Full Review

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CitiTour

“No one on stage ever acts like a real human being. What they say and what they do always feels simply in service of Martin’s seemingly unquenchable desire to make the audience roar back their heads or cover their mouths...Fortunately, director Zaks has cannily cast four performers who are able to accomplish this task...Still, like the meteor shower we witness, Martin’s play is always in danger of crashing to the ground." Full Review

60
The Telegraph (UK)

"The cast of 'Meteor Shower' are an incandescent light streaking through a twisted, muddled play by the great Steve Martin...While it gives Schumer opportunities to be her vulgar and vulnerable best, she’s stifled by material that doesn’t have the edginess of her own stand-up and sketch comedy...Martin can’t seem to decide whether he’s writing a wild farce or a marital comedy with existential elements, a series of sketches or a full-fledged play." Full Review

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79
Funny, Ambitious, Clever, Entertaining, Fluffy

See it if You want to laugh your sides off at the perfect pairing of Laura Benanti and Amy Schumer. During the play, I was reminded of Sonya, Vanya AN

Don't see it if You need a brilliant play.

Also Sonya, Vanya. . . AND God Of Carnage.

27
Indulgent, Banal, Cliched, Slow, Dated

See it if you laugh easily at hackneyed jokes and non-jokes masquerading as jokes (Even being a fan of the actors isn't a good reason)

Don't see it if you're not up for casual misogyny and homophobia from a pay that was written by a rich straight white man for rich straight white men

80
Funny, Clever, Great writing, Entertaining

See it if you like Steve Martin, or his sense of humor. Amy Schumer was great, but Laura Benanti steals the show. She is hilarious. Beautiful set.

Don't see it if you don't like Steve Martin's absurdity.

60
Thought-provoking, Quirky, Disappointing, Dated, Oh, please!

See it if you enjoy the kind of humor that was so hilarious 40 years ago or if you are a huge Steve Martin fan, or if you just want to see Laura.

Don't see it if You value your time. There was only one laugh for me in the entire show. I can get more than that binging Frasier.

70
Funny, Quirky, Confusing

See it if You want a few easy laughs and don't mind if there's not a lot of substance behind them.

Don't see it if You want a fully coherent plot or if overly broad comedic acting bothers you.

90
Funny, Delightful, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if You want to spend 90 minutes of many laugh-out-loud moments. All the actors are at the top of their game and Amy Schemer is very engaging.

Don't see it if You want a deep serious night of theatre.

Also It was such a delight to spend even 90 minutes of laugher during these... Read more Read less

79
Absorbing, Quirky, Indulgent, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if to see Amy Shumer and the other actors in this play. They all do a good job and are entertaining. The lighting/sky is very beautiful.

Don't see it if You want to see a play that deals with important issues or makes any sense.

Also Lighting designer Natasha Katz is amazing. The night sky depicted on t... Read more Read less

70
Funny, Clever, Quirky

See it if you want a light, fun afternoon. Laura Benanti is stunning and funny especially after just having a baby.

Don't see it if don't care for Amy Schumer, even if she is good in this production.

75
Funny, Indulgent, Confusing, Hilarious, Entertaining

See it if You love Steve Martin's humor - even though other people are performing it, it is obviously there. Or you just like Amy Schumer/Laura Benant

Don't see it if You want a story that is really easy to follow or something that will touch you too deeply.

62
Banal, Disappointing, Cliched, Fluffy, Good comedic acting

See it if You want to see decent performances by Amy Schumer and Laura Benanti.

Don't see it if You are looking for a play that engages the mind - this play is hollow at its core.

75
Edgy, Quirky, Confusing, Hilarious, Absurd

See it if you enjoy Steve Martin's absurd humour and want a great laugh.

Don't see it if you are easily confused and not open to unlikely storytelling

Also The acting was fantastic but unfortunately, Amy Schumer is the weakest... Read more Read less

75
Comically and cosmically absurd, More of an extended sketch than a play, Classic martin off-kilter humor

See it if you're a fan of Schumer, making a very funny Bway debut; you appreciate Martin's cerebral hijinks or his loonier side; you want a laugh

Don't see it if you're expecting a full fledged play; you want characters who are more than comic illustrations; don't like absurd situations

Also Even at 80 minutes, the play makes its points before it's over; nevert... Read more Read less

84
Great acting, Must see, Refreshing, Hilarious, Underrated

See it if you like to laugh; I haven't laughed so hard for this long in years

Don't see it if a theater full of people laughing their heads off for 90 minutes isn't your kind of thing--or if you write for the Times

Also Even the better reviews for this show seem to feel like they wouldn't ... Read more Read less

78
Funny, Clever, Great acting, Quirky, Entertaining

See it if You are a fan of Steve Martin's work.It is a fun and entertaining experience. You will not be bored. The cast is great and fun to watch.

Don't see it if You aren't a fan of Steve Martin. The play is "wild and crazy" ,not your traditional type of comedy.

80
Funny, Clever, Quirky, Entertaining, Absurd!

See it if you're open to crazy laughs and ridiculous situations; lots of fun and unexpected moments; must be open to the absurd

Don't see it if you need definitive laugh out loud moments that are based on more sophisticated humor; you want a longer show with an intermission

70
Quirky, Sophomoric, Forced, Original conception, Unevenly-funny

See it if you don't mind humor-meets-surrealism-meets-a play suffering from an identity crisis or crudeness; are fans of the actors & Steve Martin.

Don't see it if expecting some deeply-thoughtful and illuminating, riotously funny, or PG-esque love story; hoping for another Bright Star; easily offended.

Also It’s hard to tell if Meteor Shower’s failure to fully launch is rooted... Read more Read less

81
Funny, Great acting, Entertaining, Great staging, Fluffy

See it if you like light hearted farce with terrific actors.Show has nothing much to say, but it says it in a delightful way.Very funny and clever.

Don't see it if you want a serious show or a comedy that makes a point using humor. Actors are TERRIFIC. Show is okay.

100
Clever, Great acting, Great writing, Hilarious, Great staging

See it if You enjoy theatre of the absurd/Christoper Durang-esq comedy. Brilliant performances by the cast and so well written. A must see!

Don't see it if You are not a comedy fan or need "in the box thinking" type of show. You gotta let your imagination go for this one.

82
Great acting, Thought-provoking, Confusing, Hilarious, Entertaining

See it if Humor very much in the style of Steve Martin's film LA STORY, constructed with all the playwrighting and comedic recall for maximum impact

Don't see it if Groundhog Day repetition will confuse some and ultimately renders it less a play than multiple drafts of a play with audience as laugh track

90
Funny, Entertaining

See it if Great acting and staging! Very funny. See it if you like comedies. Steve Martin mind of comedy. For adults, not for children

Don't see it if If you don’t comedies. If your not a fan of amy, maybe not for you. No kids

80
Funny, Clever, Hilarious, Absurdist, Non-linear

See it if You want to see some excellent comedic acting and have an evening of laughs.

Don't see it if You like straightforward plots and traditional comedy. It’s non-linear and absurd.

Also The audience laughed non-stop. Martin’s writing gets some great comic ... Read more Read less

90
Funny, Clever, Hilarious, Entertaining

See it if Want lots of laughs quirky story

Don't see it if Don't want to laugh a lot !

88
Funny, Great acting, Quirky, Great writing, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy the comedy of Steve Martin and you need some laughter in your life. You want to see the Broadway debut of top comedians.

Don't see it if you need a linear plot to enjoy a show.

68
Funny, Ambitious, Great acting, Raunchy

See it if you enjoy comedy and plays!

Don't see it if you don't like cliches and/or get easily confused! It was so weird.

67
Edgy, Quirky, Confusing, Disappointing, Time wasting

See it if you love any or all of the stars or Steve Martin( I went because love Benanti even if she isn't singing ) no matter the weak confusing story

Don't see it if you want a plot, or true comedy or resolution.