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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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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


“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


“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


“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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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

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


“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

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


“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

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

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


“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

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

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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Funny, Quirky, Great writing, Confusing, Hilarious

See it if you're a fan of the actors or Steve Martin. Or if you'd just like to see a fun, mostly light-hearted comedy.

Don't see it if you're not a fan of Amy Schumer or want a play that is easy to follow.

Clever, Dizzying, Thought-provoking, Raunchy, Hilarious

See it if so much fun and will leave you thinking about it afterwards. some truly LOL moments plus great performances by schumer and benanti.

Don't see it if keegan-michael key's performance was over the top. it makes sense for the character in retrospect. but it was still off-putting.

Funny, Great acting, Disappointing, Scatterbrained

See it if You enjoy ridiculous, absurdist well-executed comedy

Don't see it if you're expectations are high. This show feels like it has a vague point its trying to make but ultimately fails to impact at all

Ambitious, Clever, Great acting, Riveting, Confusing

See it if You enjoy talented comedians.

Don't see it if You don't like thinking about the big ideas while watching a comedy.

Funny, Intelligent, Quirky

See it if like brain twisting humor.

Don't see it if like linear plays.

Funny, Great acting, Hilarious, Entertaining, Bizarre

See it if You like the cast, Steve Martin’s unique sense of humor, and shows where two alternate versions of events are later out.

Don't see it if You don’t like over the top, impossible in real life humor, or you don’t like the cast.

Also When I saw the show, Amy Schumer stopped the show in the second half t... Read more Read less

Funny, Great acting, Confusing

See it if you want to see these actors.

Don't see it if you need linear plots.

Funny, Great acting, Confusing, Dated, Entertaining

See it if you loved the Steve Martin film "The Jerk"; you love any of the four main performers; you care more about jokes than plot or sense.

Don't see it if You don't like "Funny Hat" humor ( A dated, muddled Albee send-up comedy doesn't appeal.

Also I went back and forth for a while as to whether this play was dynamite... Read more Read less

Funny, Delightful, Great acting, Refreshing, Entertaining

See it if You like the actors (Amazing Cast). You want to laugh (it's funny). You're already a fan of what Steve Martin has done (Bright Star, etc.).

Don't see it if You are expecting a musical because it comes from Steve Martin (it is a comedy, but no singing/music).

Funny, Ambitious, Indulgent, Confusing, Disappointing

See it if you're a fan of the cast, and/or are in the mood for something different.

Don't see it if you're expecting a lot. It's entertaining in many moments, but the cohesive whole doesn't really pull together in a satisfying way.

Great acting, Hilarious, Entertaining

See it if You're in the mood for a laugh-out-loud fast-paced 80 minute comedy with a great cast led by Amy Schumer. Wacky situations they get into!

Don't see it if You prefer musicals or the classics. This ain't that!

Funny, Raunchy, Disappointing

See it if you like the humorist musings and style of Steve Martin, or any member of the talented cast

Don't see it if you're looking for some of Broadway's more timely, relevant or powerful fare

Funny, Edgy, Great acting, Raunchy, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy a raunchy, over the top comedy involving sexual situations, are fans of Amy and Key

Don't see it if you are offended by sexual humor; are expecting a realistic comedy

Edgy, Confusing, Hilarious, Star power

See it if I don't want to overthink it because I didn't stop laughing and had a great time. Benanti, Shamos, Key, and Schumer are fantastic.

Don't see it if you want to see a play that makes sense. It's really, really funny though.

Funny, Clever, Hilarious

See it if you want a funny 90 minute comedy. lots of funny moments, and cast was great..a few improvised moments made it funnier.

Don't see it if if you are bringing was very light and fun

Epic, Quirky, Hilarious, Wicked

See it if Straight up Amy Schumer’s stand up vibe with an extra oomph. Couple vs couple dynamic skipping through time that is wonderfully unique.

Don't see it if Absurdly awkward and clumpsy sense of humor that was epically hilarious to me and majority but probably not for all.

Also Oh Amy, she really shines through-even managing to make fun of an audi... Read more Read less

Funny, Great acting, Disappointing

See it if you are a fan of anyone in the cast. they all give fantastic performances. you want a good laugh or are in a mood for an absurdist play

Don't see it if you value good writing. this is all over the place and fails to achieve what it tries to do

Funny, Enjoyable, Great ensemble, Good direction, Better than i expected

See it if you enjoy funny one liners and a great ensemble; Benanti is a standout; audience laughed heartily; no current/political news is good news.

Don't see it if you don't like crude humor in a play with serious undertones or over the top characters; you need to go along with the absurdist ride.

Funny, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if you love the cast! They do an amazing job in this sketch like play.

Don't see it if you're looking for a strong story - this plays more like a long SNL sketch

Funny, Quirky, Aburdist

See it if See it for the performances. Everyone is hilarious, but I'm just not sure what the point was. The set was beautiful.

Don't see it if you are looking for a typical play. It's part farce, part sitcom, all absurdist. The plot is not linear and a little confusing.

Funny, Quirky, Confusing, Fluffy, Silly

See it if you are a fan of any of the actors and want to be entertained, you have realistic expectations that this play is purely for fun.

Don't see it if you want a drama, a groundbreaking experience, or subtlety.

Funny, Dizzying, Quirky, Absurdist, Perplexing

See it if you love any and all of the performers onstage, or are curious to see the output of the mind of Steve Martin.

Don't see it if you are expecting a linear, traditional storyline.

Funny, Clever, Quirky, Hilarious, Entertaining

See it if you want to experience a funny show with a highly talented cast and a few surprises.

Don't see it if you want a more linear, cohesive story and/or a more serious production.

Funny, Quirky, Relevant, Entertaining

See it if Absurd and hysterical; aah, Steve Martin. Don't take it too seriously, and all that is important will be revealed. Schumer and Benanti.

Don't see it if Missing a funny bone or need things to be coherent and obvious. Distaste for Martin, SNL...

Funny, Confusing, Entertaining, Middling, Ephemeral

See it if you enjoy Martin's sketch-like comedy & want to see 4 comedy pros make the most of his absurdist, inconsequential, albeit very droll, script

Don't see it if you expect comic gold from the likes of S. Martin, Schumer & Key. [They deliver bronze-medal comedy, whereas Benanti brings home the gold!]

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