The Collaboration (Broadway)
Ends Feb 11 1h 45m
The Collaboration (Broadway)
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The Collaboration (Broadway) NYC Reviews and Tickets

79%
(254 Reviews)
Positive
86%
Mixed
12%
Negative
2%
Members say
Great acting, Absorbing, Entertaining, Ambitious, Intelligent

About the Show

Paul Bettany & Jeremy Pope star in a play about Andy Warhol & Jean-Michel Basquiat's famous exhibit.

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Member Reviews (254)

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913 Reviews | 928 Followers
79
Intelligently written, Slice of life, Uneven acting, Good story

See it if you are interested in one of the protagonists. Absorbing story. Bettany is excellent.

Don't see it if Pope is not right for the role. In an attempt to emulate the original he comes out forced and overly effeminate especially on the first act.

888 Reviews | 1016 Followers
65
Underwhelming

See it if If you have an interest in art or Warhol & Basquiat you will prob appreciate this show more than others.

Don't see it if Felt a little too long and slow. Should have been a one act at 90min.

982 Reviews | 343 Followers
79
Relevant, Strong acting, Absorbing, Clever, Ambitious

See it if For strong acting and interesting talk abt life/art, w bio detail. A bit draggy, but mostly smart. Relevant stories of police brutality.

Don't see it if you want light entertainmt. Altho dialogue has wit, mostly weighty themes. Sometimes clunky. Too long. Repetitive. I was glad I saw it.

650 Reviews | 284 Followers
73
Reimagined joint painting project btwn, Andy warhol & jean-michel basquiat, Terrific lead performances, But play doesn't live up 2 potential

See it if memorable perfs of tortured souls: P Bettany as tightly-wound Warhol/W & J Pope as hyper-kinetic Basquiat/B

Don't see it if inert plot; simplifies W&B relationship/artistic contributions; director fails 2 evoke NYC in 1980s/act of painting Read more

505 Reviews | 729 Followers
87
Profound, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great writing, Great acting

See it if you’re a lover of art and open to different perspectives on art, or are interested in plays about recent historic figures.

Don't see it if … I’m actually struggling to come up with a reason not to see this.

512 Reviews | 79 Followers
97
Great writing, Great acting, Entertaining, Clever, Absorbing

See it if you want to see 2 fine actors duel it out. They are incredible.The story is fascinating.I didn't now about their friendship.

Don't see it if you only like big flashy musicals.This is a good show that has something to say about friendship and tolerance.

483 Reviews | 130 Followers
91
Recreates time, place & people, Deft performances, Immersive imagery, Engulfing, Dance party

See it if Dance party prep will help U cross theater threshold, excellent perfs from PaulBettany & JeremyPope, 2 recreate NYC artscene in 80s

Don't see it if don't want 2 peer into collaboration or famous people's lives, will find abrupt change from dance party to serious listening disruptive

Nic
470 Reviews | 91 Followers
85
Interesting, Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing, Ambitious

See it if you would enjoy a dual character study of the relationship between Warhol and Basquiat anchored by great turns from Bettany and Pope.

Don't see it if you won’t watch plays:

Critic Reviews (22)

The Wall Street Journal
December 22nd, 2022

“ 'The Collaboration' moves through a fairly sluggish first act toward a more compelling conclusion...in the less didactic second act the play brings us into a believable intimacy with the growing friendship and grudging respect between the two artists."
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Lighting & Sound America
January 11th, 2023

The pairing of art-world bad boys might seem to promise some dramatic fireworks, or at least some gossipy fun, but this vehicle lacks a dramatic motor. The Collaboration is a high-concept pitch in search of a rationale
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TheaterScene.net
January 9th, 2023

While Bettany and Pope are each very convincing as Warhol and Basquiat since they are made up to look exactly like they did in life, they seem to be in two different plays, using different acting styles. The other problem with "The Collaboration" is that it feels very superficial, like a laundry list of items for them to discuss, while at least several of the dramatic devices are taken out of context or are relocated in chronology.
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Theater Pizzazz
January 2nd, 2023

"The economy and focus of the script has provided the principal actors more than enough to shine in their roles...Indeed, the entire production pulsates with color, vitality, and feeling."
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Stage Buddy
January 13th, 2023

"Pope and Bethany look the parts but the script isn't compelling enough. By the end, the viewer learns about the work and the relationship between the two, but I’m not sure how much I cared."
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T
January 9th, 2023

The play has its share of sturm und drang, especially toward the end when the artists engage in an aria-like confrontation that’s the equivalent of the 11 o’clock number in a Broadway musical; however, for much of its two hours it marks time with discussions and debates over each man’s artistic theories and relationship to the commercialization of their work. With so much reliance on theoretical point and counterpoint, no matter how passionately expressed, the tension is usually more cerebral than otherwise.
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The New York Times
December 20th, 2022

"Onstage, though, 'The Collaboration' feels emptily formulaic...It doesn’t bring us any insight into whatever closeness Warhol and Basquiat had."
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Time Out New York
December 20th, 2022

"The play imagines what they might have been like behind the masks they fashioned for the public, but rarely gets far beyond the surface."
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