The Collaboration (Broadway)
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The Collaboration (Broadway)

The Collaboration (Broadway) NYC Reviews and Tickets

(323 Ratings)
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Great acting, Absorbing, Entertaining, Ambitious, Clever

About the Show

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

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Show-Score Member Reviews (323)

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115 Reviews | 47 Followers
Great acting, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if You are interested in shows that explore the meaning of art, love great acting and are interested in these artists.

Don't see it if You like action packed drama.

570 Reviews | 87 Followers
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.

103 Reviews | 18 Followers
Great acting, Intelligent, Great writing, Absorbing, Ambitious

See it if you like art about art/artists, and the big personalities in that world. It’s a moving, nuanced portrayal of two passionate, troubled souls.

Don't see it if you don’t have at least a passing interest in the art world, or the eccentricities of its players.

141 Reviews | 28 Followers
Intelligent, Great staging, Funny, Clever, Delightful

See it if you love the art world and can relate to the inside or are just interested in the inside of the art world.

Don't see it if the quirky life of the art world will upset you.

300 Reviews | 64 Followers
Riveting, Intelligent, Masterful, Intense, Absorbing

See it if you want to relive NYC in its dirtiest, grimiest phase and see two future legends of NYC theater play two past legends of the NYC art world

Don't see it if you don't like a good old-fashioned dance party or a two-person show (with two minor background characters)

183 Reviews | 41 Followers
Intense, Great acting, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if You love art and want to dive into the personalities of these masterful artists

Don't see it if you don't care for these particular artists or if drug use is too hard for you to watch!

219 Reviews | 40 Followers
Great acting, Entertaining, Enchanting, Clever, Absorbing

See it if if you like great acting and a story line that follows a family drama through photographs. characters play out the scenes

Don't see it if if heavy family drama or trauma is too much.

71 Reviews | 18 Followers
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if Wonderful performances by all the actors. Simple staging made the acting the focus.

Don't see it if Implied duty drug use and suicide references might trigger some. Read more

Critic Reviews (22)

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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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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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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New York Theatre Guide
December 20th, 2022

"If one thing stands out about 'The Collaboration,' it’s that it offers the most fun on Broadway even when the play isn’t happening."
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