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The Nap (Broadway)

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Members say: Funny, Entertaining, Clever, Quirky, Great acting

About the show

MTC presents a new comedy by the author of the rollicking, award-winning Broadway comedy 'One Man, Two Guvnors,' which offers a comic look at the world of snooker – the British version of pool. More…

Dylan Spokes, a fast-rising young star, arrives for a championship tournament only to be confronted by the authorities warning him of the repercussions of match fixing. Before he knows it, Dylan is forced into underhanded dealings with a cast of wildly colorful characters that include his ex-convict dad, saucy mum, quick-tongued manager, and a renowned gangster, to boot. It’s a fast-paced comedy thriller where, in an exciting twist, the tournament unfolds live on stage.


Member Reviews (441)

MEMBERS SAY:

Funny, Entertaining, Clever, Quirky, Great acting
74
Avg Score

75
Funny, Silly, Cliched, Delightful, Clever

See it if Farce with outlandish characters and surprising twists. Sexy cop falls for snooker pro. Transgender gangster. Frequent puns. Cool set.

Don't see it if You don’t enjoy farce. You don’t like cheap humor. You want a more believable story. Accents are a bit confusing at first.

80
Entertaining, Thought-provoking, Quirky

See it if Partner's 85% and my 75%. Some funny English humor. Good casting. Entering with a "What am I doing here" attitude helped

Don't see it if you are expecting a deep thought provoking production. . It is not what one would expect on Broadway.but the audience responded positively

72
Funny, Entertaining, Great staging, Refreshing, Fluffy

See it if you enjoy sitcoms with happy endings. This show is light with a fun twist. Don't expect heavy drama.

Don't see it if you're looking for something really "theatrical." This production feels more like a TV sitcom than a play. No real spectacular elements.

83
Ambitious, Funny, Great snooker playing, Quirky

See it if Amazing how a game like snooker worked so well on stage. Fun and amusing. There were some great lines.

Don't see it if Difficult at times to understand what was being said because of the British accents (the cast is American, but putting on those accents).

Also I was amazed that I liked it as much as I did given that the topic of ... Read more Read less

80
Funny, Clever, Quirky, Entertaining, Great acting

See it if It's funny and enjoyable. Love that it a little story for fun.

Don't see it if If accents bother you. Humor is different for it may go over your head.

Also I had no problem with understand the actors, story is funny. The chara... Read more Read less

49
Excruciating, Indulgent, Insipid, Overrated, Quirky

See it if you want to see a play that should never have crossed the pond from England to the U.S. Some really fine actors deserve so much better.

Don't see it if you have other plays on your Must-See List.

Also So many terrific actors like Johanna Day, Thomas Jay Ryan, and Alexand... Read more Read less

60
Banal, Disappointing, Excruciating, Slow, Unfunny

See it if you are a fan of snooker and if you are very easily amused.

Don't see it if you expect something as funny as the playwright's One Man, Two Guvnors.

Also The first act takes forever to set the action in motion and ends on a ... Read more Read less

80
Silly, Entertaining, Funny, Clever, Forget your troubles

See it if you want to have fun & some good laughs; enjoy watching a competitive sport from an all around terrific cast; you get a little of everything

Don't see it if you insist on comparing this play to One Man Two Guvnors - One Man will win out every time; you don't like farce and lots of silliness.

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

See it if You want a very funny play about the snooker championships in Sheffield, England

Don't see it if You dislike plays with dialogue strongly accented in a working-class English colloquial dialogue. You don’t have a good sense of hearing.

70
No one man two guvnors, Dinner theatre fare, Some funny moments, Sports commentary = best moments, You'll be snookered

See it if are an MTC subscriber, like less challenging fare, like dialects, like almost farce, like Alexandra Billings, like video visual support

Don't see it if dislike attempted farce, dialects, expect more from comedy, dislike snooker, don't want to be snookered

82
English con artists in comic romp at snooker tournament

See it if Fast-paced, well-plotted tale of scoundrels at pool tourney. Schnetzer is excellent in the lead but trans actress Billings steals the show

Don't see it if "One Man, Two Guv'nors" (by the same author) was funnier. But this one is not a farce. It's a comedy with clever plot twists. Nice sets.

Also Terrific snooker playing scenes with live video shots.

84
Funny, Great staging, Well written, Quirky

See it if you like British farce...without all the slamming doors.This is a fun show. It's not profound or meaningful. But it is a lot of fun.

Don't see it if you are looking for something deep or thought provoking. This is a fun play with a terrific set and some excellent acting.

72
Funny, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if you like good staging, if you are fond of con games, if you want to just enjoy a funny show or if you are a fan of Snooker.

Don't see it if you dislike any game of billiards, only like superbly intricate plots or are bothered by a somewhat obvious and previously seen story line.

75
Lopsided—all the good features are in the second half, Snooker game is riveting

See it if for the novelty of the snooker match (truly exciting, genuinely funny); you can enjoy/tolerate a lot of camp leading up to it.

Don't see it if you tend to leave at intermission. Act 2 > Act 1. Act 1 was too broad for me & mildly insulting, making it more tedious.

Also The first half of the show introduces a menagerie of shiftless, workin... Read more Read less

84
Zany, Quirky, Great staging, Great acting, Fun

See it if you appreciate British humor, a story about snooker, a little known sport (in the USA), broad performances, clever sets & staging, see it.

Don't see it if you have trouble with British accents & don't like farce or a show of minimal significance other than to entertain.

Also The snooker finals was compelling & brilliantly staged. I had a great ... Read more Read less

78
Funny, Indulgent, Slow, Uneven, Great staging

See it if you can withstand the slow boredom of the first half to arrive at the terrific ride that is the second act.

Don't see it if you’re wary of the first act living up to the play’s name.

Also Act 1 should have been streamlined to step up the pacing. The first fa... Read more Read less

92
Entertaining, Great writing, Great staging, Funny, Clever

See it if love British humor, talented cast members that portray fun and/or quirky characters; interesting setup - learn a little about snooker

Don't see it if want something dark, profound or related to current political climate; don't want British accents

Also Almost didn't see this. Sometimes (especially in this political climat... Read more Read less

75
Entertaining, Refreshing, Fun

See it if You want to have a good time. Lots of unexpected twists and turns. John Ellison Conlee excellent. Great sets. Good directing.

Don't see it if You want serious story. This is silly fun. Some of the words hard to understand. due to accents A few offensive jokes and unnecessary curse

Also Due to playing snooker live, possible slightly different outcomes each... Read more Read less

64
It ain't monty python!, Disappointing, Terrific set, Low-brow, Like a bad british tv comedy

See it if you liked Play That Went Wrong or simply like silly British humor(as opposed to Python or similar)or if you care about snooker or even pool.

Don't see it if Silly stuff annoys you, or if you have trouble with a Yorkshire accent. Get the hearing device for sure for this one!

73
Clever, Confusing, Entertaining, Great staging, Quirky

See it if You liked The Grifters or The Sting and have any interest in snooker

Don't see it if You expect to understand what is being said throughout the play, between the dialog and accents , you'll be lost or frustrated

69
Quirky, Overrated, Slow

See it if You like farce stories. This is a comedic drama with strong accents. I think a lot of jokes/references were lost on the U.S. audience.

Don't see it if You want a smart dramedy. The funny bits felt very childish. Half the Mezz audience didn’t return for Act II.

Also At almost 2.5hrs, this show’s Act I could use some serious trimming. I... Read more Read less

63
Disappointing, Entertaining

See it if Enjoy British humor in a low-key story

Don't see it if Expected more from this playwright. Jokes fell flat.

70
Unusual subject matter for a play, but ripe with some laugh out loud payoff moments!!!!

See it if you are in the mood for something quite different and a quite unusual familial drama.

Don't see it if a play about an unusual family, a unfamiliar table game, and a wacky cast of characters doesn't peak your interest in the least.

Also LOVED the rhythm of the writing of these truly FUCKED-IN-THE-HEAD cast... Read more Read less

85
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Great staging

See it if you want to be taken on a fun trip to a snooker tournament. My only quibble is that I missed some of the lines due to the accents.

Don't see it if you're turned off by very British humor. Outrageous (but believable) characters and a convoluted plot combine for a laugh-filled outing.

75
Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Funny, Quirky

See it if You want a comedy of verbal gymnastics and kooky characters, and are good with understanding British accents.

Don't see it if An ending that peters out will mar your enjoyment of the show


September 27th, 2018
"Delicious new comedy directed with an assured balance of blatancy and subtlety by Daniel Sullivan...Its success is achieved not by sustained assault but by dexterity, and by always keeping the other guy (in this case, the audience) off guard...The cast members shape their characters with just en...
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September 27th, 2018
"Could these characters be funny, at least until the play takes an ugly, humor-killing turn at the end of Act I? Perhaps, yet most of them are not: Aside from Conlee and Moore, the actors offer comic characterizations that feel as put-on as their all-over-the-map accents. A sprinkling of cute one...
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September 27th, 2018
"Bean’s very silly new comedy 'The Nap' probably takes the cake for Most British Thing on Broadway...A bouncy sports caper set in the world of high-stakes snooker...The play makes its personality clear right from the get-go...Personalities are the building blocks of Bean’s comedy, and there are p...
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September 27th, 2018
"Effortful delivery is just one issue with the wheezy direction of Daniel Sullivan, whose forte is definitely not this kind of snappy, suspenseful comedy, in which timing is everything...It's a testimony to the cheeky humor and ingenious plotting of this 2016 play that it remains agreeable entert...
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