The Nap (Broadway)
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The Nap (Broadway) NYC Reviews and Tickets

74%
(442 Reviews)
Positive
75%
Mixed
18%
Negative
7%
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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.

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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.

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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

Critic Reviews (47)

The New York Times
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 enough comic exaggeration to stay credible and also to suggest that not everyone is what she or he seems."
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Time Out New York
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-liners and two live snooker sequences in the second act provide moments of relief from the forced plotting and even more forced romance, which converge in an inane finale."
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New York Magazine / Vulture
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 plenty of big ones orbiting Dylan’s steady center...For Bean, the nap is a straight line to a good joke. He knows his game."
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The Hollywood Reporter
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 entertainment despite less-than-ideal handling. The frequently hilarious one-liners help...Sullivan's direction lacks spark and fluidity, making the play feel overlong at two hours-plus."
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Entertainment Weekly
September 27th, 2018

"You don’t need to know much of anything about billiards to get hooked into this witty play from prolific playwright Richard Bean...Daniel Sullivan’s direction keeps the play moving briskly, and Schnetzer’s Dylan charms as the straight man at the center as this cart goes off the rails, but Billings is the one gleefully driving the train...In a smart twist, the game they’re playing is a real one, and either character may win or lose. But regardless of who gets the trophy, 'The Nap' is a charming winner."
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Variety
September 27th, 2018

"There’s something mysteriously appealing in entering the world of this pub-popular sport, here set in Sheffield, England, ground zero for snooker championships. Add high stakes, lowlifes and a wicked wit, and you’ve got a solid win...There’s in-the-moment drama as the audience follows on large overhead projections as the game is played, with tensions broken by the laughs derived from the hush-speaking commentators."
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The Wall Street Journal
September 27th, 2018

"Relentlessly, incapacitatingly unfunny from start to finish. The cast, Daniel Sullivan’s direction and David Rockwell’s quick-change set are all impressive, but who cares? Except during the climactic snooker match, which is full of well-staged cue-and-ball slapstick, I didn’t laugh even once. Instead, I sat silently in my aisle seat, praying for 'The Nap' to end. Don’t let that happen to you."
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Deadline
September 27th, 2018

"No offense to Snooker fans here, there or anywhere, but a comedy built around the game’s intricacies and milieu is bound to lose some bite when rules need more set-up than jokes...Hopes of Martin McDonagh creep back in, but are dashed entirely when a big reveal – that won’t be spoiled here – surprises us mostly by its hoariness. Until the play really lets them down, most of the cast keeps pace with the various ruses."
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Chicago Tribune
September 27th, 2018

"A lot of plays about sports struggle with the problem that they can’t really show you the game because they can’t control what will happen on the stage. To its credit, 'The Nap' actually contains real-time snooker...If you’re a snooker fan, it’s truly a blast...You only wish that director Daniel Sullivan’s not-so-British production had a better understanding of how close these characters actually are to the real celebrities of snooker...This American premiere also is underpaced."
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AM New York
September 27th, 2018

"A well-calibrated, verbally-charged comedy...As befits a farce, the craziness escalates in Act Two, using wordplay, surprises, identity reversals, and physical action...The production (staged with an ear for comic timing and an eye for physical bits by Daniel Sullivan) is great fun with thick English accents and foul language. Just a few weeks following the death of Neil Simon, it is nice to see that an old-fashioned, silly-but-smart nonmusical comedy can still find a place on Broadway."
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NY1
September 27th, 2018

"It starts rather slow...But once playwright Richard Bean dispenses with the setup and we meet the rest of the cast, an unsavory bunch of characters, 'The Nap' wakes right up...It's heavily plotted with twists and clever word play that's both silly and irresistibly witty, and it ends with a genuinely suspenseful climax...This is an incredibly difficult play to stage. Comic timing is crucial and pacing can't flag. Happily, the cast nails it...A work so refreshingly novel, it defies description."
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BroadwayWorld
September 27th, 2018

"Director Dan Sullivan's production is fine enough, though the pacing can slack at times when the funnier characters are offstage and the budding romance between Dylan and Eleanor takes over. 'The Nap' may play better in Bean's home country, where audiences members are more likely to have a familiarity with the sport, but even on this shore it's a genial diversion with many good laughs."
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Lighting & Sound America
October 8th, 2018

"A compendium of stray comic bits in search of a play...Bean's fixation on getting to the next joke, by any means necessary, proves to be deeply undermining...It doesn't help that the action moves with a surprisingly slowly -- a quality only aggravated by Daniel Sullivn's pokey direction...Sullivan has assembled a first-class cast to portray these seedy second-raters, and everyone gives it his or her all -- which, sometimes, is enough."
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Talkin' Broadway
September 27th, 2018

"Messy, enjoyable farce...Bean has a filthy-as-Mamet pen, his scenes tend not to end with the snap of a button but to just end, he's peddling intricacies of snooker that may not resonate as resoundingly in the States, and he never met an obvious joke he didn't like. That said, a lot of those obvious jokes are pretty damn funny, and he keeps you guessing...No masterpiece, 'The Nap,' just a traditional, comfortable, fun, funny evening. In times like these, that's no small gift."
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New York Stage Review
September 27th, 2018

"Mr. Bean possesses a comic sense which is wild, fantastic and at times insane. He doesn’t simply offer a barrage of jokes; he plants them, marinates them, and finally allows them to burst forth at his hapless auditors...No, 'The Nap' is not quite as broad as 'One Man;' it would be unreasonable to expect it to be, wouldn’t it? But it is easily the funniest new play on Broadway. So go get snookered."
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New York Stage Review
September 27th, 2018

"It is funny, but less funny than you’d like it to be. It entertains, but it is instantly forgotten. You can’t shake the feeling that you’re missing something...Well performed, never ascends to any giddy farcical heights. It remains consistently, stubbornly, mildly amusing. There is nothing laugh-out-loud funny. This is most likely because—and this should come as a surprise to no one—Americans are not primed for snooker humor...What we get is a pleasant, provincial-British diversion."
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Broadway News
September 27th, 2018

"'The Nap' has enough earthily funny dialogue, vibrant comic characters, and twisty plotting to keep a steady grip on our attention...The play draws its appeal primarily from Bean’s tart comic dialogue and the garish charms of the characters as embodied by the superb cast. The director Daniel Sullivan...draws out the play’s more muted strengths with a deft hand."
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TheaterScene.net
October 7th, 2018

"Harold Pinter meets David Mamet meets Neil Simon meets Alfred Hitchcock in the richly suspenseful comedy, 'The Nap,' which originally played at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield, England, where the play is set. While its title might suggest a snooze of a play, as written by Richard Bean (of 'One Man, Two Guvnors' fame) it ricochets with more trigger turns than an ess curve."
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Theater Pizzazz
September 28th, 2018

"Bean, arguably one of the funniest writers alive, introduces us to the colorful snooker sub-culture of Sheffield...It’s great live theatre, but the true delight of this caper lies in the colorful coterie of characters – fortified by Bean’s hilarious one-liners...The cast is uniformly excellent, and veteran director Daniel Sullivan pulls it all off with panache – both the comedy and the suspenseful match...It all unfolds as smoothly as the snooker tabletop that Dylan strokes at the top of the play."
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CurtainUp
September 27th, 2018

"Bean has developed a story about the world of professional snooker into a darkly entertaining crime caper...Manhattan Theatre Club has gone all out to support the wild and wooly goings with a pitch perfect acting and crafts team and one of its top drawer directors, Daniel Sullivan...'The Nap' isn't likely to have you napping even though it probably won't make it to the top of your list of really great, long remembered comedies."
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Front Row Center
October 1st, 2018

"It’s sophisticated, adult humor that doesn’t rely on pratfalls or banana peel physicality to get laughs...There are clever plot twists that I have to admit I didn’t see coming – and I’m an avid mystery reader who can usually spot the plot. And, some innovative staging and casting. Tony award-winning director Daniel Sullivan keeps the pace up and the focus sharp, which can be challenging when you have a wonderful comedic cast of characters, and a script that loves to veer off into little side bits."
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Front Mezz Junkies
October 12th, 2018

"The title of this better-than-expected play starts to reveal its tightly defined and funny con-job of a play, pulling us sneakily into the high stakes intrigue and the surprisingly twisted world...The humor is not as smart as the plot twists and turns. Most of the jokes are simplistic, repetitive, and cheap, but they certainly are funny, at least for the first half...This is not a show to have high stakes investment in, but one to enter with low expectations and just roll with the shots fired."
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Exeunt Magazine
September 30th, 2018

“Deliciously energetic and mostly very funny...And here’s where we find the evening’s major snag. The part of the roller coaster where you go, well, this is uncomfortable and I’d maybe like to get off, please...A series of uncomfortable one-liners about trans bodies pre- and post-op that are clearly meant to highlight the ignorance of the characters. After a certain number of jokes, we get it...The jokes begin to feel tasteless...Performances are across the board stellar...But those jokes, man.”
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T
September 27th, 2018

"Think 'The Hustler' staged as a farce with poorly developed characters whose conflicts are not believable and drive a less than satisfying plot...It is enough to say that most of the story is predictable. The mistaken identities, the subterfuge, and the attempt at farce do not rescue the weak script. Nor does Sullivan’s direction...Without Ben Schnetzer’s commitment to his character and John Ellison Conlee’s supportive performance, the play would proceed without energy or nuance."
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Broadway Blog
September 28th, 2018

“Mildly entertaining...Plenty of oddball characters and plot twists...but the payoff isn’t nearly as substantial...A lot of effort has been made to energize the snooker championship climax, but...the table action lacks high stakes and momentum...Bean flip-flops between naturalism and farce resulting in stylistic inconsistencies...Still, Sullivan manages to polish it all into a well-positioned cue ball...Quirky performances and laugh-out-loud one-liners."
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C
September 27th, 2018

"For over an hour, a truly crackerjack cast hits every one of Bean's copious one-liners into the pocket, leading one to hope this will be a comedy for the ages - or at least as enthralling than the writer's previous Broadway outing, 'One Man, Two Guvnors.' Alas, after consistently causing our cheeks to hurt and then creating a boffo ending to the first act, Bean sharply switches the work's tone in the second act without equal deftness."
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Theatre's Leiter Side
September 30th, 2018

"Fitfully entertaining…Sullivan, using a mostly American cast speaking with generally reasonable facsimiles of Yorkshire accents, holds the pacing back too much, and the humor always seems bubbling just beneath the surface. It breaks through too rarely, though, to make 'The Nap' as satisfyingly funny as it keeps promising to be…Schnetzer's credible presence helps keep Bean's don't-trust-what-you-see plot…from losing too much contact with reality, and there are good turns by several others."
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DC Theatre Scene
September 29th, 2018

"What was mildly diverting in Act I is smothered by the machinations — and snooker-playing!– of Act II. The one thing that might have redeemed 'The Nap' is to have made it as laugh-out loud funny as 'One Man Two Guvnors.' There is, I must admit, some real wit in 'The Nap'...For every joke that lands, two don’t – because they’re too silly, or unfathomable, or hackneyed or offensive."
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Gotham Playgoer
October 10th, 2018

“Allegedly a comedy-thriller, it comes up short on both laughs and thrills...The characters are little more than one-note tics and their interactions just aren’t that funny. The romantic subplot is half-hearted. At no point does the play even remotely approach...slapstick farce...The direction...seemed a bit listless. Rockwell’s set is a transforming wonder...Once again MTC has lavished first-rate production values on second-rate material. I was very disappointed.”
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The Wrap
September 27th, 2018

"In one of the most astounding Broadway debuts in recent memory, Alexandra Billings devours the role of Waxy Bush and, without breaking a sweat, nearly consumes every drop of oxygen in the Friedman Theatre. What a first act! From Dylan to Waxy, the careful calibration of upping the comic ante is a marvel to behold...Also terrific is the running joke the playwright gives Conlee’s character."
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Wolf Entertainment Guide
October 5th, 2018

“The laughs are there in the off-beat comedy...directed by expert Sullivan, who demonstrates his know-how for cleverly staging a farce. There is also some technical wizardry at play...The fun comes in the collection of the oddball characters and the very amusing writing by Bean, who gives them often-hilarious dialogue to spout and zany situations in which they are placed...Other excellent cast members contribute to the madcap events and relationships.”
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T
October 6th, 2018

"A tightly-knit caper thriller...Playwright Bean weaves together a bizarre cast of characters and outlandish story strands, creating a tremendously satisfying whole...Director Daniel Sullivan hits just the right tone of contained insanity and arch cynicism...The staging and script could have veered into excessively violent Martin McDonagh territory, but 'Nap' stays within the bounds of credibility—just—and lands its snooker balls expertly into each comic pocket."
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Stage Left
October 1st, 2018

"If you do like comedy and are seeking an escape from the horror of the daily news, I dare not try to snooker you, please, just get a ticket for this hilariously funny and refreshing new play...While 'The Nap' is set in the high-stakes, low-rent world of Snooker, you need not know all of this to enjoy the play...Under the precise and skillful hand of director Daniel Sullivan, this ensemble of kooky characters is superbly comical, poised, and perfectly cast."
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Towleroad
September 27th, 2018

"If you’re reading this review, it’s likely the inclusion of Alexandra Billings among the cast that peaked your interest. Would it surprise you to learn that her character follows in a long and worn out tradition of queer villains?...Under Daniel Sullivan’s direction, the play sputters to take off as a farce and lacks the tautness or suspense of a madcap caper...The good news is, Billings is the best part of the show, making the most of her character’s cheap if often funny recurring gags."
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DC Metro Theater Arts
September 29th, 2018

"Bean’s irreverent comedy...The show opens at an unnecessarily sluggish pace, as we are slowly introduced to the colorful cast of characters...The tempo, and the series of twists and turns in the preposterously risible plot, pick up with the increasingly hilarious arrivals...The script is a no-holds-barred parody of the high-stakes danger and seediness of the underworld of gaming and gangsters...An entertaining evening of British-style humor and social farce."
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BlogCritics.org
October 5th, 2018

“Bean’s incredible wit populates this play...And his symbolism, related to what ‘the nap’ suggests, cleverly stresses the theme of going with the flow of fateful events. The playwright also configures the plot twists with facile, wild characterizations. Sullivan keeps the action vibrant. As he shepherds his cast, the mix solidifies with humor. Together the ensemble presents an altogether enjoyable evening...Hysterical production...On the other hand, some of the cast’s accents rankled.”
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City Cabaret
October 11th, 2018

"'The Nap' has some loony moments and an able cast. Perhaps it is not as laugh-out-loud funny because snooker humor is not most Americans' preferred cup of tea...Off-beat characters with Bean's fast wacky dialogue and a challenging Yorkshire dialect with director Daniel Sullivan's snappy staging manage to pull off an amusing, but hardly riotous farce."
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scribicide
September 29th, 2018

"This story of the World Snooker Championship in Sheffield is just dull, a non-entity, a play that was written on autopilot."
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Newsday
September 27th, 2018

"Bean's slow-build comedy...The comedy can border on mean but mostly it's laugh-out-loud wacky. Director Daniel Sullivan should have streamlined that interminable first scene, but he has a sure hand with the insane goings-on post intermission, at least if this kind of slapstick humor is your cup of tea...You're never quite sure where this cross between sitcom and B-movie thriller is going as it works to its twisty conclusion."
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The Stage (UK)
September 28th, 2018

“With its garish costumes and lively game-show-style lighting by and fun, feisty characters, 'The Nap' has the makings of a ribald romp – if one full of unwelcome trans jokes...But inexplicably Sullivan gives the entire endeavour the measured pace of a serious family drama...The snooker scenes with their droll commentators are funny and gripping...Some performances are charming but a handful of dodgy accents and a misjudged directorial approach drag down the comedy.”
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StageZine
October 1st, 2018

"Daniel Sullivan’s direction keeps the plot and actors constantly moving and you really have to pay attention to the dialogue. Because of the regional British accents in the show, it makes it difficult to understand all the punch lines, thus extra listening is required to get the most out of them...'The Nap' is not as rambunctious as its predecessor, but still a delightful evening of hi-jinx in the theater."
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Diandra Reviews it All
October 3rd, 2018

“Outlandishly funny direction by Sullivan and writing of Bean. ‘The Nap’ is 100% a comedy...There is a laundry list of characters that make you laugh at their madness...’The Nap’ is a total example that shows thrive on characters. You will walk away with a favorite, and a few one-liners you pray you will get to use in a conversation. Moreover, its live match of snooker is riveting; allowing the audience to really feel like they are watching a real sports event/fraud before their eyes.”
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Medium
October 4th, 2018

"It may be early, but I am confident when I say that “The Nap” is the low point of the Broadway season...It is tragically unfunny, consistently offensive, and devoid of any quality...The characters are constantly making jokes about these preposterous traits, and the shtick gets old very quickly. To make matters worse, the majority of the jokes are rather offensive...I’ll give the show points for casting a trans actor to play the trans character, but they get points for literally nothing else."
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Philadelphia Inquirer
September 28th, 2018

"The show is neither very funny nor very suspenseful...Act 2 has some ingenious staging: The audience is able to watch the final rounds of the championship match through a live-streaming projection above the snooker table onstage...There is a big plot reveal, in one last attempt to snooker us all...Daniel Sullivan directed; Kay Voyce designed the too-obvious costumes; David Rockwell created the clever sets."
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BSonArts
September 28th, 2018

“It’s a comedy. And it is very, very funny...’The Nap’ is totally original and thoroughly modern...Bean has populated his play with a classic set of comic characters...The performances are uniformly top notch...The real hero of this production is Bean. He has intertwined a hilarious comedy with a thriller filled with surprises. What more could we ask of a play designed to simply entertain? Pure comedy is back on Broadway.”
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Edge New York
October 4th, 2018

“Bean's script has plenty of weird and funny bits, but far too much falls flat. Sullivan, usually so reliably excellent, fails to bring the necessary fizz and fun to the proceedings...Things pick up considerably in the second act, when the plot finally kicks in...Ultimately, ‘The Nap’ seems full of potential, but doesn't fully deliver. Fans of off-beat humor and groan-worthy gags will find some of those pleasures here, but overall the play is overcome by sluggish pacing and hit-or-miss laughs.”
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Journal Inquirer
September 28th, 2018

“Pleasantly funny new play...’The Nap’ has some genuinely funny moments, the commentary over the snooker matches is hysterical and the supporting characters are outlandish and brilliantly performed...The problems within 'The Nap' are in the plot. The first 20 minutes or so drag before the play finds its legs...The other major problem...is its ending, which is mostly formulaic and lacks any real honesty in its climax.”
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