The Nap (Broadway)
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The Nap (Broadway)

The Nap (Broadway) NYC Reviews and Tickets

(439 Ratings)
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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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Show-Score Member Reviews (439)

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124 Reviews | 28 Followers
Great cast!, Clever, Fun, Brilliant set changes!, Great writing

See it if Amazingly talented cast. The show's more about them than snooker, which I know little about. It was a very fun evening.

Don't see it if Cast speaks with heavy accents, but I got used to it and it's part of the charm. Very enjoyable. Read more

98 Reviews | 15 Followers
Clever, Entertaining, Intelligent, Quirky, Very different, interesting theater.

See it if if you have ever liked the game of billiards - though this is snooker which is quite different, if you are British or have lived there.

Don't see it if You hate billiards and want a run of the mill story.

112 Reviews | 7 Followers
Funny, Intelligent, Hilarious

See it if You want to see a funny, fresh and fast moving show and learn about Snooker.

Don't see it if You are looking for a traditional show.

414 Reviews | 70 Followers
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 Read more

228 Reviews | 36 Followers
Funny, Great acting, Great staging

See it if See it if you want to laugh out loud, see excellent acting, and if you appreciate word play and exquisite timing by the ensemble.

Don't see it if you do not enjoy laughing. Read more

98 Reviews | 8 Followers
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Hilarious, Delightful

See it if Loved it! Go if you like warped family life and a guy trying to make it out.

Don't see it if If you don't like British humor.

254 Reviews | 86 Followers
Nap beats the rap

See it if Daffy British hijinks in the snooker community. Great venue, great cast.

Don't see it if Foreign accents and situations are problematic. You may miss an occasional word. Read more

54 Reviews | 15 Followers
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Great staging

See it if you enjoy comedies and fast paced performances. Actors did a great job especially Waxy Bush.

Don't see it if you have difficulty with British accents and profanity.

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 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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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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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 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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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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