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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 (442)

MEMBERS SAY:

Funny, Entertaining, Clever, Quirky, Great acting

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

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

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!

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.

68
Cute, Quirky, Funny

See it if you love all things British, sports or farces.

Don't see it if you're bothered by Americans attempting British accents. Some bad...some ok.

68
Okay, Slow, Entertaining

See it if You're into plays and want to see everything on B'way. There are some funny moments and some twists - overall enjoyable not a must see

Don't see it if You're looking for fast-paced action or a serious play.

50
Banal, Disappointing, Slow

See it if you like bad jokes and enjoy watching snooker.

Don't see it if you're looking for anything even remotely as clever and funny as One Man, Two Guvnors.

Also I was SO disappointed by this production. I was a huge fan of OMTG and... Read more Read less

53
Slow, Overrated, Disappointing, Cliched, Banal

See it if you think British dry humor is funny - or you are obsessed with snooker - but don't expect anything at all like One Man. Two Guvnors.

Don't see it if don't see it. period.

65
Fluffy

See it if it wasn't the worst MTC show i've ever seen... there was a fun twist, and the "live" match near the end was cool.

Don't see it if i will have completely forgotten about this show soon...

60
Banal, Disappointing, Excruciating, Dull, Cliched

See it if you love the British game of snooker, John Ellison Conlee's scene-stealing acting, and an actual game of snooker taking up most of Act 2.

Don't see it if you were expecting rollicking hijinks as in playwright's One Man Two Guvnors; this play is full of uninteresting characters & too static.

68
Entertaining, Funny, Fluffy

See it if you're looking for an evening of silly, mindless entertainment to distract you from the woes of the world.

Don't see it if you want to see a play that makes you think, or that you won't have completely forgotten by the time you're on the subway on the way home.

60
Funny, Disappointing, Slow

See it if you like british humor and have a low bar

Don't see it if you're expecting another One Man Two Guvnors type show. This was nothing like that and rather disappointing

68
Quirky, Disappointing, Ok .. but nothing special

See it if you want a sitcom like show ... it is not hard to understand or follow ... the second act is entertaining but the ending is very abrupt.

Don't see it if you want a memorable play ... while not terrible, I would not recommend at Broadway prices

68
Fluffy, Hilarious, Entertaining, Delightful, Clever

See it if You just want a light heated fun night at the theatre

Don't see it if You are looking for a play with deep inner meaning and intellectual text.

65
First 20 minutes suck, Likeable lead actors, Unimportant, Just ok, Sometimes funny

See it if you like heavy British accents and snooker (which is more fun than the script). Much of the cast is good, but acting & direction is uneven.

Don't see it if you want a play that makes a point, any point. It fails to be funny enough to make you forget its flaws.

60
Fluffy, Indulgent

See it if You like whodunnit style writing, low cost tickets, new theatre

Don't see it if You are looking for a great ending, this one just misses the “mark” (pun intended)

55
Slow, Fluffy, Banal, Disappointing

See it if you like the game of Snooker and want a brainless night of theatre/fluff

Don't see it if you want to care about characters or plot, you'll be distracted by accents or horribly written female roles

60
Fluffy, Overrated, Disappointing, Banal, Cliched

See it if You love British comedies. This told a slight story, and was very slow to start. Not funny enough.

Don't see it if You get impatient with slight, cliched stories. Disappointing.

68
Confusing, Funny, Intense, Slow

See it if you can decifer heavy accents and know something about snooker. Impressive that it was played live because how can they predict the results?

Don't see it if the idea of a play revolving around snooker leaves you underwhelmed as there’s a lot of references to the game.

50
Disappointing

See it if Snooker is your bag. It certainly ain't mine. This is not a sports-centric entertainment that transcends its milieu to speak higher truths.

Don't see it if Snooker is not your bag. The irony is: the televised snooker match in Act 2 is the highlight of the play and well done!

Also On the plus side, the playwright does not attempt to replicate his bri... Read more Read less

66
Great staging, Disappointing, Fluffy

See it if you like British humor, great set, like snooker

Don't see it if have difficulty with heavy English accents, exagerated humor, don't like Snooker, spoofs

66
Slow, Funny, British

See it if It had its moments. You like British not believable farcical stories. You enjoy snooker/pool.

Don't see it if You are not into British farce. Also if was slow. Some actors didn't have the accent down.

53
Cliched, Confusing, Disappointing, Funny, Overrated

See it if You are good at understanding heavy British accents

Don't see it if You have trouble understanding heavy British accents

68
Ambitious, Disappointing, Slow

See it if You are British, have acute hearing, and are familiar with English idioms.

Don't see it if If you enjoy clever dialogue and well clear elocution.

Also The rapid fire English accented dialogue was delivered as if the theat... Read more Read less

68
Disappointing, Funny, Great acting, Fluffy, Slow

See it if you like zany characters and fun, light, shows that don’t require too much thinking

Don't see it if Your concept of British humor is as an oxymoron or you simply have trouble with British accents

Also Rather than laugh-out-loud funny, it had some nice one liners and mala... Read more Read less


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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