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The Nap (Broadway)

From 442 member  reviews
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

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

46
Disappointing, Banal, Funny, Insipid, Overrated

See it if you're a masochist. Maybe this kind of British comedy just isn't my thing. Left at intermission.

Don't see it if you can manage not to.

6
Banal, Cliched, Overrated

See it if you like dull British comedies and understand this game they play like pool

Don't see it if you want to be amused. Having a trans person in the show is neither shocking or new and it is not enough to try to jump on that bandwagon.

38
Banal, Cliched, Slow, Predictable, Aptly titled

See it if you're obsessed with snooker and puns.

Don't see it if you like plays with endings.

Also A few friends recommended this to me as enjoyable fluff. I only wish t... Read more Read less

45
Disappointing, Cliched, Fluffy

See it if you're interested in snooker and like British humor

Don't see it if you want more of a story, or are not that into British humor

40
Insipid, Fluffy, Banal, Cliched, Boring, i walked out at intermission

See it if If you need a nap

Don't see it if Boring, Hard to understand

44
Overrated, Slow

See it if I personally thought it was boring but see it if you are interested in dry humor

Don't see it if You don't have dry humor, can't understand a heavy accent or like slow starts to a plot

40
Disappointing, Banal, Entertaining

See it if you love the world of snooker. It was entertaining, but pointless. See it if you love snarky commentary on snooker playing.

Don't see it if you are expecting the hilarity of 'One Man, Two Guvnors' because it does not live up to that. The plot completely fizzles out.

Also I personally couldn't care about the world of Snooker, and that was ha... Read more Read less

20
Confusing, Insipid, Excruciating

See it if you have an interest in snooker.

Don't see it if you dislike such poor direction that one character seems to just wander through the space, or if you want to care about the story.

40
Banal, Disappointing, Slow

See it if You don't mind spending 2+ hours simply laughing at one-liners and silly jokes even at a sacrifice of a real drama.

Don't see it if You are looking for a real theater or something equivalent to "One Man, Two Guvnors."

Also What's so interesting about this show is that the critics' review are ... Read more Read less

27
Confusing, Excruciating, Disappointing, Banal, Cliched

See it if You enjoy English humor

Don't see it if You don't enjoy waiting for a show to really get started till about 15 minutes in

36
Banal, Cliched, Excruciating

See it if You enjoy the tired UK sitcoms they show on PBS, updated with curse words.

Don't see it if You prefer good writing and accurate English accents.

Also More mystery than comedy...as in why on earth did Daniel Sullivan agre... Read more Read less

34
Banal, Cliched, Confusing, Disappointing

See it if It was difficult to understand the dialect, so can,t anything good about it. What I did understand wa contrived. The snooker game best.

Don't see it if You will never understand the actors.

41
Funny, Ambitious, Quirky, Unique, British

See it if you enjoy British dramas with outrageous characters and quirky plot points.

Don't see it if you need jaw dropping action or pee your pants laughter.

48
Cliched, Disappointing, Overrated, Just bad

See it if You want to see a good performance by Max Gordon Moore

Don't see it if You want to laugh, care @ the characters onstage, or want to believe these are real people with real, though possibly funny, problems

During previews
37
Horrible use of a live sporting event on stage

See it if You want to see an over the top British comedy.

Don't see it if The biggest reason not to see this production is because they take every little joke and completely beat it into the ground.

Also Most of the plays I see are off off Broadway. I am a stickler for deta... Read more Read less

During previews
49
Boring, Unfunny british humor, Thin plot, Summer stock, not broadway material, Dull, dull, dull

See it if You love anything w a British sensibility, see every Bdwy play (no matter what,) like snooker or don't care if it all feels amateurish.

Don't see it if Expecting Ayckbourn/Coward level comedy, non-ugly sets/costumes, a fun "con", plausible script, characters to like, sophisticated production

Also The only surprising aspect of this play (a week into previews) were th... Read more Read less

During previews
49
Left at intermission

See it if you enjoy black/dark comedy, easily understand British accents, get a cheap ticket & a seat that's not a mile away from the stage.

Don't see it if Duplicitous characters are meant to be funny, but I found the likeable main character's relationship w/ them to be upsetting/depressing.

Also I struggled with whether I should post anything about my feelings for ... Read more Read less

During previews
49
Cliched, Banal, Disappointing, Insipid

See it if You like sitcom style comedy with the pretension of a Broadway Theater surrounding.

Don't see it if you are tired of cliched comedies about bad parenting. Even worse when they tie in the working class kid trying to raise out of his roots.

During previews
23
Daniel sullivan cannot save this piece of garbage, Atrocious dialogue, Disappointing, Excruciating, Uninspired

See it if Fan of high school playwriting. See the limits of a talented director. This should have stayed at the bottom of the playwright's drawer.

Don't see it if You expect the usual caliber of Sullivan's work. You have a load of laundry to do. Your niece is performing I'm a Little Teapot. Netflix?

During previews
31
Indulgent, Disappointing, Confusing

See it if you want to see a game of snooker played on stage, or enjoy an overload of malapropisms.

Don't see it if your interested in seeing something fresh. This play is a rehash of stilted old jokes and cardboard characters

During previews
24
Disappointing, Banal, Cliched, Slow, Quirky

See it if You are a fan of British plays and absolutely MUST see everything on Broadway. Also if you are a fan of the game of Snooker.

Don't see it if You don't have patience for a slow show that has moments that are funny, but are absoultely ridiculous.

Also Reading these other reviews makes me feel like I'm on crazy pills. I w... Read more Read less

During previews
25
Disappointing, Milking the cow for all it's worth, Terrible setups to dumb jokes

See it if You need justification for why Ben Brantley should be fired from the NYT for lack of taste and absence of critical thought.

Don't see it if You are expecting One Man, Two Guvnors. That show was funny and entertaining. This one is not.

Also Why do Broadway producers produce stuff like this? It's not good. Ther... Read more Read less

During previews
45
Banal, Cliched, Disappointing

See it if you are devoted snooker fan. There's no other reason.

Don't see it if you are expecting an hilarious show like "One Man, Two Guvnors". Very, very disappointing with lots of stilted jokes and poor word play.

During previews
28
Disappointing, Excruciating

See it if I was so looking forward to seeing this because am a BIG FAN of One Man Two Guvs. But left this at intermission. Which I very rarely do

Don't see it if I found this hard to understand the accents and found nothing redeemable I am usually a big fan of quirky Brit comedies but not this time


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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