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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)


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

During previews
Clever, Funny, Great acting, Quirky, Great writing

See it if You love the zany quirky Brits. The writing is so clever. It's off the beaten track and quite unusual. I laughed often. Great sets + acting

Don't see it if You have a hard time with accents and quick dialogue. If Violence bothers you... If you are expecting something deep and profound.

Also I didn't know what to expect. I went cold. Thoroughly enjoyed myself. ... Read more Read less

During previews
Clever, Entertaining, Great writing, Funny, Great acting

See it if you like good writing, funny plays

Don't see it if you have trouble understanding British accents

During previews
Long, slow build to a payoff that never comes

See it if You liked One Man, Two Guvnors and think that everything he does is going to be gold (but you'll be wrong...)

Don't see it if You're expecting a good play. The characters are dimbulbs and the relationships make no sense. The ending doesn't work at all.

During previews
Disappointing, Insipid, Cliched, Distasteful

See it if you are a big snooker fan, are able to ignore culturally insensitive jokes, and enjoy slow moving theater.

Don't see it if you value your time and are easily offended. I felt this to be transphobic, culturally insensitive, and sexist,- all for a laughs.

During previews
Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Quirky, Clever

See it if you enjoy quirky British comedies with some great acting and exciting staging, which includes live broadcast of snooker match.

Don't see it if you are looking for Martin McDonough-esque drama.

During previews
Quirky, Funny, Entertaining, Clever, Delightful

See it if you want to laugh out loud. Dialogue is reflective of playwright's background in stand-up comedy. Exciting to watch a real snooker champion.

Don't see it if you have difficulty understanding English accents. You'll miss some of the jokes.

During previews
Entertaining, Overrated, Disappointing, Funny

See it if you want a light British comedy, you enjoy plays set in the world of sports or that have a plot built around a con

Don't see it if you are seeking well-developed characters or original story line. Some clever writing but performances were below par for the most part.

Also The play takes place in Sheffield but the accents were all over the Br... Read more Read less

During previews
Hilarious, Masterful, Must see, Great staging, Clever

See it if You have a pulse. Very funny. Clever plot. Plus live snooker on stage!

Don't see it if You’re going to behave badly, like the couple who were ejected from the front row at my performance.

During previews
Confusing, Disappointing, Slow, Insipid, Dim

See it if I guess if you like pool this may be interesting

Don't see it if You're hopeful it will be like One Man, Two Guvnors. Its not similar at all.

During previews
Slow, Insipid, Excruciating, Disappointing, Cliched

See it if You like a "classic" farce that, for many, will seem dated and unfunny. Or maybe you are a tourist who just wants to see any Broadway Show.

Don't see it if you are looking for original humor, well developed characters that you care about or, really, any redeeming qualities in a Broadway Show.

During previews
Slow, Delightful, Quirky, Dry

See it if Don't mind a slow moving plot with thought provoking subtlety and deadpan humor delivery Enjoy snarky, surreal British sarcasm & satire.

Don't see it if want a bloody good time , most of the first half requires a certain tolerance to halting expectation. If you want riveting go elsewhere.

During previews
Clever, Funny, Great acting, Entertaining, Slow

See it if you like to laugh. Its a slow build but gets going after the first scene or two. Great acting and dialect work. The set is fantastic.

Don't see it if You're not patient. You don't like Brits.

Also It doesn't reach anywhere near the dizzying chaos of One Man Two Guvno... Read more Read less

During previews
Entertaining, quick witted, intelligent, fun

See it if You enjoy a clever, quick drama-dy that is not a musical.

Don't see it if You struggle with British accents and don’t enjoy British humor.

During previews

See it if If you're a fan of British humor, you'll really like this show. It's not what you think.

Don't see it if Overhead many older patrons discussing their inability to understand dialog because of heavy accents.

During previews
Great acting, Entertaining, Funny, Quirky, Clever

See it if You want to see a super-skilled cast bounce off each other in what ends up being an entertaining farce.

Don't see it if You're expecting any deep emotional depth.

During previews
Funny, Great acting, Clever, Riveting, Hilarious

See it if Excellent comic-thriller. Strong performances across the board particularly; James Ellison Conlee, Ben Schnetzer and Max Gordon. Recommended

Don't see it if If you don't enjoy a flurry of foul language, British humor and a play without a message.

Also enjoyable comedy thriller, a genre that is seldom produced on Broadway... Read more Read less

During previews
Funny, Great acting, Hilarious, Quirky, Refreshing

See it if FUN FUN FUN. This is the kind of entertainment this country needs right now. Entertaining with an ensemble of great acting.

Don't see it if You only like drama or don’t know how to laugh.

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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