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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
74
Avg Score

70
Cliched, Entertaining, Funny, Farcical, Great snooker playing

See it if You like farces, Guy Ritchie films, and over-the-top character acting. Imagine a classist The Sting performed in a tracksuits.

Don't see it if You're easily offended by crudeness or lack of tact, don't want to watch a silly play, have no interest whatsoever in sport.

79
Clever, Delightful, Funny

See it if you like silly British plays.

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

82
Entertaining, Hilarious, Goofy, Absorbing, Clever

See it if you need a night of steady laughs. Zany characters, rapid-fire dialogue & delicious word play are a great antidote. Snooker is incidental!

Don't see it if you have a lot of trouble w/ accents or are looking for serious, dramatic fare; otherwise, you're in a lot more fun that you were expecting!

75
Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Funny, Quirky

See it if You want a comedy of verbal gymnastics and kooky characters, and are good with understanding British accents.

Don't see it if An ending that peters out will mar your enjoyment of the show

86
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Quirky, Ambitious

See it if you like farce, silliness, good staging, predictable endings, a play that isn't deep but is fun

Don't see it if if you expect it to be as good as One Man, Two Governors; if you have trouble with rather thick British accents

83
Silly, Irreverant, Funny, Entertaining, Quirky

See it if Anything goes in this borderline plausible dramedy set in the (who-knew) high stakes snooker universe; strong performances all around

Don't see it if (sort of spoiler alert) One loud noise in Act 1 caused someone in the mezzanine to yelp out in terror so be forewarned

77
Funny, Fluffy, Entertaining, Clever, Disappointing

See it if you enjoy comedies with a major twist, or if you like the idea of watching actors play actual snookers matches onstage. The sets are good.

Don't see it if you are looking for a riveting night in the theatre. It is a little boring at times and doesn't make a huge impression. I found it mediocre.

70
Clever, funny writing, Good scenic design, sets, costumes, and lighting, Commendable cast, Accents hard to understand - especially that of the female lead, Cute

See it if you enjoy clever writing - funny lines - Malapropisms - appreciate MTC's usual high standards for direction, sets, costumes, and lighting

Don't see it if you prefer musicals or hope to understanding everything that's said. The accents are often difficult to understand - esp the female lead

71
Entertaining, Quirky, Slow, Unusual setting, Unexpected plot twists

See it if you are willing to expend a little effort to learn about the British game of snooker, enlivened by unusual characters and live play.

Don't see it if you have a problem understanding British dialects and you are easily bored when the plot moves slowly as it does in the first act.

Also The second act is much more entertaining than the first. The first act... Read more Read less

78
Clever, Slow, Exciting snooker competition

See it if Not the great farce of one man 2 guvnors, but had a nice twist in the second act act and compelling competition with on point dry narration.

Don't see it if First half was slow and could be funnier but some redemption in 2nd half with a thriller quality and nice acting.

82
Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Great writing, Quirky

See it if you’re interested in learning about a game of snooker or enjoy British comedy or humor with a plot twist.

Don't see it if you don’t like British humor or (inconsistent) accents or simply don’t care to know what a snooker is or the meaning of the “nap”.

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.

90
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.

Also Great sets and tech. The game unfolds on a screen in real time, and th... Read more Read less

78
Absorbing, Funny, Quirky

See it if you are looking for a unique con story with a very silly and engaging group of characters. Max Gordon Moore specifically stood out to me.

Don't see it if you might want to brush up on the sport of Snooker first. I knew nothing about it and I wish I had a little more knowledge going in.

Also I had a great time, but after it was over I just found myself wonderin... Read more Read less

83
Absorbing, Funny, Quirky

See it if A comedy with zanny cast will give you some laughs about a Snooker championship. Well written and delivered.

Don't see it if An American cast doing North England accents are a little off putting at times.

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.

78
Funny, Confusing, Great staging, Entertaining, Quirky

See it if you like elaborate plots that require your attention and broadly drawn characters

Don't see it if you can't understand cockney accents or like farcical situations

72
Don’t take a nap, it’s funny

See it if go for the sharp banter between characters and ridiculous one-liners; grifters target a talented man’s pride and integrity.

Don't see it if admit it, if you had problems with the British accents, this probably isn’t the first time you’ve had this problem?!

Also Although it’s by the same playwright who wrote One Man Two Guvnors whi... Read more Read less

85
Great acting, Great staging, Fluffy, Entertaining

See it if You all can - it's closing. Fun writing about snooker

Don't see it if You want something with depth. This is so fluffy you can wear it in the winter as a coat

71
Funny, Quirky, Ambitious, Great acting, Clever

See it if I laughed during one scene in the first act. That was it for me! I didn't really enjoy the rest of it that much.

Don't see it if Not sure what to say - it just wasn't my cup of tea.

92
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.

Also It took me about 15 minutes to get into the play, but once I was in, t... Read more Read less

76
Funny, Entertaining, Fluffy

See it if you like to watch a comedy. It has several humorous moments. If you enjoy the sport, you should at least enjoy the tournament.

Don't see it if you want to see a show that says something. It's pure fluff.

76
Absorbing, Cliched, Funny, Quirky

See it if you enjoy seeing how things unfold, even if the end result is rather predictable. One of the highlights is the live snooker play.

Don't see it if maybe this is a spoiler (I don't remember seeing the signs that are usually posted), but the gunshot was very loud. If problematic, be aware

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

70
Funny, Quirky

See it if You like your comedy with a little mystery. You want to see a transgender character treated like any other character.

Don't see it if You have problems understanding strong British accents. You want an entirely believable plot.

Also There's a bit of drama within the drama. The Snooker game near the end... 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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