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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
74
Avg Score

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.

80
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Quirky, Fluffy

See it if you want a fun laugh, you enjoy dark comedies, you like British humor

Don't see it if you have a hard time with British accents, you don't like British humor/plays, you are looking for something with substance

Also This dark comedy centers around a snooker tournament and involves a my... Read more Read less

90
Delightful, Entertaining, Funny

See it if you enjoy British comedy and humor and having a mild good time.

Don't see it if you don't like British accents, etc.

Also I enjoyed this play. I actually believed the entire thing until the wr... Read more Read less

80
Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Great staging, Fun night at the theater (but i still don't understand snooker)

See it if you're looking for clever fun.

Don't see it if you're looking for depth, profundity or nuance.

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...

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.

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.

79
Absorbing, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting

See it if clever and well done theatre production

Don't see it if you dislike snookering and british comedy

76
Funny, Great staging, Confusing

See it if you like British humor and acting. Takes place in England and center around the popular game of snooker.

Don't see it if if British humor and heavy British accents are not for you.

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.

83
Delightful, Funny, Great acting, Great staging, Must see

See it if You like stories related to British con artists. Nobody likes to be played, especially when everything is on the line. career, money, family

Don't see it if You can't stand the British accent or laugh at simple funny things...

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

80
Clever, Funny, Entertaining, Great acting, Quirky

See it if You enjoy delightful English comedies. Act Two much better than Act One.

Don't see it if If you have difficulty understanding English accents.

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

70
Funny, Fluffy, Slow

See it if Want a good laugh and don't mind the long run time.

Don't see it if 1. Don't understand a Yorkshire accent. 2. Want a show with some substance. 3. Need a very deep plot.

95
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.

Also I gave it 95 instead of 100 because I still don't know what "The Nap" ... Read more Read less

70
Clever, Entertaining, Indulgent

See it if You enjoy British drama with interesting twists and turns in the narrative. Probably as effective as a detective novel instead of a play.

Don't see it if You prefer more resonant writing which makes you think about the world around you. This is entertainment, but not much more.

75
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Ambitious

See it if you are interested in a show that involves a championship game like billiards [snooker] taking place in Sheffield, England. Entertaining!

Don't see it if if you have no interest in the above or do not do well tuning your ear to accents.

90
Clever, Great acting, Great writing, Hilarious, Refreshing

See it if you are a fan of the playwright or enjoy British comedies

Don't see it if you find English accents confusing (although if you can’t understand a Sheffield accent...I’m sorry), or would rather see a musical

Also Richard Bean manages to make snooker an exciting sport to watch, which... Read more Read less

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.

80
Entertaining, Funny, Snooker!

See it if You enjoy farce; snooker game commentary was Best in Show funny

Don't see it if You’re looking for high art; this is good fun

85
Entertaining, Funny, Clever, Delightful

See it if you like a good mystery. Lots of fun. Good acting. Entertaining.

Don't see it if you can't understand British accents.

75
Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing

See it if You love British accents and humor . . . you love characters and character development . . .

Don't see it if You do not like to have fun.

90
Ambitious, Clever, Great writing, Funny, Intelligent

See it if you want a smart play that's humourous with brilliant writing, you can sit through a long exposition

Don't see it if you're not into British humour, you really don't care for long plot-points, you want something super dark

80
Entertaining, Funny, Great acting

See it if you love British imports, comedy, unconventional characters. I didn't know anything about snooker, but thankfully this show is there to help

Don't see it if you don't appreciate British humor, some of the jokes don't land well, but overall if you want to have a night out and a drink, this is it.


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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