Open run | 1h 30m | Midtown W

The Sound Inside (Broadway)

From 292 member  reviews
Members say: Great acting, Absorbing, Great writing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

About the show

Tony, Emmy & Golden Globe winner Mary-Louise Parker returns to Broadway in Adam Rapp's new play about a tenured professor, a talented student, and a troubling favor.  More…

Bella Baird (Parker) is an accomplished professor at an Ivy League university who prizes her solitude. But when she faces a challenge she cannot tackle alone, she allies herself with a brilliant and mysterious student, Christopher (Will Hochman). Intensely intimate, this haunting play probes the question of what one person can do for another.

1h 30m | Open run | Studio 54 (Midtown W)

Member Reviews (292)


Great acting, Absorbing, Great writing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking
Avg Score

Clever, Absorbing, Intelligent, Great acting

See it if If you want to see an interesting story with good acting. This keeps the attention of audience. A deep at times play.

Don't see it if Can be depressing for some who want something litehearted and less intense.

Edgy, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Clever, Absorbing

See it if fan of Parker or Rapp, enjoy easy to follow but intriguing stories, plays about creative minds & troubled people, subtle unexpected twists

Don't see it if don't like to listen in a quiet, dark setting, don't like brief 2-actor plays with reticent characters, or want to think right at the end

Slow, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You are interested in two character heavy drama. I found it to be very depressive, and lost my train of thought 3/4 of the way into the play

Don't see it if You are the least bit depressed. You do not like dialogue spoken directly to the audience. Become mesmerized in a darkened room.

Also Mary-Louise Parker is spellbinding in her role as a college professor ... Read more Read less

One of rapp's best, Brilliant lighting, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you like plays that make you pay attention, that challenge you, that twist & turn.Literate,well paced, beautifully acted.Amazing lighting

Don't see it if you want a Neil Simon comedy.This play makes you think, demands your attention, and will stay with you.Characters are flawed & very real.

Thought-provoking, Riveting, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting

See it if If you LOVE great performances of GREAT pieces by master author and actors. This piece evokes gasps, tears, smiles all while you ride along

Don't see it if you don't enjoy great drama, no musical here

Intelligent, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if an intense & moving play about a creative writing professor, a talented student of hers & their writing processes; troubling aspects

Don't see it if don't want actor directly addressing audience; don't want dark sets or dark topics including cancer; want something light

Also the monologues/discourses are very descriptive as would be expected of... Read more Read less

Great acting, Great writing, Entertaining, Clever

See it if you want to see a really great scrip, well directed and well acted. I was riveted for the whole thing.

Don't see it if You want to see something lighthearted or a musical.

Thought-provoking, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You like Mary Louise Parker who gives a great performance. A complicated interesting story which I am still figuring out.

Don't see it if You want easy light weight theater. This play can be depressing...cancer suicide murder loneliness...(but really about so much more).

Also Two character play with little action but lots happens through a narra... Read more Read less

Quirky, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Clever, Ambitious

See it if An entertaining 90 minute, two character play about the interactions between a professor and her student. Great acting by Parker and Hochman

Don't see it if Too much info could spoil future theater goers enjoyment of the play.

Not a thriller!, Absorbing, Great writing, Great acting

See it if you want to see a cleverly constructed script performed by two great actors. It requires your attention, but I didn't mind giving it.

Don't see it if you are into plays that are dialogue heavy or that don't have a lot of action. As I said above, this requires your full attention

Also One thing I was thrown by was the description of this play as a thrill... Read more Read less


See it if Clever story of a lonely creative writing female professor in her 50s meeting an intense freshman.The plot moves unexpectedly with dry humor

Don't see it if Suicide, loneliness, cancer are triggering. High brow, frequent name dropping of authors, literary works, and Ivy league life annoy you.

Also Diversity: lonely woman in her 50s is the protagonist. But super upper... Read more Read less

Pretentious, Inspiring, Literary, Intense, Absorbing

See it if A thrilling two-hander that twists and winds through the human condition. Desire, fate, fame, self-loathing, and good books abound.

Don't see it if This play stirs powerful emotions. (see more) You don't like contemporary plays that are self-consciously heightened in language.

Also There's a lot going on that might upset an audience. I found it ultima... Read more Read less

Great writing, Perfectly directed, Great acting, Exquisite, Absorbing

See it if You want to see a quiet, intelligent, beautifully written play in a perfect production anchored by two incredible acting performances.

Don't see it if You do not like quiet plays that reward close attention.

Acting, writing, staging that make you love theatre

See it if for actors presenting superbly written and structured playwriting in an emotionally demanding both funny and often heartbreaking story

Don't see it if illness, loneliness, mental illness and death are more than you can cope with

Thought-provoking, Slow, Profound, Banal, Ambitious

See it if Well constructed play as ably performed by Parker and directed by Cromer as the Rapp play allows

Don't see it if Rapp is a champion of the mildly interesting play of mildly interesting characters you mildly root for

Dizzying, Thought-provoking, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you want to see an elliptical, mysterious, recursive play that will leave you thinking

Don't see it if you want straightforward plot and themes, along with a tidy ending

Disappointing, Quirky, Overrated, Great staging, Great acting

See it if you love Mary Louise Parker and don't really care whether the play has anything to say. Smooth staging by David Cromer.

Don't see it if a story about two weird people, without any particular point, will not be balanced out by the presence of Mary Louise Parker.

Resonant, Profound, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting

See it if You like a straightforward story with splendid acting.

Don't see it if You are in the mood for a comedy.

Clever, Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if Enjoyed this play and production, especially the acting of Mary-Louise Parker and Will Hochman. It's a smart, surprising & moving play.

Don't see it if Dialogue sounds self-conscious & pretentious. Only 2 actors on stage in the barn that is Studio 54 works. Kudos to director, David Cromer.

Thought-provoking, Suspenseful, Terrific acting, Well written, Absorbing

See it if a great 2 person drama. MLP is superb as an english professor. Many ways to interpret the play and ending. caused Lots of great discussion .

Don't see it if you do not like one act, 2 person dramas. Very dark. Meaning of play is open ended and caused much debate among my 6 friends

Fluffy, Great acting, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if you like MLP and want to be apart of an interesting story.

Don't see it if you prefer large ensemble casts or more rock solid plot lines.

Just plain great, Great staging, Great writing, Great acting

See it if to see two marvelous performances in a poetically written story that will have you engrossed throughout the 90 minutes of its running time.

Don't see it if you don't truly love theater and language. This is a play that makes you want to read every literary reference it mentions.

Also The lighting and set are really two other "actors" on stage. They enha... Read more Read less

Riveting, Great staging, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you want a new, smart, dark play that challenges as well as welcomes. It's a beautifully written piece by Mr. Rapp.

Don't see it if dark/heavy subject matter is not your thing

Mysterious, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Great writing, Great acting

See it if you like great acting & intriguing writing. It was delicious while watching, but 1 of those that kept getting better after it was over. Hmmm

Don't see it if you're looking for razzle-dazzle. This quiet 2-hander is for the avid playgoer.

Quirky, Compelling, Absorbing, Great writing, Great acting

See it if you’re a fan of fantastic writing and seeking a clear, poetic, engaging modern two-person play.

Don't see it if you need glam & sparkle.

October 17th, 2019
CRITIC’S PICK "Mary-Louise Parker in the Subliminal, Sublime ‘Sound Inside’: Adam Rapp’s play transfers to Broadway in a rivetingly dark and detailed production by David Cromer."
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October 18th, 2019
4/5 Stars "'The Sound Inside' is engrossing the way a good novel can be: It invites imaginative engagement, and it keeps you off balance with a steady stream of surprises as Bella’s and Christopher’s narratives—fictional and real—find an elegant equipoise."
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October 17th, 2019
"David Cromer directs Mary-Louise Parker as an Ivy League writing professor, with newcomer Will Hochman as the gifted student who assumes an unexpected role in her life in Adam Rapp's new drama."
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October 17th, 2019
"Mary-Louise Parker and Will Hochman's Pas De Deux on the Edge in 'The Sound Inside': A fantastic new play marks the Broadway debut of playwright Adam Rapp."
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