The Sound Inside (Broadway)
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The Sound Inside (Broadway)
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The Sound Inside (Broadway) NYC Reviews and Tickets

83%
(462 Reviews)
Positive
92%
Mixed
6%
Negative
2%
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. 

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Member Reviews (462)

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942 Reviews | 225 Followers
79
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.

703 Reviews | 213 Followers
87
Exquisite, Dark, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Profound

See it if Professor and student have a brief, deep, scary & fateful relationship. Exquisite writing. Is the "sound inside" the will to live or die?

Don't see it if You won't enjoy an introspective play with unclear meaning. Dark stage & depressing themes. Narration mixed with dialog. Read more

677 Reviews | 150 Followers
84
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

687 Reviews | 113 Followers
83
Quirky, Intense, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if Parker & Hochman are riveting in this spooky two-hander about creative lost souls Cromer's nuanced staging aided by Gilbert's eerie lighting

Don't see it if Rapp's best writing in a while despite some questionable developments near the end It's Parker's story yet Hochman grows more interesting

628 Reviews | 93 Followers
71
Intense, Disappointing, Confusing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you like Mary-Louise Parker and enjoy listening to a professor spout off her opinions and then take advantage of an unstable student.

Don't see it if you enjoy a drama that has a point. I had English professors but thankfully none like this one. Read more

567 Reviews | 147 Followers
95
Gripping, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Exquisite

See it if Psycho-thriller.A writing prof's health status urges her to draw in creatively(if not fictitiously) to her writing charge.Gorgeously written

Don't see it if Rapp has matured here, outgrowing his past gimmicky stunts. Monologues. Tiny, gripping drama with tiny ideas in a very big space.

474 Reviews | 714 Followers
84
Profound, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you enjoy stripped-down productions that let the characters and words shine. This is a beautifully written & acted piece w/o ornamentation.

Don't see it if you’re turned off by stories featuring depressed characters and self-harm.

464 Reviews | 70 Followers
90
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.

Critic Reviews (26)

The New York Times
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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Time Out New York
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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The Hollywood Reporter
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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Variety
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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The Wall Street Journal
October 17th, 2019

"Unreliable Narrators: Adam Rapp’s play about a creative writing professor and one of her students—his first work to reach Broadway—it too reliant on his characters’ own compositions."
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The Observer
October 17th, 2019

"A brutally beautiful fable about how writers live to write-and then forget to live."
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Deadline
October 17th, 2019

"Dark Days, Darker Thoughts & The Incandescent Mary-Louise Parker"
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New York Daily News
October 17th, 2019

"Mary-Louise Parker shines in Adam Rapp’s exquisitely dark drama ‘The Sound Inside’"
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