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%
(460 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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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.

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

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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NY1
October 17th, 2019

"The play's moral ambiguity gives it an air of mystery and that's to its benefit. But it feels far more literary than theatrical and I think, in the end, even with Parker's superlative performance, 'The Sound Inside' is more suited to being read than seen or heard."
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Theatermania
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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Talkin' Broadway
October 17th, 2019

"Mary-Louise Parker gives one of her best performances ever, in Adam Rapp's enigmatic jigsaw puzzle of a play."
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New York Stage Review
October 17th, 2019

4/5 Stars "'The Sound Inside' arrives at a time when literature is under siege, when the dumbed-down frame of mind is in ascendant. Rapp is to be thanked for an indisputably probing play"
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New York Stage Review
October 17th, 2019

5/5 Stars "A magical evening from Rapp, Cromer, and the mesmerizing Parker and Hochman. Theatergoers who are not averse to listening and thinking should head over to 54th Street to hear 'The Sound Inside'"
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Theater News Online
October 17th, 2019

"VARIABLES OF EXISTENCE: Playwright Adam Rapp and actress Mary-Louise Parker make an electrifying match."
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Broadway News
October 17th, 2019

"A return to gloom in ‘The Sound Inside’"
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TheaterScene.net
October 30th, 2019

"On Broadway every once in a while writing, acting, directing and the technical production come together to profound, memorable effect. Adam Rapp's 'The Sound Inside' at Studio 54 is a superb example of this phenomenon. Originally staged at the Williamstown Theater Festival, the move to Broadway works incredibly well."
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Theater Pizzazz
October 25th, 2019

"Rapp has written 'The Sound Inside' more as a novel than a play… For all the…discussions of writing, books and authors, language, cancer, suicide, and, yes, sex, it's difficult to become fully invested in Bella and Christopher, who seem more literary creations than flesh and blood."
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Front Mezz Junkies
October 27th, 2019

"The piece floats forward in segments, delicately ushering in the ideas of encapsulated loneliness and the acceptance of praise that resides within, ever so quietly...The two come together in a (Tony deserving) way that will haunt your imagination as you try to make sense of the imagined."
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T
November 9th, 2019

"Adam Rapp explores and mines the 'shadow lands of the inner psyche in 'The Sound Inside' leaving those who watch and listen scores (think music) of rich and enduring questions about 'time and space, the distant past, and the infinite future.'"
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New York Theater
November 1st, 2019

"A dark drama that keeps us in the dark…which works better on stage than thinking about it afterwards…exquisite staging…Mary-Louise Parker's performance charms and chills… Rapp suggests he has created something deeper than simply an engrossing story… Is he just being pretentious?"
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C
October 17th, 2019

"In fact, we quickly come to realize how well playwright Adam Rapp has taken his own words to heart in this remarkably intense and gorgeously written play - perhaps the finest in his long career. I suspect that even the most seasoned theatergoer is unlikely to guess the eventual fates of either character in this gripping, twisty two-hander."
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The New York Times
July 3rd, 2018
For a previous production

"Mary-Louise Parker, Resounding in ‘The Sound Inside’"
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Chicago Tribune
July 8th, 2018
For a previous production

"In Adam Rapp's 'The Sound Inside' in Williamstown, Mary-Louise Parker is a Yale professor facing cancer"
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Theatermania
July 2nd, 2018
For a previous production

"At Williamstown, Matthew Broderick in 'The Closet' and Mary-Louise Parker in 'The Sound Inside.' New plays by Douglas Carter Beane and Adam Rapp receive their world premieres."
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Talkin' Broadway
July 2nd, 2018
For a previous production

"After a necessarily deliberate component, Adam Rapp's play 'The Sound Inside,' now in a world premiere production on the Nikos Stage at the Williamstown Theatre Festival, is scorching."
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CurtainUp
July 2nd, 2018
For a previous production

"Bella Baird, a Yale University teacher of creative writing, delivers a lengthy opening monologue about her life, her parents, her students, her teaching technique, the books she's written, her virulent cancer, all in a fittingly professorial tone. It goes on and on and on as she scribbles her thoughts on a notepad in self-serving obsession..."
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