Already closed | 1h 30m | Midtown W

The Sound Inside (Broadway)

From 458 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 | Already closed | Studio 54 (Midtown W)

Member Reviews (458)


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

Slow, Overrated, Great acting, Ambitious, Took a nap halfway into the show, woke up during the tragic ending ... oops!

See it if 2-handers as a rule benefit from the chemistry between the 2 actors. In this case 1 was a Bdwy debut & the other was a veteran of the B-way!

Don't see it if Well, I must have been too far back or more tired that I thought, cause Mary-Louise Parker's voice hypnotized me & off I went to La-La Land?

Also Maybe drink some coffee or soda w/ caffeine before the show. Also try ... Read more Read less

Indulgent, Disappointing, Great acting, Cliched, Banal

See it if If they simply want to see excellent acting.

Don't see it if If one wants to see an intelligent script with fleshed out characters and something interesting to say.

Portentous, factitious, decent acting

See it if you aren’t put off by relentlessly dark themes.

Don't see it if an acted-out audio-book presentation (lots of addressing the audience) is not your taste.

Also Talented but depressed, socially-isolated, socially-inappropriate, fri... Read more Read less

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

See it if you like two-handers that explore unlikely friendships and personal pain.

Don't see it if you are looking for a story that really nails the narrative from start to finish.

Overrated, Disappointing

See it if you don't mind seeing a fairly decent play, performed without focus as to what the play is about.

Don't see it if you expect a revelation of some sort.

Slow, Intelligent, Indulgent, Disappointing

See it if You’re a Rapp fan. This was my first of his and I guess I’m not.

Don't see it if You prefer plot over character.

Also The number of people who use this forum to pat themselves on the back ... Read more Read less

Undramatic, Great staging, Great acting, Disappointing

See it if you are attracted to plays about the writing process & you mainly attend theatre for the acting, which is excellent.

Don't see it if you prefer seeing what is happening to being told what is.

Also So-so play, very good production. Cromer, Parker and Hochman clearly b... Read more Read less

Slow, Overrated, Cliched, Dated, Disappointing

See it if like Mary-Louise Parker, Adam Rapp, and plays about books, writers, academia and health crises.

Don't see it if ...the reviews led you to believe this is an insightful play about well-developed characters.

Also Seemingly inspired by Crime and Punishment, it's odd that this flat, c... Read more Read less

Slow, Great acting, Disappointing, Confusing

See it if you like great acting and monologues.

Don't see it if you like a play with a point to it.

Also The whole show feels very pretentious and honestly goes no where in th... Read more Read less

Dizzying, Disappointing, Confusing

See it if You like a story within a story within a story. You like to be upset and ruin your mood.

Don't see it if You want a straight forward play. This play changes multiple times in a short amount of time.

Sad, Disappointing, Banal

See it if you love mary louise parker. she is great. the story didn't grab me though.

Don't see it if you don't like her.

Overrated, Absorbing, Banal, Indulgent, Great staging

See it if David Cromer is an excellent director. His work here is sublime, per usual. The lighting is also gorgeous. The play holds your attention.

Don't see it if I don't know why this needed to be a play. Should have been a podcast or novel. The characters were stereotypes, not real people.

Also I was frustrated with how Rapp wrote Parker's character. This woman wh... Read more Read less

Intense, Edgy, Great acting, Confusing

See it if You want to see Mary Louis Parker doing a terrific almost one woman show. Interested in ingenious sets capturing location and mood.

Don't see it if Literary references not your forte. Don't want a somber, sad and somewhat confusing story line.

Also Playbill noted that it was a thriller. The play didn't fit that descri... Read more Read less

Slow, Overrated, Intense, Indulgent, Disappointing

See it if want an intense and unfulfilled experience.

Don't see it if you expect more from a script.

Great acting, Exquisite, Absorbing

See it if very beautiful read

Don't see it if hard to stay focused in first part

Banal, Disappointing, Cliched

See it if If you are a fan of Mary- Louise Parker. Really like to examine and figure out the point and meaning of things that have no answer.

Don't see it if Really don't understand the point of the play. Trying to hard but not succeeding in some deep meaning, yet felt superficial.

Confusing, Disappointing, Indulgent, Slow, Overrated

See it if Excellent acting. How much do you like melodrama?

Don't see it if Plot not as believable as it could be.

During previews
Intense, Edgy, Great acting, Disappointing, Absorbing

See it if You like intense, depressive, rambling, raw drama though well acted. Story line seems to go no where but downward.

Don't see it if You like cheerful musicals and don’t have to scratch your head at the finale questioning what you just experienced. Depression, death, and

Also terminal illness ain’t no fun. Grin and bare it if you wish just to se... Read more Read less

During previews
Too talky, Slow, Indulgent, Great acting, Disappointing

See it if you are a fan of literary references throughout; and enjoy having actors speak as though they are writing. A fan of MLP, she is amazing.

Don't see it if you wish to sit through monologues, tho impressive work by the actors, but feels like having a book read to you. I prefer to read alone.

During previews
Ambitious, Intense, Indulgent, Edgy, Great acting

See it if You want to see Parker in an interesting role; if you like 2-person plays; if you don't mind lofty speeches and discussions of death

Don't see it if You want something uplifting; if you need likeable male characters; if you want a good discussion of sexuality ("26% lesbian" just say bi)

During previews
Excruciating, Great acting, Edgy, Intense, Slow

See it if You enjoy dark, disturbing dramas with compelling characters and gripping storylines. The very slow-moving play is painfully astute.

Don't see it if You avoid heavy plays with depressing storylines.

During previews
Lacking, Uninspiring

See it if you want a show that doesn't stay surface level

Don't see it if you hate 2 person-shows

Also it's written like it has a point, but I'm not quite sure what it is or... Read more Read less

During previews
Ambitious, Disappointing, Overrated, Great acting

See it if If you love Mary Louise Parker she does not disappoint The show itself was disappointing It was banal at most

Don't see it if You don’t like Matt Louise Parker

During previews
Disappointing, Slow, Indulgent, Pretentious

See it if you'd see anything Mary-Louise Parker does on stage...

Don't see it if the thought of sitting thru 90 minutes of two characters talking like writers instead of flesh and blood characters...

Also This is not a play - it's an exercise in writing. And not good writing... Read more Read less

During previews
Intense, Disappointing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Slow

See it if you are a fan of Mary-Louise Parker, long detailed monologues, tense situations and disturbing subject matters.

Don't see it if you are offended by disturbing themes and don't enjoy long dialogues.

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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Cast & Creatives (4)