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

Cliched and sleepy, Underwhelming to say the least, Predictable and "meh", Slow, muted, underplayed, Didn't buy the relationship nor performances

See it if Like two-handers with ponderous dialogue that sounds like writing instead of actual conversation.

Don't see it if Need authenticity in writing or acting. Did not find any of this production to be believable.

Also Avoid a matinee where the audience whispers to each other and says "wh... Read more Read less

Dreary, Slow, Overrated, Confusing, Disappointing

See it if you love Mary-Louise Parker and must see everything she is in.

Don't see it if if you don't like a dark room, bare-bones set, and almost a monologue. DARK AND DANK.

During previews
Great acting, Indulgent, Disappointing, Banal

See it if if you want to see Mary-Louise Parker on stage. She does a great job trying to keep this play interesting

Don't see it if you want more than a two character play where the actors just talk to one another without much of a plot to keep you interested.

Also I did not get this play. Why does it exist? What does it have to say?

During previews
Overrated, Depressing, Slow, Excruciating, Disappointing

See it if You like sad, depressing plots.

Don't see it if You don't like to see depressing, talky, dark plays that are slow-moving.

During previews
Untheatrical, Predictable, Bad writing, Uselessly verbose, Pretentious

See it if you are such a fan of Mary-Louise Parker (who is usually fabulous on stage) that you are willing to watch her in a boring, untheatrical play

Don't see it if you think that there should be an added value being in a theatre watching actors interpret a part, rather than receiving descriptions

Also The writing is just bad, so bad that no actor, no matter how good, cou... Read more Read less

During previews
Cliched, Slow, Great acting, Overrated, Indulgent

See it if You love Mary Louise Parker and don’t mind writing rhat’s nearly all narration.

Don't see it if You want real interaction through dialogue

Also This was a real disappointment. I had high hopes for this production c... Read more Read less

During previews
Indulgent, Disappointing, Joyless, Talky, Boring

See it if If you had trouble sleeping the night before, The Sound Inside is a perfect cure for hangover insomnia

Don't see it if you don't like Talky, boring, lifeless shows, feel there's nothing worse that a writers reading their pretentious words out loud!

During previews
Excruciating, Overrated, Slow, Cliched, Disappointing

See it if you are a fan of non-stop dialogue and no action, and if you enjoy depressing, wordy, badly written plays.

Don't see it if you don't want to be reminded of EVERYTHING predictably terrible that can happen in two peoples' lives in a one-act play.

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)