In Previews: Opens Oct 17 | 1h 30m | Midtown W

The Sound Inside (Broadway)

From 42 member  reviews
Members say: Great acting, Absorbing, Intense, Great writing, Intelligent

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 | In Previews: Opens Oct 17 | Studio 54 (Midtown W)

Member Reviews (42)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great acting, Absorbing, Intense, Great writing, Intelligent

During previews
79
Intense, Artificial, Clever, Talky, Absorbing

See it if you like small-focus works, TSI explores writing/relnships. Not realistic, but compelling. Lots of words. Not much visually: no set/costumes

Don't see it if you want deep meaning, not just gd storytelling. Prof's loneliness seems unreal. Some serious plot holes (unless this is her fiction work).

During previews
72
Quiet and slow, not much action, Intense, Intelligent, Great acting

See it if Excellent acting by both. I did not find this actual story that compelling but the acting certainly was.

Don't see it if you want something lively and cheerful. But if discussions of terminal cancer and how to commit suicide are not for you maybe don't see this

Also simple but effective set.

During previews
78
Very well done two hander.

See it if You like intimate two persons stories very well done.

Don't see it if You don't like two person shows.

During previews
90
Intense, Thought-provoking, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You enjoy an intense, witty, poignant play about a creative writing professor. Mary-Louise Parker is terrific and very watchable.

Don't see it if You don’t like plays that unfold through monologues. Also, this play is sad and wistful.

Also I left the theater with many thoughts and questions. Kudos to Adam Rap... Read more Read less

During previews
85
Cryptic, Ambiguous, Absorbing, Great acting, Haunting

See it if you're willing to be patient with a show that builds very slowly and doesn't resort to flash or gimmicks in its storytelling; you want to...

Don't see it if ...see two excellent performances in a play that is incredibly layered, intentionally ambiguous, and deceptively simple. This show has...

Also ...crawled inside my brain, and I'm going to be thinking about it for ... Read more Read less

During previews
90
Must see, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Riveting

See it if you want to see two excellent performances in a serious piece of theatre. I was spellbound from beginning to end

Don't see it if you are not a fan of two handers or plays that run 90 minutes with no intermission. Also while there are light moments this is NOT a comedy

During previews
79
Moving, Intense, Great acting

See it if its a 2-hander, almost a monologue; no action - it's all talk, albeit witty, beautifully delivered narration.

Don't see it if you want activity & dislike long literary speeches. it's rather pretentious and the plot is highly implausible. it's sad tho not depressing.

During previews
95
Great acting, Masterful, Intelligent, Great writing, Perfection

See it if Honestly, I would give a Tony to Mary Louise Parker right now. She was astonishing. What a complex, earth-shattering, brilliant performance

Don't see it if and what a lovely seamless complex dynamic and interesting play. So small yet so mighty. Definitely​ worth seeing.

During previews
77
Quirky, Indulgent, Edgy

See it if If you love Mary Louise Parker in anything and don't care about the subject matter you will appreciate this. I didn't care for the story.

Don't see it if Some of the subject matter was too raw and disgusting for me given that I really wasn't enjoying the play anyway.

During previews
70
Thought-provoking, Great acting

See it if You want to see a two-hander with lovely performances.

Don't see it if You want a plot driven play.

Also I’m slightly more positive than mixed on the play. I’m not sure if I’m... Read more Read less

During previews
85
Thought-provoking, Riveting, Intense, Intelligent, Great writing

See it if The clever writing is the draw here; both of the actors are excellent, but the text is exceptional.

Don't see it if Some of the bits about cancer are hard to hear. Don't see it if you need a big cast or impressive staging; this is a minimalist production.

During previews
89
Great staging, Great acting, Edgy, Exquisite, Absorbing

See it if Exquisite work of Ms.Parker,interesting plot, ending makes imagination to continue the story;highly professional work of lighting designer

Don't see it if 90 min without intermission; canser related subject affects your mood, list of medications to use to commit suicide feels too much

Also Sad show, someone may call it even depressing. Connection between prof... Read more Read less

During previews
73
Intelligent, Intense, Edgy, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you enjoy an intense play with strong actor performances, which has plot twists and turns.

Don't see it if you do not enjoy plays where the beginning is hazy and the ending is even hazier.

During previews
80
Intense, Profound, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you want to see an intense performance by two people in a difficult decision.

Don't see it if you want a play with action; this is all dialogue.

During previews
86
Resonant, Relevant, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You like thought-provoking theater and do not mind a "small:" production

Don't see it if You are looking for an expansive production and don't enjoy sadder material.

During previews
85
Edgy, Profound, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if Well acted and written play about two Lonely People that find each other. Mary-Louise Parker and her co-star were excellent

Don't see it if Difficult subject matters upset you. The play is quite intense and not meant for everyone's taste

During previews
70
Great acting, Ambitious, Slow, Intense, Disappointing

See it if Some excellent acting and a play about serious themes.

Don't see it if You dislike intellectual discussions onstage.

During previews
85
Intense, Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you want to feel how two "outsiders" almost come together to save one another.

Don't see it if a verbal show with many literary references is not your cup of tea.

Also The coming together of two unliked, but likeable individuals was well ... Read more Read less

During previews
72
Absorbing, Ambitious, Clever

See it if You want Theatre that will challenge you after it has ended.

Don't see it if You want pure entertainment.

Also I liked that play was a bit mysterious. But that also left it a bit un... Read more Read less

During previews
87
Bravura performances, stirring, formidable, cerebral, jarring

See it if for nothing else Mary Louise Parker's performance. It alone is Tony-nominee worthy.

Don't see it if you don't want to be challenged in your thinking about a literary work that is both portent and foreboding as it unfolds.

Also If you think you are familiar with the style of Adam Rapp, the message... Read more Read less

During previews
89
Subtly acted, Labrinthine, Hyper-intelligent, Masterful writing, Definitively thought-provoking

See it if U've ever wanted 2 tour the writer's process &/or U enjoy intelligent writing that can provoke Ur own mental process (stoke Ur creativity?).

Don't see it if You want the grandiose with excessive sights & sound or need extravagant design to enjoy your theatrical experience.

Also This is not in the realm of what is typically expected from Adam Rapp.... Read more Read less

During previews
95
Riveting, Intense, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you want to see an amazing piece of theater. Rapp's voice is unique and powerful and the performances are beautiful. Such chemistry on stage

Don't see it if you don't like two handed plays that are dialogue driven. Also avoid if you like knowing what is going to come next or heavy subject matter.

During previews
80
Intense, Edgy, Great acting, Great writing, Thought-provoking

See it if You like something edgy and unsettling, provokes your thoughts deeply

Don't see it if You are looking for a fluffy show or something upbeat

During previews
79
Great acting, Great staging, Absorbing

See it if If you want to see a play with good acting.

Don't see it if Its one of those plays that doesn't have a real start but it builds to a good ending.

During previews
95
Great acting, Great writing, Refreshing, Riveting, Absorbing

See it if You want to see Mary-Louise Parker at the top of her game, and really, really great writing.

Don't see it if You want happy-go-lucky plots and spectacle.


July 3rd, 2018
for a previous production "Mary-Louise Parker, Resounding in ‘The Sound Inside’"
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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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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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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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