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
Avg Score

During previews
Overrated, Indulgent, Excruciating, Disappointing, Great acting

See it if You want 2 sit thru 90 min. of pretentious prose & two converging story lines about 2 truly uninteresting characters. MLP is fabulous though

Don't see it if You want to be uplifted, or experience interesting & relevant characters who challenge u & make u think.

Also Depressing scenarios and subject matters can be presented in ways that... Read more Read less

During previews
Absorbing, Entertaining, Exquisite

See it if You want to see a can’t miss performance from MLP and a compelling and fresh new play.

Don't see it if You like literal endings.

During previews
Great acting, Great writing, Absorbing

See it if Actors are wonderful. Story is intriguing. Surprising ending

Don't see it if No intermission

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.

During previews
Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if Important theater about meaning and connections. The real upbeat message requires thought. Brilliant acting writing and direction.

Don't see it if Not a light hearted musical. Not frivolous. Lots of laughs to offset the serious issues being analyzed.

During previews
Intelligent, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Clever, Absorbing

See it if Mary Louise Parker is riveting.

Don't see it if An intelligent, riveting, well acted play is not your thing.

During previews
Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You like think pieces, and intimacy

Don't see it if If you want a big production show

During previews
Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you love Mary Louise Parker -- she gives an astounding performance. It's a raw, thrilling story with twists and surprises. Also smart humor.

Don't see it if you're looking for a happy comedy.

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)