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
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Riveting, Profound, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if Parker! A literary play, dark and somber . Pulls some punches.

Don't see it if Wordy, without “action” ....not a bad thing

Dark, Thought-provoking, Intense, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You are or were a lit major. You are a fan of Salter, Tolstoy and or Salinger. You want to see a very good psychological thriller.

Don't see it if You dislike pieces that feel like homages to touchstones in the given field, in this case literature.

Also “The book was in her lap; she had read no further. The power to change... Read more Read less

Great writing, Great acting, Exquisite, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if I knew absolutely nothing about this going in, and I wish that for you as well. If you want something revelatory, see this. If not, don’t go

Don't see it if You like a ton of action, neat bows on all your questions, and lots of people doing lots of things. This is a two person show, but much more

Also Don’t read anything before you see this. Let it be a surprise!

Great writing, Perfectly directed, Great acting, Exquisite, Absorbing

See it if You want to see a quiet, intelligent, beautifully written play in a perfect production anchored by two incredible acting performances.

Don't see it if You do not like quiet plays that reward close attention.


See it if Brilliant language, stellar performances, a beautiful theater that seems to add to the gravity of the piece. I loved it.

Don't see it if You don't like talky plays. You don't have any time or a place to decompress afterwards. This one is heavy.

Acting, writing, staging that make you love theatre

See it if for actors presenting superbly written and structured playwriting in an emotionally demanding both funny and often heartbreaking story

Don't see it if illness, loneliness, mental illness and death are more than you can cope with

Thought-provoking, Slow, Profound, Banal, Ambitious

See it if Well constructed play as ably performed by Parker and directed by Cromer as the Rapp play allows

Don't see it if Rapp is a champion of the mildly interesting play of mildly interesting characters you mildly root for

Dizzying, Thought-provoking, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you want to see an elliptical, mysterious, recursive play that will leave you thinking

Don't see it if you want straightforward plot and themes, along with a tidy ending

Sad, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Funny, Great acting

See it if Mary-Louise Parker, Will Hochman, worth the price of admission.

Don't see it if Just two actors, a lot of literary allusions and a bit of a shaggy dog plot.

Also I liked this play, it was well-written but often too clever by half. S... Read more Read less

Disappointing, Quirky, Overrated, Great staging, Great acting

See it if you love Mary Louise Parker and don't really care whether the play has anything to say. Smooth staging by David Cromer.

Don't see it if a story about two weird people, without any particular point, will not be balanced out by the presence of Mary Louise Parker.

Boring, Disappointing, Raunchy, Intense, Confusing

See it if You like 2 hander plays. You like Mary Louise Parker.

Don't see it if You are looking for a play where something actually happens.

Also This was another play where there was no action. Mary Louise Parker se... Read more Read less

Resonant, Profound, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting

See it if You like a straightforward story with splendid acting.

Don't see it if You are in the mood for a comedy.

Intense, Thought-provoking, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting

See it if you like great writing and performance, or a fan of MLP.

Don't see it if you don’t like dark, depressing themes.

Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Edgy, Absorbing

See it if You like clever drama infused with wit and suspense.

Don't see it if You’re triggered by a major bummer diagnosis.

Kudos abound for sound

See it if Prefer pure person to person drama.

Don't see it if If you'd like an intermission or more characters.

Also This little engine that could produces such an elemental response from... Read more Read less

Intense, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Edgy

See it if You want a quick thought-provoking show.

Don't see it if Want a traditional drama with a large cast.

Intense, Great acting, Great staging, Intelligent, Absorbing

See it if you enjoy shows about academia, or you just want to watch great acting

Don't see it if You like short words and light fare.

Clever, Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if Enjoyed this play and production, especially the acting of Mary-Louise Parker and Will Hochman. It's a smart, surprising & moving play.

Don't see it if Dialogue sounds self-conscious & pretentious. Only 2 actors on stage in the barn that is Studio 54 works. Kudos to director, David Cromer.

Thought-provoking, Suspenseful, Terrific acting, Well written, Absorbing

See it if a great 2 person drama. MLP is superb as an english professor. Many ways to interpret the play and ending. caused Lots of great discussion .

Don't see it if you do not like one act, 2 person dramas. Very dark. Meaning of play is open ended and caused much debate among my 6 friends

Just plain great, Great staging, Great writing, Great acting

See it if to see two marvelous performances in a poetically written story that will have you engrossed throughout the 90 minutes of its running time.

Don't see it if you don't truly love theater and language. This is a play that makes you want to read every literary reference it mentions.

Also The lighting and set are really two other "actors" on stage. They enha... Read more Read less

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

Overrated, Disappointing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if you would like to see a writing professor and her student deal with their provocative life-stories in a dramatic and tense way.

Don't see it if you do not deal well with death and dying. I was not emotionally engaged by this play as I had hoped. Somewhat of a disappointment for me.

Thought-provoking, Slow in the beginning, Great acting

See it if You want to see a new play with great acting.

Don't see it if You want an upbeat show; it is depressing and sad.

Also This show is not a typical Broadway play. It has only two actors and m... Read more Read less

Fluffy, Great acting, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if you like MLP and want to be apart of an interesting story.

Don't see it if you prefer large ensemble casts or more rock solid plot lines.

Riveting, Great staging, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you want a new, smart, dark play that challenges as well as welcomes. It's a beautifully written piece by Mr. Rapp.

Don't see it if dark/heavy subject matter is not your thing

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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