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)

MEMBERS SAY:

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

86
Thought-provoking, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you like Mary-Louise Parker, you want to see a play that is something different

Don't see it if you are looking for a light entertainment

84
Mysterious, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Great writing, Great acting

See it if you like great acting & intriguing writing. It was delicious while watching, but 1 of those that kept getting better after it was over. Hmmm

Don't see it if you're looking for razzle-dazzle. This quiet 2-hander is for the avid playgoer.

81
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Intelligent, Absorbing

See it if you're willing to go for a ride that you'll probably start out disliking, but comes around nicely.

Don't see it if you're sensitive to discussions of suicide

Also I spent so much of this show not liking it, but by the end it had real... Read more Read less

91
Great acting, Great writing, Great staging, Absorbing

See it if You adore fine acting in a unique well written new play

Don't see it if You like action

84
Thought-provoking, Great staging, Great acting

See it if into a play about the writing process, and the role of death in getting attention to the work.

Don't see it if seeking something light.

Also On the surface, this is about a connection between a professor and a s... Read more Read less

87
Riveting, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you want to see a fantastic performance from Parker. you enjoy small plays and can like silence or empty space on stage

Don't see it if you don't like small cast or minimally staged plays. you want a fast paced drama plot

90
Quirky, Compelling, Absorbing, Great writing, Great acting

See it if you’re a fan of fantastic writing and seeking a clear, poetic, engaging modern two-person play.

Don't see it if you need glam & sparkle.

87
Must see, Resonant, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting

See it if You want to see an intelligent play about mental/physical illness and introspection.

Don't see it if You like a lively story with a big ensemble.

100
Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting

See it if Excellent writing and top notch performances! Very interesting topic, exploring an unusual relationship between professor and student.

Don't see it if It's a two person play with minimal staging so if you're looking for something flashy this is not for you.

90
Riveting, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You want to be pulled in and swallowed up. The production is riveting, with great acting, an intimate and focused set, and gorgeous language

Don't see it if You're emotionally squeamish. There are more than a few moments that require fortitude from the audience. But well worth it.

Also The language is stunning, and the delivery, somewhere between prose re... Read more Read less

51
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.

78
Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing, A powerful intelligent play beautifully acted that would have been much better seen in a smaller house.

See it if intelligent psychological drama interests you -- very much a play for the older generation.

Don't see it if you don't love literature

93
Riveting, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You are after a true drama with excellent characterization and great acting

Don't see it if Sparse interaction is not your cup of tea.

80
Great acting, Difficultly engaging, Provacative

See it if you enjoy good theater that leaves you thinking after the show.

Don't see it if you have difficulty with topics of dying, and life struggles.

80
Entertaining, Great staging, Great acting, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You want a show that perks your interest from line to line. Good acting and will not disappoint even with the most minimal of stagings.

Don't see it if Hate monologue styled shows, no intermission and starts slow and gradually builds. A show with only two.actors taking the stage.

89
Gripping, Great writing, Great acting

See it if you want storytelling that draws you in. Engrossing with wonderful performances by Mary-Louise Parker and Will Hochman. Great play

Don't see it if you want simple entertainment. This is a serious play that takes a bit of concentration and focus to appreciate.

82
Thought-provoking, Absorbing

See it if you like mary louise parker in a first rate tony nod performance and don't mind a stark stage with uncertain story outcome

Don't see it if if you need staging as a distraction and don't like two person plays with a lot of dialogue and thought provoking story

59
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

85
Must see, Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You enjoy heavy plays that make you think.

Don't see it if You do not like wordy plays or having to seek meaning within the script.

76
Different, Compelling, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Absorbing

See it if A well-told, well-performed story that holds interest right through the end and lives up to it's billing as a worth-seeing work.

Don't see it if Prefer standard-style plays. This is more like a book coming to life.

80
The less you know going in, the better

See it if You are open to an intense, adult drama with a bit of suspense and only a few laughs. Beautifully acted.

Don't see it if Looking for something breezy and relaxing. This is quite the opposite.

88
Intense, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you like MLP (always great) and strong dramas that have twists along the way

Don't see it if you can't handle any discussion of cancer

78
Intelligent, Cliched, Great acting, Slow, Intense

See it if You are a fan of Mary Louise Parker, like two handers and are an Adam Rapp fan. If you can believe the situation and are seated close enough

Don't see it if You want less epistolary style writing, are tired of boorish, talented, tormented adolescents or simply are not a huge Parker fan

80
Meticulously staged and well acted, Intense, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You enjoy small, well crafted productions and are not easily impacted by talk of suicide

Don't see it if You prefer larger casts, and less depressing content when you attend a theater production.

90
Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting, Exquisite, Absorbing

See it if you love sensitively-written, spare productions that focus on characters and their inner lives.

Don't see it if you want a big production with lots of laughs and/or physical action.

Also Adam Rapp's beautifully written play is almost a monologue, and Mary-L... Read more Read less


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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