Already closed | 1h 30m | Midtown W

The Sound Inside (Broadway)

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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

90
Funny, Absorbing, Resonant, Intelligent, Great acting

See it if you enjoy contemporary theater that is intelligent and beautifully acted.

Don't see it if you are not interested in two quirkly characters interacting on stage for 90 minutes without a lot of plot.

Also Mary-Louise Parker was brilliant. This was the best written new play t... Read more Read less

92
Resonant, Great staging, Great writing, Great acting

See it if you enjoy a great character driven play with wonderful actors who draw you in and hold you for 90 absorbing and even funny dramatic moments.

Don't see it if prefer only naturalistic plays with realistic dialogue exchanges.

80
Profound, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if You enjoy a well acted drama with a simple set yet deep story line

Don't see it if You prefer a flashy set & story or high energy play

70
Well directed, Characters not credible, Plot fails, Well written, Great acting

See it if It is a well-written, well-acted and well-directed show that mostly held my attention

Don't see it if The two main characters are very hard to understand, the central plot "ask" made by one of them to the other was absurd, the ending was weak

90
Intense, Raw, Powerful, Thought-provoking, Great acting

See it if You want to see fabulous acting amazing actors who are totally immersed in their roles. You like strong and powerful theatre.

Don't see it if You don't like intelligent, well written shows and want movement and action. This show has only two characters and the story is cerebral.

Also With minimal scenery and special effects, the effects that were used w... Read more Read less

70
Edgy, Great acting, Disappointing

See it if you are ok with a depressing play

Don't see it if you want a more uplifting play

90
Intriguing, Thought-provoking, Masterful, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you want to want to see Mary Louise Parker in action and leave with more questions than answers. The dialogue is sharp and smart.

Don't see it if you do not like plays with only two characters that when you leave you have more questions than answers.

Also The connection between the two characters is intense, intriguing, and ... Read more Read less

85
Riveting, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you want to see masterful acting in an absorbing play that keeps you guessing where it's going.

Don't see it if you don't like stories that are narrated instead of being acted out. Some of the play is MLP's character speaking directly to the audience.

Also There is much of the play in which Mary Louise Parker's character is s... Read more Read less

60
Indulgent, Resonant, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Slow

See it if you like two-handers that explore unlikely friendships and personal pain.

Don't see it if you are looking for a story that really nails the narrative from start to finish.

88
Thought-provoking, Intense, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you want a dark and intense story that makes you contemplate how words have incredible nuance and power. Parker embodies Bella so completely

Don't see it if loneliness, cancer and assisted suicide are triggering themes.

90
Intelligent, Great staging, Great acting, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if you love an intelligent and absorbing drama which is superbly acted wrapped in an overall terrific production.

Don't see it if If you don't like talky, psychological dramas with difficult themes which make you thin about your life and its purpose.

88
A quiet, intimate first person account that you will hang on every word of

See it if you like to curl up with a good novel from time to time, or simply want to see the best work from Mary-Louise Parker in a decade or more.

Don't see it if you like when plays are loud, overly dramatic, and full of major events.

Also I had heard many people recommend this to me but I didn't know anythin... Read more Read less

90
Thought-provoking, Great writing, Great acting, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if You enjoy intelligent, well written, dramas with outstanding performances

Don't see it if You are put off by intellectual, philosophical dialogue

87
Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you want to see a dramatic, beautifully-written two-character play.

Don't see it if you don’t enjoy depressing themes or are uncomfortable in very dark spaces.

94
Subtle, brilliant, cerebral, modulated, funny

See it if You enjoy literary, cerebral plays with a slow build. Or love Mary Louise Parker.

Don't see it if Require a play to be loud and exciting.

Also This is a must see for anyone who cares about literature or writing. F... Read more Read less

100
Resonant, Great writing, Great acting, Exquisite, Absorbing

See it if you want to see a show where staging, acting, writing, and technical elements combine in perfect harmony to deliver a gripping story.

Don't see it if you like your stories resolved and tied up in a pretty bow.

73
Absorbing

See it if You like small shows that unravel information as they go along.

Don't see it if You like larger shows that are fluffy.

Also Great Design elements and acting. Wish there was a bit more plot, but ... Read more Read less

92
Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Clever, Absorbing

See it if Clever and wrenching new play gorgeously staged by David Cromer and splendidly acted

Don't see it if Don't like hard topics (cancer, suicide)

90
Wonderful, inventive story with wonderful acting. edge-of-your-seat plot twist. great performances., Clever, Great acting, Funny, Absorbing

See it if You are a fan of Mary Louise Parker's remarkable talent and humor. Buoyed by an enthusiastic Will Hochman, who holds his own. Great story.

Don't see it if You're not a fan of thoughtful, intriguing stories about literature and the human heart, seamlessly portrayed.

90
Resonant, Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You want to see great acting in a play that, while seemingly simple, has unexpected twists and turns and never goes for the obvious

Don't see it if You don't like serious dramas with no intermission

82
Dated, Thought-provoking, Slow, Masterful, Great acting

See it if You like plays which are though provoking and slow. Mary-Louise Parker did a great job.

Don't see it if You are looking for a fast moving play or a musical. You like a bigger cast than just a 2 person play.

93
Masterful, Intense, Riveting, Profound, Great acting

See it if you want to experience a profound deeply moving play

Don't see it if You don’t enjoy depressing subjects

65
Overrated, Disappointing

See it if you don't mind seeing a fairly decent play, performed without focus as to what the play is about.

Don't see it if you expect a revelation of some sort.

79
Resonant, Romantic, Intelligent, Great writing

See it if You love Mary-Louise Parker. She gives an excellent performance. You like intimate, un-splashy shows that are thought-provoking.

Don't see it if You love big sets, set pieces, lights and lots of intense scenes. This is not "flashy" in that sense, but more effective because of its tone

91
Fun tension between what's real vs. what's fiction, Draws you in visually & verbally, Fluid staging enhances sense of disorientation, Keeps you off balance

See it if a director, 2 actors and playwright all at the top of their game. I can't recall a recent play that's made me want to lean forward and focus

Don't see it if are expecting a linear plot. Changes in POV and narrator are half the fun. The economical use of sets greatly adds to the air of intrigue.


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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