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
83
Avg Score

70
Pointless, Contrived, Unconvincing, Slight, Banal

See it if you don't mind plays that are more narrative than dramatic with a minimal of staging.

Don't see it if you like dramatic tension with clearly defined characters and conflicts and meaty themes.

Also Ostensibly a two hander about a creative writing teacher with terminal... Read more Read less

81
Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you like literature and are curious about the people who teach it and study it. This is an examination of the art with a twist.

Don't see it if you are not willing to work at listening. This is an intricate piece and you need to concentrate. Brush up on Crime and Punishment, or not!

82
Great staging, Great acting, Clever

See it if You like MLP and Adam rapp. And riffs in literature and a very writerly show

Don't see it if You want to see only shows that have a good reason to exist.

85
Resonant, Absorbing, Clever, Intelligent, Great acting

See it if Great acting by both performers. Provocative examination of authors and the cost of a creative life.

Don't see it if You want an escapist, light evening

Also I was dazzled by the performances and the minimilist production. I was... Read more Read less

95
Profound, Thought-provoking, Two stellar performances, fierce, intense, heartbreaking, Evocative mysterious lighting, Mesmerizing, compelling, intelligent, eloquent

See it if you appreciate superb writing, committed performances, & beautiful staging.

Don't see it if you seek lightweight entertainment.

Also this might be adam rapp's best play since "red light winter." his writ... Read more Read less

89
Indulgent, Edgy, Dizzying, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if Cutting edge, absorbing pair of terrific actors

Don't see it if Wearying characters that demand you drink the koolaid.

Also It almost seems to invent a new genre. Where to place this exhausting ... Read more Read less

70
Intelligent, some great dialogue

See it if You don’t mind endless monologues, are a fan of Mary Louise Parker, who gives a great performance.

Don't see it if Talky plays put you to sleep.

84
Intense, Thought-provoking, Ambitious, Great writing, Great acting

See it if You love small, intelligent shows. Mary-Louise Parker is mesmerizing.

Don't see it if You are looking for something big and loud.

84
Clever, Intense, Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you'd like a show of intellect, literacy and word play with 2 great performances

Don't see it if you like action or music or a beautiful set

90
Intense, Great acting, Absorbing, Profound, Riveting

See it if you're able enjoy an intelligent, intellectual,deep and rewarding play and don't need a lot of hoopla & action plot wise-it was terrific

Don't see it if your attention span not long & consider intellectual, intelligent plays "talky"

Also Mary Louise Parker - the reason for my attending - delivered another T... Read more Read less

94
Intelligent, Intense, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You want to see two great performances in an intimate, thoughtful, beautifully written play.

Don't see it if You’re disappointed by shows that don’t have flash and pizzaz, extensive sets, big casts or aren’t in the mood to listen.

80
Subtle, Great acting, Enchanting, Absorbing

See it if Mary-Louise Parker and Will Hochman are spellbinding in David Cromer’s beautiful and mysterious production. Haunting, sad glimmers of light.

Don't see it if This is thought-provoking and intelligent, purposefully inconclusive. Cromer’s production makes Adam Rapp’s inactive play better than it is.

Also Cromer convincingly elevate’s Rapp’s subtle but interesting script int... Read more Read less

90
Masterful, Riveting, Great acting, Great writing, Absorbing

See it if You appreciate excellent acting and masterful writing that absorbs you into the story. You like trying to figure out what’s coming next.

Don't see it if You don’t want to see a show with dark topics and only two actors.

90
Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you like drama of small gestures and intimate stories. Both actors are terrific.

Don't see it if if you need everything spelled out... this play leaves much to your own imagination.

74
Intelligent, Edgy, Slow, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if The lead actress, Mary Louise is wonderful.

Don't see it if You are looking for fluff.

88
Shape-shifting, Sneaky, Intelligent, Clever, Absorbing

See it if you like your drama in miniature because this is a two-person performance with a minimalist set.

Don't see it if you don't like egghead-y plays. The literary references aren't bon bons; knowing them adds to the satisfaction

Also I exited the theater thinking, huh, that was ... interesting. I was on... Read more Read less

85
Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you are looking for serious, thought-provoking, well-written drama. Mary Louise Parker is terrific!

Don't see it if Wordy dramas that leave you wondering about the story.

85
Great writing, Intelligent, Great acting

See it if you are a fan of Mary Louise Parker and want to spend a few hours spellbound.

Don't see it if serious drama is not your thing.

90
Riveting, Masterful, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting

See it if You want to see truly great theater.

Don't see it if You want an extravaganza. This is an intelligent two person play with minimal staging.

70
Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if You are looking for a simple play that focuses on acting

Don't see it if You want big costumes, good props and sets

89
Original, Thought-provoking, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if Mary Louis Parker is amazing in this role. I was drawn in and didn’t want to be let out. Go see this before it’s too late!

Don't see it if You don’t enjoy nuanced shows that make you think.

Also Get a seat close to the stage to experience and appreciate the acting.... Read more Read less

85
Thought-provoking, Confusing, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if if you like mental stimulation; great dialogue,acting & ideas; & trying to answer open-ended questions and deliberately-obscured situations

Don't see it if if you're expecting upbeat

95
Intense, Great acting

See it if MLP is a wonder in this play.

Don't see it if Bit dark.

70
Thought-provoking, Slow, Overrated, Intense, Great acting

See it if Are a big Mary Louise Parker fan

Don't see it if You bore easily or need a fast paced show with engaging characters. I was really disappointed in this show.

90
Great acting, Clever, Absorbing

See it if If you like Mary Louise Parker, you will love the new play. She does a great job in a well written show.

Don't see it if Only two characters, minimal staging


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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