Fuck Yeah Great Plays

About:  Because it's not just about musicals.
Reviews (13)
Unpacking
Soho/Tribeca
Fuck Yeah Great Plays

“Here’s where Marina and Nicco’s conceit shines: the audience chooses who they want to focus on and when...It’s a clever way to show the way our pasts can come back to haunt us at the most inopportune times…With the lack of illumination, the actors have to fight hard to keep the attention and flashlights on them, and they do an excellent job. Marina and Nicco’s comedic background brings a touch of whimsy to two of the greatest human fears: the dark and commitment.” Full Review

Kevin!!!!!
Gramercy
Fuck Yeah Great Plays

for a previous production "Director Kristen McCarthy Parker deserves all the lovely cheese pizza for balancing live actors, puppets, video feed and more while distilling the movie down to the essentials for the hourlong show, though some mid-scene puppet changes feel as though Parker doesn’t trust the audience to follow along...Parker and the Recent Cutbacks crew have creativity to spare, and when it comes together, it makes 'KEVIN!!!!!' as comforting as an ugly sweater or a cup of hot chocolate." Full Review

Ross & Rachel
Midtown E
Fuck Yeah Great Plays

"Fritz’s excellent script neatly eviscerates the pop culture ideology of destiny and a world where love is equated with grand gestures and far-flung locales...Vevers flips between the internal and external voices of both Ross and Rachel, though she thankfully avoids impressions of Schwimmer and Aniston. Her expressive face and voice deftly tell us exactly who we’re hearing." Full Review

Kentucky
Midtown W
Fuck Yeah Great Plays

“Winkler’s dialogue floats between realistic and poetic without whiplash, and serves both whirlwind Hiro and the drawls of everyone around her....The large and refreshingly diverse ensemble is full of actors I’ve loved in other shows recently...Megan Hill, manages to steal all her scenes...Ultimately, this is a play about moving forward.” Full Review

Fuck Yeah Great Plays

"Though the premise sounds like goofy fun, and it is, there’s real heart to this show...It’s a bigger issue than what’s going on at the Community Center, and it’s easy to get caught up in the sweaty, wild-eyed determination of our heroes...If you can get over your fear of working out in front of strangers, being there when Kelsea turns the studio lights off for the last time is actually quite touching. And they’ll give you Gatorade to recover." Full Review

Utility
West Village
Fuck Yeah Great Plays

"Shwend’s play plants the beginnings of many issues that never seem to come to a head...Annie Baker-esque silences dot the show, but without the pressure of conflict, it’s hard to experience them as anything other than waiting for one of the characters to speak. The actors are charming and do their best to overcome the sleepiness of the script." Full Review

NY Theater Now

for a previous production "They all keep the show moving quickly and provide lots of visual interest. This show never turns into a dry lecture!...We hear a lot about Prohibition in American history, but the way it came about and then how the liquor industry came out of it afterwards was fascinating...'The Imbible' is a brisk and entertaining piece that will provide you with plenty of bar trivia, and really, who doesn't need more of that?" Full Review

All The Fine Boys
Midtown W
Fuck Yeah Great Plays

"It’s a shame we barely see Jenny and Emily share scenes together, except an overlong sleepover scene at the top of the show...Unfortunately the bulk of the plot comes from scenes between Jenny and Joseph, which are poorly written and have predictable plot twists. Add in Breslin’s raspy smoker’s voice and it’s difficult to believe the tension between the so-called teen and her older abductor...This tired attempt at a thriller would be better served as a late-night Lifetime movie." Full Review

The Maids
Soho/Tribeca
Fuck Yeah Great Plays

"With a show that deals heavily in facades and power plays, putting two white men in the service of a trans woman of color has the potential to bring modern politics into a classic tale...And while Outliers’ production isn’t as groundbreaking as I’d hoped, it’s still a strong show...When Claire and Solange are left to their own devices, the dramatic tension is all in the text but lacking in performance. Parts felt like a really great scene study class, but I hoped for more." Full Review

Fuck Yeah Great Plays

"Moyer has unfortunately chosen to give each of them deep secrets revealed late in the game that ultimately ring false. The show also suffers from an awkward act break...Despite these hiccups, Moyer’s script has a strong cinematic quality, with dialogue that accurately captures the complexities of a couples’ first night together...Of course, any two-hander is only as good as its actors, and McQuail and King have a strong stage presence while still being incredibly accessible." Full Review

The Wildness
Midtown W
Fuck Yeah Great Plays

"The company stomps and struts down the sparse runway-like set and gives 200% energy to a show that feels light on story at times...I loved seeing a sexy, punk-rockin' pregnant lady giving her all onstage. It’s a very inspiring, glitter-coated femme-positive show in that respect. And despite the hard-candy exterior, the whole thing is shockingly earnest. Only in the final moments, where the fairytale and the real life merge, does everything else snap into context." Full Review

Fuck Yeah Great Plays

"The performers are gorgeously genuine in these intimate interactions. It’s all hushed voices and soft gestures, but the connections feel real. The audience is lightly guided from room to room with some flirtatious touches and the timed opening and closing of doors...Throughout the whole show there was explosive movement and dance tying each moment together." Full Review

Kapow-i GoGo
Gramercy
Fuck Yeah Great Plays

"The episodes move at breakneck speed, pinging from location to location and introducing loads of characters and plot points. At times the show is on the verge of being overstuffed, but then characters die (this is a video game world, after all) and storylines are abandoned and the map comes on and we move to the next spot. While this probably worked better in the serialized format, where there was a week between episodes, when they are all continuous it becomes more noticeable." Full Review