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Love in Hate Nation

From 56 member  reviews
Members say: Great singing, Entertaining, Delightful, Relevant, Great acting

About the show

Joe Iconis ("Be More Chill") returns to Two River with this world premiere musical about love and rebellion among teenage girls in a 1960s juvie hall. More…

From the show:

"Joe Iconis is “…The Future of Musical Theater.” – The New York Times

A turbulent rock romance set in a 1960s Juvie Hall, Love in Hate Nation uses classic “bad girl” movies as the inspiration for the story of young people caught between eras of a changing America. Sixteen-year old Susannah Son is carted off to the National Reformatory for Girls to get her head put on straight. There she meets the aggressively incorrigible Sheila Nail, and a relationship forms which leads to an all-out “revolution in the institution” as they attempt to break out of the boxes society has created around them. Girl Group Wall of Sound harmonies are filtered through a punk rock spirit in this rebellious and romantic new musical.

Member Reviews (56)


Great singing, Entertaining, Delightful, Relevant, Great acting
Avg Score

Quirky, Refreshing, Great singing, Cliched, Clever

See it if You are an Iconis completist , like girl groups, women's prison movies , and bright , young talent

Don't see it if You need male voices and intricate rhymes

Ambitious, Entertaining, Intelligent, Great singing

See it if Joe Iconis tells another story about youth, but we can all relate; smart and sassy. Very talented cast.

Don't see it if Have to travel.

Quirky, Must see, Edgy, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if you are an Iconis fan, want to see several stars in the making, or want to get some super catchy tunes stuck in your head

Don't see it if you don't like 60s cult films, you can't skip over a few slow points, or are put off by an all-girl (well, 95%) cast

Quirky, Great staging, Great singing, Entertaining, Clever

See it if you enjoy edgy new musicals with a pop young vibe.

Don't see it if you prefer peppy old-style musicals with simple and safe stories.

Also While I loved the characters and story, and enjoyed all of the songs q... Read more Read less

Quirky, Delightful, Resonant, Refreshing, Entertaining

See it if If you enjoy a great score by Joe Iconis in a show with an interesting and novel plot.

Don't see it if If you need to see a very traditional musical with elaborate sets.

Also Joe Iconis’s score itself is worth the trip. His songs are performed b... Read more Read less

J. iconis needs to collaborate on his books, Book & characters need retooling, Drawn out & predictable epilogue, Second string cast, Hairspray meets chicago meets annie

See it if love, love Joe Iconis. Although this show doesn't have the same catchy tunes as his others, despite many reprises of several numbers.

Don't see it if want great acting/singing. Most of the cast feel like second choices. Plot points can be seen a mile away. The "revolution" in Act 2 drags

Also Having one actor play all the male characters is fine. It's just too b... Read more Read less

Overrated, Insipid, Disappointing, Cliched, Banal

See it if If they like repetitious mayhem.

Don't see it if if you enjoy good theater.

Resonant, Funny, Great singing, Delightful

See it if your an Iconic fan/liked Be More Chill or B'way Bounty Hunter; are a fan of 60's girl group music, you enjoyed Hairspray or The Prom.

Don't see it if You don't like LGTBQ-friendly themes; you don't shows like Hairspray or The Prom.

Also Another delightful Iconis production. A fun homage to 60's girl group ... Read more Read less

Confusing, Ambitious, Great singing

See it if You enjoy 50s girl group music (the music seems to be inspired by it). You appreciate good singing.

Don't see it if You want a show that makes sense. There were a few side stories that weren't clear.

Also I am concluding that the show isn't quite ready for prime time. The ac... Read more Read less

Quirky, Dated, Disappointing, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if you like a musical with young talent and decent acting and voices

Don't see it if you are homophobic

Also 1st act had some slow spots but picked up in the second act. Lead actr... Read more Read less

Must see, Great writing, Great singing

See it if Wonderful production. The music and the talent will blow you away!!!

Don't see it if if you don't like rock musicals

Edgy, Quirky, Refreshing

See it if You want to see a new musical that is outside the box, with a talented young cast and a lot of great songs!

Don't see it if You want a typical musical or do not like to see new shows.

Refreshing, Great singing, Funny, Delightful, Clever

See it if You enjoy an original story, with a 60’s music theme.

Don't see it if You don’t like musicals.

Entertaining, Great staging, Great singing, Delightful

See it if You enjoy LGBTQ shows, also beautiful songs.

Don't see it if You are looking for a more intricate, detailed storyline or you cannot deal with LGBTQ storylines

Delightful, Ambitious, Entertaining

See it if Great music and good story.

Don't see it if You didn't like be more chill

Funny, Quirky, Entertaining

See it if To see a female cast for a change! Enjoy a quirky Joe Iconis show in progress. With more work it could be as funny as Cry Baby.

Don't see it if Girls jumping on the bed gets annoying after a while. Would like to see sha la la bop she bop choreography to go with the music.

Ambitious, Relevant, Great singing, Edgy, Delightful

See it if you are a fan of Joe Iconis' writing and want to see. a bunch of bad ass females rock the stage. Great songs, vocals, and a fun time!

Don't see it if You are looking for something perfect and done.

Entertaining, Great singing

See it if you're a fan of Be More Chill. The singing and dancing are both fabulous. It will appeal especially to teens and LGBT audience members.

Don't see it if you're triggered by talk of ECT.

Thought-provoking, Great singing, Great acting, Absorbing, Entertaining

See it if Great acting and singing and very thought provoking

Don't see it if I thoroughly enjoyed it and can't think of any reason not to see it.t

Delightful, Ambitious, Entertaining

See it if You like Joe Iconis musicals.

Don't see it if You don't like female driven shows. You don't want to have songs stuck in your head afterwards.

Refreshing, Delightful, Quirky, Great singing

See it if You like Joe Iconis' great music. You want to see a show with great vocals and a fun story. You like queer love stories and representation!

Don't see it if You're not a fan of girl groups.

Relevant, Great singing, Funny, Clever, Ambitious

See it if You like Motown-inspired music. You liked any of Joe Iconis’ other work. You don’t mind a little camp. You don’t mind an unsubtle message.

Don't see it if You didn’t like Joe Iconis’ other work. You’re not interested in shows about teenagers or queer girls. You want something more subtle.

Delightful, Indulgent, Fluffy, Entertaining

See it if You like fluffy girl power musicals and don't mind that the stakes of it being set in juvie are not present in the script or songs

Don't see it if It will bother you to have a lack of stakes

Quirky, Relevant, Edgy

See it if A must see for Joe Iconis fans! Teen drama and nostalgic tunes set the story for a talented cast to shine.

Don't see it if Not appropriate for young with sensitive social issues(i.e. suicide/sexuality)

Must see, Refreshing, Relevant, Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if You want to see a dazzling show about lesbians in a mental health institute in the 60’s

Don't see it if You are homophobic or triggered easily

November 19th, 2019
"In ‘Love in Hate Nation,’ the Revolution Will Not Be Scrutinized: Joe Iconis’s new musical celebrates women’s prison flicks and girl group harmonies. But his teen rebels could use a cause."
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November 25th, 2019
"'Love in Hate Nation' Is Not the New Orange Is the New Black: Joe Iconis's women-in-prison musical makes its world premiere at Two River Theater."
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November 18th, 2019
"New Musical 'LOVE IN HATE NATION' Rocks the House at Two River Theater"
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November 20th, 2019
"‘Love in Hate Nation’ delivers quirky social commentary plus power ballads in Red Bank"
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