Ends Dec 01 | Red Bank

Love in Hate Nation

From 18 member  reviews
Members say: Great singing, Entertaining, Clever, Delightful, Funny

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 (18)


Great singing, Entertaining, Clever, Delightful, Funny
Avg Score

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

Overrated, Insipid, Disappointing, Cliched, Banal

See it if If they like repetitious mayhem.

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

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

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

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.

Relevant, Thought-provoking, Great writing, Great acting, Great singing

See it if you want to see new musical theater with a killer score, a very relevant story, and group of kick-ass women sing their heats out.

Don't see it if you think musicals not written by Rodgers & Hammerstein are not worth sitting through.

Also Loved this musical. Hope it makes it to New York!

Absorbing, Romantic, Edgy, Funny, Entertaining

See it if You enjoy LGBTQ+ themes, enjoy original theatre, 1960's music, musical comedies.

Don't see it if You are currently having a headache (I had one when I saw it)-- there are loud metal banging noises. TW: Suicide, drugs

Great singing, Funny, Entertaining, Delightful, Absorbing

See it if We thought the premise was great, the songs funny and poignant, and the acting impressive.

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

Clever, Relevant, Refreshing, Entertaining, Intense

See it if This was a captivating show that is relevant in our political/ social climate. Great writing, nicely developed characters, fabulous songs!

Don't see it if Can't think of a reason not to see this!

Great writing, Great singing, Entertaining, Clever

See it if Fun Fun Fun

Don't see it if U don’t like musicals

Confusing, Intense, Quirky, Entertaining

See it if First time at the theater. Great,small, relatively new venue. Show was very entertaining.

Don't see it if I didnt see any reason not to see it. 1st 15 minutes I felt like it was going to be a let down; it wasnt.

During previews
Edgy, Entertaining, Great acting, Outstanding original score, Great singing

See it if Joe Iconis' best score yet in a story that's feminist revolution meets one flew over the cuckoo's nest, powerfully performed by a great cast

Don't see it if looking for a classic love story or are turned off by themes of suicide or homosexuality

Also The score, containing at least five show-stoppers, really makes this s... Read more Read less

During previews
Relevant, Thought-provoking, Intense, Great writing, Great acting

See it if You enjoy an original idea for a show. If you like any of Joe Iconis’ other work. Or if you don’t.

Don't see it if Trigger warning; You are easily triggered by mentions of self harm, sexual assault, suicide, violence, etc.

During previews
Relevant, Great writing, Great acting, Great singing, Must see

See it if You enjoy creative, original content musicals. This dramatic, rock and roll romance tells the story of girls in the 1960's who don't fit in.

Don't see it if You prefer more traditional musicals

During previews
Quirky, Slow, Edgy, Disappointing, Great singing

See it if Great singing and talented actors.

Don't see it if Show was too long and story got old after awhile.

During previews
Romantic, Great writing, Great singing, Funny, Clever

See it if You want a new musical about the bad old days and how love and romance triumph, or if you doubt that 'normal' is a real thing.

Don't see it if You're afraid of girls from the future.

Also I was at the first preview, and the show was in great shape. Excited t... Read more Read less

“Love in Hate Nation” hasn't been reviewed by any Critics (yet!)

Cast & Creatives (3)