Already closed | 1h 40m | Midtown W

A Better Place

From 29 member  reviews
Members say: Disappointing, Banal, Cliched, Clever, Funny

About the show

The Directors Company presents a new comedy about Manhattanites’ insatiable lust for real estate. More…

A gay couple is transfixed by their neighbors; they can’t tear themselves away from the window. The lifestyle over there is sumptuous, and they have a quirky daughter whose tastes run to exhibitionism. Speculation begins…where did they get all that wealth? And what about the kooky brokers who regularly visit them? Who are these funny people in the glorious glass box? We all want what they have! Could it be they have attained 'A Better Place'?

1h 40m | Already closed | The Duke on 42nd Street (Midtown W)

Member Reviews (29)

MEMBERS SAY:

Disappointing, Banal, Cliched, Clever, Funny
58
Avg Score

63
Entertaining, Funny, Fluffy, Cliched

See it if You like a light comedy. If you like a good sit-com this is the show for you.

Don't see it if You're looking for a show with a lot of substance. The acting was fine. It was the writing. Too often I found it unbelievable.

85
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Refreshing, Great staging

See it if you have ever lived in a NYC apartment. The amusing realities of city living keep the audience laughing in this envy driven plot.

Don't see it if coincidences in plays bother you. The plot resolution revolves around a coincidence but the events are character driven.

77
Original, Great staging, Great acting, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if You enjoy kooky characters that will make you laugh and almost cry. You enjoy relationship dramas dealing with realistic situations.

Don't see it if Gay characters and humor disturb you. These characters, not only they gay ones lean toward charicature. .

26
Cliched, Banal, Disappointing

See it if Your idea of fun is hearing a young woman moan and moan while a guy is describing luxury real estate.

Don't see it if You want good acting, a plot that makes any sense, comfortable seats, or a talented cast, since you won't find any of that here.

45
Banal, Excruciating

See it if You like silly TV sitcoms, don't care if the story has holes, you think getting turned on by real estate descriptions is a funny concept.

Don't see it if You can't sit for 90 minutes without intermission, you want a coherent story, you are offended by seeing simulated sex with clothes on.

65
Funny sweet stereotyped diverting harmless

See it if Moderately funny - about a gay man whose partner has the same name spelled backward. They live in a dump across from a luxury apt he covets

Don't see it if The straight woman and daughter in the condo are sex obsessed. The husband is a gambler. Somehow it fits together and delivers a few laughs

28
Banal, Cliched, Insipid, Disappointing, Boring

See it if you want to see what BAD theater is all about.

Don't see it if you have a degree beyond high school.

57
Disappointing, Great staging, Original

See it if You are open to something that tries, even if it doesn't fully succeed.

Don't see it if You're expecting something thought-provoking or consistently amusing.

82
Entertaining, Clever, Ambitious, Edgy, Great staging

See it if A millennial A native New Yorker Intellectual Likes plays Gay friendly Understanding of the housing market Want not very expensive show

Don't see it if Don't like plays Don't get anything about the current landscape/ issues related to housing/rentals

66
Clever, Great staging, Derivative, Over-the-top stereotyping

See it if you've recently been apartment hunting or if you like seeing a terrific set. Some cast members are quite good and there were good moments.

Don't see it if you hate shrill, spoiled young women or seeing New Yorkers, Jews, and gays stereotyped.

68
Bland

See it if like a tolerable play. Unique set adds a few points. Not totally interesting, and not totally boring. Should be a bit shorter.

Don't see it if you don't like a bland play.

40
Cliched, Disappointing, Excruciating, Overrated, Slow

See it if Can't really recommend seeing it. Silly story with poor staging. Actors struggle to make sense of what little they have to work with

Don't see it if you want any kind of intelligent story, or design elements that make sense

80
Real estate obsessed nyers

See it if If you are a fan of those NY real estate shows you'll probably find enough to be amused and entertained by this 90 min show- cool staging.

Don't see it if If you're not drawn in by the "real estate porn" or have never ascribed life stories and personalities to people based on observation only

49
Banal, Cliched, Disappointing

See it if your TV is broken

Don't see it if you prefer a show with characters who have some depth and some humor

60
Disappointing, Cliched

See it if you like silly plays with silly jokes and watching professional actors in a bad show.

Don't see it if You want a show with substance that gives you something to think about.

40
Banal, Insipid, Slow

See it if you're interested in a play about New York real estate written by someone who clearly knows nothing about New York...let alone real estate.

Don't see it if you want to see a good play.

70
Silly, Frivolous, Great staging, Over-hated

See it if Expectations are everything, and show scores here set the bar so low, one couldn't help but be charmed by this funny but forgettable farce.

Don't see it if I'm not saying to pay serious money for this, but I've seen far worse plays with show-scores in the yellow & green zones

46
Bad plot, Great set, Disjointed, Unlikeable characters, Quirky

See it if you get free tickets.

Don't see it if you can afford to see anything else.

30
Banal, Cliched, Disappointing, Excruciating, Insipid

See it if you love sitcoms and never want to see anything that has a real imagination.

Don't see it if you believe theatre is an art form that can inspire and reveal truth in truly funny and painful ways.

70
Original, Relevant, Resonant, Quirky, Ambitious

See it if you're in the area and like new work. Two of the actors are great, even in spite of the writing. It's a fun night out, just don't go alone.

Don't see it if you're not willing to be generous. The script is not the strongest, but the actors give it as much life as they can.

70
Delightful, Slow, Original

See it if you appreciates a light drama of New Yorkers' lives: little privacy, materialistic, superficial

Don't see it if you doesn't like a slow play with no stage changing

88
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Great acting, Funny

See it if You're NYC real estate obsessed, like creeping on your neighbours, are a gay broker or know a gay broker, and like great writing.

Don't see it if You have a short attention span.

70
Clever, Funny, Edgy

See it if you like off-broadway, ingenious theater

Don't see it if if you don't like looking at different places on stage as there are 2 distinct areas of the play that are not close together.

20
Banal, Cliched, Insipid

See it if You like outdated sitcoms and familiar jokes, you REALLY enjoy actors who have chemistry with one another

Don't see it if DON'T SEE IT

50
Banal, Disappointing, Funny

See it if a nice set and a few laughs are enough to entertain you.

Don't see it if you expect the show to make sense and to entertain.


May 15th, 2016
"Beckett loads her story with bizarre plots twists that never seem to build to anything…Everyone in this story is relatively privileged when it comes to real estate, a fact that could have served as a launching pad for a deeper exploration of the fallacies in our present conversation around inequ...
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May 18th, 2016
“The playwright, Wendy Beckett, piles on so many lame conceits and garish cartoon characterizations that the amusement quotient hovers near zero...Filled with reams of unamusing dialogue and wildly improbable plot developments...If the director, Evan Bergman, can't make anything out of the script...
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May 17th, 2016
"Director Evan Bergman’s greatest moment is the show’s opening, a carefully staged dumb show that gives us a very clear sense of what life is like in these two apartments...There is very little information that is communicated for the remainder of the evening...This excellent ensemble of actors s...
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May 15th, 2016
“Love. Money. Real Estate...there’s a better play to be written about these topics than Beckett’s mostly muddled one-act...Director Bergman has a lot on his hands with this slightly overstuffed play...At times, he gets the cast to rise above the material...But sometimes the lines just fall flat d...
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