Already closed | 1h 25m | West Village

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Gynecologic Oncology Unit at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center of New York City

From 142 member  reviews
Members say: Funny, Great acting, Entertaining, Clever, Quirky

About the show

Two very different people caring for their ailing mothers meet at the hospital in MCC Theater's world premiere of Halley Feiffer's dark comedy, starring Beth Behrs from TV's '2 Broke Girls.' More…

A foul-mouthed twenty-something comedienne and a middle-aged man embroiled in a nasty divorce are brought together unexpectedly when their cancer-stricken mothers become roommates in the hospital. Together, this unlikely duo must negotiate some of life’s biggest challenges...while making some of the world’s most inappropriate jokes. Can these two very lost people learn to laugh through their pain and lean on each other when all they really want to do is run away?

1h 25m | Already closed | Lucille Lortel Theatre (West Village)

Member Reviews (142)


Funny, Great acting, Entertaining, Clever, Quirky
Avg Score

Funny, Entertaining, Well written, Thought-provoking, Quirky

See it if this is less a dark comedy than snapshots of those moments when we, despite ourselves, laugh nervously in the face of impending tragedy

Don't see it if you don't appreciate lightheartedness around the issue of terminal illness and parent child disfunction.

Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Great writing

See it if You like funny plays w/ heart. It's a well constructed & acted. You understand why the characters are the way they are. Emery is excellent

Don't see it if You are looking for something serious or deep. While the show does tackle some serious themes it's done with a joke or a smile.

Clever, Funny, Original, Romantic, Ambitious

See it if You enjoy quirky comedies with unusual characters who are at odds, improbable romances, endearing performances

Don't see it if You don't like absurd situations, difficult to like characters, discussions of cancer and its impact on loved ones

Movingly shows thin line between black humor and depression in dealing with the big c(ancer)

See it if /for hilarious opening, later side-splitting sex scene, good ensemble/kick-a** performance by Beth Behrs/2 Broke Girls

Don't see it if /since play eventually slips into old tropes (my wife/mother/son doesn't love me); ultimately however shows healing power of humor

Clever, Funny, Great acting, Indulgent

See it if you want to see a dark comedy that is more than the title suggests and you like great acting.

Don't see it if any of the following make you queasy: hospital rooms, disease, emotional frailty, the need to connect with others.

Banal, Cliched, Boring, Sit-com calibre, Slow

See it if you want to see Lisa Emery give one of her usual fine performances. Also, if you want to see Halley Feiffer take a tumble with this play.

Don't see it if your taste rises above the sit-com level.

Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Original, Refreshing

See it if I was pleasantly surprised by this. I always worry when I TV or movie star tries to act on stage but she did great. She was matched with a

Don't see it if great actor and held her own. My only issue is she did not hold for laughs. Very funny and now what I expected

Funny, Great acting, Great staging, Relevant, Original

See it if U know the uncomfortable, sad feelings when a close relative has cancer, Estranged, distant family emotions arise New friends become family

Don't see it if U had a heartbreaking experience with cancer Do not like explicit sex or profanity See no reason to use "rape" as a joke topic

Funny, Entertaining

See it if You like odd ball characters You like to laugh

Don't see it if You could never find anything about cancer, hospitals and dying entertaining

Edgy, Raunchy, Intelligent, Slightly treacly, Funny

See it if You're willing to suspend disbelief at the set-up and understand that there are many ways to experience pains and loneliness.

Don't see it if You're squeamish about language, women's attitude towards themselves, or dealing with illness.

Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Resonant

See it if I liked it more than I thought. Thanks to the ladies in the hospital beds!

Don't see it if You get offended easily.

Great acting, Raunchy, Absorbing, Touching, Darkly humorous

See it if you like dark comedies and relationship plays, or if you are a fan of Two Broke Girls.

Don't see it if raunchiness or adult language is a turn-off or if cancer is too close to home to be funny.

Overrated, Indulgent, Banal, Disappointing

See it if you think anything about cancer, gratuitous and vulgar sex and foul language is funny.

Don't see it if You want to see really fine actors struggle with sentimental, poorly written work that tells a story poorly and ends with a Hollywood ending

Funny, Entertaining

See it if You want to be moderately entertained by something funny in a hospital and how people might cope under stress.

Don't see it if You are offended by stupid jokes about sex, or don't want to see somewhat of a sexual scene.

Entertaining, Intense

See it if you like some funny moments with interesting themes. Generally easy to watch. Very good acting.

Don't see it if you don't like a play that can get a bit 'heavy' at times.

Raunchy, Great acting, Funny

See it if you like dark comedy, wonderful ensemble acting, finding love in the most stressful of times and circumstances

Don't see it if you are offended by death jokes or rape jokes, raunchy comedy; may be difficult if someone close to you is dying from cancer

Great acting, Original, Quirky, Funny, Entertaining

See it if Like crude humor, black comedies, Beth Behrs who really shows her range

Don't see it if Don't like foul language, are in the least bit prudish

Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Intelligent

See it if You think there can't be humor in a cancer hospital. This will have you laughing a lot. Beth Behr from 2 Broke Girls was terrific.

Don't see it if You can't find or enjoy the humor that is to be found in every human situation if it's presented right, like it is here.

Absorbing, Great writing, Raunchy, Thought-provoking

See it if you are a Halley Feiffer fan and enjoy good writing. It goes from hilarious to heart wrenching in an instant.

Don't see it if you are easily offended.

Banal, Slow, Fluffy

See it if You want to see the sitcom star in person

Don't see it if You want to see original ideas.


See it if Can find humor in hospital situations

Don't see it if Has a bad experience with relatives suffering from cancer

Excruciating, Indulgent, Slow, Banal, Raunchy

See it if you love Lisa Emery as I do and respect the high standard of New York actors. As to the play: it's awful. Mother daughter wrong boyfriend.

Don't see it if Sound familiar, it is big time. It's set in a hospital room, but, really a domestic play, nothing at all to do w/ health care or hospitals.

Funny, Cliched, Raunchy, Disappointing

See it if you are not expecting a wildly amusing play and a pretty-okay acting.

Don't see it if foul-mouthed book offends you

Excruciating, Funny, Absorbing

See it if You enjoy uncomfortable situations and crass humor.

Don't see it if Off-color jokes offend you.

Dark, Raunchy, Slow

See it if you're in the mood for sloppy, dark comedy

Don't see it if jokes about cancer offend you

June 7th, 2016
"'Funny Thing' makes a convincing case that hard laughter is an absolutely appropriate response to those moments when life seems like too bad a joke not to respond otherwise...For its intermissionless 85 minutes, 'Funny Thing' abides by the rom-com rules that a couple who meet antagonistically ha...
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June 7th, 2016
"Well, the title is funny. It is hard to know what else to make of Halley Feiffer’s 'A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Gynecologic Oncology Unit at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center of New York City,' a play ravaged by central miscasting...There is good writing in the play, and one ca...
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June 7th, 2016
"'A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Gynecologic Oncology Unit at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center New York City' only sporadically lives up to its strained title...Other than the abundance of raunchy one-liners, this play has little to recommend it. Neither the characterizations nor ...
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June 9th, 2016
"A disappointing thing happened on the way to this MCC production. The talented Halley Feiffer takes a step backward as a writer. She earns points for audacity. But otherwise she obeys rom-com conventions and lets this black comedy peter out. Karla is a struggling millennial comedian. Don is a sh...
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