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A Taste of Honey

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Members say: Great acting, Dated, Absorbing, Entertaining, Thought-provoking

About the show

The Pearl Theatre Company revives Shelagh Delaney's groundbreaking drama about a working-class English teenager in the '50s trying to control her own destiny. More…

In 1959 at age 18, playwright Shelagh Delaney rocked the theatre world with a play that both defined and defied her generation. Not seen on a New York stage for 35 years, 'A Taste of Honey' is the clever, passionate, and poignant story of a young woman facing an uncertain future in a hostile world—and learning to trust that love, messy and heartbreaking as it is, will see her through. Directed by Austin Pendleton.

Member Reviews (103)


Great acting, Dated, Absorbing, Entertaining, Thought-provoking
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Great acting, Entertaining, Disappointing, Dated, Interesting staging

See it if you like stories about teenage rebellion gone awry & flawed weak characters. Well written & performed. but seriously lacks climax/conclusion

Don't see it if Never really comes to any boil though scenes might be interesting in themselves. Ends without a payoff. Not bad, but somewhat disappointing.

Well acted, Dated, Slow, Overly long, Disappointing

See it if You enjoy stories of dysfunctional mother daughter relationships and the struggle to make ends meet.

Don't see it if You dislike slower paced stories. It's a nice story but not very exciting. There are some good scenes but it drags on a little too long.

Dizzying, Edgy, Great acting, Entertaining, Masterful

See it if you like great acting, tight directing and a good story line.

Don't see it if If you like up beat plays.

Absorbing, Dated, Poignant, Ambitious

See it if you want to see an excellent example of post-war British kitchen sink drama, refreshingly revived & expertly acted (except for Brad Cover).

Don't see it if you find dysfunctional family dramas & trials of the working class tiresome or shrill. [Though Pendleton breathes new life into this relic.]

Dated, Slow, Good acting, Absorbing

See it if Solid revival of little seen British kitchen sink drama; uneven cast held together by Brochman's performance & Pendleton's staging

Don't see it if Slice of life drama doesn't interest. Period details/situations can prove to be dated. Heavy accents often mismanaged

Ambitious, Entertaining, Edgy, Great acting, Thought-provoking

See it if you love one of the great mid century plays of the 20th century

Don't see it if only want to see a light fluffy show.

Also We loved this even more than the production of 35-36 years ago. We mis... Read more Read less

Dated, Indulgent, Absorbing, Quirky, Slow

See it if you're a fan of 50's Britain's kitchen sink drama about a confused girl's coming of age despite a domineering mother, fan of the Pearl

Don't see it if Slightly dated Brit dramas don't do it for you, frustrated by confused heroines and domineering mums, melange of accents are confusing

Absorbing, Great writing, Dated, Thought-provoking, Resonant

See it if You like plays about social injustice in 1950s working class England. About a mother-daughter conflict in a fight to survive situation.

Don't see it if You cannot watch violence against women. Are depressed. Do not like dismal situations.

Also This play was written by a female playwright, Shelagh Delaney, in the ... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Great acting, Historic, Sad, funny, haunting

See it if you want to see a piece of theater history performed by a strong cast with haunting jazzy music. Still amazingly relevant.

Don't see it if you like action packed shows, you can't accept the 4th wall being broken or you're bothered by musicians oddly juxtaposed into the action.

Entertaining, Great acting, Different

See it if you like stories about disfunctional relationships, both parental and romantic. Well developed and well acted.

Don't see it if you prefer traditional uncomplicated stories or are bothered by Irish accents.

Intelligent, Great writing, Dated, Innovative use of music

See it if You liked the 1961 movie that poignantly captured a changing society and the alienation of teenagers. This production lives up to the movie

Don't see it if You primarily like modern theater with modern topics.

Evocative, Bittersweer, Affecting, Well acted

See it if While still a remarkable achievement for a teenaged playwright, some of the shock of unplanned pregnancy, biracial child and gay co-parent..

Don't see it if ....has eroded, so a formerly rebellious statement now seems quaint and misted-over. Still a good evisceration of mother/daughter issues.

Historically important, good acting

See it if You love history of theater. Excellent acting especially young girl. Set impressive. Kinda sad people trying to get by.

Don't see it if You don't liked dated plays. Very much from the 60's. However you may be surprised. Long two and a half hours. Wide theater hard to hear

Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Great staging, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy a show that examines family dynamics interlaced with social issues in an earlier time.

Don't see it if you have a short attention span, as the play is two and a half hours long.

Also Great use of musicians as part of the play, interacting with the chara... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Delightful, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy being absorbed in a good play. you enjoy good directing and acting.

Don't see it if you only like new, edgy plays

Dated, Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Haunting

See it if you want to learn what the fuss is about. It's not drop-dead wonderful, but its subtle charm is that I can't get it out of my mind.

Don't see it if The Glass Menagerie is not your thing. This is almost a memory play, or at least feels like it, and for all the sorrow, the hope is there.

Also I've heard many things about this revival, many of which try to make i... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Profound

See it if You like relationship driven plays with intense, deep, sometimes disturbing outcomes.

Don't see it if If you want to see a light, fluffy play.

Clever, Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Masterful

See it if This latest iteration is buoyed by the lead actress and new staging

Don't see it if Working class drama does not interest you

Dated, Thought-provoking, Well-played, Well-written

See it if revisiting a play that was profound & jolting in the 1950s, with themes of post-war poverty, family conflict & interracial relationships

Don't see it if you have no interest in traditional, classic theater that observes what was then (and what is now)


See it if you like well acted plays about family dynamics. A glimpse in to the lives of a dysfunctional family.

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

Dated, Resonant, Intense, Great band

See it if You want to see a once groundbreaking play with interesting relationships and themes of poverty and abandonment. Rebekah B is very good.

Don't see it if You are disturbed by bad parenting. The undercurrent was depressing despite funny moments of dialogue and mostly good acting.

Absorbing, Intelligent, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if You enjoy stories about families and how they work or not. Young English girl from lower class tries to find love & purpose on her own.

Don't see it if You could care less about how others try to overcome loveless childhoods.

Thought-provoking, Slow, Dated, Relevant, Cliched

See it if It is a well acted play (with one exception) although the characters are rather stereotypical today. Interesting for its time and for now

Don't see it if you need action and "entertainment". This is thought-provoking not "fun".

Cliched, Dated, Disappointing, Shocking realism when first done over 50 yrs ago. ham-fisted cliche-ridden bore now.

See it if You love anything done in working class English accents no matter how banal the material. Or better yet, rent the original film.

Don't see it if You were hoping for an accurate revival of the original "kitchen sink" play. The pointless inclusion of non-realistic elements ruins that.

Absorbing, Great staging, Entertaining, Epic, Intense

See it if you want to see a rarely seen classic.

Don't see it if you hate teenagers as the main character.

September 23rd, 2016
"'A Taste of Honey' feels quaint around the edges; once-unconventional modes of living hardly raise an eyebrow these days...This is a frustrating production. Ms. Botchan gives an erratic performance, while Mr. Cover seems unsuited to his role...The rest of the cast does beautifully, and the jazz ...
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September 18th, 2016
"It’s a mystery why Shelagh Delaney's funny, touching and extraordinarily prescient 1958 play has sat on the shelf for so long...Director Austin Pendleton has done audiences a favor in dusting off the stage play...This story feels surprisingly contemporary...Although Rachel Botchan, as hard-party...
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September 22nd, 2016
"It is a marvelous piece of work, at once devastatingly blunt and uncommonly poignant. Austin Pendleton, the director, and his five-person cast have done right by Delaney’s play...Pendleton has given 'A Taste of Honey' a staging that serves the play with scrupulous, self-effacing care...At a mome...
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September 30th, 2016
"The kitchen sink drama is dated now and if it's lost much of its punch, the Pearl Theatre's admirable revival still manages to find resonance in its working-class themes...It takes a seasoned director to plumb the emotional layers in this complex work, and Austin Pendleton is just the man. His s...
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