A Taste of Honey
Closed 2h 20m
A Taste of Honey
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A Taste of Honey NYC Reviews and Tickets

78%
(103 Ratings)
Positive
85%
Mixed
12%
Negative
3%
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.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (103)

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62 Reviews | 20 Followers
100
Delightful, Funny, Great acting, Must see, Great staging

See it if comedic, witty, Irish period piece is of interest. Fantastic acting with beautiful instrumental accompaniment adds to the brilliant writing

Don't see it if You want something quirky or current.

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506 Reviews | 1010 Followers
95
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 missed the original, but are amazed at all of the issues presented by a 19 year old gal in the late 1950's

183 Reviews | 54 Followers
95
Great acting, Must see, Original, Great writing, Riveting

See it if You like family drama. Good acting good story line

Don't see it if Cant think of a reason not to

114 Reviews | 52 Followers
94
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Resonant, Moving

See it if You appreciate revivals of classics that breathe new life into them

Don't see it if You automatically reach for the "dated" tag for everything that isn't brand new

Also This play is sixty years old; apparently that is now a flaw. I'm shocked how many people think it's dated. Old, I think, is the word you're looking for. Dated implies it has nothing to say to us anymore.

72 Reviews | 41 Followers
94
Clever, Great acting, Great writing

See it if A great revival. Well acted gray direction.

Don't see it if If you don't like gay or interracial storylines.

116 Reviews | 18 Followers
92
Absorbing, Great staging, Relevant

See it if you love great, open sets, backing an engaging story. While about the 50s, there are certainly lessons for today.

Don't see it if you have problems understanding heavy north england accents.

157 Reviews | 63 Followers
92
Great acting, Resonant, Great writing

See it if You like to classic plays and terrific acting by Brockman as Jo. Unllikely to be revived again so catch it before it closes. A brave show.

Don't see it if You don't like long dramas about working class England that features a very unsympathic mother. The other actors not as great as Brockton.

60 Reviews | 34 Followers
91
Absorbing, Delightful, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if You're in the mood to see a period piece with a little music and real relevance and freshness.

Don't see it if You don't want to hear a British accent. Actually, I can't imagine why a person wouldn't want to see it.

Critic Reviews (24)

The New York Times
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 trio brings a comfortable charm and a lovely sound to the proceedings. But these fine parts can’t be removed from the whole. There remains a nagging sense of a play only partly revived."
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Time Out New York
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-partying Helen, comes across as just a bit too chipper (she could use a dash more slattern), Rebekah Brockman is a revelation in the role of quirky, outspoken Jo."
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The Wall Street Journal
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 moment when Broadway has next to nothing to offer in the way of straight plays, Mr. Pendleton now has two shows running on 42nd Street. They’re both excellent."
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NY1
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 staging is naturalistic and a bit surreal...He also delivers with a strong ensemble nicely shading Delaney's grey landscape with dark and light hues."
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Theatermania
September 18th, 2016

"The script vibrates with life, energy, and the will to persevere with laughter in the face of massive social obstacles. Sadly, little of that spirit is present in Pendleton's workmanlike but unremarkable staging…The production benefits from a stellar leading lady…Her primary costars are also excellent...Still, none of them are able to pep up the proceedings…‘A Taste of Honey’ is a thrilling and unconventional work of theater, but you wouldn't really know it from this sleepy revival."
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Lighting & Sound America
September 27th, 2016

"This is a rather prosaic, shapeless piece of work, a series of comings and goings that don't add up to a fully realized drama...This mother-daughter dynamic is probably the element that could speak most directly to today's audiences, but somehow the furious cycle of dependency and abandonment, of love and rage never really comes to life...If this sometimes-powerful piece is to regain its place in the repertory it will need a far more original and visionary production than it gets here."
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TheaterScene.net
September 22nd, 2016

“Director Austin Pendleton made some choices which don’t help the now creaky play. Although Peter is described as younger than Helen, Pendleton has cast Bradford Cover who looks to be Helen’s age or older. While the apartment is described as dirty, Harry Feiner’s set is spotlessly clean. Pendleton has several of the characters occasionally speak directly to the audience which makes this play more surreal. All of this makes the revival much less affecting than it might have been.”
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CurtainUp
September 18th, 2016

"Even a director as capable and well versed in every theatrical style as Mr. Pendleton can't make this 57-year-old play send even a ripple of shock waves through contemporary audiences who've had plenty of exposure to working-class settings, about interracial romances, single mothers and gay men. But don't write this revival off as dated just yet...Under Pendleton's direction the actors have for the most part brought Delaney's characters to refreshingly authentic life."
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