Already closed | 2h 30m | Midtown W

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From 33 member  reviews
Members say: Dated, Great acting, Slow, Disappointing, Quirky

About the show

Alan Ayckbourn’s classic 1972 bleak comedy returns to NY. Set in three kitchens over three Christmases, the play charts the relentless rise of the socially aspiring Hopcrofts at the expense of two other couples.

2h 30m | Already closed | Theatre Row Complex (Midtown W)

Member Reviews (33)


Dated, Great acting, Slow, Disappointing, Quirky
Avg Score

Clever, Quirky, Dated, Entertaining, Well-played

See it if ur up for a skillfully played anti-holiday dramedy/farce in which 3 middle class couples reverse social status over 3 Xmases in 70s Britain.

Don't see it if u expect this to be a frivolous, knee-slapping British farce [It's a funny play but w/serious political overtones & an implicit malaise].

Also This play has always been a difficult work to grasp, as Ayckbourn upen... Read more Read less

Excruciating, Funny, Slow, Disappointing, Ambitious

See it if Fan of Ayckbourn, enjoy this play, want to see how a real British company handles it, enjoy acerbic comedy

Don't see it if You expect elaborate sets & lighting, don’t like imported shows, have trouble within men, not a fan of slapstick or pun-like humor

Also Not a lot new here, but always learn something as part of this....

Resonant, Mixed performances, Nicely staged, Well written

See it if you want to return to the aspirational 1970's where everyone believed in themselves on the surface while hopping to find it deeper within.

Don't see it if you want a full performance of this very well written play which needs better ensemble work than this cast is giving it.

Slow, Good acting, Disappointing, Too long, Quirky

See it if British like humor. Three couples with drama. Good acting.

Don't see it if If you want a very funny show or musical.

Quirky, Disappointing, Dated, Intelligent, Entertaining

See it if you are an Ayckbourn fan and enjoy English humor, farce and comedy, with an underlying darkness and social commentary; less than great stage

Don't see it if you dislike the above and prefer musicals; need elaborate staging to bring a show to life.

Also This was only the second preview performance; I expect the show will i... Read more Read less

Comedies that fail to make us laugh about misogyny don’t need to be praised for their earnest efforts

See it if UR so determinedly nonconformist/eager to prove tolerance of divergent views you’ll pretend reviving sexism for class commentary is creative

Don't see it if pained by repeated representations of female frailty/incompetence that characterize women as so useless they justify derision/ill-treatment

Also Soul-killing class comedy represents levels of affluence thru various ... Read more Read less

Slow, Excruciating, Disappointing, Dated, Cliched

See it if you want to see how a British farce can fall on its face if poorly acted and directed, then see it. A real disappointment. Very dated.

Don't see it if you want to see one of Ayckbourn's farces that succeeded on B'way. This production does not give you its virtues.

Tackles valid issues, Poor production values, Good acting, Overly long, Silly farce

See it if you like "in your face" not always funny farce, good acting, class conflict, difficult inter-relationships over time & long plays.

Don't see it if you dislike 2 1/2 Hr. plays, farce that often falls "flat" & sets that don't meet the requirements of the play's themes.

Ambitious, Dated, Quirky, Funny

See it if You are a fan of British humor. This was a bit dark, with lots of physicality. It reminded me of As Time Goes By, the sitcom with Judi Dench

Don't see it if You want to see something edgy, modern or updated.

Also I was at the second preview so things were a bit loose but I enjoyed m... Read more Read less

Quirky, Fluffy, Great writing, Disappointing, Dated

See it if you want to see a play by a major mid-20th Century English playwright; you enjoy British farce--even when it isn't particularly well acted.

Don't see it if you expect this to be as good as the original or as good as the revival of 'Noises Off" a few years back.

Also I visited London frequently in the 70s and 80s and almost always caugh... Read more Read less

Ikea-sourced set and props distracting in their ikea-ness, Flat pacing and direction, Fine cast and performances, Slow, Dated

See it if A devout Ayckbourn fan; it’s otherwise a slow 2-hour plus slog of not-quite-farce nor dramedy. May have worked in ‘72 but hasn’t aged well.

Don't see it if Expecting quick wit, pace or the usual rhythm of British farce.

Also While lovely that a small Yorkshire company has found its way to New Y... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Slow, Dated, Funny

See it if you're a fan of Ayckbourn and want to a low budget slower version of one of his earlier works.

Don't see it if you're expecting a top-level production. it's done very slowly and cheaply and isn't firing on all cylinders.

Dated, Slow, Great acting, Disappointing

See it if you're a fan of Alan Ayckbourn and you like humor from 1972.

Don't see it if you want to see an up to date play that is refreshing and humorous.

Great acting, Dated, Disappointing

See it if You want to see talented actors in a sub par English farce. Very dated and not very funny.

Don't see it if You want a farce with bite. Not one of the playwrights best.

Great staging for the low budget play, Slow, Great acting

See it if Think that you can fully understand the British humor from 70th.Good, but very grotesque and clownish acting.

Don't see it if Too long. Prefer light comedy.

Entertaining, Quirky, Edgy, Funny, Delightful

See it if Amusing, clever satire, funny farce and social commentary all at the same time. Inventive and fun.

Don't see it if Has a nasty edge. A little slow by today's comedy standards.

Indulgent, Excruciating, Dizzying, Disappointing, Slow

See it if you enjoy a comedy play mixed with a bit of slap stick.

Don't see it if you dislike plays that are slow moving and repetitive at times.

Intelligent, Absorbing, Relevant, Great acting, Funny

See it if you want a play that deals with upward mobility with humor and surprising twists.

Don't see it if you are not a fan of the dry humor of that era. Thought the second act was very funny while first and third required more interpretation.

Excruciating, Insipid, Great acting, Disappointing, Banal

See it if You don’t mind seeing a non-funny comedy. Have to say the actors do their best and are quite good.

Don't see it if You expect to see a brilliant Ayckbourn comedy. This one is not up to his talent.

Also To say that I was disappointed is an understatement.

Delightful, Intelligent, Great acting, Funny

See it if English comedies, and Ayckbourn in particular, make you laugh.

Don't see it if Honestly, I can't think of a reason to not see it.

Also This is a company from England and each actor is perfect for her/his r... Read more Read less

Slow, Great acting, Clever, Delightful

See it if excellent script, very British. Mostly great acting, never going below good

Don't see it if The last act feels a little superfluous.

Also Three acts=three families' Christmas visits to each other over the yea... Read more Read less

Great writing, Great acting, Clever

See it if you enjoy a well-paced, solidly acted Alan Ayckbourn play. Thoroughly enjoyable.

Don't see it if you need big sets. This is a very condensed production

Entertaining, Slow, Funny, Dated, Quirky

See it if A very early version of an Ayckbourn treatment. Worth seeing for that reason. Slapstick ending is pretty funny.

Don't see it if Feels a bit strained, stilted and dated. Ayckbourn got much better.

Great acting, Funny, Dated, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if You love the British class humour. You enjoy writing from a well renowned writer. You want to see British theatrical talent.

Don't see it if You cannot invest in the characters journeys. You don’t understand British humour.

Also What can I say. I am here visiting from the UK where I have seen this ... Read more Read less

Great writing, Dated, Clever, Absorbing

See it if Want to see something really British. Can transport yourself back to the 70s with their ideals and social status.

Don't see it if You have little patience. You need to be prepared for 2.5 hours. It’s worth it.

Also Although I have never heard of any of the actors I am sure I will be h... Read more Read less

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