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All The Fine Boys

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Members say: Disappointing, Intense, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Edgy

About the show

The New Group presents a coming-of-age drama about two teen girls' first experiments with the opposite sex. Starring Abigail Breslin ('Little Miss Sunshine,' 'Scream Queens') and Isabelle Fuhrman ('Masters of Sex.') More…

Fourteen-year-old best friends Jenny and Emily are hungry for experience, and in suburban South Carolina in the late '80s, it's readily found with older boys. Emily chooses her senior crush from the high school play, and Jenny a man she’s seen at her family’s church. With parallel stories that take tricky and terrifying turns, 'All the Fine Boys' dives deep into the fascinations and complications of sexual awakening and the first painful gasps of adulthood.

Member Reviews (95)


Disappointing, Intense, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Edgy
Avg Score

Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Intense, Uneven

See it if This is more like 2 separate plays mashed together of very different qualities. One riveting, one baffling. Still the good outweighs the bad

Don't see it if subject matter of desperate 14 y-o girls in need of attention with tragic consequences. Heavy but done believably and successfully.

Also Breslin & Tippett's story is riveting, edge of your seat. Believable a... Read more Read less

Great acting, Intense, Unsettling, Absorbing

See it if You like well performed dramas about uncomfortable subject matter. Breslin & Tippett are excellent & their scenes are scaringly believable.

Don't see it if A bit uneven. The secondary couple's story is not as interesting or engaging, found myself waiting for Breslin/Tippett to return.

Banal, Disappointing, Raunchy, Slow, Overrated

See it if you hate Theater! This way you will hate it more!

Don't see it if you like good acting, good theater or a good story.

Disappointing, Raunchy, Thought-provoking

See it if My partner liked the idea of the problems of the young. Scored an 80

Don't see it if I was disturbed by the topic . The actors were too old for the 14 year olds. My score a 60

Absorbing, Ambitious, Cliched, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if you'd like to see Abigail Breslin grown up, stories of high school aged young women trying to define themselves, funny yet tragic situatiion

Don't see it if teenage girls behaving badly & trying to discover their sexuality don't interest you, predictable tragic endings disturb you,

Sex with older men can be toxic for inexperienced teen girls: that's a play?

See it if 4 spot-on channeling of '80s adolescent girl talk and obsessions, solid performances

Don't see it if two adolescent girls experiment sexually with older men, one pays a steep price, the other gains confidence/insight; and the point is???

Also Play begins with two adolescent girls in the 1980s watching teen slash... Read more Read less

Uneven, Thought-provoking, Intriguing, Dark, Edgy

See it if you want to see a fascinating and dark exploration of the intersection between ambition and coming of age.

Don't see it if you're going for Abigail Breslin. This production probably would've been better served by a different actress. (Rest of the cast is great.)

Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Entertaining, Resonant, Cliched

See it if You want to see these actors in a new play. Good performances in a small theater. Keeps your interest throughout.

Don't see it if The lives of two 14 year old girls are not of interest to you. Starts out light but turns much darker.

Banal, Cliched, Disappointing, Excruciating, Relevant

See it if You really enjoy Lifetime movies-of-the-week about teenage girls and statutory rape.

Don't see it if It's important to you that there's some kind of value statement within a work about a heavy topic.

Great acting, Great staging

See it if you like messed up dramas. If you do there is no way you will not like this play. The acting was top of the line. The actors being old di

Don't see it if nt matter. if you are looking for a happy ending and need that type of play you won't like this. The costumes were great, it felt like 80'

Ambitious, Disappointing, Great staging, Slow

See it if You want to see talented actors in an intimate setting. A great script, but adults playing kids made this a bit hard to watch, but not awful

Don't see it if You don't like frank discussions about sex by 14yr old girls. Breslin can't pull off 14yrs old, and comes off as annoying instead of young.

Entertaining, Intelligent, Relevant, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if you'd enjoy a show about the perils of being a teenage girl in the throes of sexual awakening.

Don't see it if Teenage banter and silliness annoy you; you want a heavier and more important drama.

Cliched, Disappointing, So what?

See it if you like small shows about teenagers acting in ways that would freak out their parents.

Don't see it if you're looking for believable characters or an original message, or you're sensitive to sexual violence.

Disappointing, Cliched, Edgy

See it if you're a fan of the actresses and want to see them perform in a small, intimate theater, you like coming of age stories with dark twists

Don't see it if you don't like underdeveloped plays with some interesting ideas but poor character development and clumsy staging

Disappointing, Slow, Missed opportunity

See it if Interested in teenage girls in the 80's and their hopes & dreams, realistic or otherwise.

Don't see it if 2 actresses not believable as 14 year olds, tho both can act. 2 men better cast. Unconvincing as drama. Staging could have been better.

Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Dramatic

See it if you like coming of age stories and young female sexuality exploration (or exploitation).

Don't see it if you are looking for a lighter story (it does start light & funny) or are uncomfortable with explicit or innapropriate sexual scenes.

Ambitious, Great acting, Relevant, Unsettling, Uneven

See it if you'd appreciate an involving drama about the risks taken as we come of age. The performances are commendable, Tippett & Breslin especially.

Don't see it if you'd be frustrated by a play in which all the main characters are not equally developed. It does leave a slight sense of dissatisfaction.

Oddly-paced, Strong performances, Tries too hard to be edgy and shocking, Greater potential than this production conveys, Intense

See it if willing to put aside inchoate and imperfect writing, jarring scene shifts, and uneven writing to see great young actors amplify the script.

Don't see it if looking for anything profound, or if pedophilia, sexuality, and bildungsroman (in the 1980s, no less) aren't appealing. Rough edges here.

Also All the Fine Boys offers strong acting by the young cast. Abigail Bres... Read more Read less

Banal, Cliched, Disappointing, Excruciating, Insipid

See it if you enjoy torturing yourself.

Don't see it if you enjoy good theater.

Also The story in the play starts off in one direction and in the end ends ... Read more Read less

Cliched, Disappointing, Excruciating, Laughable, Embarrassing

See it if There is absolutely no other way for you to spend 90 torturous minutes.

Don't see it if You care about playwriting, acting, design, directing, logic....get the picture?

Also Likely the worst professional piece I have ever seen... Read more Read less

Dated, Cliched, Disappointing, Insipid, Overrated

See it if You want to see Abigail Breslin

Don't see it if You expect a good play

Also Writing is clichéd with anachronistic "like" sprinkled heavily in scri... Read more Read less

Edgy, Great staging, Intense, Riveting, Intelligent

See it if you like intense drama or edgy subjects (think Blackbird) in intimate setting with small cast, which commendably portray complex characters.

Don't see it if you need to root for the characters, or need an intermission & large theatre, or uncomfortable with visceral material & exploitation themes.

Dated, Disappointing, Slow

See it if Nothing else is playing. That seems harsh, and I'm a big fan of this theater and their productions. I just was disappointed.

Don't see it if You liked the movie Little Darlings (and I'm showing my age). I kept thinking of that movie, and thinking 30+ years ago they did it better.

Ambitious, Edgy, Great acting, Intense

See it if enjoy intense & dark drama performed by a talented cast in a small, intimate setting.

Don't see it if want perfection, I look at this piece as a work in progress and yes the story could use work, so skip it if that will bother you.

Dated, Cliched, Funny, Relevant

See it if You like seeing actors from movies you've seen {the 2 actresses}, attractive man {"Joseph"}, "coming-of-age" tale, small theatre.

Don't see it if You're opposed to statutory rape. There's simulated sex and food. It's dated {80s}. Set and acting are "ok". Could be better. Predictable

March 3rd, 2017
"Ms. Breslin’s self-conscious, underdeveloped performance...At 20, she still comes across as older than her years, so casting her to portray a 14-year-old is a puzzling decision — one that knocks the production badly out of kilter. The cumulative impact of the play hinges on Jenny, so it is no sm...
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March 1st, 2017
"Schmidt's raw one-act drama juxtaposes the first sexual encounters of a pair of 14-year-old BFFs...While this is hardly virgin territory, there's a stinging authenticity to their awkward interactions that's alternately hilarious and horrifying...Organized into a series of two-person scenes, 'All...
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March 1st, 2017
“More exploitative than illuminating…Schmidt doesn’t do this play any favors with her sluggishly paced direction…From its trivial opening scene to its melodramatic conclusion, ‘All the Fine Boys’ feels shallow and superficial. What seems clearly intended to be a haunting examination of lost innoc...
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March 1st, 2017
"It’s the one where Little Miss Sunshine loses her virginity while eating a slice of pizza. If this contrived play, written and directed by Erica Schmidt and presented by the New Group, is remembered for anything, it’ll be that creepy doozy of a scene. That’s not nothing, but still...Like the scr...
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