All The Fine Boys
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All The Fine Boys
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All The Fine Boys NYC Reviews and Tickets

66%
(95 Reviews)
Positive
55%
Mixed
34%
Negative
11%
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.')

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76
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. Read more

77
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.

Critic Reviews (28)

The New York Times
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 small thing that she never seems real...The play is smarter and more deliberate on the page than it seems in this world-premiere production."
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Time Out New York
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 the Fine Boys' falls into a predictable rhythm, though a few necessarily stomach-churning sequences jolt. You'll probably know where these ladies are headed long before they do."
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The Hollywood Reporter
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 innocence instead comes across like a cautionary made-for-television film from the '80s, the era in which the play is set.”
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New York Daily News
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 script, the acting rarely rings true in a work that can’t pick a point of view—satire, dark comedy, cautionary drama, Lifetime tale? Who knows."
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Theatermania
March 1st, 2017

"Schmidt's contrivance leaves little doubt as to where we are headed. Luckily, she is skilled enough as a director to build ample tension in a play mostly lacking suspense. The result is an engrossing bit of sensationalism...This stellar cast is able to turn their broadly drawn characters into human beings...Unfortunately, Schmidt's treatment of these subjects feels as nourishing as the Pringles Jenny stuffs in her mouth...While it's fun and tasty, you know you'll be hungry again in an hour."
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Lighting & Sound America
March 2nd, 2017

"Schmidt keeps both plotlines moving in tandem, but this parallel structure results in a distinctly unbalanced drama...One narrative feels honest; the other is hopelessly overwrought...Nevertheless, all four cast members expertly bring to life these two ill-fated courtships...The most interesting thing about 'All the Fine Boys' is that neither Jenny nor Emily is a victim, although things go very badly for at least one of them...Still, it often feels like two plays stitched together."
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Talkin' Broadway
March 1st, 2017

"The point seems to be that, under the wrong circumstances, girls can grow up too fast—and too dangerously—but the scenario as constructed here stretches credulity past the breaking part, and doesn't engage our sympathy at all...Despite adroit isolated moments throughout, the play as a whole is richly unsatisfying; the men simply can't compete with the women, and are given far too many opportunities to prove it...'All the Fine Boys' is monochromatic at best."
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TheaterScene.net
March 5th, 2017

"Unpleasant and trite, two 14- year-old girls’ romantic preoccupations with two men are tediously depicted in 'All the Fine Boys.' It features a ghastly simulated sex scene, and its violent resolution is so predictable that it’s only a matter of when it will happen. Playwright Erica Schmidt has a minor aptitude for believably snappy dialogue, but not much else. Her tired scenario is astonishingly familiar and offers no fresh insights...The strong cast makes the most of their derivative roles."
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Theatre is Easy
March 1st, 2017

"Schmidt does a magnificent job portraying the awkwardness of teenagers' first sexual experiences...The flaws in 'All The Fine Boys' might be in its carefully constructed clues: a major plot point is foreshadowed multiple times, making it difficult to be surprised. But the cast is a treat to watch, with Tippett and Breslin brewing up a storm while Furman and Wolff make a poetic match."
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Theater Pizzazz
March 1st, 2017

“Lives torn apart, fine young boys who aren’t so fine, young girls who dream–sexual awakenings gone amok; not unfamiliar themes. However, Erica Schmidt–writer and director–has put her own spin on it with a talented young ensemble of actors from film and television with an ability to hold audience attention (albeit the rapid-fire pace of dialogue from Jenny sometimes comes out as gibberish).”
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CurtainUp
March 2nd, 2017

"All four actors give solid performances...Unfortunately Erica Schmidt also wastes the potential to make 'All the Fine Boys' a compelling modern 'American Tragedy.' Instead the situations she has put her characters in are way too predictably developed, and except for a few scenes, more unpleasant than absorbing to watch...'All the Fine Boys' does fit the The New Group's taste for venturing into dark, provocative territory. Too bad it's dark but not provocative enough."
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Front Row Center
March 7th, 2017

“Why did Erica Schmidt feel compelled to tell this story? It’s not a new one. It’s been told many times before. No new insights into motivation or character on either side...And there were some thin parts in the plot. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not badly written, the characters are fully developed, there’s some humor, there’s some dramatic tension. But in the end, I just couldn’t see the point. I will say that the performances were excellent.”
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Stage Buddy
March 2nd, 2017

"From the occasionally clunky metaphors to the mostly surface level trappings of late '80s nostalgia, it would be a stretch to call any aspect of the play subtle, but the work is, nonetheless, powerful or, perhaps more accurately put, disturbing...The couples deliver strong performances and find an engaging, if at turns problematic, chemistry...'All the Fine Boys' is a powerful indictment against our inability to make room for and attempt to understand teen female sexuality."
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Front Mezz Junkies
March 1st, 2017

“The momentum is erratic and disjointed, and over the course of this 100-minute play, so is our interest…Breslin disappoints as her character is largely one note while also being annoying…Emily’s plight is the most centered of the lot while Joseph’s uncontrollable desire and flaw seems believable and tragic. But the ones these two are paired with are either difficult to care for, or hard to believe in. It makes for some lopsided scenes and some disconnected moments.”
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T
March 1st, 2017

"'All the Fine Boys' adds nothing new or controversial about the conversation surrounding pedophilia...There are several issues that detract from the overall success of 'All the Fine Boys.' It does not work to use the same space as the setting for every scene...The action here is flat and not as engaging as it needs to be...The four actors do their best with this piece...One hopes for more suspense and a deeper understanding of the important subject matter throughout."
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New York Theater
March 6th, 2017

"If 'All The Fine Boys' had just been the scenes between Emily and Adam, the play would have been a sweet, funny, awkward, well-observed coming-of-age tale. Adam, as portrayed by Wolff, is hilariously full of himself, but he also treats Emily with respect, and we see the two of them mature just in the short time frame of the play. But the scenes between Jenny and Joe wind up as a combination Lifetime movie cautionary tale, and campy Grand Guignol horror movie."
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Broadway Blog
March 1st, 2017

"As a script, ‘All the Fine Boys’ does not give actors much to chew on…Both girls are drawn with broad, uncomplicated strokes…As Emily, Isabelle Fuhrman pulls from the role what she can…On the other hand, Abigail Breslin as Jenny never quite finds her groove…Being a girl in her early teens is painfully awkward and anyone who ever was one knows that. However, instead of delving into that world and helping us to feel something about it, 'All the Fine Boys' simply sits with not much to say."
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C
March 1st, 2017

"A first-rate quartet of actors lend gravity and depth to 'All the Fine Boys,' a slightly odd and decidedly disturbing drama…The most accomplished part of the play is the ways Schmidt reveals just how conflicted Joseph truly is about his actions. Moreover, Tippett is quite remarkable in letting us see Joseph in all his pain, tragedy, and perversity. Meanwhile, Breslin proves to be a brilliant acting partner as she unleashes rage, desperation and adoration upon Joseph."
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Theatre's Leiter Side
March 10th, 2017

"The actors playing teenagers are all young adults, which makes them seem too old for their parts...Fuhrman and Breslin do a decent job at playing younger, but the obstacle remains...How Joseph could stay with the inane Abigail for five minutes much less several days is a major puzzlement. After all, we have no reason to believe he's a serial pedophile. This becomes harder to swallow as her childishness increases and he finds himself threatened by it."
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Times Square Chronicles
March 5th, 2017

"Schmidt's script is a mediocre mess. Everything falls flat in such a predictable way. Nothing is layered and everything that happens seems dishonest. Even the end just peters out. Youth, sex and angst have an electric energy to them; 'All the Fine Boys' does not. Ms. Schmidt also directs and is just as helpless there...Ms. Schmidt puts the awkward years into an awkward play instead of finding a voice in which to say something significant. What a waste."
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B
March 1st, 2017

“Awful…Although the play is set in 1980’s South Carolina, there is little sense of time or place…The most glaring flaw in the play is the cartoonish depiction of Jenny as a grotesque figure with an unlimited appetite for junk food. The long scenes of her and Joseph are hard to watch. The staging is awkward.. It’s a stretch to believe the two women are teenagers, but that’s probably a blessing…Playwright Erica Schmidt can’t blame the director for the outcome: she directed.”
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The Wrap
March 1st, 2017

“Emily and Adam provide the far more predictable set-up…The mark of Schmidt’s talent as a writer and a director, however, is other heroine. What intrigues about the Jenny-and-Joseph scenes is that Jenny appears to be the one in control…Breslin deftly handles the shifts back and forth between manipulator and victim...Because their scenes together promise so much drama, we watch the other couple more out of goodwill than real interest, despite Wolff’s best efforts."
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Theater In The Now
March 2nd, 2017

"Even with some plot holes, 'All the Fine Boys' is a choppy play that needed guidance. There are cliches aplenty...Taking on the dual roles of playwright and director, Erica Schmidt wasn't able to delineate the two. And it shows in the writing. Having a talented cast bolstered the script despite its flaws...'All the Fine Boys' is a thematically interesting play that doesn't offer anything new. The production is saved by the cast but that can only go so far."
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Broadway & Me
March 15th, 2017

"Breslin gives a fearless, vanity-free performance...She's evenly matched by Joe Tippett, one of my favorite actors, who creates genuine sympathy for a man who could easily have been portrayed as the clichéd villain...The subject matter isn't new. And although Schmidt has a nice way with dialog, her play is clunky in parts. Still, the performances make 'All the Fine Boys' just fine enough."
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Show Showdown
March 1st, 2017

"Schmidt's excellent and disturbing (and surprisingly funny) new play...It's a cliche to call a play thought-provoking, but I've been thinking about 'All the Fine Boys' frequently since I saw it; it has provoked a lot of thoughts...The performances are quite good, but the casting is perhaps a little off...Schmidt's direction of her play is smooth, well-paced, and unobtrusive. Authors aren't always their own best directors, but Schmidt-the-director respects and gets Schmidt-the-writer."
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StageZine
March 1st, 2017

"Schmidt weaves the narrative of the two girls together beautifully, showing the parallels of each and their troubling twists...The cast are all so natural, and the dialogue so believable that we are left rattled by the many twists, even if some are ultimately a bit cliché. Although Ms. Schmidt has not chosen the most original subject matter, there is enough stellar acting here to make us overlook the sometimes too-familiar territory of adolescent angst and teenage sexuality."
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Paste Magazine
March 9th, 2017

"Schmidt has a knack for writing dialogue that flows with ease and Breslin and Fuhrman deliver it with aplomb...Schmidt captures the precarious limbo between childhood and adulthood...What transpires...is horrifically haunting and continues to unsettle long after the play has ended but reeks of the heavy-handed touch of an after-school special. I left the theatre wondering if the carnage is necessary? But then I thought when something terrible happens, that’s usually a question we ask."
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Fuck Yeah Great Plays
March 6th, 2017

"It’s a shame we barely see Jenny and Emily share scenes together, except an overlong sleepover scene at the top of the show...Unfortunately the bulk of the plot comes from scenes between Jenny and Joseph, which are poorly written and have predictable plot twists. Add in Breslin’s raspy smoker’s voice and it’s difficult to believe the tension between the so-called teen and her older abductor...This tired attempt at a thriller would be better served as a late-night Lifetime movie."
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