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Arbuckle Syndrome

From 46 member reviews
Members say: Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant

About the show

Dating is tough. Dating in your late 30's is really tough. Dating in your late 30's with crippling social anxiety...terrifying. This new dark comedy is about getting out of your head and into the world.  


Despite these hurdles, and questionable advice from the worst wingman ever, Troy is ready to take a chance on love. Even if it means falling head over heels into heartbreak.

“Arbuckle Syndrome” hasn't been reviewed by any Critics (yet!)

Laughs, heart, and snark

See it if You want to see a well written and well acted play about social disorders.

Don't see it if You prefer less challenging material.

Also I laughed, I felt for the main characters, and loved the snarky suppor... Read more Read less

Great writing

See it if Like a play that will challenge you. Like character driven plays.

Don't see it if Like happy plays. Like plays that are about plot.

Also Loved the writing! It’s a very honest and brutal, and at times brutall... Read more Read less


See it if You like plays with challenging sistuations and challenging characters. Reminded me of a Neil LaBuete play.

Don't see it if You like plays where characters play nice.

Also I enjoyed this play so much. It’s probably not for everyone, but I lik... Read more Read less

Great biting dialogue

See it if You like snappy, brutal, realistic dialogue.

Don't see it if Characters being real and human bothers you.

Also I loved how realistic the characters were. Yes they do and say mean th... Read more Read less

Charming, Funny

See it if You like ensemble plays. You like small plays. You like plays about characters, not plot.

Don't see it if You like big plays. Or plays heavy on plot.

Also I found the leads to be incredibly charming. I also found the subject ... Read more Read less

Great writing, Resonant, Great acting, Intelligent, Absorbing

See it if a smart play on navigating complex human dynamics, anchored by multitalent L. Phillips, appeals. Since seeing Weekend Will End, I'm hooked!

Don't see it if you require much more than this intimate, bare-bones stage—tho it allows deserved focus on the depth & dialogue of these quirky characters.

Intelligent, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Clever

See it if you want to be treated to a night of really good theater in a small venue , unfortunately with, uncomfortable seating

Don't see it if You are sensitive to the playwright portraying a character who may or may not, have Asperger's Syndrome.

Also Larry Phillips is masterful as Troy , and is a fine playwright. The en... Read more Read less

Funny, Intelligent, Great characters, Great writing, Ambitious

See it if You like shows with interesting characters. No one was particularly admirable-they were flawed but still had something redeemable about them

Don't see it if You can't stand unlikable characters or plays about social interactions.

Also I loved how my opinion changed on each of the characters as the play p... Read more Read less

Relevant, Great acting, Delightful, Clever

See it if you like comedies with a simple yet engaging plot. Great acting done in a very small venue.

Don't see it if you want complex theater or to see a character that is possibly on the autistic scale. At times the writing seemed a bit "sitcom"-like.

Must see, Resonant, Intelligent, Absorbing, Great acting

See it if you want a brilliantly constructed show showing how very flawed humans deal with a medical/personal condition that they don't understand.

Don't see it if you believe that it is business of theater is to show how people should treat each other instead of how they do treat each other.

Also after seeing this I am sure I am going to be climbing up the four flig... Read more Read less

Resonant, Intelligent, Great acting, Entertaining, Clever

See it if you enjoy seeing people you know portrayed on the stage. We have all seen these types, their words and actions, and how hurtful they are

Don't see it if you need a big show with big names & lots of action & drama; "slice of life" shows about real and socially awkward people make you uneasy

Relevant, Funny, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy watching people behaving badly in the dating world.

Don't see it if you don't like to see people mistreating those on the autism spectrum.

Also It's sort of a wake-up call to people who don't know anything about th... Read more Read less

Great writing, Quirky, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining

See it if You like comedies about dating.

Don't see it if You are looking to see a Broadway musical.

Larry phillips is a god

See it if You want to see a well written, really funny and touching play about a character that is very awkward and does not fit in well with others

Don't see it if You don’t enjoy dark comedies. This play is not politically correct and that is what I love about it

Also I have now seen three plays by Larry Phillips and all three of them ha... Read more Read less

Intelligent, Relevant, Funny, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if You are empathetic and open-hearted and care for the plight others face.

Don't see it if You are unsympathetic to others or like meaningless or silly plays.

Relevant, Great writing, Great acting, Funny, Absorbing

See it if You want to see a fast paced play about being in your late 30's and dating. You want to laugh and enjoy a good performance by a great cast.

Don't see it if You need an elaborate production and you are not interested in a play about dating. You don't want to laugh and have a good night out.

Funny, Great acting, Clever, Absorbing

See it if It's funny is entertaining the time goes by so quick.

Don't see it if If you looking for a high budget production.

Also I have seen other shows from this acting company they're usually very ... Read more Read less

Entertaining, Clever, Funny, Thought-provoking, Lighthearted but not fluffy

See it if You want to see a “small lighthearted” show that actually deals with more serious subjects than it feels like. Well written and acted.

Don't see it if You don’t like tiny shows done on a show string. Not much in the way of set, costumes or lighting but just good storytelling.

Edgy, Intelligent, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Entertaining

See it if you like light entertainment - some comical, some serious on one of the more prevalent human conditions affecting people today.

Don't see it if you are not open to an honest look at the way people act today - this production does not soft-pedal the harsh way people treat loved ones.

Engaging, Some solid acting, Entertaining, Raunchy, Thought-provoking

See it if you're interested in Asperger's and its ilk, you can handle raw and brutal dialogue, you are OK seeing some of the worst in people.

Don't see it if see above. The early lines are cruel, but that's how some men talk to men about women, and IMHO only a little worse than how most men do.

Intelligent, Funny, Entertaining, Delightful, Clever

See it if you enjoy quick funny verbal humor and wonderful interactions among the characters.

Don't see it if you do not enjoy short plays (85 minutes). Also, the play deals with anxiety disorders which some individuals may find distressing.

Intelligent, Entertaining, Funny

See it if you are looking for a sharp portrayal of dating and struggling while severely socially awkward. Pointed dialogue. Funny moments.

Don't see it if you are looking for a big production. Don't enjoy small intimate bare bones theater.

Well-written / detailed / very funny (witty), Relevant / absorbing, Character-driven / some good acting, Very small venue / clever set, Entertaining / thought-provoking

See it if you'd like getting a glimpse @ dating (hooking-up) for 30 yr olds & someone who might have Asperger syndrome. In-your-face, no holds barred.

Don't see it if you're looking for a big production, &/or serious show. It's a little raunchy but very funny, & has a few redeeming characters w/integrity.

Also Bit cliched & stereotypical, @ times raw & brutally honest.... Read more Read less

Relevant, Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing, Clever

See it if you are interested in a comic look on how someone with anxiety disorder tries to face the challenges of the dating world.

Don't see it if you are uncomfortable or sensitive to the subject of autism spectrum disorder.

Enjoyable, funny, touching

See it if you enjoy contemporary, well written stories with authentic sounding dialogue

Don't see it if will be triggered bu people teasing a guy with aspergers. you are sensitive to foul language

Cast & Creatives (10)