Already closed | 1h 30m | Midtown W

Babette’s Feast

From 64 member  reviews
Members say: Clever, Great acting, Great staging, Entertaining, Absorbing

About the show

Based on the short story (and made famous by the 1987 Oscar-winning film), this drama tells the story of Babette, a French refugee in Norway, who throws a lavish feast that becomes an agent of transformative grace. More…

'Babette’s Feast' is a bundle of exciting contradictions: stark and lush, stunning and austere, mysterious and comic. Further, it is timely with a twist: 'Babette's Feast' highlights the plight of a refugee seeking asylum, who through her munificence creates a lavish feast that becomes an abundant experience of forgiveness and connection, healing the fractured community. A story that shows how embracing the stranger changes a community for the better.

1h 30m | Already closed | Theatre at St. Clement's (Midtown W)

Member Reviews (64)

MEMBERS SAY:

Clever, Great acting, Great staging, Entertaining, Absorbing
80
Avg Score

83
Beautiful ensemble work, Ambitious, Clever, Quirky, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to experience the difference between the narrow realism of film and the magic of theater. The ensemble is marvelous.

Don't see it if you expect the play to be just like the film. The well detailed characters move the plot forward using song, mime & just a suggestion of set

80
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Quirky, Great writing

See it if you enjoy a very unusual drama with good acting and staging. Costumes very suited to the story. I recommend you read short story to prepare.

Don't see it if you do not like dramas involving religion or you like comedy.

Also St Clements has no elevator and there are stairs to the box office, to... Read more Read less

59
Disappointing, Boring, Excruciating, Sleep inducing

See it if You have no expectation of seeing a theatrical version of the movie and you enjoy a very slow paced play.

Don't see it if You’re looking for a story that flows, 3 dimensional characters, excitement of any sort, good writing and a wonderful feast.

84
Terrific staging and performances. good storytelling.

See it if appreciate clever stage and story craft.

Don't see it if You like simple traditional storytelling.

78
Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Quirky, Slow

See it if You loved the movie, enjoy a charming story with lots of exposition; strong actors and creative staging

Don't see it if You want a traditional play; lack imagination; seek an original story

81
Clever, Entertaining, Masterful, Great staging, Great writing

See it if Creative , delightful and entertaining . Great writing and a cast who sings and dances in addition to excellent acting.

Don't see it if Do not see if you are interested in light musicals or dramas.

42
Ambitious, Banal, Disappointing, Overrated, Indulgent

See it if You would like to see a short story extended to a full stage production

Don't see it if You don't want to see needless over-choreography.

75
Enchanting, Great acting, Great staging, Intelligent

See it if You want to see a wonderful cast on stage, are familiar with the story, or are familiar with the movie.

Don't see it if You don't like plays with messages, can't focus too long, want a fast paced show.

81
Clever, Delightful, Great singing, Great acting, Original

See it if A 90 minute morsel of quick paced fun theater -Unusual but funny plot with excellent acting & singing. Top notch Off Bdwy

Don't see it if Can't pay close attention to narrative. Want splashy musical, or serious drama. Don't like intimate theaters like St, Clement's church

74
Deliciously designed, Crisp, Doesn't stick to the ribs, Flavorful performances

See it if you like story theater, precisely staged and acted, with a message about the transformative power of culture, social interaction & good eats

Don't see it if you want drama not narration. Oddly, once the masterful & mysterious Babette enters, the tension & interest waft away.

79
Entertaining, Great acting, Great staging, Slow

See it if you want to see a truly interesting translation of film into theater with a lovely story. Also if you loved the film. Excellent staging.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy "storytelling" theater. Also the actress playing Babette did not connect with the other actors and left the audience cold.

85
Clever, Delightful, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Imaginative

See it if you like intimate, thoughtful, playful theater

Don't see it if you want an expensive broadway production; you are expecting the movie version (this show is based on the short story that inspired it)

Also the set and costumes are quite spare; but the performances and staging... Read more Read less

81
Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Ambitious, Delightful

See it if You like the work of great ensemble casts who breathe life into a wonderful story

Don't see it if You are not interested in a somewhat long but absorbing story about what drives human action

78
Entertaining, Great acting, Ambitious, Clever

See it if You enjoy story theater told be a very strong ensemble.

Don't see it if You can't get there before Sunday when it closes.

64
Disappointing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if You are interested in seeing a stage version of the Isak Dennison book of the same name. The direction unfortunately fails the story.

Don't see it if If you don't want to see a literary adaptation that is poorly directed.

82
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Great staging, Refreshing

See it if Interesting play. Good acting and funny story

Don't see it if Funny plays, fast moving

85
Clever, Refreshing, Intelligent, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy a show without huge sets and minimal costume changes.

Don't see it if you don’t enjoy storytelling from a cast or need “big shows”.

70
Great staging, Great acting, Disappointing, Confusing

See it if The actors tried hard but the story is trite. I understood the message they were trying to convey.

Don't see it if Cannot reproduce in a show what you can in a movie.

85
Absorbing, Clever, Enchanting, Exquisite, Great acting

See it if you enjoyed the movie, enjoy fresh takes takes on famiar tales, enjoy great diction, costuming, stage choreography, and magical experiences

Don't see it if you prefer the comfort of very familiar stories told in very familiar ways.

86
Clever, Great acting, Thought provoking, Brave, Ambitious

See it if you are interested in tales of grace and redemption

Don't see it if you want shallow entertainment

65
Ambitious, Overrated, Slow, Great staging, Great acting

See it if you like a ​well-staged and well-designed ensemble piece

Don't see it if you want well-developed characters​ to follow

95
Clever, Quirky, Riveting, Thought-provoking, Great staging

See it if You love watching the actors' craft make magic. Wonderful use of gesture & sound to evoke wonder & extravagance in an austere environment.

Don't see it if You can't use your imagination to substitute for a big splashy production. This is an intimate venue with a bare stage and minimal props.

93
Clever, Funny, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Resonant

See it if An actor's play. Creative. Impressionist. Great acting. Great sound effects. Fantastical realm. Imaginative. Can link to current affairs.

Don't see it if You don't like. Creative. Impression. Great acting. Great sound effects. Fantastical mean kitchen cooking machine! Imagination.

Also It takes someone generous and courageous to make the first move. Human... Read more Read less

80
Clever, Great acting, Great staging, Intelligent, Great writing

See it if You want to see a thoughtful, thought-provoking production.

Don't see it if You are looking for flashy theater -- this is a small-scale, simply-staged piece of theater.

73
Clever, Ambitious, Cliched, Entertaining

See it if you remember the movie with delight

Don't see it if you don't lke to exerience new styoles


March 26th, 2018
"There is a certain elegance to Ms. Coonrod’s decision to let audience members flex their imaginations...But as it is, the revelatory repast feels undercooked...Some of the scenes also fall flat, as when the ensemble vocalizes sound effects while Babette prepares her feast...The feast is about de...
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March 25th, 2018
"Coonrod charts a radically different course in her production, with presentational ensemble acting reminiscent of commedia dell'arte, Brecht, and (most distressingly) children's pantomime. That tack may have seemed appropriate for a story front-loaded with exposition...Unfortunately, this story ...
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March 27th, 2018
"A distinctly theatrical dish...It may not be to everyone's taste...Presented in classic story-theatre style, with each member of the company stepping forward to relate part of the narrative...There are several sequences of stylized movement. All of this is executed with precision...A loving and ...
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March 25th, 2018
"Employing a range of story-theatre techniques and hewing closely to Dinesen's short story, the production offers a gentle reminder of a shared humanity in our own trying times...The outstanding nine-person ensemble makes one almost forget the excellent film adaption...The play feels a tad overco...
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