Babette’s Feast
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Babette’s Feast

Babette’s Feast NYC Reviews and Tickets

(64 Reviews)
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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.

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Member Reviews (64)

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63 Reviews | 8 Followers
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.

82 Reviews | 36 Followers
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) Read more

58 Reviews | 11 Followers
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.

569 Reviews | 65 Followers
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.

754 Reviews | 124 Followers
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

70 Reviews | 7 Followers
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

193 Reviews | 30 Followers
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

106 Reviews | 12 Followers
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

Critic Reviews (21)

The New York Times
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 destiny and art, and the joy of living in the now rather than sacrificing for the hereafter...The show tries valiantly to suggest all this, but alas, does not quite succeed."
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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 about the bonds that can be forged (or rekindled) over a great meal is hard to grasp when everyone is holding their characters at arm's length. The form just doesn't fit the content."
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Lighting & Sound America
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 faithful rendition of the original story...This production's overtly theatrical storytelling devices collide with Dinesen's story, with a slightly coarsening effect."
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Talkin' Broadway
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 overcooked, particularly in some of the earlier sections. Still, there is much to savor from the performances under Karin Coonrod's resourceful and often highly inventive direction."
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April 1st, 2018

"Like the original story, the stage adaptation of Dinesen's 'Babette's Feast' is one of grace and renewal. While it is demanding and challenging in the way that theater used to be before expensive sets and costumes left nothing to the imagination, its rewards are great. Directed by Karin Coonrod, the nine member cast turns this into a magical theatrical presentation that you will not soon forget."
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Theater Pizzazz
March 25th, 2018

"Rose Courtney's amiable stage adaptation [of] 'Babette's Feast' is rife with religiously oriented themes-guilt, suffering, resignation, vanity, mercy, and the like-but their emotional impact tends to be vitiated by the performance style, which dominates the experience. While some may come away moved, others will remember the production mainly for the tang of its presentation. Either way, there's much to be digested from this hour and a half of artistically tasteful gastro-drama."
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Theater Pizzazz
March 25th, 2018

"The dramatic adaption is particularly well cast, with nine actors in total...The limited troupe benefits the play in permitting things to flow quite smoothly...Courtney is to be praised for the succinct script that stays true to the essence of the original short story...Direction by Coonrod is impressive...Overall, the play is short, sweet, and endearing. The creative team’s unflinching efforts pay off, and to view the show is an experience worth having."
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March 31st, 2018

"Nearly as simple and spare as the lives of the fanatical sectarians in Dinesen's story...The playwrights have elected to steer clear of realism and any semblance of the visual extravagance associated with Axel's film...While 'Babette's Feast' has a number of highly dramatic moments, the playwrights' reverence for Dinesen's words has led them merely to tell much of the story, using descriptive passages from the original, rather than really staging it."
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