Barbecue NYC Reviews and Tickets

(60 Ratings)
Members say
Funny, Clever, Original, Entertaining, Hilarious

About the Show

The Public Theater presents award-winning playwright Robert O'Hara's world premiere dark comedy about a dysfunctional group of siblings who stage an intervention for their drug-addicted sister.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (60)

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58 Reviews | 31 Followers
Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Surprising, Must see

See it if you like family drama/comedy, and unexpected twists.

Don't see it if you don't like swearing.

90 Reviews | 37 Followers
Hilarious, Original, Raunchy, Intense, Great writing

See it if you like theater that is outrageous, fresh, original & raucous. O'Hara is one of the theater's modern treasures with a unique voice and POV.

Don't see it if you are easily offended and prefer old tired revivals to contemporary works that speak to our times and sensibilities.

57 Reviews | 20 Followers
Clever, Entertaining, Masterful, Great writing, Funny

See it if An intriguing play with unexpected subplots, hilarious characters and enlightening insights. A must see for all theatre lovers.

Don't see it if If you do not like social satire.

538 Reviews | 280 Followers
Clever, Hilarious, Intelligent, Original, Relevant

See it if you want to be entertained, and have something to discuss with friends after the performance.

Don't see it if you can't handle a sudden shift of tone in a play.

477 Reviews | 121 Followers
Clever, Enchanting, Funny, Hilarious, Refreshing

See it if you like inventive playwriting.

Don't see it if you have a low tolerance for vulgarity.

66 Reviews | 13 Followers
Ambitious, Clever, Funny, Great acting, Quirky

See it if you like neat, bizarre, fresh takes on family dysfunction

Don't see it if you dislike the above. Read more

97 Reviews | 64 Followers
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Original, Relevant

See it if you enjoy biting satire

Don't see it if you like high-brow characters

85 Reviews | 104 Followers
Absorbing, Clever, Original, Great writing, Funny

See it if You love a good comedy and are intrigued by race conversations in fresh and dynamic interpretations.

Don't see it if You aren't into surprises or subversive messages. There is a meta conversation being had in this show that may be off putting to some.

Critic Reviews (32)

The New York Times
October 8th, 2015

"A rawly funny but uneven new comedy...The fun stops a little too early: Mr. O’Hara springs a big reveal at the close of the first act that ultimately turns the play in a more serious and less satisfying direction...Mr. O’Hara jolts us with a twist that ends the first act on an admittedly intriguing note. What follows, unfortunately, lets the helium out of the balloon, as the second act mostly dispatches with comedy entirely."
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Time Out New York
October 8th, 2015

"Robert O’Hara’s brash, taboo-flouting roast of race and representation... As in the playwright's hilarious 'Bootycandy', most of the scenes involve extreme, broadly drawn comic conflict. I suspect that Barbecue could be even stronger if it took a longer step out of caricature, but that’s clearly not what O’Hara is after. For better or worse, his satire is relentless."
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New York Theatre Guide
October 8th, 2015

"I’ll only reveal enough to convince you that you must see this play, and given that the aspects of this play are divine in every way, it won’t take the end of this two-act, O’Hara has explored a slew of relevant topics, all while telling a story that left my and the entire audiences’ mouths vacillating between two positions: screaming in laughter, and agape in utter shock...Go forth and see good theatre. Go see 'Barbecue.'"
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New York Magazine / Vulture
October 8th, 2015

"I’ve not laughed as hard in the theater, or felt as uncomfortable about it, since O’Hara’s 'Bootycandy...' I’m not categorically opposed to plays whose logic doesn’t track, or those that move from yuks to yikes; but this one loses its sprightliness and sense of direction. It is not without its moments of levity, its piercingly apt observations of certain kinds of people. But after such a furious boil of comedy in Act One, the attempted drama of Act Two can only feel like a comedown."
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New Yorker
October 18th, 2015

"Robert O’Hara’s new play, 'Barbecue' (directed with vigor and understanding by Kent Gash), is my idea of an American classic, or the kind of classic we need. Although its fecund imagination seems unlimited, the work wouldn’t exist if it didn’t have the junk of our times to feed on—and spit out. Set, for the most part, in a nameless public park in the middle of the country, 'Barbecue' unfolds in a kind of electrified space, filled with leaf-curling light."
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October 8th, 2015

"Robert O’Hara’s cruelly funny new play, 'Barbecue,' shrewdly turns the formula for the American domestic comedy on its head, forcing uneasy thoughts about the facile presumptions we make about poverty, race and social class, as applied to dysfunctional families."
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The Hollywood Reporter
October 8th, 2015

"In Robert O'Hara's very funny, recurringly surprising, and ultimately fairly thoughtful new play, which alternates between slapstick and serious, nearly everything is doubled, mirrored, multilayered, at least slightly a great moment at the end of the first act, you will discover that O'Hara's point is something else entirely. You will most likely hoot out loud at the revelation. You'll return for the second act, eager to see where things are going."
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Entertainment Weekly
October 8th, 2015

"O’Hara has proved he can pull a rabbit out of a hat. 'Barbecue' is lousy with rabbits — and laughs. But it’s curiously light on substance...When talk between two characters turns serious — rehab, family, sexuality — it almost feels out of place. Fortunately, it’s nothing a few well-timed one-liners can’t fix."
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