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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. More…

The O’Mallery’s have gathered in their local park to share some barbecue and straight talk with their sister Barbara, whose spiral of drugs and recklessness has forced her siblings to stage an open-air intervention. But the event becomes raucous and unpredictable as familial stereotypes collide with hard realities, and racial politics slam up against the stories we tell—and maybe even believe—about who we were and who we become. Robert O' Hara's world premiere is a new take on family drama and proves that family can be a bigger vice than any other addiction.

Member Reviews (60)


Funny, Clever, Original, Entertaining, Hilarious
Avg Score

Disappointing, Confusing, Overrated

See it if I left at intermission.

Don't see it if Just don't see it.

Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Intelligent, Intense

See it if You love great acting and an interesting and unique idea for a play.

Don't see it if You don't like surprises and somewhat confusing plots.

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.

Clever, Enchanting, Funny, Hilarious, Refreshing

See it if you like inventive playwriting.

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

Ambitious, Banal, Disappointing, Borderline racist, Raunchy

See it if You like cute theatrical casting tricks

Don't see it if drug/alcohol themed interventions treated in a trite manner offends you

Clever, Great writing, Hilarious, Refreshing

See it if you liked to be surprised by plot twists... You won't see what happens coming.

Don't see it if you're easily confused or don't like family dramedies.

Disappointing, Edgy, Funny, Raunchy

See it if you don't mind a strong and funny first act, followed by a second act that seems like it's from a different show.

Don't see it if you're easily offended.

Ambitious, Disappointing, Overrated

See it if Left at intermission. Hard to connect with. Not funny.

Don't see it if Spend your money on something else.

Entertaining, Quirky, Funny

See it if you're looking for something that makes you think, but is still on the lighthearted side.

Don't see it if you are easily offended, you don't like stories about drugs.

Clever, Funny, Thought-provoking, Entertaining

See it if you like family drama presented in an unexpected, fresh way, with lots of laughs and satire, and a big act 1 curtain reveal

Don't see it if you don't like uneven plays - the first act is stronger than the second, or plays that sharply change tone from one act to the next

Entertaining, Great acting, Great staging, Original

See it if you like fast-paced, funny satire of contemporary life

Don't see it if references to race or vulgarity offend you

Uneven, Tantalizes then disappoints, Funny, Intriguing, Confusing

See it if You like broad satire, are entertained by the dysfunctional families shouting on daytime tv talk shows, and careering plot twists

Don't see it if You prefer your humor more subtle and less shouty, and your plots more pulled-together than slapdash

Entertaining, Funny, Hilarious, Intense, Edgy

See it if u want another absolutely absorbing and wild play by Robert O'Hara. Very well produced and acted. Ending is a bit skit-like and shallow.

Don't see it if I don't see any reason not to see this if you like theater and want to celebrate new playwrights. So enjoyable! Surprises abound!

Clever, Ambitious, Funny, Great writing, Intelligent

See it if You like unpredictable and smart writing

Don't see it if You want a linear, direct plot

Confusing, Hilarious, Quirky, Inconsistent, Surprising

See it if you like shouty comedy which exacerbates cultural stereotypes, want huge (unconvincing) plot twists. First half: hilarious, 2nd: wtf.

Don't see it if You don't want to be really confused by the end of the play, if cussing and dirty jokes offend you, if you want more nuanced acting.

Uneven, Ambitious, Funny, Edgy, Intelligent

See it if you enjoy farce about big political and social ideas.

Don't see it if you get a headache from a lot of shouting.

Funny, Clever, Original, Quirky

See it if want a fresh take on family interplay and ambition in an unexpected setting. 1st act was very strong and funny. 2nd act lost some steam.

Don't see it if you're looking for a straight-forward comedy setup. You do need to let go and get involved with the characters and their odd situations.

Clever, Funny, Original, Quirky

See it if you want to see a show with a new spin

Don't see it if you are turned off by shouting and addiction themes

Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Original, Relevant

See it if you enjoy biting satire

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

Clever, Raunchy, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Hilarious

See it if ribald and riotous examination of race and class, filled with theatrical delights and strong performances

Don't see it if you want to have a strong emotional experience rather than an intellectual one

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.

Entertaining, Funny, Overrated, Great acting

See it if you enjoy a funny satire with a twist.

Don't see it if you require your satires to have a harder bite, or a more timely, relevant bite. Feels this would have worked better 15-20 yrs ago.

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.

Dizzying, Edgy, Great acting, Hilarious, Original

See it if you love a little confusion, a shock, and a right turn. Hilarious and thought-provoking, amazing acting.

Don't see it if you hate being confused or a show that departs from its original path.

Edgy, Hilarious, Original, Madcap, Inventive

See it if you like your ideas big, your humor nutty and having the rug pulled out from under you at every turn. O'Hara's mind is a thing of wonder...

Don't see it if You like the play's message spelled out for you. This piece touches on big themes but in a way that trusts us to interpret it as we may.

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 intrigu...
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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...
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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 m...
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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. ...
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