Barbecue NYC Reviews and Tickets

78%
(60 Reviews)
Positive
80%
Mixed
13%
Negative
7%
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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Member Reviews (60)

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539 Reviews | 1877 Followers
47
Disappointing, Confusing, Overrated

See it if I left at intermission.

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

481 Reviews | 315 Followers
83
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.

469 Reviews | 258 Followers
92
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.

449 Reviews | 116 Followers
91
Clever, Enchanting, Funny, Hilarious, Refreshing

See it if you like inventive playwriting.

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

407 Reviews | 67 Followers
68
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

273 Reviews | 474 Followers
85
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.

295 Reviews | 95 Followers
59
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.

277 Reviews | 58 Followers
71
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.

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 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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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 dishonest...in 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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Variety
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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AM New York
October 11th, 2015

"The first act concludes with a major revelation, and the comparatively toned-down second act essentially serves as a discussion of what we've already seen, with a few more surprises thrown in for good measure. 'Barbecue' may be rough and scattershot, but it is intellectually vigorous, often hilarious and quite exciting."
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