Bears in Space
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Bears in Space

Bears in Space NYC Reviews and Tickets

(77 Ratings)
Members say
Funny, Clever, Quirky, Entertaining, Delightful

About the Show

After playing to sold-out crowds in Dublin, Edinburgh, and London, the cult hit about a pair of cosmonaut bears lands at 59E59. Starring Jack Gleeson from 'Game of Thrones.' Part of Origin’s 1st Irish Festival.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (77)

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85 Reviews | 23 Followers
Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Must see

See it if You like bears, space, puppets, silly humor, storytelling, friendship, innovative staging, or smiling uncontrollably for an hour.

Don't see it if You hate fun or have no soul.

145 Reviews | 34 Followers
Ambitious, Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting

See it if You like funny, clever, slightly more experimental theater with puppets and great comedic acting. Reminded me a bit of hitchhikers guide.

Don't see it if you are looking for a more traditional play, don't like fantasy/adventure stories.

50 Reviews | 18 Followers
Entertaining, Hilarious, Great writing, Refreshing, Ambitious

See it if You enjoy wonderful acting, clever dialogue and witty banter.

Don't see it if You expect a linear story and logical conclusion.

96 Reviews | 27 Followers
Funny, Entertaining, Delightful, Great staging, Ambitious

See it if you're looking for amazing, connected actors who create a fun story with a lot of heart and humor to it.

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

118 Reviews | 29 Followers
Ambitious, Clever, Enchanting, Funny, Epic

See it if You like a charming story told with great humor and wit. It was a fairy tale with bears

Don't see it if You dislike "simple" stories, if puppetry bothers you

271 Reviews | 47 Followers
Clever, Delightful, Hilarious, Great acting, Quirky

See it if you are in need of a show that is boldly silly, and unapologetically absurd.

Don't see it if you are in search of something profoundly moving or thought-provoking.

89 Reviews | 10 Followers
Funny, Quirky, Entertaining, Great staging, Original

See it if You want to see a play about a Samuel Becket for kids kind of style

Don't see it if You don't like the weird or unconventional or puppets.

561 Reviews | 99 Followers
Ambitious, Clever, Great acting, Imaginative, Quirky

See it if you enjoy a little something different in your theater fare. This was that and then some.

Don't see it if you are any one of the following: stodgy, uptight. snobbish, and/or stern. Actually, see it anyway - this may help you lose those qualities. Read more

Critic Reviews (27)

The New York Times
September 11th, 2016

“After only a few minutes, you’ll find you’ve acquired the mind-set of a rowdy, sleep-deprived university student at 4 a.m., giddily sharing fantasies with fellow nerds for whom goofiness is next to godliness...'Bears in Space' allows plenty of room for deliberately uneasy improvisation, as if its narrators were always expecting to be caught with their trousers down...Considerations of things meta take a back seat to the straight-faced pursuit of silliness."
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Time Out New York
September 11th, 2016

"Quinn’s larkish comedy is basically down to earth; it wants only to amuse, and it does so very appealingly...This is not a one-star show; it’s a constellation where everyone gets a chance to shine...Amid the wacky side characters, dopey-clever jokes and sci-fi goofery, a few lessons are eventually learned about friendship and courage, but it’s all in silly, adorable fun. Bear it and grin."
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The Washington Post
October 6th, 2016

"An otherworldly hoot. Four actors from Ireland’s Collapsing Horse company manipulate charmingly ragtag animal puppets to tell a sci-fi story that’s equal parts 'Winnie the Pooh' and 'The Empire Strikes Back'...An hour with the fluffy little heroes—who all look as if they’ve rescued from a moldering toy chest—leaves you feeling the universe has been kept safe for funny business."
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September 11th, 2016

"Completely insane—and insanely enjoyable...The laughs, which defy explanation, are plentiful...The chemistry of the four leading men also adds to the enjoyment...That their ensemble work is so exactingly perfect is a credit to Colley's direction, which takes the silly material very seriously...It's unusual, sure, but 'Bears in Space' is also surprisingly relatable. There's a great big heart beating at its center."
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September 14th, 2016

"Hilarity abounds at ‘Bears in Space,’ the zany, captivating show currently at 59E59 Theaters…This madcap theatrical event combines puppetry and storytelling techniques in perfect measure…The four storytellers employ simple, but creative techniques like shadow imaging, music and clever characterizations. Part of the fun of ‘Bears in Space’ is that you don't know what will happen next or how the absurdities will be portrayed…A distinctive and completely entertaining show."
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Lighting & Sound America
September 13th, 2016

"‘Bears in Space’ quickly reveals itself to be a nonstop parade of strenuously unfunny non-sequitur gags…What's lacking here is rigorous discipline and a strong point of view…Everything about ‘Bears in Space’ is slapdash, from the troupe's timing to the ratty bear puppets that look as if they have been through the rinse cycle one too many times, to the frankly bad lighting…It's rather like watching a quartet of collegians sitting in a dorm room, inventing comic bits to crack each other up."
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Talkin' Broadway
September 11th, 2016

"It is strange, funny, charming, and wonderfully acted by a quartet of performers straight out of a universe inhabited by the likes of Monty Python...Despite the loopy silliness and deliberate low-end production values, you may find yourself growing rather fond of these oddball characters, brought gloriously to life by the cast and director Dan Colley. More than anything, the show is a tribute to the power of the imagination."
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September 21st, 2016

"'Bears in Space' is fringe-zany puppetry at its most infectious — a comedy gone viral, captivating a cult audience who appreciates mad leaps in imagination. Darkly quirky -- 'bears' witness to a fun and delightful theater experience that is both fringe-zany and pun-wacky."
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