Already closed | 1h 15m | Midtown E

Bears in Space

From 77 member  reviews
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. More…

Two bears on a spaceship hurtle toward the distant limits of the universe while chased by villainous beings. Through their renowned puppetry, comic skills, and offbeat music, one of Ireland’s most inventive theater companies, Collapsing Horse, consider the perils and wonders of a journey across space and time to nowhere.

Member Reviews (77)


Funny, Clever, Quirky, Entertaining, Delightful
Avg Score

Witty, Delightful, Crazy, Quirky, Original

See it if You like British humor, and would enjoy a wacky humorous performance.

Don't see it if You want a deeper, thought-provoking experience.

Camp, Hilarious, Fun, Absurd, Quirky

See it if you're in the mood for some fun, low-brow entertainment, you want to laugh and see actors having a good time on stage

Don't see it if you take yourself too seriously and cannot appreciate intended stupidity, you dislike smaller scale festival-esque productions

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.

Also fresh, crazy, flying-by-the-seat-of-your-pants theater. Not to be miss... Read more Read less

Fluffy, Insipid, Slow, Disappointing

See it if You have kids that like puppets. Not a good script. First 5 minutes were promising, but downhill from there.

Don't see it if You are looking for theatre that's not a waste of your time. I don't recommend this show. Not Horrible, but close.

Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Quirky, Original

See it if You like British humor and interesting stories told through puppetry

Don't see it if You don't like puppets or bears

Fluffy, Quirky, Banal, Overrated

See it if you like quirkily charming low-budget shows.

Don't see it if you don't regard a small amount of charm as adequate compensation for a complete lack of substance.

Funny, Great staging, Quirky, Edgy, Weird

See it if You want to see sci-fi fable told thru really raggedy bear puppets. Among my group, consensus was "Dafuq did I just watch? Like it, though"

Don't see it if You don't want to see something weird, preferring a conventional stage experience.

Funny, Entertaining, Original, Ambitious, Refreshing

See it if want an entertaining evening--adult musical puppet show along the lines of Avenue Q , but much crazier. And King Joffrey being funny!

Don't see it if You want a big, serious production; don't like puppets

Funny, Quirky, Indulgent, Great puppetry, Zany

See it if you are a fan of inventive low-tech Fringe-style staging and enjoy silliness and puppetry.

Don't see it if you are looking for substance or if you hate puppets.

Clever, Funny, Entertaining, Quirky

See it if You want some really good laughs in a refreshing show. Original and creative. Fun, inventive storytelling! You're open to silliness.

Don't see it if You take yourself or theater too seriously. You dislike puppets. Your humor is high brow.

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.

Absorbing, Clever, Ambitious, Hilarious, Must see

See it if you enjoy absurd humor and self-aware shows and want to see something lighthearted.

Don't see it if you want to see a moving production. or are particularly keen on space being a part of the show. it's mostly bears.

Quirky, Funny, Enchanting, Delightful, Fun

See it if you would love to see the 50s sci fi puppet show your friends made at 10-years-old written, acted and directed professionally.

Don't see it if you think good theater has to be serious.

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.

Relevant, Refreshing, Original

See it if You like allegories about life

Don't see it if You cannot think out of the box

Clever, Fluffy, Quirky, Funny, Entertaining

See it if You want to laugh out loud, want to see Jack Gleeson aka King Joffrey from GOT in a very different role and like physical/puppetry shows.

Don't see it if You want a serious play or can't laugh at the silliness that is a show which is about bears in space. Are looking for big sets.

Clever, Entertaining, Original, Quirky, Funny

See it if enjoy very funny writing and over the top acting. the puppets and visuals are great.

Don't see it if monty python type humor or puppets

Funny, Great acting, Great staging, Quirky, Edgy

See it if You are entertained by quirky, surprising and inventive theatre and can laugh easily at ridiculousness.

Don't see it if You don't like puppetry or unusual staging/story; and silliness irritates you

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.

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.

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.

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

Clever, Entertaining, Edgy, Great acting

See it if you enjoy a silly story with great puppets. It is very fringe show like.

Don't see it if puppets are not your thing.

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.

Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Original, Quirky

See it if you enjoy puppetry, laughter, and unique storytelling; also if you want to support Irish theatre.

Don't see it if the squeaky chairs in the venue would ruin your enjoyment of the show.

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 it...
read more
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 eventual...
read more
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 molder...
read more
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...I...
read more

Related content