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Bernie and Mikey's Trip to the Moon

From 51 member  reviews
Members say: Great acting, Absorbing, Entertaining, Thought-provoking, Ambitious

About the show

This world premiere is a heart-wrenching comedy about one family's coming of age, as they reckon with what they're willing to sacrifice to protect one another—and what they won't. More…

Bernie and Mikey are perched on the edge of adulthood—a sister and brother trapped between the lives they crave and the circumstances they were born into. The children of a working class Italian family in 1990s Chicago, Mikey is torn between unrealized potential and loyalty to his sister, while Bernie, living with a cognitive disability, longs to find her voice but faces a world unwilling to listen.

Member Reviews (51)


Great acting, Absorbing, Entertaining, Thought-provoking, Ambitious
Avg Score

Uneven, Affecting, Humane, Slack

See it if you are willing to sit through stretches of unremarkable dialog in order to experience several scenes of affecting drama.

Don't see it if you like your plays fast-paced & trimmed of fat.

Also Fledgling playwright Scott Aiello has done a lot of acting. So it’s no... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Great staging, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Entertaining

See it if you'd like to sit with one family's loving struggle with a mentally challenged member, presented with real-life situations that are honest.

Don't see it if you are looking for a quick take on the situation, as this play is bit long in telling the story because it is written from the heart.

Ambitious, Dated, Intense, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if You want a play that shows how people w/special needs were treated in the recent past.You want a standout performance from Stephanie Gould.

Don't see it if You prefer non-stagy dialogue. You want a coherent production: several choices didn't make sense: play set in '90s, set & music from '60s...

Also Random misogyny that serves no purpose & several cringe-y sequences pl... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Slow, Entertaining, Great writing

See it if Family strains/struggle raising and living with a challenged adult/child.

Don't see it if Family drama. Not a happy go lucky play.

Also Some of the topics that came up in this play made you think. Its alot ... Read more Read less

Great acting, Thought-provoking, Heartbreaking, Absorbing

See it if you want to see totally naturalistic acting depicting a touching, difficult situation. Ben Rosloff stands out in his debut.

Don't see it if you want something light, although there IS humor in the play. It is definitely entertaining.

Also This play brought to mind Amy and The Orphans which played at Roundabo... Read more Read less

My experience does not match the majority here

See it if You'd like to see a debut play about a dysfunctional family with a brain-injured adult child. Sadly, this feels like a freshman effort.

Don't see it if OK w an interminable 1st act-acting & direction suffer from timing issues. 2nd act picks up towards the end. Most of the actors just yell.

Also Oh, I really expected to like this but found myself wishing I could re... Read more Read less

A good family drama. good performances.

See it if You appreciate a well done family story.

Don't see it if You want comedy or music only.

Ambitious, Disappointing, Great acting, Indulgent

See it if You want to see a snap shot of a family with a disabled adult daughter and how everyone deals with that.

Don't see it if It was a mish mash of beautiful moments and over the top unsubtle yelling/drama. The entire first half felt like exposition.

Ambitious, Quirky, Slow, Relevant

See it if A slow dysfunctional family drama focusing on the impact of a special needs daughter. Some touching moments.

Don't see it if Do not see if you prefer light dramas or musicals.

Ambitious, Entertaining, Disappointing

See it if You want to see a well acted play about a family dealing with a disabled daughter/sister. Actors did a good job with the material they had.

Don't see it if You want a tighter written play. This had too many subplots and I felt as if I had seen this play before.

Entertaining / highly-recommended, Very intimate theater / small stage (very clever set), Moving / palpable / thought-provoking / f-bomb fest, Well-written / humorous / intense (quite loud & raw), Strong cohesive fearless committed ensemble-cast

See it if you'd enjoy a lite-hearted AND intense glimpse into a Chicago family's struggles w/special-needs adult child, & how it affects all involved.

Don't see it if you don't like raw family dramas. There's a lot of over-the-top shouting, but a lot of very caring palpable love & physical comfort as well.

Also Bernie & Mikey's close bond is very moving.... Read more Read less

Enchanting, Resonant, Great acting, Thought-provoking

See it if You liked Amy and the Orphans or We Live by the Sea and want to see another show like that. It's a good show, but it felt less original.

Don't see it if You are looking for something brand new.

Overrated, Slow, Sloppy writing, Some strong acting, Disappointing

See it if You want to see a fairly sensitive portrayal of a strained family that includes a disabled adult child.

Don't see it if You want a play where characters say believable things instead of serving as mouthpieces and extraneous plot points aren't tossed around.

Also Perhaps the positive reviews are affiliated with the show or are quoti... Read more Read less

Quirky, Disappointing, Resonant

See it if You like theater in an intimate setting about challenging to family relationships

Don't see it if Excessive profanity annoys you

Great acting, Must see, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if You like good drama about people with disabilities who are coming of age.

Don't see it if You like comedies.

Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Must see

See it if a well-acted, heart-warming comedy-drama about a family with a mentally challenged grown daughter, and how it strains the relationships,

Don't see it if if you are offended by lots of profanity, can't sit through a 2-hr show, want a very uplifting show with no stressful situations

Also This is a great show, showing how a family with a mentally challenged ... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Great staging, Great acting

See it if You want a good play about a dysfunctional family dealing with raising a child with disabilities.

Don't see it if You don't like family dramas.

Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Great staging, Intelligent

See it if A touchy story about a family with a child with disabilities, that brings to light the sacrifices and the constant struggle to make

Don't see it if do not like play about children with disabilities

Also the child “happy.” It is an uplifting story that left me sad and happy... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Entertaining, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Amazing acting

See it if you are interested in a show about the daily joy and struggles of a family with an adult special needs daughter. Amazing acting all around!

Don't see it if you don't like shows about serious subjects or are not willing to listen to a lot of 4 letter words.

Also We have a special needs grandson and loved the show very much! It show... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if Raw emotion throughout portrays a family dealing with a handicapped child who effects each member’s life’s journey in profound ways,

Don't see it if You find the issues of a struggling family with a handicapped child disturbing. Lots of profanity could make some uncomfortable.

Also Especially the sibling. The play deals with real issues facing the fam... Read more Read less

Great acting, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Funny, Entertaining

See it if You like well written family dramas that deal with the dilemma of raising a child who is mentally disabled.

Don't see it if You like lighter fare and would be upset by the theme of caring for a disabled child.

Also The play was heartfelt and extremely well acted. It’s a reminder of wh... Read more Read less

Entertaining, Cliched, Banal, Absorbing

See it if You want to see a play straight out of 1950's (plus some 70's language). Enjoyable, and professionally done.

Don't see it if you want even a smattering a of innovation, and sentiments that arent laid on with a paint roller.

Thought-provoking, Heartfelt sympathetic

See it if Emotionally complex story of mentally challenged , severely disabled family member and its affect and frustrating price caring for her.

Don't see it if do care to hear a lot of four letter words.

Funny, Great acting, Quirky

See it if a stellar ensemble cast - every one w/ a stunning resume - combined with lots of laughs and a healthy dose of heart gets your blood pumping

Don't see it if you fall asleep at dialogue-focused character-driven straight plays or enjoy only musicals.

Also FYI the playwright has primarily been an actor, and this play is an ac... Read more Read less

Great acting, Thought-provoking

See it if You are interested in a family caring for a handicapped family member or want to see an interesting show with good acting.

Don't see it if You want to see something lighter.

November 21st, 2018
“Karpen’s production stays true to the play’s traditional approach. The cast eschews actorly fireworks...The writing is unshowy at best, but can veer into awkwardness...there is a thin line between classic and passé. More of a problem is that the show is content to flit from setback to crisis wit...
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November 19th, 2018
"The production enjoys outstanding direction by Claire Karpen and a top-notch cast that brings Aiello's finely written story to life...These talented thespians are so authentic in their roles, you will think you are watching the scenes unfold in real time...'Bernie and Mikey's Trip to the Moon' i...
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November 16th, 2018
"'Bernie and Mikey's Trip to the Moon' suffers from organizational problems. As Mikey's narrative comes to the fore, it leaves dangling...questions...Most of the time, however, the playwright doesn't pull his punches, especially in a sequence that makes clear how close to disaster the Vincolos re...
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November 25th, 2018
"On paper, the dialogue between the characters of this play's American-Italian family is sometimes two-dimensional and prone to stereotype, but Claire Karpen's evocative direction, combined with the actors' superlative efforts to flesh out their characters produces a well-formed story filled with...
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