Bettinger's Luggage
Bettinger's Luggage
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Bettinger's Luggage NYC Reviews and Tickets

68%
(30 Ratings)
Positive
53%
Mixed
40%
Negative
7%
Members say
Cliched, Entertaining, Disappointing, Slow, Ambitious

About the Show

On the Lower East Side, a Jewish family struggles with love, ambition, and heritage.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (30)

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538 Reviews | 158 Followers
86
Writing ****, Realistic, Funny, Entertaining, Resonant

See it if You enjoy plays that make you laugh and cry. You enjoy plays like those of Arthur Miller. Plays with a NYC setting interest you.

Don't see it if You are looking for a raucous comedy. This play has gentle comedy with a Yiddish flavor but is not hilarious. Read more

247 Reviews | 61 Followers
82
Cliched, Funny, Great staging, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if you's like an "old-fashioned" play about stereotypical Jewish & other people living on the Lower Eastside. I liked it! Great acting!

Don't see it if you don't like "old-fashioned" plays. I do, because I always wanted to "live history by experiencing 1 day each at different places/times"! Read more

253 Reviews | 46 Followers
80
Entertaining

See it if You enjoy plays about New York City Jewish immigrants over three generations: the drive to thrive, the love & the guilt saddled on children.

Don't see it if You prefer musicals. Read more

176 Reviews | 67 Followers
80
Cliched, Dated, Entertaining, Fluffy, Quirky

See it if you want to see a show that is not politically correct/old fashioned but has a close family/neighborhood vibe.

Don't see it if you want a musical or modern play.

520 Reviews | 71 Followers
80
Inaccurate, Disappointing, Funny, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if you want a plays that is enjoyable despite the meandering plot. Interesting characters and solid acting give life to a weak script

Don't see it if you want to see Jewish people depicted accurately. Yiddish is mispronounced and the stereotypes were cringe worthy. Read more

74 Reviews | 13 Followers
79
Cliched, Entertaining

See it if See it if you enjoy well acted, small timeless productions

Don't see it if Don't see it if you don't enjoy old school themes

73 Reviews | 11 Followers
76
Stereotypes galore, Good enough story, Entertaining, Dated, Cliched

See it if Good enough story about a father and his biological son versus his "fantasy" son. Stereotypes abound in evoking an era lost in NYC history.

Don't see it if You want a more grandly staged drama or a musical.

127 Reviews | 24 Followers
75
Ambitious, Indulgent, Cliched

See it if You like to reminisce about the lower Eastside and the stores and the people living there. It's the classic conflict between father and son.

Don't see it if You don't like twice told tales.

Critic Reviews (1)

TheaterScene.net
September 28th, 2023

An alternate title for Albert M. Tapper’s Clifford Odets-esque "Bettinger’s Luggage" might be "The Flood." In Tapper’s period piece, a flood destroyed the eponymous shop, an event around which Tapper’s tale of a family-owned business on Delancey Street in the Lower East Side of 1974 revolves. Solidly directed by Steven Ditmyer, "Luggage" is a classic story of one generation disappointing another with unreasonable expectations, with a touch of Jaime Sánchez’s self-sacrificing character in "The Pawnbroker" tossed in for emotional heft.
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