Breeders NYC Reviews and Tickets

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Clever, Funny, Great acting, Quirky, Entertaining

About the Show

New Light Theater Project presents a comedy about the cozy cage of mainstreamed queerness, the surprising variety of things that can fit in one's mouth, and the tender savagery of ordinary devotion.

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1015 Reviews | 420 Followers
Brutally honest, Insightful, Great writing, Great acting, Intelligent

See it if You want to see something really different that feels completely real and truthful and current about what is usually taboo to discuss.

Don't see it if You can’t walk up four flights of stairs. It’s worth the climb. I loved this show.

982 Reviews | 343 Followers
Clever, Inventive, Quirky, Engaging, Well acted

See it if you like lively,imaginative scripts. You'll have fun with the gay couple about to adopt AND the hamster couple expecting their first litter.

Don't see it if you only enjoy realism. This creative. wacky piece gets a bit strained (eg "hypothetical" convo falters) but mostly it hits both head/heart. Read more

716 Reviews | 219 Followers
Clever, Edgy, Quirky, Relevant, Funny

See it if Dark comedy about how the process of becoming a parent can make people crazy and change their relationships. Creative, deep and funny.

Don't see it if My college-aged kids disliked this play. Perhaps because they couldn't relate?

688 Reviews | 116 Followers
Ambitious, Quirky, Clever, Thought-provoking, Well staged & acted

See it if Oddly amusing & poignant juxapositioning of a gay male couple & a pair of hamsters becoming parents Actors playing hamsters both excellent

Don't see it if While the edgy parallels between the couples proves interesting the conceit starts to lose steam mid-play & momentum slows Worthy effort tho

535 Reviews | 488 Followers
Engaging, Uneven, Great staging, Refreshing, Theatrical

See it if you want to see a charming and thoughtful play that has a lot going for it, but maybe could have used one more draft.

Don't see it if you can't handle wildly uneven performances. (Both the actors playing hamsters were excellent.)

520 Reviews | 107 Followers
Clever, Intelligent

See it if want to see a great small show that has a chance to make it big

Don't see it if are looking for a big Broadway type production Read more

470 Reviews | 113 Followers
Banal, Slow

See it if Some funny scenes with the gay couple

Don't see it if Scenes with the couple dressed as hamsters are childish and excruciating. Lengthy scene changes, boring dialogue. 81 minutes.

468 Reviews | 121 Followers
Charming tale of love and babies among gay boys and hamsters

See it if Gay boys & their pet hamsters each hsve babies & lots of spats.The actors portraying the hamsters are terrific as are the gay men. Poignant

Don't see it if small production in a loft in Tribeca (elevator available). Sweet, funny, quirky and intelligent. Reminded me a little of Albee's Seascape.

Critic Reviews (10)

The New York Times
October 2nd, 2017

"'Breeders,' though quite funny and thoughtful in parts, falters...Amusing for an instant, the parallels very quickly grow tiresome under Jaki Bradley’s less than light-footed direction. Worse, the satire deflates into whimsy. But things improve as the two stories, or at least the two pairs of actors, eventually start to interpenetrate...Giles has a good eye for satire and a twitchy ear for dialogue...What Giles hasn’t yet managed to do in 'Breeders' is transcend his cute gimmick."
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Time Out New York
September 28th, 2017

"Both nature and nurture take it on the chin in 'Breeders,' Dan Giles’s sly and keen-witted dark comedy...Scrappily directed by Jaki Bradley, 'Breeders' goes in unexpected directions: It includes a hilarious scene of deadpan violence, a soupçon of Greek tragedy and a kind of sex play I don’t think I’ve seen onstage before. At its heart is a cheeky inquiry into the naturalness of domesticity that transcends distinctions of species, sexuality and gender."
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Lighting & Sound America
September 29th, 2017

"As the action of 'Breeders' shuttles back and forth between humans and hamsters, a feeling of ennui sets in: The decision to duplicate the conflict among differing species does little to add humor or dramatic interest. Mikey and Dean's endless, circular arguments quickly become grating...Bradley's direction does much to add some snap and pace to the action, but she can't prevent 'Breeders' from being an evening of neurotic fretting by four characters who hardly seem worth one's time."
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September 28th, 2017

"Uneven but likable...The two narrative universes don’t really cohere. Still, the play has its entertaining and insightful aspects...There are plentiful comic one-liners and also sharp observations in Mr. Giles’ well-crafted dialogue...The tensions, concerns and sensibilities of the long-term gay couple all ring true, but interspersing these with the mildly entertaining hamster story feels like a strategic theatrical device that undercuts the main plot to no great effect."
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Theatre is Easy
September 27th, 2017

"A wonderfully quirky, elegantly crafted new play with some startlingly unsettling moments...It takes a lot to shock me, and shock me 'Breeders' did, on more than one occasion. Bradley’s direction does not shy away from these moments, allowing them the space they need to be fully understood. Thankfully she has some brave performers willing to take the risk...Giles’ play is smart. He doesn’t show all of his cards until the moment is right...This play is well worth your time."
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Theater Pizzazz
September 27th, 2017

"A very funny play that commands frequent fits of laughter. However, at its core are Giles’ complex characters quietly suffering through their loneliness...Bradley is a good director because you don’t see her. What you see are actors with a clear understanding of the text, and a design team led by someone who empathizes with the play’s world and its complicated relationships...We are set free to laugh at the silly absurdity of our own complicated relationships and desires."
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Front Mezz Junkies
September 27th, 2017

"Giles has created a bunch of unique and very individuated characters...All while layering parallels of excitement, love, desire, frustration, and the nervousness that comes with the idea of approaching parenthood...The stories unfold seamlessly, skillfully shifting from one to another and somehow maintaining an authentic yet quirky tone that never seems to fall into ridiculousness...But like the bedroom scene that didn’t need to be there, the play lacks a big emotional payoff."
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Theatre's Leiter Side
September 28th, 2017

“Giles's dialogue, deftly humorous on the page, too often fails to register on stage in Jaki Bradley's languorously directed production, played for quiet naturalism at such low energy you want to offer even the human characters nutrient pellets. There are cute moments scattered through the generally static action but the actors, despite the apparent honesty of their work, need more comic charisma to satisfy the play's demands.”
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