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Breeders

From 10 critic and 39 member reviews
Members say: Clever, Funny, Great acting, Entertaining, Quirky

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. More…

Two men, Dean and Mikey, prepared for ages to have a baby. Now, stifled by convention, Dean has doubts that gnaw at him. Two hamsters, Tyson and Jason, are suddenly pregnant with nine babies. Now, smothered by affection, Tyson has fears that nibble at her. Nobody was planning to eat anyone. Things just got out of hand.



85
Off Off Online

"An amusing and well-acted comedy...Giles makes his rodent characters as fascinating and compelling as the human ones. The result is sometimes a lark, but just as often the comedy overlays a smartly observed, seriously philosophical look at relationships and how they function...Giles’s simple story holds a variety of canny observations about life...Happily, director Jaki Bradley keeps the various elements modulating smoothly as the story encompasses some unusually grim moments." Full Review

85
Theatre is Easy

"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." Full Review

80
Time Out New York

"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." Full Review

80
Theater Pizzazz

"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." Full Review

71
Front Mezz Junkies

"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." Full Review

69
TheaterScene.net

"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." Full Review

65
Theatre's Leiter Side

“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.” Full Review

65
The New York Times

"'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." Full Review

55
The Huffington Post

"So on it goes for 85 minutes with the actors repeatedly turning the couch unit as the couples quarrel about how newborns will affect their relationships. There’s no denying that the concerns are valid, and Giles cannot be criticized for addressing them. He does a fair job along the way, but it’s in a repetitive way...All four actors throw themselves vigorously into their roles...Giles allows himself to dilute his intentions by going a get too giddy as he weaves his merry way." Full Review

40
Lighting & Sound America

"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." Full Review


95
Insightful, Great acting, Intelligent, Great writing, Brutally honest

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.

94
Funny, Thought-provoking, Quirky, Refreshing, Relevant

See it if you want to watch a well done satirical play that resonates with now

Don't see it if you're small minded and don't want to see realistic flawed people on stage

90
Ambitious, Clever, Entertaining

See it if You like a good play, well performed , absorbing and perfectly produced

Don't see it if You have an aversion to gay parenting or animal husbandry

90
Absorbing, Clever, Intelligent, Excellent acting, Excellent writing

See it if Human and hamsters exploring relationship issues, from amusing to horrifying. Don't expect cute: much darker than it sounds. A real find.

Don't see it if If you think it's for the kids.

90
Great acting, Romantic, Entertaining, Engaging, Masterful minimalism

See it if you are curious with the emotional dynamics involved with expectant parents -as reflected in the lives of a gay couple & a pair of hamsters.

Don't see it if you don't like gay couples & simulated animals on stage portraying relatable feelings & situations...and if foot fetish makes you squirmish.

Also The minimalist yet neat & stylish stage is made effective and versatil... Read more Read less

87
Funny, Clever, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Entertaining

See it if You like small thought provproductions about real life issues told from a comedic perspective

Don't see it if You are uncomfortable with watching a show about relationship issues or if you do not like small productions.

85
Funny, Clever, Edgy, Quirky, Relevant

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?

85
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

Also This play is sooo good and so much better than I thought it would be.

84
Intelligent, Entertaining, Fun, Domestic comedy but with weighter undertones, Thought provoking, thought provoking, and still more thought provoking

See it if you’d like an intriguing play that questions the possibility of unconditional love & commitment (but still manages to feel rather happy)

Don't see it if you think loving parenthood = most natural thing ever and it inevitably strengthens couples—suggesting otherwise is immature and distasteful

Also Fun, lighthearted, and unexpectedly analytical. This brainteaser of a ... Read more Read less

84
Funny, Delightful, Great writing

See it if You enjoy relationship-centric comedies with a silly, surreal edge. You enjoyed the animal sections of You On The Moors Now.

Don't see it if You want a serious piece.

84
Funny, Absorbing, Must see, Refreshing, Hilarious

See it if You want to laugh,

Don't see it if If you’re not into gay humor

84
Funny, Clever, Great acting, Great writing, Entertaining

See it if enjoy a clever, funny, unusual show - quite enjoyable and entertaining. many moments of laughter

Don't see it if dont appreciate quirky and fun humor

82
Funny, Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Quirky, Cliched

See it if you are up for a play that parallels the life of a Gay couple and their hamsters.

Don't see it if You can't deal with the dark side of nature.

82
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.

80
Clever, Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant, Entertaining

See it if you are amused by the comparison of human and animal emotions about children; you enjoy clever animals mixed with serious subject matter.

Don't see it if you like only serious drama or large scale musicals; you are uncomfortable with same sex adoption; you have no imagination.

Also Love is NOT all there is, as these two "couples" find out. The hamster... Read more Read less

79
Clever, Delightful, Refreshing, Great writing

See it if A gay couple are watching rodents reproducing while contemplating life and off-spring. The writing is quite solid and entertaining.

Don't see it if The cast is uneven and the director should have more control of the performers & numerous scene changes which kills the mood.

78
Ambitious, Clever, Thought-provoking, Quirky, 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

75
Clever, Inventive, Quirky, Well acted, Engaging

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.

Also All the actors did well (I found Mickey a bit wooden, but the hamsters... Read more Read less

74
Funny, Quirky, Entertaining, Somewhat silly

See it if You like productions that examine relationships (both human & animal 😮).

Don't see it if You're looking for a serious drama or are offended by sexual situations.

70
Funny, Great acting, Refreshing, Resonant, Entertaining

See it if you want a fresh perspective on being a couple or fatherhood

Don't see it if quirky, small shows aren't for you.

70
Refreshing, Engaging, Great staging, Uneven, 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.)

65
Quirky, Entertaining

See it if you are up for a show that compares how humans and hamsters prepare for the addition of children.

Don't see it if have an issue with gay couples, or can't walk up four long flights of stairs, looking for a fancy production.

53
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.

22
Insipid, Overrated, Slow

See it if You enjoy sophomoric dialogue, direction without any purpose and an ugly set.

Don't see it if Expect a modicum of professional theater.

98
Funny, Absorbing, Clever, Great acting

See it if You like new work, intimate theater, great acting.

Don't see it if you want to see a musical


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