Second Stage's world premiere comic drama tells the story of what happens when a small-town girl decides, quite literally, to paint the town red. More…
Paint it red. So begins Lydia's wild idea to invigorate her Rust Belt town. But when a whip-smart entrepreneur co-opts her scheme, a precarious rivalry is born. A battle for the town's soul ensues, causing its obsessive mayor, its defiant matriarch, and the rest of its residents to question who they are and where they're headed.
See it if It's cute and entertaining. First half is better, funnier and more focused. Chlumsky is especially great.
Don't see it if Mostly unlikable though mostly funny characters. Some resembling reality TV trainwrecks.
See it if You find quirky & off-beat characters entertaining. Chlumsky is very funny.
Don't see it if Some of the humor isnt mainstream & some may view certain characters as unlikable. I however found a lot of comedy in these characters.
See it if You want to see a couple of stars from TV turn in good performances of a story that’s interesting but moves at an artificial pace.
Don't see it if You want a perfectly paced, well written show. This is an interesting relevant topic but not quite realized.
See it if It is a story about a town that makes a transformation. Locals do not like foreign Chinese moving into there town. It has a good story to it
Don't see it if It is not well acted, directing is okay but not enough to make the show appeal. Slow at times the lead was weak in it.
See it if you want to see a play that tries hard to be topical/relevant, dealing w/racism, xenophobia, gun violence, depression, urban renewal, sexism
Don't see it if you don't want to see a play fail miserably at being topical/relevant, aimlessly drifting from one topic to another, one style to another.
See it if Tonally confused satire/rom-com reflecting class divisions in Trumpian era. Good actors often adrift; Pally's sad-sack mayor fares best
Don't see it if Veers wildly between ironic exaggeration to borderline offensive Brave Chlumsky remains unsympathic throughout A hot mess of a play
See it if you're interested in a thoughtful examination of introverts and extroverts and the ramifications of their actions in our current culture.
Don't see it if you don't want to have to spend some time after the show thinking about what you just saw to put it all together.
See it if Interesting, well acted segments by Baker and Hurt; interesting premise on how to make a small, sleepy town desirable to new residents.
Don't see it if Small town with little to offer remains a small town with little to offer. Unfortunately, a good premise goes nowhere; unfulfilling.
See it if You enjoy interesting but light fare. Great acting, interesting story line, not super deep, but entertaining regardless.
Don't see it if You need deep emotional toil to be entertained. Funnier at the beginning but still good throughout.
See it if TV personalities, attempted relevance, supporting new work, are your reasons for going to the theatre
Don't see it if non-compelling story lines, forced performances, TV personalities, strange plot points, would keep you from enjoying going to the theatre
See it if you like shows about modern problems.Relationships don't make sense. Acting is very uneven. Set is terrific. Book is weak.
Don't see it if you are looking for exciting theatre or interesting issues.This takes an important problem and doesn't really address it. Not worth the time
See it if great ensemble cast tackles a host of issues in this dramedy. Perhaps overstuffed, but the dialogue is so clever and the actors so engaging
Don't see it if perceptive take on attitudes on gentrification fueled by anti-Asian racism. Nice set. Could have used an intermission
See it if Attempted suicide, ethnic slurs, sleeping with your sister's ex, voyeurism, "yellow peril", mentally disabled character, debts as humor????
Don't see it if And that was the good part. The bad part was listening to Anna Chumsky screech through every scene. I very much like male lead.
See it if You like Adam Pally (he's great!) and want to see a play dealing with relevant issues to today - immigration vs nativism, etc.
Don't see it if You want satisfying conclusions or a clear cut moral "right answer" in your shows. Cardinal bites off a bit more than it can chew.
See it if It was thought provoking. It was somewhat about the lengths towns, especially smaller towns, will go to "revitalize", but with that comes
Don't see it if people getting pushed out. I liked the actors, but I thought it veered into racism about Asian people. And in the end, the town wound up
Also up where it started. It gave new meaning to "paint the town red".
See it if like dramedy's; it's amusing, with some excellent performances; well written, but at times it's hard to tell if it's a comedy or a drama
Don't see it if Want a bit production or a hilarious romp
See it if you’re curious of play that deals w/ urban renewal, racial stereo-typing & politics in 90 mins, or want to see Asian representation on bway
Don't see it if you get confused w/ multiple subplots in a play or if you don’t enjoy diversity in actors or easily offended by foreign language spoken
See it if you are fans of these actors. They do a good job, but the script is all over the place. The characters are pretty unlikable.
Don't see it if you want a clear point/story. There were so many unresolved and unnecessary subplots.
See it if you like to see familiar faces in a small show. Or see it if you find urban planning or you care about young professional naiveté.
Don't see it if You're hoping that the show delivers from beginning to end. It falls short, even though it is ambitious.