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Caroline's Kitchen

From 72 member  reviews
Members say: Disappointing, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Cliched

About the show

Direct from its London run, this searing, sharp, state-of-the-nation comedy centers around a celebrity TV cook, whose life is more complicated than it appears. More…

Caroline Mortimer is the nation’s favorite TV cook. In the glow of the studio lights, she has it all—a sparkling career, a big house, a (golf) loving husband, smart kids, and the best kitchen money can buy. But when the camera turns off the truth comes out, and when an unexpected guest disrupts a night of celebration, there is more to spill than the wine.


Member Reviews (72)

MEMBERS SAY:

Disappointing, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Cliched
68
Avg Score

74
Quirky, Fluffy, Funny, Delightful, Entertaining

See it if If you like British humor and comedy. Ab Fab comes to mind, so does the play that goes wrong. Dysfunctional family humor. Lite hearted fun

Don't see it if If you do not like the quick paced British style of humor. The plot is a little suspect but fun.

66
Cliched, Quirky, Slow, Overrated, Disappointing

See it if You like British theater, want to see an imported English cast & set, see a less clever Ayckbourn acolyte, fan of James Sutton of Hollyoaks

Don't see it if Don’t like English plays or 1-acts, trouble with Brit accents & language, you want to laugh a lot, hate mundane plots & unlikable characters

75
Farce, Fluffy, Great staging, Great acting, Funny

See it if Brits Off-B'way entry brings perfect middling-celebrity domestic goddess unraveling during a boozy pre-tape hosting her cooking show.Britty

Don't see it if Full-strength Brit wit with schtick might prove to be too strident for the delicate Stateside palate. Debris-strewn.Over the top.Very Britty

Also "We've gained the world, but lost our souls!"

75
Quirky, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining

See it if British humor comedy, about family drama that get out of control.

Don't see it if You dislike British humor, alot of dysfunction in this family.

43
Cliched, Excruciating, Disappointing

See it if you like a play where everyone is expressing anger and rage from the very beginning. There is very little purpose to this play.

Don't see it if you like well drawn out characters with a plot that's meaningful. Don't sit in the front row-it gets messy on stage and in front of stage.

98
Hilarious, Great writing, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if You love British comedies like "Ab Fab", crazy situations with a dysfunctional family, an affair, a son who's coming out as gay, etc.

Don't see it if You take life very seriously and don't want to see a gut-busting fast-paced 95 minute comedy. Surprise "guest" at the end was hilarious too.

69
Forgettable, Great acting, Great set, Disappointing, Cliched

See it if you enjoy hard working actors who do their best to make this play interesting; like good sets; enjoy British farce at its best or worst.

Don't see it if looking for depth in the characters/Langrishe comes closest to playing a 3 dimensional personality; takes too long for anything to happen.

70
Typical brit comedy, Quirky, Fluffy, Dizzying, Entertaining

See it if you are a fan of over-the-top but entertaining British comedy;this show devolved very quickly into a typical Brit mish-mash of serious/funny

Don't see it if you hate over-the-top British comedy which starts out seriously but devolves into chaos.

69
British humor over-the-top, Groaning laughter, Good acting

See it if Cooking show host, support staff, golfing husband, gay son all try to hide secrets that the audience suspects or knows.

Don't see it if You don’t like British humor. You want a less silly and convoluted plot. You hate waiting for Chekov’s knife to be used.

75
Absorbing, Great acting, Funny

See it if you enjoy dark humor and farce. There is a lot going on, and it's intentionally messy in every way. Great performances by the actors.

Don't see it if you don't like British humor or prefer shows that don't take an over-the-top approach.

86
Incredibly dark in a funny way

See it if You like dark and messed up theater where are you feel bad laughing and enjoying what’s going on but can’t help yourself

Don't see it if You don’t enjoy a far-fetched family drama that is out there and may be a bit unrealistic

Also I am proud to say that I have seen no movies in over two years. I brag... Read more Read less

52
Insipid, Fluffy, Disappointing, Cliched, Banal

See it if You are interested in a family drama about a very flawed family. Very committed actors.

Don't see it if You don’t like topics of adultery and coming out. Not much fun and a lot of unearned emotion requested of us.

73
Quirky, Funny, Cliched, Entertaining

See it if British comedy that starts out slow (for 1st half) and then becomes frenetic; see how reality very different from public persona

Don't see it if don't like British humor, over-the top, physical comedy; dysfunctional families with secrets & communication issues*

Also *The first half really drags so if you can't recover from a long slow ... Read more Read less

70
Pointless, Clever, Disjointed, Entertaining, Funny

See it if you want to see a farce that is designed to be hysterically funny but is only amusing in spots. Also, the point of the play escaped me.

Don't see it if you want a laugh out loud comedy.

65
Great acting, Fluffy, Fawlty towers-esque, Ambitious, Farcical, in a british way

See it if You can't get enough of the Benny Hill/Play that goes Wrong type of British comedy. Well done indeed, but I didn't laugh once.

Don't see it if the slapstick side of the comedic spectrum is grating on your nerves. Or, if you're expecting something with a take-away message.

75
Fluffy, Funny

See it if you enjoy English humor. Everything that could make a situation worse happens to this family.

Don't see it if you want a realistic family story. You need to check your sense of what could really happen at the door and just go with it.

5
Quirky, Slow, Insipid, Indulgent, Disappointing

See it if you are from England, and you were feeling homesick, and you just needed to hear the sound of a familiar accent.

Don't see it if you were looking for a fun, quirky, fast paced theater piece because this ain't the show - though nice sets!

65
Quirky, A few funny moments, Disappointing, Dated, Cliched

See it if u'll enjoy a slapstick comedy which tries to be serious at the same time.

Don't see it if U won't enjoy a slapstick comedy which also deals SERIOUSLY w/infidelity, mental illness, Afghanistan, and friction btwn a gay son & his dad

Also It's hard to be both slaipstick funny & poignant at the same time. IMO... Read more Read less

90
Good story, Funny, Entertaining, Delightful, Clever

See it if you enjoy British humor; you like situation comedies; you love good acting

Don't see it if you need to be hit over the head to find British humor funny

77
Very british, Funny, Cliched, Banal, Entertaining

See it if Very British sit-comesque show--everything great on the facade but just look underneath--oh woe!

Don't see it if Very good acting, and overall entertaining but not sure what the point of this is---

Also Lots of typically cliched English characters and very British humor--i... Read more Read less

73
Slow, Great acting, Funny, Confusing, Ambitious

See it if you enjoy British slapstick comedies about dysfunctional families, don't mind a confusing plot

Don't see it if you want an easy to follow, tight knit comedy

Also This could have been a really great show if the details weren't dragge... Read more Read less

68
Quirky, Ambitious, Disappointing, Dizzying, Confusing

See it if you want to see an English modern farce with all different types of characters doing bizarre actions.

Don't see it if you want to see a well written and acted farce. The actors had a difficult time getting the audience to care about any of the characters.

70
Dizzying, Great acting

See it if You want actors who are committed to the script and deliver it well even if the story itself is completely nuts.

Don't see it if You want a show that doesn't take a long time to heat up or isn't completely looney once it does.

99
Great acting, Entertaining, Delightful, Clever, Absorbing

See it if Thoroughly enjoyable theatrical production with one laugh after another!

Don't see it if A pure gem with no negative comments!

76
Thought-provoking, Funny, Cliched, Absorbing, Clever

See it if You like British humor and family dramedies. You’re interested in reflections on class and political differences, and aging.

Don't see it if You have a hard time with British accents - some characters could be a bit hard to understand and there’s a lot of yelling making it harder

Also The friend I went with enjoyed it a bit more than I did. But there was... Read more Read less


May 2nd, 2019
"This careful recipe for disaster winds up feeling as overcooked as the roast that’s drying up in the oven throughout the show. Ms. Langrishe has the hard-smiling domestic diva persona down cold. And Caroline’s rare moments of stricken, wondering silence — when self-knowledge seems to be whisperi...
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May 2nd, 2019
"Either the worst domestic dramedy ever written, or a brilliant satire of the genre...The crash-and-burn can be great fun to watch, but it takes a lot of strenuous contrivance to get there...Whatley directs the cast like he's conducting a locomotive to hell, with the acceleration of line delivery...
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May 6th, 2019
"Torben Betts' play is something of a twofer, being both a grating, laughless farce and a failed example of that British theatre favorite, the state-of-the-nation play...Since all of the characters are one-note nags, there is little that the cast can do...Otherwise, the best thing to be said abou...
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May 2nd, 2019
"There may be moments that amuse, but at the price of a serious hangover...There are perhaps another half dozen plot threads that show up and lead nowhere...To their credit, Ms. Langrishe, Mr. Gillett, and Ms. Banks give it their all by frenetically playing things up as if they were appearing in ...
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