Caroline's Kitchen
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Caroline's Kitchen
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Caroline's Kitchen NYC Reviews and Tickets

68%
(71 Reviews)
Positive
58%
Mixed
29%
Negative
13%
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.

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Member Reviews (71)

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1049 Reviews | 254 Followers
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.

708 Reviews | 155 Followers
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

698 Reviews | 106 Followers
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.

641 Reviews | 127 Followers
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.

567 Reviews | 147 Followers
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 Read more

534 Reviews | 132 Followers
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.

517 Reviews | 106 Followers
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 Read more

470 Reviews | 113 Followers
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.

Critic Reviews (20)

The New York Times
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 whispering in her ear — are the production’s most poignant, and the funniest. Mostly, though, it’s hard to care about these damned souls."
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Theatermania
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 compensating for the lack of organic tension in the script. It's like a 1970s farce...Still, 90 minutes of this so-bad-it's-good episode of Disasterpiece Theatre left me wiping away tears of laughter."
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Lighting & Sound America
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 about Alastair Whatley's direction is that it keeps things hustling along."
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Talkin' Broadway
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 an actual well-constructed farce, and there is no faulting their timing under Whatley's direction. But, to quote Mme Armfeldt from "A Little Night Music," Where is style? Where is skill?"
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New York Stage Review
May 3rd, 2019

“It’s a comedy...Betts’ play is one of those Alan Ayckbourn sort of rueful British comedies where a bunch of self-absorbed individuals blithely stumble over each other’s personal follies...A neatly-written piece that is capably performed...Whatley ably stages the play upon a rather blandly-designed setting, where his adept actors do their best to make a satisfying meal out of their clashing characters. Perhaps you’ll find this show to be a tastier morsel than I did.”
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TheaterScene.net
May 12th, 2019

"Torben Betts' 'Caroline's Kitchen' has all the elements for a wonderful farce with serious overtones. However, as seen in Alastair Whatley's production for the Original Theatre Company and Ghost Light Theatre production, it feels tiresomely long and labored in its attempt to bring down the roof on a group of egotistical modern Englishmen and women at work and play in contemporary Britain."
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Front Row Center
May 6th, 2019

"Torben Betts has taken British Farce and put it a crash diet of steroids. Not a good idea for any of us...Betts has thrown everything into this stew without discriminating. And unlike a good old farce there is no unraveling of story paths that will surprise or delight because we see everything coming a mile away, drip by drip...The cast has little chance to craft much of a performance and instead spend their time gasping and mugging from point A to point B and back again."
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Front Mezz Junkies
May 24th, 2019

"Unfortunately, even with some good ingredients here and there adding moments of flavor and giggles, this soufflé collapses in on itself, giving us not much to laugh about or bite into...As this is English farce, be prepared for that to boil over into everything and onto everyone with abundance. I just wish it was done with a stronger order of character and intention...There isn’t one character that feels emotionally authentic or one you want to get behind, or even like really."
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