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ChipandGus (FringeNYC)

ChipandGus (FringeNYC) NYC Reviews and Tickets

(53 Reviews)
Members say
Clever, Great acting, Funny, Intelligent, Entertaining

About the Show

A FringeNYC Encore: Two oddball acquaintances meet once a month over a Ping-Pong table. But this night is different. This night there is something else in the room. A fast, furious, surprising comedy with balls.

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Member Reviews (53)

Entertaining, Absorbing, Quirky, Intelligent, Clever

See it if you like character study plays. These are both interesting guys that give us lots to think about while we find out what they're telling us.

Don't see it if you're expecting a lot of action, beyond ping pong that is. It's ping pong and conversation but its rapid fire, top notch form of all three.

Absorbing, Clever, Intense, Quirky, Fun

See it if You want to see a game of ping pong develop into a lot more.

Don't see it if You prefer a bigger production.

Critic Reviews (7)

September 26th, 2016

"As the actors volley back and forth with balls and words, they never miss a beat in their non-stop dialogue or the real-time game they play. They distinctly capture the two disparate personalities with fluid naturalism, while developing their characters...'ChipandGus' is at once intelligent, funny, exasperating, and poignant, and the FringeNYC award and encore presentation of this self-described 'comedy with balls' are well deserved."
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August 18th, 2016

“Writer-director-performers Christopher Patrick Mullen and John Ahlin are seasoned actors who know how to deftly reveal character, all while keeping their ball in play...Together, they quaff beer, swing their paddles, crack jokes and resolve long-held resentments with humor, wit and pathos...Bright, funny and cathartic: an emotionally resonant buddy comedy for thinking audiences. As the banter accelerates, so does the game.”
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August 24th, 2016

"Thanks to the perfectly matched Christopher Patrick Mullen (Chip) and John Ahlin (Gus), 'ChipandGus' gracefully withstands the tension with thoughtful character development and a barrage of witty dialogue that flows as easily as Ahlin and Mullen's impressive volleys…For a play so light on plot, the pace of this downhill tumble is a little too creeping. But along the way, Mullen and Ahlin hit a few genuinely poignant notes on love and friendship."
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August 24th, 2016

"The tiny nuances of thought that Mullen and Ahlin share are simultaneously entertaining and thought-provoking. Perhaps their ease of executing this comedy is a result of having written and directed the show themselves. Whereas the lack of an outside perspective can often be detrimental, it's quite the opposite here. This insightful comedy incorporates witty banter with philosophical humor. The ridiculous yet clever ideas sewn into the dialogue are wonderful."
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August 21st, 2016

"There's propulsion under their chatter. Their verbal badinage is a surface sport, a kind of screen that keeps troubling little things from falling through...Although the talk ranges all over the place, it's a tight play with a ping-pong kind of metronome behind it. Ahlin and Mullen, who bring their star quality to the acting, collaborated on the writing of 'ChipandGus.' You don't have to be a member of the intelligentsia to enjoy this lively play, but it wouldn't hurt!"
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August 17th, 2016

"A remarkable two-hander one act play…It is written by John Ahlin (Gus) and Christopher Patrick Mullen (Chip), who also credit themselves with the adroit direction. They are a perfect team, amiable opponents that manage to play with rather than against each other. Their chemistry is not an experiment but an explosion that can only be accomplished when combining two incredibly skilled actors together in a clever and precarious script…They are a pleasure to watch and intriguing to hear."
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August 24th, 2016

"Ahlin and Mullen are friends in life and have specifically developed this piece together...The play began through their love of the game and grew into a profound and heart-wrenching play. The work is evident and the two gel together on stage with an ease that can only come from years of camaraderie and mutual respect. 'ChipandGus' is funny, real, sad, and surprising...If you’re passionate about ping pong or simply an evening of human connection, look no further."
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