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ChipandGus (FringeNYC)

From 53 member  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. More…

'ChipandGus' is co-created and performed by John Ahlin (seen on Broadway in 'Journey’s End' and 'Waiting for Godot') and Christopher Patrick Mullen (busy regional theater actor.) In addition to being a FringeNYC favorite, the play has also delighted audiences at Baltimore’s Center Stage, where it was performed in an actual bar, as well as at Centenary Stage’s Black Box Festival, the Parkside Lounge, and at Proctors Theaters in Schenectady, New York. 

Member Reviews (53)


Clever, Great acting, Funny, Intelligent, Entertaining
Avg Score

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.

Absorbing, Clever, Funny, Great writing, Thought-provoking

See it if you enjoy theater that builds by layers using subtle clever dialog. The play is funny too.

Don't see it if you don't have the patience to watch the characters reveal themselves.

Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Great staging, Quirky

See it if You like intimate stories with phenomenal dialogue, interesting characters, and brilliant staging.

Don't see it if You don't like small stories that revolves around slow-burn stories that deliver beautifully at the end.

Entertaining, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Must see

See it if you enjoy being entertained with an intelligent, yet hilarious show whose plot unfolds like a flower. This is not just table tennis!

Don't see it if you are not very educated and won't understand the many interesting and funny barbs which go back and forth between the characters.

Also Sadly, last night was the final performance of this show. If you see i... Read more Read less

Funny, Original, Engaging, Emotional

See it if you enjoy philosophical discourse, unusual characters, engaging stories about bromances or ping-pong.

Don't see it if you like big production or are bothered by non-traditional characters and plots.

Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Original, Quirky

See it if you want to experience 2 terrific performances in one of the most original plays on the boards right now.

Don't see it if clever dialogue shooting at you faster than a speeding bullet is not your thing.

Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Hilarious

See it if you enjoy laughing.This show is hilarious,but has some sad elements.It certainly is original! The characters were believable. I enjoyed it.

Don't see it if watching 2 men play ping pong for 90 minutes would drive you nuts. That is what the action in the play consists of. You prefer edgy drama.

Clever, Great acting, Intelligent, Original

See it if You like fast paced witty banter.If you're an academic or know someone in the academic world who knows more about antiquity than the present

Don't see it if You have no tolerance for puns/plays on words.Play relies a bit too much on that.Some plot threads seem to get lost to the verbal sparring.

Clever, Funny, Ambitious, Intelligent, Absorbing

See it if Loved it-- just wish I understood more of the references.

Don't see it if You do not like talky show

Clever, Funny, Confusing, Overrated, Thought-provoking

See it if you think you'll enjoy two men ping-ponging many words and ideas that are both confusing and refreshing. Deals with philosophy/relationships

Don't see it if you are annoyed too much with rapid-fire dialogue that wanders everywhere yet culminates in a very touching conclusion among two smart men.

Witty, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Fun

See it if you enjoy well done theater. It's wonderful. The two actors play off each other so well. Great concept.

Don't see it if you don't like witty banter. I found it charming.

Absorbing, Great acting, Original, Thought-provoking, Quirky

See it if Is you like character driven shows and great acting - all while playing ping pong! My Dinner with Andre sport version

Don't see it if If you like big shows which pander to anti intellectual audiences. A couple of interesting story choices might confuse some

Absorbing, Ambitious, Funny, Entertaining, Great acting

See it if You like wit, sparkling dialogue, believable caharcters and ping pong

Don't see it if If you want conventional story-telling and get confused watching​ a ping pong game.

Ambitious, Entertaining, Thought-provoking

See it if you like buddy pictures or a story that involves ping pong

Don't see it if ping pong playing will distract you or you want fancy sets and a lot of characters

Clever, Intelligent, Refreshing, Quirky, Entertaining

See it if You like 2 person shows, intellectual comments, underlying plots, some funny lines

Don't see it if Straight 2 person conversation. No scenery

Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting

See it if you enjoy quick banter, faced paced and quirky dialogue

Don't see it if you don't like straight dialogue

Must see, Hilarious, Delightful, Intelligent

See it if you want to see two brilliant minds face off with great wordplay, backed by the constant movement of ping pong that adds a real dynamism.

Don't see it if you're uncomfortable watching two grown men sweat through their wardrobe.

Clever, Funny, Great acting, Great writing, Original

See it if You like fast dialogue, interesting story lines and great acting. Absorbing story and linear plot.

Don't see it if You prefer a slower paced show or don't enjoy straight dialogue.

Great acting, Intelligent, Original, Funny, Great writing

See it if You like snappy, intelligent dialogue and humor and characters who, while perhaps not like you, are very relatable.

Don't see it if You don't like ping pong, two-handers, or plays that emphasize characters over plot.

Clever, Entertaining, Epic, Great acting, Delightful

See it if you would enjoy a clever, funny, sometimes touching well-acted Off Off Broadway show with 2 actors who are totally in tune with one another.

Don't see it if you expecte all theater in New York to be big splashy Broadway productions and can"t appreciate fine acting, a clever script and simple set.

Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Profound, Original

See it if You enjoy quick, witty repartée that demands you pay attention. Or if you like wordplay. This show is an intellectual humorist's dream.

Don't see it if You're feeling mentally lazy. This show is incredible, but only if you're willing to actively listen.

Clever, Entertaining, Great writing, Great acting

See it if You want to see older men who teach at an out-of-the way college play ping pong and talk about their joys and problems in a roundabout way.

Don't see it if It is a fantastic show and descriptions don't do it justice. You don't need to be an expert in philosophy or music to enjoy.

Fast-paced, Great table tennis!, Fun, Cliched

See it if if you like the idea of watching two good actors play amazing table tennis while acting.

Don't see it if You are a complete lover of all things boring and lame. It's a cool show, and it's short. Go check it out!

Absorbing, Clever, Funny, Great acting, Intelligent

See it if Intelligent banter and great acting

Don't see it if You want a straightforward and simple storyline

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, fun...
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August 18th, 2016
for a previous production “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...Brig...
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August 24th, 2016
for a previous production "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, ...
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August 24th, 2016
for a previous production "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 qui...
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