See it if you're a fan of Colin Quinn & can forgive him for one of his lesser efforts, do appreciate some attempts at humor in these difficult times
Don't see it if you expect a rambunctious, politically hilarious set by Colin Quinn, want more extensive takes on contemporary matters
See it if you’re a fan of Quinn’s.
Don't see it if you’re not a fan of Quinn’s. His style of rambling, seemingly stream-of-conscience humor isn’t my thing, but others loved it.
See it if you like Colin Quinn, and appreciate some honest insights on our cultural habits & the behaviors that both unite and divide us as a society
Don't see it if you're expecting anything more than a luke-warm rehashing of familiar ideas and jokes, show is often humorous but not 'laugh-out-loud' funny
See it if you are already a fan. I went into this with no strong feelings about Quinn either way. I enjoyed certain moments.
Don't see it if I honestly expected more. Even though he had a general theme, I felt that this meandered a lot, was uneven & didn't really work as a whole.
See it if You're a fan of Colin Quinn. A bit Meandering at times jumping from one subject matter to another. Overall though a few rather funny moments
Don't see it if You are not a fan of solo comedians. The performance was about an hour and 5 minutes. Had a few funny moments.
See it if There was good energy from the fans. For me ramble and somewhat funny, not laugh out loud
Don't see it if I know he’s not my fave but I expected more effort. Hard to see after birbiglia who had it down pat and was smooth even in quirkiness
See it if Interpersonal relationships through 'small talk' loom quite large in Quinn's acerbic handling; a scathing indictment of social media follows
Don't see it if It's Quinn's aggressive delivery that can often be jarring ; his rapid fire ideas ricochet against each other at times missing their mark
See it if You are a Colin Quinn fan. He is definitely at the top of his game. You would like minutiae of every day interactions between people.
Don't see it if You are looking for many belly laughs. It is funny, but I did not laugh out loud often. It's clever and Quinn's halting delivery is fun.
“It’s a reminder that while Quinn favored sweeping ambitious subjects, his real gift, and greatest comic subject, is the comedy of language: clichés, slogans, slang.”
“Quinn’s a smart guy. Between his intelligence and gruff, everyguy delivery, the fast-moving evening goes down easy. It’s so all over the place, however, that it lands with no real impact and fails to build. The show lives up to its title.”
“Under the direction of James Fauvell, ‘Small Talk’ isn't as focused as Quinn's previous shows, and he seems to stumble over some of the material...Seeing a Colin Quinn show is like visiting a guilty-pleasure fast-food joint: You know what you're going to get, and there's comfort in that.”
“Quinn is nothing if not authentically himself. His act is his act, no matter where it plays out, and it tends to bring out fewer guffaws and more smiles, chuckles, and short bursts of laughter...’Colin Quinn: Small Talk’ lives up to the promise of its title.”
“Quinn delivers his material in such a breathless, fast-paced style that you wish he would slow down a bit so you could better absorb the jokes. He’s the rare comedian who doesn’t quite let his material breathe enough...If you miss one joke, you’ll catch the next one arriving just a few seconds later.”
“He goes way beyond small talk in the show. But if you listen closely, you’ll realize: Quinn is giving theatergoers loads of topics to use in their own conversations. He’s not only a good small talker but a generous one as well.”
"Small Talk," like its title suggests, is less unified than Quinn’s earlier shows. He also uses its format to wander from topic to topic, seemingly randomly without much structure. It allows him to focus on his pet peeves which seem to be the real topic of the show. While some of his earlier shows were big on humor, this one is more interested in provoking thoughts than laughs.
“The audience was filled with staunch fans and the material feels familiar but it’s like hanging out with a smart, crotchety friend at the bar for a while.You know what he’ll say but you still can’t wait to hear it.”