Colin Quinn: Small Talk
Opens Mar 30 1h 15m
Colin Quinn: Small Talk

Colin Quinn: Small Talk NYC Reviews and Tickets

(19 Reviews)
Members say
Funny, Entertaining, Clever, Relevant, Disappointing

About the Show

Comedian Colin Quinn's solo show about how to be the best communicator in a room.

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Member Reviews (19)

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735 Reviews | 158 Followers
During previews
Slow delivery, Defeatist, Limited, Disappointing, Funny

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

516 Reviews | 731 Followers
During previews
Dizzying, Fluffy, Relevant

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.

349 Reviews | 70 Followers
During previews
Amusing, Familiar, So-so material

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

347 Reviews | 78 Followers
During previews
Meandering, Mildly entertaining, Disappointing

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.

313 Reviews | 77 Followers
During previews
Intelligent, Entertaining, Funny

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.

268 Reviews | 87 Followers
During previews
Disappointing, Rambling, Quirky, Slow

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

219 Reviews | 40 Followers
During previews
Resonant, Thought-provoking, Great writing, Edgy, Entertaining

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

157 Reviews | 33 Followers
During previews
Doesn't really break new ground, True, It's colin quinn doing his thing, Funny, Clever

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.

Critic Reviews (11)

The New York Times
January 24th, 2023

“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.”
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New York Theatre Guide
January 24th, 2023

“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.”
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January 23rd, 2023

“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.”
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Talkin' Broadway
January 23rd, 2023

“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.”
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New York Stage Review
January 23rd, 2023

“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.”
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New York Stage Review
January 24th, 2023

“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.”
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January 24th, 2023

"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.
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Stage Buddy
February 5th, 2023

“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.”
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