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Don't You F**king Say a Word

From 16 member  reviews
Members say: Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Quirky

About the show

59E59 presents the world premiere of Andy Bragen's dark comedy about love and hate, and friendly and not-so-friendly competition. Tennis is just tennis...until it isn't. More…

Kate and Leslie explore the complexities of their boyfriends' competitive spirits in this explosive comedy. Russ has a temper. Brian has been known to cheat. As their weekly tennis sets play out aggressively onstage, Kate and Leslie dissect their friendship and rivalry in a volley of sharp observations and wry wit.


Member Reviews (16)

MEMBERS SAY:

Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Quirky
76
Avg Score

85
Absorbing, Funny, Intelligent, Delightful, Quirky

See it if A light gender satire that feels like an extended sitcom. Pokes fun at competition both within and between the genders. Left me smiling.

Don't see it if It's a bit contrived. Still it makes me wonder about these little power struggles we have with our friends and family.

79
Absorbing, Great staging, Great acting

See it if You'd enjoy a show focused on a tennis rivalry and two couples arguing. The actors were all excellent.

Don't see it if You expect big production values. This set is spare but is used very well and really does look like a tennis court.

78
Relevant, Resonant, Funny, Clever, Entertaining

See it if You want to see a clever satire on both male sports frenzy and male-female relationships.

Don't see it if You need an elaborate set and costumes to feel engaged in a play. You want to leave the theatre with a plot worth serious debate.

84
Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Relevant, Resonant

See it if you enjoy shows about relationships; tennis as a vehicle for one's personality traits; excellent direction and non-linear plot development

Don't see it if you don't care to see yet another show about family/relationship conflicts; you only enjoy linear plots and traditionally developed plays.

70
Clever, Quirky, Slow, Resonant, Good acting

See it if You liked GOD OF CARNAGE or similar plays about what makes socially civilized behavior, gender roles, and competition in the 21st century.

Don't see it if You don't like sitcom-like (albeit intelligent) exploration of why and how men (and women) compete, and civilized behavior as a veneer.

75
Clever, Entertaining, Confusing, Intelligent

See it if You like small theatre and interesting stage design. "Okay" with profanity, and have knowledge about tennis... It was high-octane at times

Don't see it if If profanity and tennis don't interest you; the references will go over your head... Good-acting, however...

76
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Quirky

See it if You want something different, clever storytelling, strong cast of 4, engaging, fast paced

Don't see it if You don't want to hear the F word, don't like non-linear plots, simple set (tennis court) or story about relationships, conflict,competition

70
Excellent direction, Excellent acting, Not much there, Entertaining

See it if You would enjoy a thin play that centers on two tennis obsessed men that is mildly amusing

Don't see it if You like plays with complex characters and emotion

60
Ambitious, Confusing, Great acting

See it if You are a tennis player and or enjoy stereotyping men's behavior

Don't see it if Cursing offends you and you prefer more even handed description of men 's behavior.

Also Acting was good but plot was thin and sometimes plot scenes were confu... Read more Read less

95
Fast-paced, Sharp, Relevant, Smart

See it if you like your plays to move quickly, with smart and snappy dialogue and dynamic movement; you're interested in the state of the modern man.

Don't see it if the emotional struggles of straight middle-class men seem self-indulgent to you, or you hate the idea that men find self-worth via sports.

72
Great acting, Great staging, Fluffy, Clever

See it if It's a light-hearted, well-acted -- Jeanine Serralles stands out in a uniformly excellent cast -- and extremely well-directed piece of fluff

Don't see it if It wants to find deep meaning in a tennis competition but doesn't deliver, leaving it an amusing sitcom

73
Clever, Funny, Quirky

See it if you like exploring characters that might inhabit the real world. It's funny and diverting.

Don't see it if you are looking for major character growth, or if predictability bothers you.

55
Clever, Disappointing, Cliched, Ambitious, Funny

See it if if you like raunchy offensive shows

Don't see it if have children with you

71
Absorbing, Delightful, Exquisite

See it if you enjoy great things

Don't see it if you're lame

During previews
85
Clever, Entertaining, Funny

See it if enjoy shows about simple relationships & their problems, using the game of tennis as the focal point

Don't see it if want a show with a fancy set, are offended by profanity, don't enjoy tennis or understand some of it's basic terms

Also The show starts with simple macho tennis rivalry that spills over into... Read more Read less

During previews
69
Great acting, Great staging, Thought-provoking, Romantic, Slow

See it if Although the obsession of playing winning tennis is the cause of conflict among the boyfriends; it appear that it has ramifications

Don't see it if you like only classic theatre, this is a modern plasy. Tennis is used as metaphor, you can go even if you do not play or know the game.


November 14th, 2016
"Tautly directed by Lee Sunday Evans, and featuring an excellent cast, the play examines in minute detail the relationship between Brian and Russ...It’s quite flattering to Brian and Russ — and rather unlikely — that Leslie and Kate, who have lives of their own, would be so fascinated by these ev...
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November 10th, 2016
"One of the consolations of a national tragedy, we’re also told, is that great art will come out of it. Perhaps it will. But while we wait, we needn’t settle for wearyingly so-so art like Andy Bragen’s 'Don’t You F**king Say a Word'...Full of such pop-psych noodling, but barely sketches the chara...
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November 10th, 2016
"An all-star cast as far as off-Broadway is concerned, and they all deliver plausibly human performances, which is fortunate considering that Bragen traffics in occasionally stiff prose and musty 'Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus'-style clichés. It has the potential to get very old, very f...
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November 16th, 2016
"This clever play by Andy Bragen features meticulous direction by Lee Sunday Evans and has a fantastic cast of four. It is a very entertaining yet thought-provoking piece about a tennis rivalry and how seriously players approach the game…'Don't You F**cking Say a Word' is an intriguing comedy abo...
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