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.
"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 about the games people play…The cast deliver the well-crafted, fast-paced dialogue seamlessly." Full Review
“Playwright Andy Bragen delivers a dexterous and controlled piece of writing…As the nuance of the match comes into view, so does the richness and emotional complexity of the relationships…These frivolous idiosyncrasies of the amateur athlete are elevated by the play, and in particular by Lee Sunday Evans’ elegant stagecraft as she renders the astonishing speed and agility of tennis in rich, arresting theatrical detail." Full Review
"Just when the show gets to be too much, too pat and too expository, the action moves towards a more traditional setting, a dinner party. With this change, 'Don’t You F**king Say A Word' shines anew. It is a very enjoyable evening of theater. Writer Andy Bragen and Director Lee Sunday Evans have done a great job wringing out the most from their characters and situations before moving on and changing up the pace of the piece." Full Review
"Bragen's hilarious play creates a snapshot of two years in the friendship of a pair of New York City couples…In this fast-paced, fun production, all four actors deliver performances of richness and humor. ‘Don't You F**king Say a Word’ fixes its more heartfelt moments in a comedic framework, and it earns its sincere emotional beats through well-crafted and well-played characters while also being one of the funnier plays that we've seen in awhile." Full Review
"The play, written by Andy Bragen, parodies the male-hormone-driven intensity of competitive tennis between two underemployed guys, Russ (Michael Braun) and Brian (Bhavesh Patel), while managing to drive home the point that boys will be boys, after all…It’s a fun 85 minutes, full of laughs, behavior that every couple will recognize, and a few things to think about on the way home." Full Review
"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 fast, but it remarkably never does. Some of the credit surely goes to director Evans and her slick staging, which keeps our heads in the game without getting bogged down in the tennis minutiae." Full Review
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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...
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
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.
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
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
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