Dot NYC Reviews and Tickets

82%
(58 Reviews)
Positive
86%
Mixed
14%
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Great acting, Funny, Relevant, Entertaining, Absorbing

About the Show

The Vineyard Theater presents this new cross-generational comedic drama by Colman Domingo and directed by Tony Award winner Susan Stroman.

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Member Reviews (58)

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692 Reviews | 152 Followers
85
Absorbing, Funny, Refreshing, Relevant, Quirky

See it if you enjoy heart warming family sagas, are happy to see diverse casts, appreciate "coming home again" sagas, want to laugh amid problems

Don't see it if family reunions are not your thing, can't imagine a comedy about Alzheimers, you have mother issues

482 Reviews | 717 Followers
90
Funny, Great acting, Profound, Thought-provoking, Resonant

See it if you like a "full-bodied" show that's just as heavy on the laughs as it is in meaning. It's funny and sad and deeply moving.

Don't see it if you're looking for fluff.

534 Reviews | 488 Followers
65
Uneven, Fine

See it if you've already seen everything else you want to see. It's nice but not worth prioritizing.

Don't see it if you'd be frustrated by the writing fluctuating from insightful to cliched, or the performances ranging from masterful to inconsistent.

469 Reviews | 258 Followers
96
Relevant, Hysterically funny,, Moving,, Excellent ensemble,

See it if you want to see a hysterically funny play that is ultimately very moving.

Don't see it if you want to be emotionally moved by a play.

449 Reviews | 116 Followers
75
Funny, Great acting, Hilarious, Relevant, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy hilarious comedy with a serious edge.

Don't see it if family fights during the holidays make you restless.

392 Reviews | 204 Followers
94
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Masterful, Intense

See it if An American family in all of its complexity deal with Alzheimer.

Don't see it if If looking for a musical. This is a true drama.

295 Reviews | 95 Followers
68
Too-long play loses focus, Disappointing, Lots of yelling, Better direction could have tightened thing up, Repetitive

See it if You like dysfunctional-family dramas with some comic relief thrown in and have two-plus hours to spare.

Don't see it if You like cogent storytelling.

197 Reviews | 529 Followers
85
Too long, Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Moving

See it if Excellent acting, often humorous yet loving portrayal of a family dealing with a mother's Alzheimer's disease. However, ran too long.

Don't see it if You want something light, or don't want to sit for 2 1/2 hours.

Critic Reviews (24)

The New York Times
February 23rd, 2016

"Colman Domingo’s thoroughly entertaining comedy-drama…While conventional in form, it’s uproariously funny, if naturally streaked with sadness (and at times, a pinch or two of sentimentality). Mr. Domingo draws a complex portrait of a family in crisis…Ms. Stroman’s streamlined direction keeps the play from tilting too far toward the soap operatic, or for that matter the sitcomic…The cast is terrific...As the play progresses, Dotty’s gradual acceptance of her illness becomes deeply moving."
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Time Out New York
February 23rd, 2016

"The production’s bigger-broader-louder approach does not cast the most flattering possible light on Domingo’s already overstuffed dramedy…There are likable characters and comedic bits worth savoring but they don’t have room to breathe; the show’s affectionate embrace of black and gay stereotypes becomes too tight a grip, and the heart gets squeezed out. Though amusing, 'Dot' comes off as a sitcom that doesn’t quite know what it wants to be."
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The Hollywood Reporter
February 23rd, 2016

"Playwright Domingo sacrifices the play's emotional impact in favor of broad humor, much to its detriment. Even potentially powerful scenes are rendered kitschy. Encompassing themes of sexuality, family, and race the play is too wildly uneven to have much of an impact...The performers frequently get laughs, to be sure, but it's only Johnson, quietly dignified and restrained, who comes across as vitally real. Her mentally-impaired Dot seems the sanest person in the room."
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Entertainment Weekly
February 23rd, 2016

"In his third and most ambitious play to date, Domingo tackles a frightening issue with a fearless mix of bone-dry humor and warp-speed emotional shifts…Give Domingo credit for using his approachable, unique voice to call attention to an often-underrepresented issue."
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Variety
February 26th, 2016

“Playwright Colman Domingo sees the absurdity and the human comedy in the messy, volatile, all-too-real family dynamic. Though the show occasionally veers to the maudlin, there’s much authentic emotion and comfort in this loss-of-memory tale. Problem is, the playwright stuffs his overlong play with enough plotting, themes and mid-life crises for multiple works…Only when the production takes a breather from the fraught storylines does the play find its focus, and its heart.”
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New York Post
March 3rd, 2016

"'Dot' is drawn in such broad strokes. Under Susan Stroman’s direction, the cast piles it on even further by dialing everything to 11. The usually reliable Sharon Washington is especially guilty, and when she finally tones it down toward the end, it makes you long for what could have been."
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Theatermania
February 23rd, 2016

"Colman Domingo tackles the subject with intelligence, heart, and humor in his magnificent new play…This is very much an actor's play, full of plum roles and juicy dialogue, some of which causes the forward thrust of the plot to meander off-course…We can forgive Domingo's verbosity: When the design is this perfect, the acting this good, and the one-liners this witty, we have no desire to hastily vacate the theater. Full of laughter and heartbreak, 'Dot' is an evening well-spent."
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BroadwayWorld
February 25th, 2016

"The blend between the broad comedy and the moments of poignancy in Domingo's family drama isn't a smooth one, but at the center is a heart-tugging and sincere performance by Marjorie Johnson...Stroman's staging often looks awkward as the actors maneuver the crowded space...Thanks to the solid company the production is entertaining and often funny, though jokes involving chitlins, fried chicken, and watermelon-flavored vodka...seem more shticky than character-driven."
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