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Engagements

From 38 member  reviews
Members say: Cliched, Banal, Funny, Entertaining, Disappointing

About the show

Second Stage Theatre presents Lucy Teitler's dark comedy about ugly feelings in an age of beautiful self-images. More…

It’s summer in New England and every weekend is someone else’s engagement party. The wildflowers, specialty cocktails, and artisanal appetizers are totally Instagram-worthy, but the people are not quite so perfect. One night, Lauren decides to make sure that her best friend doesn’t marry an inadequate suitor...a drunken mistake that incites a cascade of calamities, threatening to expose all of her secrets. Presented at Second Stage Theatre Uptown


Member Reviews (38)

MEMBERS SAY:

Cliched, Banal, Funny, Entertaining, Disappointing
63
Avg Score

59
Banal, Disappointing, Fluffy

See it if You like shallow plays about shallow people. They tried to make it good though.

Don't see it if It didn't live up to expectations. Didn't like or connect to any characters or themes... But also not worst thing I've seen.

65
Cliched, Fluffy, Indulgent, Disappointing, Mildly entertaining

See it if you're intrigued by the banality & misbehavior of privileged 20-somethings. Some decent, realistic performances elevate the material.

Don't see it if you're not interested in "Lifestyles of the Rich and Millennial". Though amusing & mildly enjoyable, it's really just people behaving badly.

70
Disappointing, Great acting, Intelligent, Quirky

See it if like seeing social conventions upended; like morally dubious characters "winning"; questioning of accepted gender roles

Don't see it if snarky dialogue & morally questionable behavior rubs the wrong way; plot lines get shaky

21
Disappointing, Cliched, Fluffy, Slow

See it if if you have never seen a Neil Pepe play before.

Don't see it if If you have seen a play by Neil. This write wasted such a good opportunity here, I would love to see what Neil could have done with this.

78
Clever, Funny, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if you want a show about relationships and deception. Main character is a terrific actress. Rest of the cast can't keep up with her.

Don't see it if you want a well paced show. This should be a 3 character show with no additional sub-story.

62
I was not the target audience

See it if You are under 30 and you find nervous, rapid speaking women cheating with their clueless best friend's fiance a good time.

Don't see it if you think men might have some integrity. you think women can be friends. you are tired of dumbed down characters.

55
Ambitious, Banal, Fluffy, Indulgent, Insipid

See it if Have time to waste.

Don't see it if Any self respect

76
Clever, Entertaining, Cliched

See it if Like shows about relationships.

Don't see it if Are easily offended.

65
Occasionally funny

See it if you like some funny lines. Somewhat predictable. Don't take this too seriously.

Don't see it if want serious theater.

81
Funny, Fluffy, Romantic

See it if You enjoy romcoms even if the characters are shallow.

Don't see it if You don't like comedies about self-serving 30 somethings.

49
Banal, Disappointing, Fluffy, Slow

See it if you enjoy shallow plays about infidelity among upscale preppy friends.

Don't see it if you want a play with some substance, are offended by sexual profanity

75
Great acting, Great staging, Quirky

See it if You like plays that are very quirky and deal with relationships of the 20 something crowd.

Don't see it if You want a living room comedy kind of show

55
Cliched, Disappointing, Insipid

See it if you're interested in watching privileged narcissists sleep around with each other in this less than original, cliched, failed RomCom.

Don't see it if you're interested in serious theatre, uniquely theatrical experiences, or theatre that doesn't pander to the lowest common denominator.

57
Banal

See it if Recently in a ( bad ) relationship or have two faced friends.

Don't see it if You want more relevant theater.

75
Entertaining, Raunchy, Refreshing, Flip

See it if To support and celebrate young female voices. Thrilled by open-minded casting. Beautiful set, lighting, and projection design.

Don't see it if Intimidated by smart, sharp tongued women, annoyed by millenial/gen Y ennui and self-destructiveness. Oppose stylized inner thought monos

83
Delightful, Great staging, Funny

See it if you relate to millennials' challenges with navigating love, or you want a good, devilish laugh in a sharp, crisp production.

Don't see it if you might be easily bothered by the show's cynical tone. While it's a comedy first and foremost, that cynicism feels very real.

51
Banal, Cliched, Disappointing, Entertaining

See it if you don't require any of the below.

Don't see it if you want it to actually be an original, quirky rom com that makes a statement in 21st century relationships.

20
Excruciating, Slow, Banal

See it if you miss Sex & the City themes & want to see them on stage

Don't see it if you love original, engaging theater. Save for a few cute young actors, this thing is TERRIBLE

75
Clever, Funny, Overrated

See it if you want to have a fun and light night

Don't see it if you are young & intelligent

80
Clever, Funny, Entertaining, Quirky, Overrated

See it if You want laugh

Don't see it if You don't like cursing

During previews
73
Cute, Light, Quirky, Uneven

See it if Cute enjoyable light fare. Well acted,as you notice text is at times lacking. Good staging. The poster matched the play. Don't expect more.

Don't see it if You want to think. This is CW. The ending is rushed & not thought out. 1st dancing transitions are embarrassing.

During previews
74
Entertaining, Funny, Fluffy, Fun

See it if If you enjoy chick-flicks/rom-coms you will like this play. Fun story w/ some good laughs. It's short & sweet and a fun night out.

Don't see it if You are looking for a show with substance. It's a cute & light. Some bits need help (dancing between scenes is awkward & works only once).

During previews
75
Surprising, Thought-provoking, Engaging, Tentative, Funny

See it if you're interested in new, messy work with some very interesting things to say about why we make bad choices.

Don't see it if a production that feels tentative, in the sense that the actors and the director seem to be holding back a little bit, would frustrate you.

During previews
78
Great acting, Relevant, Entertaining, Light, Clever

See it if You want a frothy, sometimes realistic comedy about millennials and their social whirls and world. It has some clever dialogue.

Don't see it if You are looking for a thought-provoking evening of totally original ideas. You don't enjoy plays about the 20-30's urban professionals.

During previews
73
Cliched, Confusing, Slow, Entertaining, Good acting

See it if You are a fan of millennial dating situations; are desperate to be in a relationship; great acting by Jennifer Kim

Don't see it if You expect great drama and a happy ending; Are over the age of 50


August 4th, 2016
"A bitingly funny but overly sour comedy...Teitler writes tangy dialogue rich in sharp-witted repartee...The slim plot seems stretched thin by the end of the play, which runs only 80 minutes. And with principal characters as unrelievedly bitchy as Lauren and caddish as Mark, there’s little chance...
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August 4th, 2016
“Finger-food theater: tasty enough in nibbles but leaves you wanting more and is forgotten soon after eating...Teitler’s bitchy banter and metatheatrical asides strive for wit and pathos but mainly prod along an ordinary tale of epigram-spouting narcissists who behave badly and learn to own their...
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August 6th, 2016
"The acting is polished. The direction is smart. The production values are excellent. But all this well-crafted effort seems wasted on showcasing this deadly comedy by Lucy Teitler about the childish antics of a group of shallow people with nothing better to do than knife each other in the back.....
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August 4th, 2016
"There is something classical about Teitler's style, a trait that director Kimberly Senior takes full advantage of...'Engagements' is a fascinating mess, overflowing with big ideas that are only half-conveyed. Formally, it cannot quite decide what it wants to be. By the second half, the plot seem...
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