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Enterprise

Members say: Clever, Funny, Quirky, Ambitious, Great acting
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Part of Soho Playhouse's Fringe Encore Series: This fast-paced and surreal workplace comedy is the brainchild of indie theater stalwart Brian Parks.

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With their large company suddenly on the brink of collapse, four panicking businesspeople make a desperate overnight attempt to save it–and their futures. Emergency proposals, email hacking, an animal sacrifice, a radical theory about the Ottoman Empire–will any of it work?

 

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Reviews (33)

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76
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75
The New York Times

"An absurdist express train of comic corporate-speak...Though the characters played by Boston and Calvitto are more the alpha dogs, all of the actors demonstrate a crack sense of ensemble egalitarianism. The true star is Parks’s dialogue: If a joke doesn’t hit its mark, another one lands before you have time to notice...The playwright’s hapless executives may not qualify for a raise, but his 'Enterprise' merits a promotion." Full Review

75
Time Out New York

for a previous production "'Enterprise' values linguistic acrobatics and absurd exchanges over narrative. The story, such as it is, unfurls in brisk, wordplay-packed scenes...The success of a surreal comedy like this is all in the timing. And the performers, though impressively committed, are still finding their rhythm under the directorial hand of Parks's frequent conspirator Hill...Like an entry-level job, 'Enterprise' may not stay with you forever, but it's rewarding during your fleeting time there." Full Review

75
Theatre is Easy

for a previous production "Modern neo-liberalism adds some relevance to this work, but otherwise it might have appeared onstage ten, twenty, or thirty years ago. It doesn't attempt to address the particular office behaviors of, for example, a startup workplace...It just highlights the comedic despair and disembodiment caused by 'business as usual'—a sort of short-form, Ionesco-flavored take on 'The Office.' It's a good time and perhaps a reminder of the strangeness of that kind of life for those who live it every day. " Full Review

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On Stage Blog

for a previous production "The brisk exchange of short lines...and the rapid swirl of quick scenes create the lively and compelling rhythm of an office machine...The writing of Brian Parks is sharp, precise, and it will make you chuckle and nod in recognition. However, the question, is ‘Enterprise’ a good play for theater, remains. It is cartoonishly cheerful throughout and has just a bit of an ‘Oh my god, what I am wasting my life on?’ moment in the end, which evaporates as soon as you leave the theater." Full Review

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Exeunt Magazine

for a previous production “‘Enterprise’ delivers but with a twist: the humor builds not from the absurdities of corporate culture, but from language…Despite the characters’ embarrassingly bad word play, these employees seem intrinsically aware that speech is man’s most powerful tool… To paraphrase Shakespeare, in whose tradition Parks is working here, when life gives you a 'feast of language,' it would seem stingy not to spend it." Full Review

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The Clyde Fitch Report

for a previous production "A great opportunity to see two cutting-edge theater artists at work...'Enterprise' presents a charmingly dizzy view of the corporate world...This is a world in which most things assumed to be constant may not be any longer. Dozens of short, dreamlike scenes flash in and out of the darkness — flawlessly held together by Berit Johnson’s lighting and Hill’s own groovy sound design...The cast and director work overtime to give us a bewildering array of things to think about." Full Review

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British Theatre Guide

for a previous production “Parks has a unique authorial voice. His satires pinpoint failures of the Great American Dream with surreal accuracy…For an hour, an impeccably drilled ensemble of actors, directed with precision by Calvitto, hilariously catalogue their efforts to save the company through a long dark night of the soul. The play comprises numerous short scenes, slowly building an off-beat but scarily accurate vision of corporate life today." Full Review

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ZEALnyc

for a previous production “Because of the surrealistic style of the play, several of the events and actions are not completely logical, and there are frequent unusual verbal juxtapositions. Expert lighting marks the opening and closing of each successive scene, with many scenes full of non sequiturs and nonsensical verbal sparring. The actors deliver many humorous lines…Unfortunately, due to the fast-paced action of the play, the actors don’t always provide enough time for all the jokes to land.” Full Review

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The Scotsman

for a previous production "Out-of-control corporate culture is the subject...Almost ten years on from the great financial crash of 2008, it is still with us...which makes Parks’s fast-talking satire on a system fraying at the edges, yet still convinced it can rule the world, all the more timely, hilarious and frightening…Parks, his director Calvitto, and a brilliant four-man cast have delivered a richly damning verdict on a system that catastrophically fails to understand the complex weave of human nature." Full Review

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AllEdinburghtheatre.com

for a previous production “An original and funny experience…While the script is full of humor and interest, it is certainly not foolproof. The constant parade of short scenes is not ideal, with the whole thing taking some time to cohere...The absurdist nature of events comes at the expense of character development to an extent. It is to the credit of the cast that they come across as more than suited drones. All four impress with their energy and comic precision…David Calvitto’s direction is ideal for the piece." Full Review

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Three Weeks Edinburgh

for a previous production “Enterprise’ is frequently funny. Very funny, in fact. The humor ranges from the satirical to the absurd, by way of witty wordplay and sharp observations. Though a comic success, as a play it falls apart: the scenes are tied together by the loosest of plots, but really it is more a series of disjointed sketches with little in common. Funny, yes, but not really coherent and ultimately less than the sum of its parts." Full Review

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Avg Score

75
Ambitious, Clever, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if you want to see some amazing actors perform live. The show is quirky and may not be for everyone. Worth seeing if in corporate world.

Don't see it if you are looking for a serious show or a show that flows for the full 1 hour.

74
Funny, Dizzying

See it if you enjoy corporate satire.

Don't see it if you want a linear show.

70
Light fare, Dated/nostalgic

See it if you want to see a Monty-Pythonesque skewering of corporate culture (as it existed in the 90s).

Don't see it if you'd prefer a more subtle comedy. The volume is cranked up to 11 throughout.

Also Farcical scene snippets performed with gusto. My only complaint is thi... Read more Read less

86
Edgy, Intense, Quirky, Entertaining, Loud

See it if You like fast paced quirky shows that keep you engaged.

Don't see it if You like slower quieter shows that have a straight-forward plot.

Also I'm a fan! This show grabs you from the get go and then you need to ha... Read more Read less

92
Intelligent, Relevant, Resonant, Great writing, Hilarious

See it if If you want to watch MBA types groping with problems

Don't see it if You don't know what an MBA is

70
Ambitious, Clever, Dizzying, Resonant, Slow

See it if Verbal pyrotechnics infuse story of a corporate meltdown Parks infuses capitalistic saga with both the silly & the relevant to mixed results

Don't see it if Written (& directed) at such a fever pitch it has nowhere to go thus a tedium sets in.... could be a metaphor for current political climate?

72
Funny, Clever, Great acting, Energetic

See it if you work in the corporate world or appreciate the absurdity of certain aspects of corporate culture; I laughed out loud a few times

Don't see it if you're bothered by some low brow humor; prefer shows with longer run times; want to see something that is a completely finished work

79
Funny, Clever, Intelligent, Great writing, Well-aimed satirical takedown of corporate culture and its men in suits.

See it if You appreciate quick blackout jabs and japes at the men in the executive suites.

Don't see it if You're a stuffed shirt with no sense of humor about corporate craziness.

60
Funny, Ambitious, Quirky, Indulgent, Disappointing

See it if You work in an office and want to see four talented actors poke fun at the insanity of an office environment.

Don't see it if a fast paced show that still FEELS slow, doesn't appeal to you. While often funny, the lag time between punchlines was rough.

69
Great acting, Relevant, Tedious, Somewhat funny, Unorthodox

See it if you like themes critical of the corporate work place, off-beat witty language and minimal plots.

Don't see it if you do not enjoy a lot of shouting, similarity to sketch comedy, bare bones plots and unconventional character interactions.

69
Ambitious, Great acting, Intense, Excruciating

See it if you want to see a play about the horrors of the corporate world and what the workers go through.

Don't see it if you do not want to hear screaming for one hour.

Also I found the play hard to take and couldn't wait for the screaming to b... Read more Read less

6
Disappointing, Fluffy

See it if you get this kind of comedy and want to see a fast pace show that never slows down

Don't see it if you are looking for a play. Think of this as quick little skits.

Also Don't sit in the front row. One of the actors spits every time he talk... Read more Read less

68
Funny, Ambitious, Clever, Dizzying, Quirky

See it if You enjoy extreme satire that really is sketch comedy. Realism dissolves into absurdity with the use of poetic vocal and visual imagery.

Don't see it if You need a coherent storyline that moves forward in a straight line. This absurdist comedy is all over the place. All dialogue is shouted.

Also I think this 100% original play would have fared better if there had b... Read more Read less

76
Funny, Clever, Quirky

See it if You enjoy clever wordplay and rants pushed into absurd territory.

Don't see it if You like logical stories with plots.

90
Funny, Clever, Intelligent, Relevant, Fast-paced

See it if This dystopia is a surreal corporation on the verge of collapse, and four poor out-of-touch zhlubs who try to save it. Well-directed/acted.

Don't see it if You don't enjoy quick, witty blackouts, with a touch of Beckett, Kafka, Pirandello and even Monty Python.

68
Funny, Dizzying, Confusing

See it if You want what's advertised: fast paced, absurd, surreal

Don't see it if You want to understand what's going on

92
Funny, Clever, Intelligent, Refreshing, Entertaining

See it if You like a new way for a writer to tell a story. The story represents a day in the life of a company and how four employees react.

Don't see it if You like a traditional way to tell a story instead of multiple vignettes.

76
Clever, Intense, Quirky, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if You enjoy truly accomplished staging, a fabulous production, top-flight acting.

Don't see it if You want something a little more in-depth out of the characters on stage. The writing is tight, clever, but the emotional center is missing.

90
Winning display of witty & poetic verbal pyrotechnics from playwright brian parks

See it if seeking fast-paced surreal comedy where your mind will not be able to keep up with the linguistic high jinks but you will be tickled a lot.

Don't see it if everything has to make sense to you and fringe festival offerings leave you feeling uneasy.

Also Also: razor-sharp direction and a deft quartet of actors with Christop... Read more Read less

65
Ambitious, Dizzying, Great acting, Quirky, Disappointing

See it if You enjoy quick, disjointed impressions on a theme, in this case "a corporation". You don't mind a topic satirized, with little exposition.

Don't see it if You're expecting an off, off, B'way type of "Enron", or like a super, off B'way play of 2016, "Men of Tortuga". Both dealt with corporations

76
Clever, Edgy

See it if Some good snippets...reminded me a little of glengary Glenross

Don't see it if You want a standard play..

88
For a previous production
Funny, Intelligent, Entertaining

See it if you like puns and absurd theater. This fast-paced play is a ton of puns strung together, but very smartly.

Don't see it if you want in depth characterizations or intricate plotting.