Enterprise NYC Reviews and Tickets

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Clever, Funny, Quirky, Ambitious, Entertaining

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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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Ambitious, Dizzying, Clever, 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?

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. Read more

Critic Reviews (11)

The New York Times
September 14th, 2017

"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."
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Time Out New York
February 6th, 2017
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."
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Theatre is Easy
February 10th, 2017
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. "
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Exeunt Magazine
February 18th, 2017
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."
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On Stage Blog
February 8th, 2017
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."
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The Clyde Fitch Report
February 6th, 2017
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."
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British Theatre Guide
August 9th, 2017
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."
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February 7th, 2017
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.”
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August 11th, 2017
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."
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August 22nd, 2017
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."
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August 13th, 2017
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."
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