Enterprise
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Enterprise NYC Reviews and Tickets

72%
(22 Reviews)
Positive
68%
Mixed
27%
Negative
5%
Members say
Clever, Funny, Quirky, Ambitious, Entertaining

About the Show

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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Member Reviews (22)

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464 Reviews | 128 Followers
68
Clever, Funny, Quirky, Dizzying, Ambitious

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. Read more

433 Reviews | 93 Followers
60
Ambitious, Disappointing, Indulgent, Quirky, Funny

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.

376 Reviews | 53 Followers
69
Tedious, Great acting, Relevant, Unorthodox, Somewhat funny

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.

295 Reviews | 27 Followers
69
Ambitious, Intense, Great acting, 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. Read more

86 Reviews | 16 Followers
65
Ambitious, Great acting, Dizzying, Disappointing, Quirky

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

47 Reviews | 14 Followers
68
Confusing, Funny, Dizzying

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

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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Z
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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