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Enterprise

From 22 member  reviews
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. More…

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?


Member Reviews (22)

MEMBERS SAY:

Clever, Funny, Quirky, Ambitious, Entertaining
72
Avg Score

70
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?

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.

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

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.

92
Relevant, Resonant, Intelligent, Hilarious, Great writing

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

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

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

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.

75
Entertaining, Ambitious, Clever, Great acting

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.

79
Clever, Funny, 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.

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.

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

72
Clever, Energetic, Great acting, Funny

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

76
Clever, Funny, 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.

74
Dizzying, Funny

See it if you enjoy corporate satire.

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

90
Clever, Funny, 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.

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

86
Entertaining, Edgy, Quirky, Intense, 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

76
Entertaining, Great staging, Intense, Quirky, Clever

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

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

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..

92
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Intelligent, Refreshing

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.

For a previous production
88
Funny, Entertaining, Intelligent

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.


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 y...
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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 un...
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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 cau...
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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 tr...
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