Entertaining Mr. Sloane
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Entertaining Mr. Sloane
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Entertaining Mr. Sloane NYC Reviews and Tickets

79%
(11 Reviews)
Positive
91%
Mixed
9%
Negative
0%
Members say
Intelligent, Entertaining, Funny, Edgy, Slow

About the Show

Phoenix Theatre Ensemble revives Joe Orton's pitch-black comedy about a family whose drab existence is interrupted by the arrival of a new lodger: the enigmatic Mr. Sloane.

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Member Reviews (11)

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741 Reviews | 121 Followers
75
Intelligent, Slow, Thought-provoking, Well directed, Disturbing

See it if You are up for a theatrical challenge. The characters their development and situations are extremely well presented.

Don't see it if you are impatient with slow developments that only pay off at the climax. There is also a strong absurd element that will bother some people

302 Reviews | 101 Followers
76
Entertaining, Raunchy, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if You've never had a chance to see Orton ' s subversive black comedy on family values gone amuck

Don't see it if You want precision in dialect

289 Reviews | 60 Followers
80
Riveting, Profound, Hilarious, Great acting

See it if you want to see 1960's Joe Orton's "ahead of it's time" classic about a relationship triangle that is dangerous & sexy and even today shocks

Don't see it if you don't enjoy plays that are very controversial and emphasize sexual freedom in a three way type relationship in 1960's London.

197 Reviews | 42 Followers
83
Entertaining, Funny, Refreshing

See it if A young man dealing with a brother and sister interested in sex with him and all that befalls this strange family. Amusing acting by all.

Don't see it if Your to uptight for this forty year old play.

163 Reviews | 33 Followers
75
Funny, Great writing, Intelligent, Wicked, Sexy

See it if you take your comedy black with no sweetener and you find most TV sitcoms tiresomely tame despite their attempts to be naughty.

Don't see it if clever double entendres tend to go above your head.

117 Reviews | 13 Followers
79
Clever, Great acting, Great writing, Funny, Edgy

See it if You want to see a well-acted, well-directed very dark comedy.

Don't see it if You are easily offended

72 Reviews | 35 Followers
76
Funny, Quirky, Intelligent, Entertaining

See it if You want to see a great production of a Joe Orton play. You like non-traditional stories.

Don't see it if You're easily offended. You need to go into this with an open mind and roll with it otherwise you won't enjoy it.

49 Reviews | 20 Followers
79
Ambitious, Edgy, Entertaining, Intelligent, Fluffy

See it if you enjoy intelligent farce and adult situations. It isn't thrillingly paced, but it is a lot of fun.

Don't see it if want a ton of action or are easily offended by sexual situations.

Critic Reviews (7)

TheaterScene.net
May 8th, 2017

"Riotous performances, inspired staging and striking design all make this an exquisite revival of Joe Orton’s 1964 subversive, black comedy masterpiece...Director Craig Smith’s propulsive staging gloriously renders Orton’s vision of anti-establishment mayhem...Every joke uproariously lands, especially those about false teeth. The casting is perfection...This superb production affirms its enduring stature as a work of provocative dramatic literature."
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Theatre is Easy
May 7th, 2017

"Herein lies the problem with the play...It stretches credibility that a young stud would agree to settle into a house on the edge of nowhere and willingly fall into a relationship with a needy, overbearing woman...Phoenix Ensemble’s production is particularly disquieting. Under Smith’s direction, the show features four wholly unsympathetic characters...It’s cringe-inducing, and while there is abundant dark humor in the play, the takeaway is far more unsettling than it is entertaining."
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Theater Pizzazz
May 8th, 2017

"This revival, directed by Craig Smith, is as good a production as anyone could wish. We are led through a gorgeously sordid farce with four misfits of differing stripes...How it goes wrong from there is at once predictable and surprising. That is the genius of Joe Orton—to never provide sure footing or an easy explanation. Life is menacing and funny, so laugh at your own peril...This production is outstanding."
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Stage Buddy
May 9th, 2017

“Orton’s dialogue is fast, witty, and deceptively complex, such that it has the actors here almost chasing after it at times, and tripping here and there over their dubiously assumed accents...There are a couple of moments when the underlying pain is unintentionally allowed to override the humor...When the actors do hit the right beats, as they do more often than not, it is deliriously funny…A grotesquely clownish scenario that is as humorously alleviating as it is psychologically unsettling.”
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scribicide
May 12th, 2017

"This may be the first time I have found murder, incest, and blackmail so darn boring."
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The Huffington Post
May 9th, 2017

“A deliciously decadent piece of vintage vice…Director Craig Smith, the play’s creative team, and the cast expertly transport us back to not-so-jolly old England in the '60s…The acting of all four players is superb. As Kath, the delightful Elise Stone is a larger-than-life force of nature…For those who have never seen the play, the final moment of 'Entertaining Mr. Sloane' alone is worth the 53-year wait!”
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Plays to See
May 10th, 2017

"A hilarious, sexy, scathing farce...Director Craig Smith and his team have come up with unique flourishes that add amazing details to the stage action: dogs barking, background music and amusing piano flourishes that serve as a soundtrack, even incense and perfume. The production makes this 53-year-old play just as incendiary and sordid as it was when it debuted. It’s deliciously perverse and genuinely funny."
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