Already closed | 2h 30m | East Village

Entertaining Mr. Sloane

From 11 member  reviews
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. More…

Provocative and sexually ambiguous, Sloane soon has both Kath and her brother Ed competing for his favors. But all is not as it seems. Behind Sloane’s nonchalant demeanor lies a calculating psychopath with a dark and secretive past. Seduction, blackmail, and murder lie waiting in the wings.

2h 30m | Already closed | The Wild Project (East Village)

Member Reviews (11)

MEMBERS SAY:

Intelligent, Entertaining, Funny, Edgy, Slow
79
Avg Score

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

90
Intense, Thought-provoking, Edgy

See it if You like edgy, dark dark comedies... even though it was written in the 1960s

Don't see it if you are easily shocked

During previews
89
Provocative, Totally orton, Years of experience on stage, Perverse boulevard comedy, Great acting, staging, direction

See it if Joe Orton, The Phoenix Ensemble, Craig Smith, sexual absurdism, leather pants, hunky hustlers, are worth your price of admission

Don't see it if sexual dynamics, absurdity, that which is Ortonesque, British accents, listening for 2 hours +, intimate productions, are enuf 2 keep u home

During previews
65
Dated, Quirky, Slow, Good acting, Absurd humor

See it if You like absurd dark comedy or like Orton. You've never seen a production of the show. Can forgive lack of diction.

Don't see it if You've seen good production already. You have trouble following Brit diction poorly enunciated. You're expecting shock value of original.


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, espec...
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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...
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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 foo...
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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....
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