Fairycakes
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Fairycakes NYC Reviews and Tickets

67%
(71 Reviews)
Positive
54%
Mixed
31%
Negative
15%
Members say
Clever, Funny, Disappointing, Entertaining, Quirky

A starry cast in a new comedy from Tony nominee Douglas Carter Beane ("The Little Dog Laughed").

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Member Reviews (71)

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952 Reviews | 387 Followers
58
Disappointing, Ambitious, Great costumes, Overwritten, Tedious

See it if You want to see a spectacular cast doing their very best with material that seldom reaches the heights you expect from this cast/creative.

Don't see it if You expect a hilarious, campy, sharp or fully realized evening. Read more

813 Reviews | 221 Followers
65
Dizzying, Confusing, Quirky, Great writing, Fluffy

See it if you can appreciate all that is conveyed in rhyme, you want some light entertainment and some fun moments, you are patient for the good part.

Don't see it if actors projecting at different levels is irritating, some inaudible, have difficulty with a warm theater & an uncomfortable seat for 2 hrs.

692 Reviews | 152 Followers
62
Indulgent, Funny, Disappointing, Cliched, Banal

See it if you like farce, absurdity, loopy fairy tales, sight gags, rhyming dialogue, anachronisms, & clowning. Plus cast of off-Broadway favorites

Don't see it if you're not a fan of farce or cheap but funny jokes, overcooked ingratiating performances, bizarre plot twists, tacky sets & confined staging

658 Reviews | 101 Followers
83
Nice costumes, Entertaining, Enchanting, Clever

See it if you like a very amusing version of Shakespeare play with fairy tale characters thrown in . Very talented cast and witty script.

Don't see it if you don't like comedy or you prefer your Shakespeare done straight. Read more

605 Reviews | 226 Followers
75
Fluffy, Disappointing, Cliched, Funny, Entertaining

See it if You’d be up to see some NYC stage greats have fun and chew scenery in pretty costumes.

Don't see it if A mish-mash fantasy in verse that’s overly long and only funny in bits (ie, broad comedy) isn’t your thing.

471 Reviews | 74 Followers
92
Hilarious, Great writing, Great staging, Delightful, Clever

See it if you like incredibly good writing and you enjoy good acting. Costumes are amazing.Staging is brilliant. The critics blew this one.It's good.

Don't see it if you only go to things that the critics like. My audience loved it. It was delightful.What a cast! Mo did a fine job but couldn't quite do it

435 Reviews | 117 Followers
85
Iconic stars of camp in a hilarious fairy tale sendup

See it if Jackie Hoffman, Julie Halston, Ann Harada, Mo Rocca, Jason Tam and more comic stars in a rollicking fairytale mashup with fabulous costumes

Don't see it if you don't go for rhyming verse. This is sophisticated camp performed by its leading practitioners. Another Douglas Carter Beane gem

Nic
447 Reviews | 86 Followers
77
Silly, Fluffy, Indulgent, Disappointing, Funny

See it if you'd like a cross between A Midsummer Night's Dream and Head Over Heels that feels like community theater. Cast is GREAT, play is okay.

Don't see it if an almost entire show where all the dialogue rhymes would annoy you. This cast of stars could have been better utilized.

Critic Reviews (7)

Lighting & Sound America
November 1st, 2021

"Can actors sue their playwright for non-support? Legal minds might say no, but Fairycakes would make an excellent test case. Douglas Carter Beane, the playwright and director of this distinctly odd enterprise, has assembled an A-team comprising some of New York's best clowns only to leave them stranded in a labyrinthine plot that yields little in the way of amusement."
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New York Stage Review
October 24th, 2021

"It’s a shame, then, that their hard-working efforts, and I mean hard-working, fail to make Fairycakes anything more than an unfortunate misfire. Although there will be some who find this mash-up of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and various fairy tales a delight, I suspect there will be many more who will feel like a trapped animal contemplating gnawing off his own foot to get free."
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New York Stage Review
October 24th, 2021

"Enchantment is scarce and magical moments fleeting in Fairycakes, Douglas Carter Beane’s overstuffed yet undercooked Shakespeare-meets-Disney mish-mash at the Greenwich House Theater."
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TheaterScene.net
October 26th, 2021

"Unfortunately, it is not very funny and the many storylines weigh the play down...This mashup proves to be both too convoluted and too long at two hours and 20 minutes. Beane has, however, given the play a top flight send off with a starry cast of some of the most distinctive and unique actors on the New York stage."
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Front Row Center
October 26th, 2021

"...what makes it worth sitting there for over two hours is the incredible cast."
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New York Theater
October 24th, 2021

The recipe for Fairycakes: Start with a cast of beloved New York stage actors known for their comic flair .... stick rhyming couplets in their mouths and dress them in the most colorful costumes of the season, then dump them in a pan of Midsummer Night’s Dream. Pour in a heavy mash up of fairy and folk tales .. .mix, until unrecognizable. Then serve the resulting concoction both half-baked and overdone.
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T
October 28th, 2021

"I found little laughter in the actors’ high-energy, vocally high-pitched hijinks, requiring them…to speak in verse so badly rhymed that they sometimes slyly let us know they agree, as if it’s all part of the fun…Beane’s homilies about true love are well-intended, but if the playwright really loved us he’d have lopped at least an hour off this mid-autumn night’s scream."
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