Fairycakes NYC Reviews and Tickets

(73 Ratings)
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Clever, Funny, Entertaining, Disappointing, Quirky

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

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562 Reviews | 85 Followers
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

52 Reviews | 27 Followers
Hilarious, Enchanting, Clever

See it if You want to see a cast of NY theatrical comedy legends doing what they do best with a Shakespearean toss-up.

Don't see it if You are looking for a drama or aren't in the mood for some good, silly fun.

139 Reviews | 12 Followers
Refreshing, Hilarious, Great writing, Delightful, Clever

See it if You want to see mega watt actors, in a fun and silly mashup of Shakespeare and fairy tales, with great costumes, a fun set and a moral.

Don't see it if Frivolous comedy in verse. Adorable costumes. If you don’t want to see a “Masterclass” in comedy. If you are offended by a beautiful lead!

50 Reviews | 9 Followers
Refreshing, Funny, Clever, Delightful

See it if You enjoy a B’way level cast, especially Jackie Hoffman& Julie Halston , all are terrific.

Don't see it if You don't like satire/light comedy.

206 Reviews | 42 Followers
Hilarious, Funny, Entertaining, Enchanting, Delightful

See it if you want to see a stellar cast of some of the theaters great comic actors, you want a nice fun night out

Don't see it if you are looking for an in-depth storyline, you don't care for tongue-in-cheek humor Read more

68 Reviews | 7 Followers
Hilarious, Great writing, Great staging, Delightful, Clever

See it if you love quips and just fun dialogue. It's witty, hilarious, and has a strong message. Absolutely love!

Don't see it if It's a little long and will end it's run soon - but GO NOW! Such a delightful distraction from the everyday!

516 Reviews | 134 Followers
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

95 Reviews | 15 Followers
Funny, Entertaining, Delightful, Clever

See it if You’re a fan of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Don't see it if You’re expecting a full musical.

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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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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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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