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Members say: Clever, Funny, Great acting, Quirky, Entertaining

About the show

Will Eno's ("The Realistic Joneses," "The Open House") take on Ibsen's "Peer Gynt" comes to New York for the first time in this new staging at Theatre for a New Audience. More…

From the show:

Peter Gnit, a modern-day version of Ibsen’s heroic character Peer Gynt, is a carefree young man on a reckless search for Experience and the True Self. Armed with tales from his mother of his early greatness and his absent father, he heads out into the world. Like all true stories of human endeavor and adventure, Gnit is part horror story, part fairy tale, and part road movie. A timely reckoning with received notions of Rugged Individualism and the self-made person. Come see how it all turns out.

Packed with Eno’s signature wordplay and wit, Gnit is a sad and funny exploration of the right and the good, and, ultimately, how to live a good life.

Member Reviews (41)


Clever, Funny, Great acting, Quirky, Entertaining
Avg Score

Slow, Quirky, Great staging, Great acting

See it if You want a truly odd story with very dry humor and an anti hero protagonist. Great acting and staging.

Don't see it if It gets slow at times and is quirky enough to throw you if you don't go with it. If you don't like Will Eno's work don't see it.

During previews
Well-staged, Quirky, Intelligent, Funny, Philosphical

See it if you like cerebral theater; Eno's script is filled w zingers/insights. Gnit looks for selfhood all over, but by looking, he's lost it.

Don't see it if you want a tight script, GNIT wanders like its char. The action can get wearing. Still, funny/thought-provoking. Pitfalls of selfishness.

During previews
Great acting, Quirky, Slow, Funny, Clever

See it if you like dry humor, like a fables. You like Willo Eno works.

Don't see it if its slow at parts, If Brooklyn is a problem for you. Runs 2 hr 15 mins

During previews
Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Funny, Clever

See it if you enjoy a very witty and really funny take on of Peer Gynt or you just want to laugh a lot. Great performances by cast. Good staging.

Don't see it if you are a purist about Ibsen and don't like updated versions, even if you will split your seams laughing.

Also From beginning to end, the show had wonderful writing and amusing scen... Read more Read less

During previews
Great staging, Great acting

See it if If you enjoy theater of the absurd. Great set with large hills. Adventures & people that lead character comes upon & his reactions.

Don't see it if Show drags in spots and could use a 20+ minute trim. Runs 2 hours 15 minutes.

During previews
Peer gynt lite, Quirky character work, Magical absurdism, Great match for enos' ethos, Very funny

See it if fan of Eno, or not discovered him yet, want absurdist take on a classic, appreciate cutting hours of run time, see absurdity of seeking self

Don't see it if can't laugh at absurdity, dislike Peer Gynt, hate classics reinterpreted, need a musical, think Brooklyn's 2 far, $12 sandwiches R 2 much

During previews
Sardonic, Entertaining, Great acting, Funny, Exquisite

See it if you like interesting ways of meting out justice. Tough love prevails. If there's such a thing as wish fulfillment for cynics, this is it.

Don't see it if you need more sappiness dampening the script’s gunpowder dry wit.

Also This may not be the most illuminating or healthy play, but it is ruthl... Read more Read less

During previews
Indulgent, Dizzying, Great writing, Entertaining, Clever

See it if Will Eno's dialogue is as clever as ever but with too few actors playing so many parts it becomes confusing.

Don't see it if you dislike absurdity or are looking for a straight forward play, this will not be for you.

Also I wish I knew Ibsen's Peer Gynt to understand Eno's adaptation of this... Read more Read less

During previews
Quirky, Funny

See it if Peer Gynt fable in modern-ish times with deadpan, awkward situations and dry humor: self absorbed men exist, they hurt others, and they suck

Don't see it if Don't fully understand the point of the story. Same actors playing many characters gets a confusing. 2 hours 15 minutes with intermission

Also Diversity: not really. Egotistical White man protagonist. Two Black ac... Read more Read less

During previews
Quirky, Great writing, Great acting, Funny, Absorbing

See it if You are in the mood for a Monty python kind of humor regarding one man’s crusade to find the meaning of life. Excellent acting.

Don't see it if You do not like quirky kind of plays.

During previews
Hilarious, Loquacious, Clever, Absurd

See it if you’ll love a smart, ridiculous comedy with brains. You have a working knowledge of absurdist theater.

Don't see it if you think physical comedy is the best kind of comedy.

Also this is an absolute riot.

During previews
Absorbing, Clever, Intelligent, Great staging, Great acting

See it if Lovely set and the actors use every inch of it. Clever dialogue and twists and turns. Look and learn. A challenging update of a classic.

Don't see it if You don’t like updated classics.

During previews
Great staging, Great acting, Clever, Absorbing

See it if funny and philosophical take on a classic. Stellar cast, great set.

Don't see it if you want straight forward narrative. This has lots of humour and existential moments..Can you a 15 minute cut.

During previews
Funny, Entertaining, Delightful, Clever

See it if Funny, entertaining and off the wall Comedy at the theater for new audience in Brooklyn. If you're just looking to laugh for 2 + hours

Don't see it if You don't enjoy comedies on the level of Monty Python. My first visit to the polonsky Shakespeare theater and was very impressive

Also Looking forward to seeing more events at this theater in the near futu... Read more Read less

During previews
Great writing, Great staging, Clever

See it if into the translation of a classic into the style of a current playwright.

Don't see it if you need clarity; this is both non-sensical and dead-serious, resolved - and not really.

Also On paper, this is the perfect storm: Ibsen's Peer Gynt about a self-ce... Read more Read less

During previews
Quirky., Entertaining, Intelligent, Great acting, Funny

See it if You like absurdist humor and Will Eno's work. You want to see a new take on Peer Gynt.

Don't see it if You don't like absurdist humor. You want the protagonist to be someone you like and care deeply about.

Also I was not familiar with Peer Gynt (I read a synopsis after seeing the ... Read more Read less

During previews
Quirky, Thought-provoking, Bizarre, Great acting, Clever

See it if You enjoy: Will Eno's past work; quirky, deadpan humor; the original play, Peer Gynt; you are ok with strange, meandering plot.

Don't see it if You're an Ibsen purist, or if you hate the original play. If you need straightforward plot. If you prefer realism.

Also While you certainly don't HAVE to be familiar with the original Ibsen ... Read more Read less

During previews
Thought-provoking, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Edgy

See it if You like absurd, deadpan comedy. The show is quite clever and polished, beautifully staged. I'm not sure it will stay with me, though.

Don't see it if You like traditional dramas. By the end Gnit was a bit preachy. But it was so well acted and staged it did not get tiresome.

During previews
Banal, Excruciating, Disappointing

See it if you are interested in what contemporary playwrights are doing.

Don't see it if you do not like pretentious riffs on classic plays.

Also I just did not find anything funny in this production. Clearly it is m... Read more Read less

During previews
Funny, Clever, Thought-provoking, Great writing, Absorbing

See it if You like a show that makes you think and you don’t mind having to draw your own meaning from, or if you’re a fan of Will Eno

Don't see it if You don’t like theatre of the absurd or if you only like shows that are straightforward

During previews
Slow, Quirky, Edgy, Great acting, Clever

See it if You want a sometimes funny, sometimes boring show.

Don't see it if You want a fun show.

During previews
Quirky, Entertaining, Funny

See it if You appreciate deadpan humor and can follow actors playing multitudes or roles throughout the production.

Don't see it if You would prefer something serious or don’t care for deadpan style humor.

Also This play was engaging throughout with the deadpan humor and watching ... Read more Read less

During previews
Timely, Insipid, Clever, Indulgent, Ironic

See it if You are up for yet another take on Peer Gynt. This is your play for a strong dose of irony. One could draw parallels to modern life.

Don't see it if You have a limited taste for endless irony and clueless, careless, self absorbed characters careening through life.

During previews
Slow, Great acting, Ambitious, Clever

See it if A (sometimes illuminating sometimes confusing) update of Peer Gynt, Will Eno's style. Good versatile acting from a compact crew

Don't see it if Hope for a play at the level of Thom Pain - this is a rung below

During previews
Good staging, Good acting, Funny, Delightful, Clever dialogue

See it if you would like to see a refreshingly new version of Peer Gynt with good acting and snappy dialogue.

Don't see it if you are an Ibsen purist.

“Gnit” hasn't been reviewed by any Critics (yet!)

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