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Hal & Bee

From 18 member  reviews
Members say: Clever, Great acting, Funny, Thought-provoking, Entertaining

About the show

New Light Theater Project presents this world premiere dark comedy about love, addiction, and aging.  More…

In 'Hal & Bee,' an aging hippie couple tries to hold on to their bohemian roots while dealing with the impending sale of their Upper West Side apartment building and the deadly familiarity of their own relationship.


Member Reviews (18)

MEMBERS SAY:

Clever, Great acting, Funny, Thought-provoking, Entertaining
75
Avg Score

69
Clever, Disappointing, Overrated, Thought-provoking

See it if If you like good acting with a decent staging. If you like the 60's culture.

Don't see it if If you don't like a show that misses the mark, violence.

0
An unmitigated disaster

See it if you enjoy plays with characters you won't have any emotional involvement with.

Don't see it if just don't see it. Not worth anyone's time or money.

Also There is so much wrong with Hal & Bee that it is difficult to know whe... Read more Read less

69
Confusing, Quirky, Entertaining

See it if An absurdist drama about a college-age daughter trying to separate from aging, not so happily married, hippy parents as ceiling closes in.

Don't see it if You don’t like mixing real and absurd events and you don’t believe that a fantasy of killing is a solution for a problem.

80
Great acting, Confusing, Quirky, Thought-provoking

See it if you enjoy shows with a unique twist albeit confusing at first, worth staying with it.

Don't see it if contemporary dramedy doesn't suit you considering you have to be a bit patient at first

80
Great acting, Confusing, Entertaining

See it if You want to watch great actors have fun with a wild show.

Don't see it if You want a play that doesn't stray into being repetitive - the core idea wears thin a little too early.

75
Thought-provoking, Quirky, Great staging, Great acting, Funny

See it if You enjoy shows that deal with the Baby Boomer generation, and NYC -centric family/comedies.

Don't see it if You are tired of plays/movies involving the Baby Boomer generation. You wish a show in a comfortable setting.

Also I like the 59E59 Theatre and am a subscriber, but Theater C is not ver... Read more Read less

95
Great acting, Resonant, Ambitious, Clever, Funny

See it if you like dark comedies and great acting.

Don't see it if averse to violence.

86
A stylish romp with a deeper meaning

See it if You like strong performances that don't hold back, top-notch set and smart direction.

Don't see it if You don't want to see a play dealing with older characters.

Also Director Sarah Norris has done an outstanding job assembling all the e... Read more Read less

88
Quirky, Intelligent, Clever

See it if You like excellent acting, characters you can relate to but are still surprising.

Don't see it if Your sense of humor doesn’t include laughing at life

92
Edgy, Entertaining, Thought-provoking, Intelligent

See it if you like theater that provokes conversation.

Don't see it if you're not into new, surprising shows.

100
Funny, Great writing, Great acting, Intelligent, Must see

See it if You enjoy dark comedy, sharply realistic dialogue, plays about family and relationships, fight choreography, stories about NYC.

Don't see it if You're not interested in those things.

Also This play is wonderfully written and beautifully acted. Each of the 4 ... Read more Read less

100
Relevant, Intelligent, Riveting, Hilarious, Great acting

See it if You're interested in engaging new work from exciting young theater companies. You're an aging hippie, a New Yorker, or a millennial.

Don't see it if You don't like surreal moments mixed in wittily with reality, or if you can't handle a bit of violence.

Also This show is smart and engaging. I was riveted from start to finish an... Read more Read less

100
Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny

See it if You've ever been in a long term relationship! This darkly funny play taps into the ways in which we can hate those whom we love most.

Don't see it if you don't like theater. Otherwise, definitely just see it! :-)

95
Clever, Entertaining, Quirky

See it if you have a dark sense of humor and if you love nuanced performances.

Don't see it if you like shows with a very straightforward plot.

Also This production is independent theater at its best.

100
Great acting, Funny

See it if you like watching great actors, absurd/dark humor, unique play structure.

Don't see it if you only like plays that don't require you to think.

100
Absorbing, Clever, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Riveting

See it if You like dark comedy, fantasy and clever dialogue

Don't see it if you dislike dark concepts, rumination, clever writing.

100
Clever, Ambitious, Great acting, Funny

See it if You enjoy dark, comic, realism

Don't see it if You can’t read between the lines

During previews
82
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Thought-provoking

See it if You would like a pleasant night out. An intriguing pensee on living together and aging.

Don't see it if Perhaps you are too young to imagine the situation it presents, or old enough and likely to find it hits too close to your actual life.


March 16th, 2018
"With a stellar cast and excellent staging, this entertaining dark comedy is very thought provoking...Leading the cast are Broadway veterans, Candy Buckley as Bee and Jeff Hayenga as Hal who master their portrayal of aging hippies...The troupe also includes the talents of Lisa Jill Anderson who p...
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March 19th, 2018
"Various acts of uxoricide take place in Hal's increasingly frustrated mind. These are meant to amuse, I guess, but they don't, in part because the joke, which isn't that strong to begin with, grows stale through repetition, and in part because...one can't help but feel that Hal and Bee aren't re...
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March 14th, 2018
"This is a play that works by successfully capturing the nitty-gritty of the couple's lives, and, with the exception of the fantasy 'murder' sequences, the playwright has created a very realistic pair...Audience could be seen grimacing with apparent recognition at some of the more blistering line...
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March 23rd, 2018
"Baker's lines are spiky and colorful, often dark, sometimes banal, but his portrait of these two and the two lesser characters is always illuminating and full of real emotion. The fade-out, a quiet revelatory moment, is simply lovely-and sad."
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