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Halfway Bitches Go Straight to Heaven
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Halfway Bitches Go Straight to Heaven NYC Reviews and Tickets

83%
(109 Reviews)
Positive
90%
Mixed
7%
Negative
3%
Members say
Great acting, Absorbing, Great writing, Ambitious, Relevant

About the Show

Atlantic and LAByrinth Theater Company present the latest from Pulitzer Prize winner Stephen Adly Guirgis, a comic drama exploring the inner workings of a women’s halfway house in New York City.

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Unconvincing, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if you like gritty dramedies. Everyone has major probs, even administrators. Snappy dialogue, but most of the voices are similar. Needs cuts.

Don't see it if you want characters/plot to make sense. Lots of holes! Still, engrossing. Action in front of stage hard to see/hear. Strg acting by lg cast.

83
Timely, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great acting, Great writing

See it if Important message. Well written & performed. Moving, realistic and painful to watch.

Don't see it if As exciting as act1 is, act 2 (when things get real) does drag a bit. A 15min cut would've been ideal.

Critic Reviews (18)

December 9th, 2019

CRITIC’S PICK. ‘Halfway Bitches’ Review: A Play as Unruly as Life Itself Stephen Adly Guirgis’s bumpy, vibrant and expansive comic drama about a women’s homeless shelter features a cast of 18 (or 19, counting the goat)."
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December 9th, 2019

3/5 Stars. "The structure is loose: a collection of friction between big personalities...Couched in the wit and rhythms of Guirgis's free-flowing banter, their interactions are often diverting, despite their scattershot nature."
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December 20th, 2019

"STEPHEN ADLY GUIRGIS’S WORLD OF BROKEN WOMEN: 'Halfway Bitches Go Straight to Heaven,' Guirgis’s rough-cut gem of a new play, is rich with revelation and barbed empathy."
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December 9th, 2019

"Stephen Adly Guirgis, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of 'Between Riverside and Crazy,' explores the troubled lives of the residents and staffers of a women's halfway house in this world premiere."
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December 19th, 2019

"‘Halfway Bitches Go Straight to Heaven’ Review: Many Survival Stories Under a Single Roof"
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December 9th, 2019

"'Halfway Bitches Go Straight to Heaven' Could Easily Go Straight to Netflix: Stephen Adly Guirgis debuts his sprawling comedy-drama at Atlantic Theater Company."
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December 19th, 2019

"When it comes to smack talk, Stephen Adly Guirgis is our poet laureate. In play after play, he rounds up gangs of streetwise smart-mouths who let fly with enough invective to take down whole populations."
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December 10th, 2019

"Their stories are so compellingly portrayed by an extraordinary cast of actors that your resistance to any minor flaws will melt away...'Halfway Bitches Go Straight to Heaven' is as hilarious as it is heartbreaking. It is also a master-class in acting and not to be missed."
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December 9th, 2019

5/5 Stars. "A dense, undisciplined, overstuffed and excellent new play from Stephen Adly Guirgis."
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December 9th, 2019

4/5 Stars. "The author captures the random cruelty and injustices life can impose, particularly on the disenfranchised, with crackling wit and defiant compassion."
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December 10th, 2019

"Guirgis' latest piece, a typically digressive and rage-fueled affair called 'Halfway Bitches Go Straight to Heaven,' is his best Labyrinth Theater Company show in a long time."
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December 12th, 2019

"Guirgis has written some profound, large-cast plays, but this one ups the ante…and his points become crystal clear midway through the second act…we see how the forces of gentrification may never care about the vulnerable characters we have spent the last few hours getting to know."
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December 9th, 2019

"I suggest you immediately grab a ticket for Stephen Adly Guirgis' often-hilarious (and quite profane), deeply humane and ultimately heart-wrenching 'Halfway Bitches Go Straight to Heaven.'"
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December 9th, 2019

"Atlantic and LAByrinth Theater Companies team back up with Stephen Adly Guirgis for the playwright's first new work since the Pulitzer-winning 'Between Riverside and Crazy' in 2014"
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December 11th, 2019

Score: 97%. "I was so in it with this ensemble cast of characters in Halfway Bitches Go Straight to Heaven, that I would have gladly spent three more hours with them."
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December 24th, 2019

"The cast is superb and competently inhabits each of the downtrodden characters with precision and depth, but it is uneven because some are allotted more time and exposure to tell their stories than others."
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December 15th, 2019

"Sprawling, funny, foul-mouthed, messy, moving ensemble piece, Stephen Adly Guirgis's first new play since his Pulitzer Prize winner five years ago…..we come to learn more about their complicated lives, and wind up sharing the affection the playwright feels for them."
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December 19th, 2019

"Rich, rambling, if undisciplined…His goal is to illuminate the human hearts of people whose existence most of us ignore…They also speak with remarkable expressivity, some capable of stringing together assaults of poetic profanity that most better-educated people could never achieve."
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