Halfway Bitches Go Straight to Heaven
Closed 2h 45m
Halfway Bitches Go Straight to Heaven
83

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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Member Reviews (109)

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962 Reviews | 338 Followers
74
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.

815 Reviews | 889 Followers
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.

791 Reviews | 1003 Followers
84
Great writing, Great acting, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if You enjoy shows with lots of characters, all very well defined, interesting and multi-layered. Story is engaging and entertaining.

Don't see it if You dislike long shows. Although this is long it goes by pretty fast.

691 Reviews | 212 Followers
87
Thought-provoking, Diverse, Profound, Funny, Relevant

See it if Struggling yet entertaining characters. Great dialog. Themes include dignity, community, & how much do people care, even about themselves?

Don't see it if You aren't up for an almost 3 hour play with a large cast. Satire delivers serious themes with humor, but acting is sometimes over the top.

461 Reviews | 710 Followers
90
Edgy, Relevant, Great writing, Funny, Absorbing

See it if you enjoy ensemble pieces with no clear narrative (like an Altman film), or are looking for truth in theatre. Guirgis never pulls punches.

Don't see it if you like your shows safe. Like any Stephen Adly Guirgis work, this show is brash, in your face, and full of dark and uncomfortable humor.

481 Reviews | 316 Followers
100
Relevant, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting

See it if Incredible play! Brilliant acting, great ensemble work. Interesting and compelling throughout. Eye opening.

Don't see it if You don’t like long plays (3 hours 15 mins one intermission). Or if you don’t like swearing. There is a ton of it in almost every sentence. Read more

456 Reviews | 256 Followers
98
Relevant, Great writing, Great acting, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if if you are a fan of Labyrinth Theatre Co., their writers, actors and directors. This is one of Guirgis finest. The close to 3 hours fly by!

Don't see it if you can't sit for 3 hours. But try... this is an outstanding evening of theatre, one of the best plays you will see.

443 Reviews | 67 Followers
80
Uneven, Worth seeing, Ponderous, Disappointing, Entertaining

See it if you like dramas about serious issues.Acting is mainly fine.Design elements are very good.It has a lot to say about our caring for homeless

Don't see it if you want something light and frothy. There is some humor, but mainly this explores what life is like in a women's shelter.Important issues.

Critic Reviews (18)

The New York Times
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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Time Out New York
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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New Yorker
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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The Hollywood Reporter
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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The Wall Street Journal
December 19th, 2019

"‘Halfway Bitches Go Straight to Heaven’ Review: Many Survival Stories Under a Single Roof"
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Theatermania
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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Lighting & Sound America
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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Talkin' Broadway
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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