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Halfway Bitches Go Straight to Heaven

From 108 member  reviews
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. More…

From the show:

Atlantic is thrilled to partner with LAByrinth Theater Company to present Guirgis’ first new play since Atlantic Theater Company’s 2014 award-winning production of Between Riverside and Crazy.

Pulitzer Prize winner Stephen Adly Guirgis takes his style to another level in this world premiere play about the harrowing, humorous, and heartbreaking inner workings of a women’s halfway house in New York City, helmed by John Ortiz (LAByrinth Artistic Director) in his Off-Broadway directing debut.


Member Reviews (108)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great acting, Absorbing, Great writing, Ambitious, Relevant

69
Thought-provoking, Indulgent, Edgy, Cliched, Ambitious

See it if you are a fan of playwright Stephen Adly Guirgis.

Don't see it if a drama about the sad lives of a group of woman living in a shelter in the Bronx doesn't interest.

Also I have been a fan of Mr. Guirgis since I saw the 2000 production of Je... Read more Read less

65
Not sure what the overall point was

See it if you like big shows with many characters and multiple plot lines. Only a few storylines resonated with me.

Don't see it if you are seeking a higher truth, some meaning, or a message. Also, it's three hours and it felt long. Could use some trimming.

59
Funny, Dizzying, Ambitious, Refreshing, Confusing

See it if There are many beautiful moments in this show, and some lovely performances. It you have nostalgia for Guirgis, you will enjoy the play.

Don't see it if There is no through-line. Too many characters, poorly directed, whole storylines be cut. It's like they crammed a season of TV into one play

50
Ambitious, Long, Slow

See it if You're a fan of the playwright.

Don't see it if You don't want to have to sit for 3hours and 15 minutes.

Also It's ambitious to tackle 20 characters simultaneously. This was challe... Read more Read less

During previews
55
Slow, Disappointing, Too long, Well written dialogue, Cliched

See it if You would see any play written by Guirgis even one that is not ready for the stage.

Don't see it if Well written dialogue does not compensate for lack of a compelling drama.

During previews
69
Hard-working actors, Way too long, Stereotypical characters

See it if following the sad plight of people in need touches you.

Don't see it if stereotyped characters would not appeal.

Also All of the actors work so hard but it's sad that these are variations ... Read more Read less

During previews
69
Needs trimming, Ambitious, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Long

See it if You are interested in thoughtful explorations of how homelessness arises

Don't see it if You were hoping for a more well-rounded, multi-faceted, nuanced exploration of this issue

During previews
69
Broad, Great acting

See it if you are interested in gritty plays about NYC’s disenfranchised.

Don't see it if you aren’t interested in slow burn character studies. Unlike Guirgis’ prior works, this one’s more sprawling on many fronts & has less heat.


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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