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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

48
Some excellent acting, Indulgent, Offensive, Too long, Disappointing

See it if a few genuinely funny lines can compensate you for the loss of 3 hours & the fact that the play is a mess

Don't see it if you would be as offended by a series of uninterrupted transphobic rants as I was, or if you care about realistic dialogue in general

Also I can't imagine who let this play hit the stage without sitting the pl... Read more Read less

During previews
48
A (too) few moments of poignancy & hilarity does not a play make, So very preachy, Needs to lose 3-4 characters, 2-3 storylines, and 75-80 minutes, A slow, meandering parade of eccentric characters and the occasional snappy one-liners, Overlong, overwritten, overwrought

See it if Must see the latest from Guirgis. Have 3:15 to spare and have a lot of patience. Like NYC-based settings and stories.

Don't see it if Want to see a finished product ready for the stage. Are easily offended by language, nudity, sexual situations.

Also I like this playwright and his previous work (Riverside, Hat, etc,), b... Read more Read less

During previews
40
Guirgis needs to find his pruning shears!, Any diamonds here--and there are a few--are buried beneath some very malodorous rough, Relevant, Cliched, Ambitious

See it if you are a super-fan of stephen adly guirgis no matter what he writes

Don't see it if you hate screaming & cursing & (fake) cigarette smoke

Also unfortunately, this is a HOT MESS. perhaps it can be salvaged during p... Read more Read less


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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