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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
83
Avg Score

95
Great writing, Funny, Absorbing

See it if If you like new ensemble based plays with heart and laughs.

Don't see it if If you want something that won't present you with flawed humans are your main characters.

Also Pretty remarkable. Cast, Writing, Direction, Design.

85
Great writing, Great staging, Relevant, Riveting, Resonant

See it if Youre looking for a raw look at the lives of women living on the edge in a homeless shelter-visceral, volatile, painful lives

Don't see it if You are looking for a light and upbeat show that doesn't use profanity or is set in a womens homeless shelter

87
A typically intense play from stephen adly guirgis that can go to from heartbreaking to hilarious with a snap of the finger

See it if you're a fan of Guirgis' plays. You'll know it if you are by now. This is an unmissable entry in his canon.

Don't see it if you don't want to see the kinds of loud, angry, aggressive people that you might avoid on the street now portrayed onstage.

Also I've now been seeing Guirgis' plays for over 20 years and I always che... Read more Read less

80
Enchanting, Powerhouse writing, Edgy, Resonant, Great acting

See it if you want a peak inside of the lives of these people you walk by everyday in the city, to see a gritty play that will make you laugh for days

Don't see it if you are triggered by violence or characters talking about abuse or sexual trauma, you are looking for fluff cuz this is grit at it's finest

Also Liza Colon-Zayas. That's all.

96
Riveting

See it if You like the playwright’s previous work. You want to see an ensemble find beautiful moments.

Don't see it if You want a brief play.

Also Amazing performances. So much humor, so many tears. Wonderful writing;... Read more Read less

80
Political, Relevant, Great writing, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if you are a fan of Guirgis' work. Very current, political stories. I was impressed he could inhabit all those women's lives.

Don't see it if you don't like political theater. Are not interested in marginalized women's stories. Could be cut 15 min.

95
Ambitious, Funny, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You crave realistic portrayals of characters who find themselves in situations where they are destine to be knocked down.

Don't see it if You want happy, glossy portrayals.

Also I loved how the pay didn't pull any punches, each character is a victi... Read more Read less

90
Timely, Great acting, Great writing, Edgy, Ambitious

See it if You love naturalistic writing dealing w/ society today as a result of the church of the mega-rich and the killing of social services

Don't see it if you don't want to sit through 3+ hours and have a hard time dealing with "the other"

82
Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if You love Gurgis and want to see his latest drama set in an UWS halfway house filled with damaged but always compelling characters

Don't see it if You hate cursing and plays about drug users, transgender characters and a roster of other damaged individuals

84
Edgy, Great writing, Intense, Absorbing

See it if YOu enjoy a hard edged drama that captures a demographic so accurately. The story emerges tastefully, intensely and touchingly.

Don't see it if YOu are timid about harsh language that is accurate for the demographic. Or, if you don't want to see how "the other" lives

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

82
Great writing, Cliched, Great acting, Funny, Absorbing

See it if a multi character soap opera of women on the mend- ethnically, urban, diverse, funny and interesting

Don't see it if A little sit-comish, and these women are all suffering no music, lots of talk

75
Great acting, Edgy, Ambitious

See it if You are interested in the struggles of people who are having a hard time & want to relate to a variety of problems—all too human

Don't see it if You want a happy ending and don’t want to empathise with disappointment and failure.

90
Compassionate, Great acting, Great writing, Relevant, Atmospheric

See it if you like plays with challenged characters, reflecting both the triumphs and tragedies found in trying to rebuild their lives or just get by.

Don't see it if you like your plays short and with few characters to focus on or do not like the profanity of street language.

Also I would be surprised if we did not see this play reopen in the near fu... Read more Read less

97
Great writing, Delightful, Absorbing, Ambitious, Edgy

See it if You think theater should tell real stories, you think the people who struggle are also stars, you are into urban drama

Don't see it if You think only pretty people deserve to be in plays, you don't want to hear what shitty lives people have

96
Great acting, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You want know the real deal, performed in REAL New York dialogue about race, addiction, poverty, and mental illness in our city. FANTASTIC!

Don't see it if You are looking for a lighthearted comedy that glosses over the reality faced by marginalized New Yorkers.

90
"guirgi-licious"

See it if You want to see a poignant, hilarious slice of NYC life

Don't see it if You have too much respect for the King's English

Also This play, like many of Stephen Adly Guirgis' works, is a wonderful me... Read more Read less

94
Great acting, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if you like incredible ensemble acting in a totally amazing and insightful glimpse of life in a women's shelter masterfully crafted

Don't see it if you like your theater "90-minute without an intermission" express-style: this one is long and detailed but totally entertaining

90
Relevant, Intense, Great acting, Funny, Ambitious

See it if You enjoy stories with many characters; plot threads that interact and overlap as it all moves forward; and intense social relevancy.

Don't see it if You will be confused by modern language and slang, or want small plays about a small group of people.

Also Although set in just one halfway house, this play is wild and sprawlin... Read more Read less

96
Riveting, Relevant, Great acting, Great writing, Absorbing

See it if you don't want a real, slice-of-life look at the lives of homeless women

Don't see it if you don't like foul language or flawed characters

90
Ambitious, Great acting, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if you love the theater, you like great acting and you are not put off by the reality of new york

Don't see it if if you want a happy show that makes you feel good

Also I know that the show depicts a certain reality. The story of that real... Read more Read less

85
Riveting, Great writing, Great acting

See it if you are grabbed by a show that intimately and starkly presents characters whose lives are tough and language is raw, but you are with them.

Don't see it if you're not up for an almost 3-hour show, with lots of profanity and characters in the midst of struggles who may not have happy endings.

87
Funny, Entertaining, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great writing

See it if You love relevant theater and good acting social issues can laugh at the absurdity of ourselves

Don't see it if If you’re looking for something light and amusing this is not for you. It is heavy and relevant But in an entertaining way

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

95
Relevant, Funny, Absorbing, Ambitious

See it if You live in NYC. Characters are very relatable - we all know at least one of them personally. Very relevant and moving. Great acting!

Don't see it if You don't understand anything about homelessness in New York City.


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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