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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

During previews
93
Resonant, Profound, Great writing, Great acting, Funny

See it if If you love chorus works, with many touching interwoven lives, brilliant dialogue, heartbreaking stories, and if you love to discuss.

Don't see it if You don’t like too much profanity.

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.

During previews
100
Must see, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You love interesting characters saying the words of intelligent writers.

Don't see it if You are offended by language.

During previews
90
Raunchy, Profound, Great acting, Funny, Ambitious

See it if you enjoy plays that explore issues not commonly seen onstage (women in poverty, spousal abuse, homelessness, veterans issues)

Don't see it if you like your theater short, this one is a LONG evening

Also a bit too long at almost three and a half hours, but its a play only S... Read more Read less

During previews
87
Thought-provoking, Raunchy, Intense, Great writing, Great acting

See it if Absorbing acting! First show I’ve seen by this playwright and I found it intelligent and thought provoking. Loved his insight into humanity.

Don't see it if massive amount of smoke that billows into the front of the theatre might make you feel sick. Totally irresponsible and excessive/unnecessary

Also Absolutely not happy to compromise the health of my family to see inte... Read more Read less

During previews
88
Refreshing, Profound, Great writing, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if You know & love Guirgis, love shows set in New York, you like exploring the messiness of the human experience

Don't see it if You are judgy about recovering drug users, or you can't handle conflict.

During previews
100
Masterful, Riveting, Great acting, Absorbing, Ambitious

See it if you love Stephen Adly Guirgis plays, with rich dialogue, characters rarely seen on stage, gorgeous language, and incredible characters.

Don't see it if you are unable to sit in theater for over 3 hours and don't like racy language and unconventional plot lines.

During previews
85
Relevant, Thought-provoking, Clever, Great acting, Great writing

See it if Clever writing, good acting and contemporary issues.

Don't see it if May be hard to follow some of the dialogue. May seem it’s too long at over 3 hours


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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