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Hot Mess

From 71 member  reviews
Members say: Funny, Entertaining, Quirky, Fluffy, Disappointing

About the show

This new romantic comedy about a seemingly heterosexual boyfriend's not-so-heterosexual past proves that sometimes in order to find yourself, you have to get lost. More…

Angst-ridden Max and mildly unstable Elanor are soulmates. They have revealed every crazy and embarrassing quirk to each other which has only brought them closer. However, there is one issue that Max is holding onto. Elanor has discussed her ex-boyfriends with Max. Max hasn’t quite mentioned his.


Member Reviews (71)

MEMBERS SAY:

Funny, Entertaining, Quirky, Fluffy, Disappointing
65
Avg Score

79
Great acting, Great staging, Entertaining, Funny, Relevant

See it if you enjoy great acting in a tight, funny show with a message using an innovative set in a small theater.

Don't see it if you are not open to varied lifestyles, human relationship problems, frank language or new writing with a message.

67
Ambitious, Quirky, Slow, Cliched, Romcom

See it if You like RomCom pilots or know someone in the play.

Don't see it if This play felt like a fifteen minute sketch that got elongated for no reason. Would have been a funny 15 minute play.

68
Slight, Son of romcom & standup, Talented cast, Sometimes funny, Blessedly brief

See it if you like Max Crumm, Lucy DeVito, Paul Molnar, stand up style musings, and brevity in your situational comedy

Don't see it if examining a bi-sexual & the woman who might love him, you require greater substance & more time to appreciate characters on stage put U off

60
Confusing, Cliched, Disappointing

See it if you want to see a show whose title says it all.

Don't see it if you want a good rom-com. This is not it.

77
Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Romantic, Delightful

See it if You enjoy a short fun play with quirky characters

Don't see it if If you wanna see A full set and more complex story

70
Clever, Raunchy, Slow, Great acting, Fluffy

See it if You want to see a quick show (1 hr), like small theatre, are ok with bisexuality theme, support off Bway, want to see a funny show.

Don't see it if Expect elaborate setting, are uncomfortable with bisexuality, don't like stand up.

84
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Great writing

See it if you like a quick show that is entertaining. Acting was well done, and had some funny moments.

Don't see it if you don't like the subject matter of a bi-sexual dating a straight women.

65
Sometimes funny, sometimes silly

See it if you want a lightweight show. Good acting can't really save the silliness around the show. Some scenes are funny, but most miss the mark.

Don't see it if you want a serious show. The humor does not really work too well.

49
Disappointing, Edgy, Overrated, Raunchy, Ambitious

See it if you enjoy short, raunchy, but weak standup-type comedy, and are satisfied with only a few laughs in a show that's billed as hilarious.

Don't see it if raunchy language & comedy about bisexuality offends you. Or if you're expecting a show that's going to make you split your sides laughing.

Also Seems like they went over the same stuff too many times. Actors were p... Read more Read less

80
Cliched, Entertaining, Edgy, Hilarious, Raunchy

See it if While the subject matter is slightly difficult -- a man telling his girlfriend that he is bi-sexual -- the one liners keep coming. If you

Don't see it if miss one, there will be a thousand others. It seemed like a stand-up comics telling the audience about their lives by dramatizing.

Also It was less than an hour and could have probably been improved and ext... Read more Read less

50
Banal, Cliched, Fluffy, Quirky

See it if You like sit-com comedies. More like watching TV instead of a play.

Don't see it if You want a comedy that makes you laugh. If you don't like predictable comedies. You don't want to hear the f-word and vulgarity throughout.

68
Quirky, Raunchy

See it if cute romantic comedy, but too short, and predictable.Talented cast,clever set design,but this play does not live to its full potential.

Don't see it if you prefer something dark and dramatic.

67
Does not impress

See it if You want to enjoy an intimate theater for about seventy minutes. Reheated sitcom material.

Don't see it if You did not get dirt cheap tickets. You need two solid leads.

Also Lucy DeVito is excellent. She should be, as her parents are sitcom leg... Read more Read less

60
Delightful, Entertaining, Funny

See it if This show is barely an hour and I can't believe I am saying that, but I wished it would last longer. The three cast members are so engaging.

Don't see it if The book is certainly under written and requires more character development because the actors feel a bit wasted for this short theater trip

49
Cliched, Disappointing, Great acting, Fluffy, Raunchy

See it if Shows about stand-up comics are un-funny as a rule. This 1 takes on the rom-com genre & proves that the same goes for romance. Needs depth??

Don't see it if Skip if U like comedies to actually be funny. Don't go unless U R already a fan of stars Max Crumm, Paul Molnar & Lucy DeVito (tru-troupers)

Also Lastly, you just paid for a long one-act, but not long enuf at 55 min ... Read more Read less

19
Banal, Cliched, Dated, Insipid

See it if you enjoy trite rom-com dialogue and situations and salivate at the chance to watch D-list celebrities onstage.

Don't see it if you expect nuance in characterization and dialogue or know how to spot a vanity project from a mile away...

65
Fluffy, Funny, Quirky, Raunchy, Disappointing

See it if you like short comedy plays, you have an interest in a bi-sexual story line, you like Max Crumm, Lucy DeVito

Don't see it if you expect a fully realized comic play, you want more to a story and characters, you want something longer than an hour of stand up routine

Also Was hoping this would be a bit better than it is. It was done without ... Read more Read less

55
Banal, Disappointing, Funny

See it if Brief moments of humor. You like over acting. You like one of the actors from another show.

Don't see it if You want something laugh out loud funny.

79
Funny, Entertaining, Quirky, Intelligent, Delightful

See it if you like watching couples find there way and if you like stand up comedy.

Don't see it if you have no interest in stand up comedy.

79
Entertaining, Funny

See it if You want to laugh and enjoy some good acting by some of the characters

Don't see it if You don't want to hear about bi-sexuals and their life choices.

75
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Great staging

See it if You like romantic comedies with a twist

Don't see it if romantic comedies do not appeal to you or you don't find them entertaining.

75
Quirky, Fluffy, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy light comedies that do not change your views but are there just for entertainment sake.

Don't see it if If you are expecting heavy drama, deep issues, or any singing.

Also I found all of the actors in this show to be very endearing. I cared a... Read more Read less

72
Funny, Disappointing, Dated, Fluffy, Romantic

See it if you want a light romantic comedy

Don't see it if you are offended by bi-phobia, want something that digs a little deeper.

69
Entertaining, Great acting

See it if you want to spend an hour at the theater and laugh a bit.

Don't see it if you plan on talking or texting during the show. It's only an hour of your life!

17
Cliched, Disappointing, Excruciating, Insipid, Indulgent

See it if you are a connoisseur of terrible shows? Nothing redeeming about this one. Gave it a 17 because the guy who played the friend was good.

Don't see it if you can see literally anything else. The script and set design are the worst aspects but it’s all bad. Also a rude, drunk, texting audience.


November 17th, 2017
“A foolish, mild little concoction—really, a stand-up routine disguised as a play...The lead characters in ‘Hot Mess’ are named Max and Elanor—both are comics—and they are little more than stand-ins for the authors, Dan Rothenberg and Colleen Crabtree, whose story this is...There is never the sli...
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November 30th, 2017
"Wonderfully performed, smartly mounted, and minor, though enjoyable romantic comedy, 'Hot Mess'...The often playfully crude dialogue is snappy and the appealing characters are well drawn. There are many classic set-up and punch line bits a number of which land with amusing results. Lasting an ho...
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November 16th, 2017
"If you’re a fan of comedy, especially blue, with romance thrown in for a theme, then you’ll have some good laughs...Molnar has most of the punch lines and is a standout in this three person show...Directed by Jonathan Silverstein the play runs at a fast pace."
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November 16th, 2017
"Rothenberg and Crabtree have captured a sticky moment that might play out in any new love story with sheer honesty and absolute delight. Rather than going for cheap laughs, Rothenberg and Crabtree allow realistic conversations in a realistic scenario to stew in their own natural comic juices...W...
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