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"An innocuous play performed by an appealing cast that has the slightest of plots...Streaked with dialogue and situations and jokes that are supposed to be funny, but aren’t. This is a problem, since the three main characters are all supposed to be professional jokesters...To be fair, I did laugh twice...There really isn’t much substance...The actors are charming enough, and the play’s running time brief enough, that 'Hot Mess' might well work as a date night for some undemanding couples." Full Review
“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 slightest doubt that these two will get together...Silverstein's direction is, as always, professional...‘Hot Mess’ is a pretty cold cup of coffee.” Full Review
“For a play about comics, the humor-for all its reliance on raunch and a running joke about whether Max ever took it up the you-know-where-doesn't rise above that on any sitcom…If you think a guy calling his girlfriend ‘Poopy Pants’ is a gut buster, this show's for you. Others, I imagine, are offering sympathy laughs, the kind you force to make the actors feel better…Crumm…and DeVito…acquit themselves well enough, considering their uninspiring material.” Full Review
"Neither a hot mess nor a cold mess. It’s a lukewarm rom-com...The pluses here include the deft Crumm and DeVito...If 'Hot Mess' is about anything deeper than what’s on its mildly undulating surface, it’s concerned with recognizing that relationships today aren’t always what they used to be. Should anyone want to get anywhere, a new flexibility is required. So take that contemporary message for what it’s worth." Full Review
"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 hour, it’s a mildly satisfying short play that makes for simple entertainment...Crumm and DeVito have a marvelous chemistry together and terrific mutual comic timing." Full Review
“The situation at first seems rather shallow, but as the play progresses it becomes increasingly entertaining, largely because of the appealing acting...Although the play is on the thin side, the authors have provided an amusing set-up in the ultimate revelations, and Crumm and DeVito, abetted by the outrageousness of Molnar, do the rest under the snappy direction of Silverstein.” Full Review
"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." Full Review
“Director Jonathan Silverstein makes sure that the one-liners and descriptions that have been honed by its authors deliver their payload smoothly. ‘Hot Mess’ also benefits from the warmth and attractiveness of its leads…Ultimately, even with mostly adept comedy writing and the authors’ daring in tackling so personal and touchy a subject, the result, feels lumpy and overly earnest. ‘Hot Mess’ isn’t a hot mess, but it feels like it needs more time in the oven.” Full Review
"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...With its vaudeville-esque moments played out in perfect timing by all three actors, there’s never a dull moment and the through line is clear." Full Review
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.
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.
See it if you want to see what should've been in this year's Fringe Fest that didn't happen. "Hot Mess" should be "Lukewarm Annoyance."
Don't see it if you're not on a date or don't know anyone involved. It's like an hourlong sitcom pilot that should be a 15-min sketch.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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)
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
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.