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Important Hats of the Twentieth Century

From 23 member  reviews
Members say: Quirky, Original, Funny, Clever, Entertaining

About the show

Manhattan Theatre Club presents a fantastical tale about the hottest fashion designer in 1930’s New York and his rival, who starts releasing strange new pieces like The Sweatshirt and The Skater Pants. More…

Sam Greevy is the toast of 1930s women’s apparel, until the maverick fashion designer Paul Roms springs his radical creations on the world. The Sweatshirt, The Track Suit, Skater Pants: the clothes he comes up with seem to be from another dimension...and maybe they are. As Greevy tries to adapt to rapidly changing fashions, a parallel drama unfolds in Albany, circa 1996: a teenager stoner keeps losing articles of clothing, and a man keeps bursting out of his closet to take them.

Member Reviews (23)


Quirky, Original, Funny, Clever, Entertaining
Avg Score

Clever, Quirky, Original, Great staging, Manic

See it if you enjoy zany, energetic, funny, weird theater. This wild romp is often engaging, but the plot is a mess. Funnier idea than execution.

Don't see it if you want theater to enlighten. This is purely entertainment. Very well staged. Chaos is come again.

Overreaching, Miss the mark, Funny, Nice, Well-intentioned

See it if funny repartee, outlandish stories. First act starts well, funny and well done for the venue size and play theme.

Don't see it if you want to know what the title has to do with the play. Second act takes the play in a different, not as good direction.

Disappointing, Silly, Stupid, Over the top

See it if You enjoy over the top silly comedies. The actors do a good job of wearing multiple hats by playing many roles.

Don't see it if You don't like silly slapstick shows with lots of overacting. Due to poor blocking the side seating is incredibly inferior to the center.

Delightful send-up of 1930s radio programs but looses way with sci fi plot

See it if you want to see fun satire of noirish 1930s radio productions (e.g., the Shadow) delightfully performed by group of hammy actors

Don't see it if you are put off by play that tries to do too much, combining radio satire, sci fi elements, fashion industry send-up, unfocused second act

Quirky, Original, Confusing

See it if You want to see a silly, totally unique show.

Don't see it if You don't like confusing plots.

Moronic, Confusing, Disappointing, Insipid, Idiotic

See it if you like a Saturday Night Live sketch stretched out to two hours. Also if you enjoy works in progress—in dire need of its next draft.

Don't see it if you are smart.

Dizzying, Funny, Quirky, Original, Clever

See it if you enjoy light-hearted quirky comedies and easily suspend your disbelief

Don't see it if you are a stick in the mud that can't enjoy farce, puns and topical humor

Delightful, Funny, Great staging, Quirky, Fluffy

See it if You like madcap comedy and want a good laugh, and are relaxed enough to not take things seriously.

Don't see it if You want some serious and thought-provoking, or are not a fan of the ridiculous and over-the-top comedy.

Banal, Insipid, Indulgent, Excruciating, Disappointing

See it if you like childish humor

Don't see it if you value your time.

Ambitious, Funny, Original, Quirky

See it if you like the zany and bizarre. Just give over the to strange and ridiculous and you could have a very good time. Go for the throw away lines

Don't see it if you need to grounded in reality. This is for those that find the absurd funny and entertaining.

Excruciating, Overrated, Confusing

See it if see it if .... well, don't see it

Don't see it if you don't like confusing, poorly written, hard to watch shows

Clever, Delightful, Great writing

See it if You like somewhat cheesy, overdramatic jokes. It's a very fun show with lots of great bits and an extremely talented cast

Don't see it if you don't like cheesy humor. The whole show is much like an SNL skit

Quirky, Delightful, Funny, Great acting, Great staging

See it if bizarro time travelling hilarity festooned in the most outlandish headpieces is your jam. Solid ensemble. Very different. Very memorable.

Don't see it if the above alarms or confounds

Great staging, Quirky, Original, Hilarious, Entertaining

See it if You like offbeat plays.

Don't see it if You don't like to laugh.

Entertaining, Funny, Ambitious, Intelligent, Original

See it if you are curious

Don't see it if you are easily bored

Hilarious, Original, Thought-provoking, Entertaining, Clever

See it if you want to be immersed in a new dimension. It' set's up their own fully functioning world.

Don't see it if you don't like farcical humor that is highly dramatized, this ain't no living room drama.

Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Exquisite, Absorbing

See it if Important to have knowledge

Don't see it if If it didn't continue to give me informative information knowledge

During previews
Wacky, Hilarious, Great acting, Fluffy, Fun

See it if you like a wacky farce with super broad comedy.

Don't see it if you need a show to really have something important to say.

During previews
Fluffy, Indulgent, Insipid, Quirky, Disappointing

See it if you are a masochist.

Don't see it if have a better way to spend two hours like visiting the dentist or cleaning out your closets.

During previews
Confusing, Disappointing, Insipid, Quirky, Indulgent

See it if Overreacting, with a confusing plot and terrible staging are your thing.

Don't see it if This play was simply awful. I couldn't figure out what it was even about until nearly the end of the 1st act. I walked out.

During previews
Funny, Quirky, Refreshing, Entertaining, Clever

See it if You liked Hand to God or Something Rotten. Quirky humor.

Don't see it if You need big production value or don't like nerdy tongue in cheek humor.

During previews
Insipid, Confusing, Fluffy

See it if You get a free ticket. It's always good to see live theater even when the play is bad. There are some laughs.

Don't see it if There's something good on TV. Really a bad play. Makes no sense, it's frenetic and directed to get audience response at all costs.

During previews
Entertaining, Delightful, Clever, Hilarious, Great acting

See it if you want to laugh incredibly hard, liked The 39 Steps, like irreverent period pieces, like old school sci-fi.

Don't see it if You can't handle the deliberately exaggerated, satirical acting style, can't keep up with fast-paced jokes, want something at all serious.

November 23rd, 2015
"The plot of 'Important Hats' has stray bits poking out here and there, and while undeniably inventive, it isn’t exactly wearable...By which I mean coherent...While it’s amusing for a while to imbibe the perplexity that contemporary fashion might cause for ordinary folk from decades past, the nov...
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November 23rd, 2015
"Flexibility, velocity, the instant pivot: These are all hallmarks of the farceur, and the first parts of his wackadoodle sci-fi frolic 'Important Hats of the Twentieth Century' whiz by. Unfortunately, the speed runs out before the show's quite over...But without a dramatic engine the show alread...
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November 23rd, 2015
"The problem is inherent in the concept, or lack of one. No one involved seems to have operated from the understanding that satire is a pinpoint form of criticism, not a clown car in which irrational characters with funny lines get taken for a ludicrous spin...This confusion isn’t just the result...
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November 23rd, 2015
"This play is often very, very funny. There's a profusion of laugh-out-loud one-liners; the expert ensemble is consistently hilarious. But as the plot synopsis suggests, the evening also is wildly overstuffed and self-indulgent, with the playwright throwing so many subplots and gags into the mix ...
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