Already closed | 1h 30m | East Village

In a Little Room

From 45 member  reviews
Members say: Funny, Great acting, Great writing, Thought-provoking, Absorbing

About the show

Ten Bones Theatre Company presents the world premiere of Pete McElligott’s dark comedy about two strangers trapped in a hospital waiting room.  More…

They sit there feebly trying to restart their lives and failing fantastically as the hospital possibly burns down around them.

1h 30m | Already closed | The Wild Project (East Village)

Member Reviews (45)

MEMBERS SAY:

Funny, Great acting, Great writing, Thought-provoking, Absorbing
89
Avg Score

85
Clever, Funny, Edgy, Profound, Intelligent

See it if Two men in a waiting room strike up an amusing conversation. Layers of plot and meaning unfold as the play becomes more serious.

Don't see it if You don't enjoy questions about coping with life and death, mixed with absurdist humor.

Also The Star Wars improv afterward at 10 pm was great too!

92
Funny, Great acting, Great writing, Profound, Thought-provoking

See it if you like funny, meditative character pieces that are brilliantly written and masterfully performed.

Don't see it if you want to be uplifted. You may leave the theatre depressed.

78
Absorbing, Intelligent, Intriguing, Dark humor, Edgy and absurd

See it if You appreciate absurd, black humor performed by very gifted actors. Play looks at the value & meaning of life/death from hospital wait room.

Don't see it if You will find this difficult if you've had a loved one die or seriously ill. The actors & script are great but the play needs editing.

Also I liked this very much, but felt it got bogged down in various scenes.... Read more Read less

90
Intelligent, Great acting, Resonant, Relevant, Absorbing

See it if You have ever wondered about the people you sitting with in a public space.

Don't see it if You're looking for light and breezy entertainment

89
As good as it gets

See it if You want to see a great show in a great small space. The writing and acting are great

Don't see it if If you will be uncomfortable laughing at a bad situation.

Also This play is so great in so many ways. I love a play written like this... Read more Read less

89
Escalates absurdity to point of normalcy, Funny, Edgy, Quirky, Hell is other people in a waiting room

See it if the commonplace raised to the profound interests you, humor derived from absurdity of most situations we find ourselves and others in

Don't see it if confrontation with mortality and the thought process itself are against your belief system, you can't recognize humor in the mundane

89
Absorbing, Great acting, Funny, Great writing, Very dark comedy

See it if You like dark comedy and ones that compel you to listen and think.

Don't see it if You are looking for fluff.

87
Absorbing, Funny, Great acting, Great writing, Great staging

See it if You want to see a play about two men in a waiting room of a hospital and how they each deal with their grief.

Don't see it if You are not interested in a performance with minimal actors and one actor playing several parts.

Also These performers were great. They did such a great job in this perform... Read more Read less

90
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Refreshing

See it if want an entertaining and catchy play about life and death. I was caught up in it a few minutes in.

Don't see it if you don't like discussions about things that happen in hospitals.

Also I was really entertained at this show, I liked how the writing express... Read more Read less

100
Hilarious, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Must see

See it if you're ready for a burst of off Broadway brilliance: fresh, insightful, real take on life, death, bonding, wide mood swing, reaction to all

Don't see it if you don't grasp or like rapid dialog, ironically funny sexual and film references, death theme with comic relief, plot twist, Far E. Village

80
Great acting, Thought-provoking, Quirky, Great writing, Oddly funny

See it if want to witness life and death issues pulled apart, twisted, and turned around again in a convincing, realistic and humorous way.

Don't see it if you recently lost a loved one and are not ready to hear phrases like "it could have been worse".

Also Well done - the acting was very good, the characters seemed very authe... Read more Read less

84
Funny, Great acting, Great writing, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if you like a drama that has good acting, makes you both cry, and laugh, and is thought provoking.

Don't see it if you like musicals.

90
Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Profound, Masterful use of comedy to make serious existential points about life, death and human suffering. this spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down. a winner!

See it if You want your funny bone tickled while you think about the meaning of life and death.

Don't see it if You'll do anything to avoid facing the big existential questions.

75
Clever, Funny, Thought-provoking

See it if enjoyable 80 minute mostly two hander about life;

Don't see it if a bit absurd and not realistic; tries hard to give a message

100
Great writing, Hilarious, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if you like brilliant , funny, writing that makes you think. everyone at the show seemed fully engaged and happy to be there.

Don't see it if you want a big production.

Also this was one of the best written, wonderfully acted plays I have seen ... Read more Read less

85
Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Funny, Intelligent

See it if you want a fun time thinking about life and death issues. It grabs you by the heart and head and drags you into places you need to go.

Don't see it if you don't like to mix humor with philosophical thoughts on living/dying and all the life that's between these two opposite yet same places.

90
Funny, Intelligent, Tear-jerking, Great writing, Beautiful

See it if You want to laugh. You want to cry. You have to want to do both those things, though the crying didn't hit me until the very end.

Don't see it if You don't want to hear about death and meaning (or lack thereof) in life and in grief in a comedy. It's 90 minutes of mostly 2 guys talking.

83
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant, Great writing

See it if You like a fine production, wrll written with real human emotion.

Don't see it if If you are looking for a light subject.

95
Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent

See it if JUST SEE IT ! A great show with the two main characters dealing with recent deaths of a loved one. Thoughtful and humorous, it is a must see

Don't see it if NO REASON NOT TO ! If the subject of death annoys you and making fun of the way people choose to deal with it offends you, then skip this.

76
Entertaining, Funny, Ambitious, Edgy, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to see a clever, interesting process that really does not add up to any new insights.

Don't see it if You don't want to think about what you are seeing

80
Funny, Ambitious, Entertaining, Edgy

See it if you enjoy intense theatre about two people who randomly find themselves in a hospital waiting room. interesting. challenging. funny at times

Don't see it if Challenging, slow, a bit depressing. sometimes funny but not terrific.

90
Funny, Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Great writing

See it if You like well written and acted play that is both funny and thought provoking.

Don't see it if You don't like heavy subjects including death or aren't comfortable with provanity.

Also Theatre is small, modern and comfortable, and deep in the east village... Read more Read less

91
Dark, Sly, Hilarious, Surprising, Edgy

See it if you're up for the challenge of seeing death and unspeakable tragedy dealt with in scandalously funny terms. Wonderful performances.

Don't see it if I think it successfully walks the tightrope between glib & poignant on death, grief, and catastrophe, but some won't tolerate the glibness.

85
Funny, Quirky, Great writing

See it if You like dark comedy, great acting and well nuanced theater

Don't see it if You don't do quirky

95
Great acting, Great writing, Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Funny

See it if you want to see a brilliant, darkly comic show about mortality, grief and regret. Explores the existential with quirky, masterful ease.

Don't see it if you want to believe that life is hunky dory and you don't like shows that deal with death, or the meaning of life.


September 12th, 2017
“Regrettably, the attention to detail apparent in ‘In a Little Room's’ set extends to few other aspects of this black-as-soot comedy…It's a shame that McElligott goes for cheap laughs instead of digging deeper, because there are grains of wisdom in his script…Thrust between profundity and crassne...
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September 12th, 2017
“This one's a find…McElligott...has a sharp, original voice, and a way of teasing surprising but believable humor out of tragedy...McElligott is particularly graceful at introducing notes of sadness among the joke-telling...Some salient details go missing...McElligott, though, is a smart, engagin...
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September 12th, 2017
"The play is well written and finely performed, but perhaps would have been more effective as a one-act rather than a short full-length work...The dialogue is rich, one-liners abound and there are plenty of acute observations that are sidetracked by the high jinks. The characters are dramatically...
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September 14th, 2017
"It is a testament both to the writing and direction that the transitions are seamless, switching back and forth so much that at times I wasn't sure whether to laugh, or cry, or both. The progression of events is clever and fast-paced so there is never a dull moment...Morales and Kreager are both...
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