In a Little Room
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In a Little Room
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In a Little Room NYC Reviews and Tickets

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(45 Reviews)
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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. 

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Member Reviews (45)

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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. Read more

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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.

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. Read more

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. Read more

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

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
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. Read more

Critic Reviews (7)

Theatermania
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 crassness, the actors try to cope…Also struggling for coherence is Patrick Vassel, the director…‘In a Little Room’ leaves the audience, literally and figuratively, in the dark.”
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Talkin' Broadway
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, engaging voice we'll want to hear more from, and 'In a Little Room' adds up to 80 of the better minutes you can spend in the East Village right now.”
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TheaterScene.net
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 delineated, yielding strong roles for the actors...Though laden with extraneous material that diminishes its impact, 'In a Little Room' is at its core insightful and entertaining."
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Theatre is Easy
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 incredibly endearing, and their substantial chemistry kept me totally rapt...'In a Little Room' is dark, funny, witty, and most importantly, sincere. I can't recommend it enough."
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Off Off Online
September 15th, 2017

"A delightful new black comedy...McElligott has a knack for turning from tragedy to comedy with just the smallest twist, and director Vassel keeps the overall action seamless...During the morbid one-upmanship, the play turns more surreal by barely perceptible degrees...There’s a bit of straining near the end, but it’s a pleasure to be in the company of a talented dramatist who has embraced comedy as the genre to deal with serious subjects and is so remarkably in control of his talent."
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September 19th, 2017

"A phenomenal script by Pete McElligott was brought to life by the talented acting trio of Jeb Kreager, Luis-Daniel Morales, and David Triacca. The play was funny, deep, and disturbing. Charlie lost his wife and Manning lost his daughter. One died instantly. The other died after a long illness. Coffee is spilled and then the hospital catches fire and starts to burn down. Basically, a comedy. A dark one you should not miss."
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Urban Matter
September 15th, 2017

"Its hilarious take on what can only be described as one of life’s hardest experiences is not to be missed...The play itself is both clever and witty, serving up laughs from the audience throughout its run. But be warned, 'In a Little Room' will certainly pull at your heartstrings as well...Overall, the play is captivating and presents a truly entertaining piece of theatre...Was I thoroughly entertained? Yes. Have I been thinking about the show since seeing it? Definitely."
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