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

89%
(45 Ratings)
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100%
Mixed
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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. 

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Show-Score Member Reviews (45)

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155 Reviews | 31 Followers
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. Read more

60 Reviews | 9 Followers
100
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent

See it if You would enjoy an intelligent dialogue-driven performance by a small talented cast in an intimate setting.

Don't see it if You prefer an action driven performance. You dislike plays dealing with subject of death. Read more

302 Reviews | 87 Followers
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

70 Reviews | 12 Followers
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.

57 Reviews | 39 Followers
95
Absorbing, Clever, Dark, Great acting, Great writing

See it if Small cast, existential plays appeal. Great cast, acting A+, writing A+

Don't see it if Geriatric corpse meteors are upsetting. You're looking for something light - the play is very funny but hardly light fare. Read more

133 Reviews | 18 Followers
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.

DMQ
583 Reviews | 739 Followers
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.

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80 Reviews | 26 Followers
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.

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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