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New York | 2h 0m | In Previews: Opens Oct 23

India Pale Ale

From 52 member reviews
Members say: Relevant, Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Quirky, Disappointing

About the show

In MTC's new comic drama, a tight-knit Punjabi community gathers to celebrate the wedding of a traditional family’s only son, just as their strong-willed daughter announces her plans to move away and open a bar. More…

As they come together for feasts filled with singing and dancing, one generation’s cherished customs clash with another’s modern-day aspirations, and ghosts and pirates from the family’s past linger in everyone’s thoughts – until one sudden event changes everything. "India Pale Ale" is a play about legacy, life, and longing.

2h 0m | In Previews: Opens Oct 23 | New York City Center / Stage I (Midtown W)


“India Pale Ale” hasn't been reviewed by any Critics (yet!)

85
During previews
Absorbing, Delightful, Intelligent, Entertaining

See it if you want a well acted and staged conventional play about an interesting subject -- the Punjabi community in America.

Don't see it if Inconsistencies in writing bother you. (The second act needs work.)

85
During previews
Funny, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Great writing

See it if you want to see a show that explores family, community and culture incisively and honestly that's also very funny and very theatrical.

Don't see it if you don't belong to a family, community and/or culture. (What I mean is, you'd be silly to miss this.)

85
During previews
Funny, Poignant, Touching, Solid writing

See it if A warm family story shows heart and imagination amid tragedy. And food is the great healer. A touching show with important themes.

Don't see it if You are xenophobic. Prefer over the top shows. This is minimal but effective.

84
During previews
Absorbing, Delightful, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Resonant

See it if You are interested in Punjabi culture in the U.S. You think about the struggle for immigrants and the generations after them to integrate.

Don't see it if You don't want to be sad.

Also This would make a fantastic musical. Someone make it happen!

84
During previews
Funny, Clever, Thought-provoking, Refreshing, Entertaining

See it if You enjoy family dynamics and a glimpse into culture

Don't see it if You're racist against other cultures.

80
During previews
Resonant / absorbing / relevant, Recommended / very entertaining, Wrong venue (stage is too large), Warm family-show / diverse / multi-cultural, Imaginative dramedy / funny & very moving

See it if you enjoy family-shows & their usual/unusual dynamics. Humorous & serious, it incorporates a 2012 hate-crime @ a Wisconsin Sikh temple.

Don't see it if you don't want to feel like you're being preached to, or being informed &/or educated @ the theater. Too bad. Your loss.

Also Previews or not...... Read more Read less

80
During previews
Ambitious, Intense, Thought-provoking, Profound, Resonant

See it if you like plays, you're liberal, you don't get offended easily, you want to experience a different culture, and/or you want something new.

Don't see it if you are close-minded, you don't care for other cultures, you want something relaxing and funny, and/or you don't like plays.

Also Overall, the play was very good and the message was very relevant and ... Read more Read less

80
During previews
Absorbing, Ambitious, Intense, Thought-provoking, Slow

See it if You love dramatic play about family, culture, hatred & racism towards South Asians. It focuses on aftermath of Sikh temple shooting in 2012.

Don't see it if You dislike pirates. The message was fantastic, but wasn't delivered well. Cut the pirate scenes & focus on the incident & family reunion.

79
During previews
Funny, Quirky, Resonant, Entertaining, Sad.

See it if You want a refreshing and funny/sad take based on a real and terrible event. You're interested in other cultures (or perhaps your own).

Don't see it if You don't appreciate a combination of realism, imaginative myth-spinning, dance, and lots of talk about food and beer.

Also Some folks have complained about the "pirate stuff" in the play (the P... Read more Read less

79
During previews
Refreshing, Relevant, Resonant

See it if Like touching stories about family, expectations and cultural traditions

Don't see it if Are not interested in other cultures and the issues they face in places that do not welcome diversity

79
During previews
Ambitious, Great acting, Relevant, Some excellent scenes

See it if Worth seeing. Interesting portrayal of a Punjabi family and their friends in Wisconsin.

Don't see it if Awkward staging: the stage was so large and empty for most of the play that the actors seemed at times adrift in the empty space.

Also I saw the first preview. The acting was very good but story had some i... Read more Read less

77
During previews
Ambitious, Uneven acting, Nice staging, Lots of potential

See it if A story of misunderstanding among American cultures with a few cliches in otherwise creative storytelling & inventive staging.

Don't see it if Not quite on a par with earlier work (Men in Boats) & some confusing inclusions but may get ironed out during previews.

76
During previews
Thought-provoking, Great ensemble acting, Breaking 4th wall draws actors and audience together

See it if Domestic terrorist act pulls family together as they try to preserve family traditions, culture, recipes, religion. They hope for tolerance.

Don't see it if You don’t like Indian food or don’t think dinking beer honors a family legend about a distant relative who was a pirate beer runner.

Also Breaking bread together and learning to like one another’s food and cu... Read more Read less

75
During previews
Funny, Refreshing, Relevant, Emotional

See it if you enjoy family dramas with a bit of fantasy and flair. Also, if you're looking for a diverse show that highlights a different culture.

Don't see it if you're not willing to take in a story that is very much rooted in Indian culture - and learn some important parts of the culture.

Also I saw the show during early previews and enjoyed it, but felt that it ... Read more Read less

75
During previews
Ambitious, Great acting, Quirky, Confusing, Slow

See it if you enjoy diverse stories, you like realism overlaid with absurdism, you like contemporary pieces

Don't see it if you prefer shows without heavy handed metaphors, you don't like inconsistent tones

75
During previews
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Relevant, Great staging

See it if you're curious about Punjabi/Sikh communities, want to see something about how a small, tight-knit community deals with issues and tragedy.

Don't see it if You don't like dream sequences with cool costumes or are uncomfortable with racial issues.

Also This is a good play, though I saw it in previews, and believe that rew... Read more Read less

75
During previews
Absorbing, Ambitious, Clever, Confusing, Cliched

See it if you have any interest in other cultures and the ways they are all "American." Insightful examination of the sense of "other" in our society.

Don't see it if in its more abstract sequences, the show can be a bit confusing to follow. Lots of tie-ins to pirates and not all of them work equally well.

Also As a native of Wisconsin and a former student at UW, aspects of this p... Read more Read less

75
During previews
Absorbing, Relevant, Entertaining

See it if you can appreciate cultural diversity in a culture that you may not know much about or have had any exposure to.

Don't see it if You cannot appreciate cultures that are different from your own.

74
During previews
Clever, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Needs rewritng

See it if You like inside looks at other cultures and communities. Touching and well acted, some good music. l

Don't see it if You want a fully realized, well written play. Ideas are interesting, not always clear.

Also Playwright has an interesting question, why must she explain Punjabi w... Read more Read less

74
During previews
Thought-provoking, Disappointing, Entertaining, Overly didactic, but important themes

See it if you want to experience insights into an American story that is perhaps unlike your own, with a serious message about acceptance

Don't see it if you want truly professional, well-developed, worth the ticket $. While some moments resonated deeply, much felt unpolished. (1st preview.)

Also From the beginning, the play was clearly about cultural understanding,... Read more Read less

73
During previews
Edgy, Thought-provoking, Quirky, Entertaining

See it if Indian culture seen through a family some of whom have transitioned to American values and life style in conflict with traditional parents.

Don't see it if Do not see if you are not interested in other cultures.

73
During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if A fish-out-of-water-and-lands-in-Middle-America-tale. Inclusion dramedy features good performances and a slice of immigrants' trials.

Don't see it if Daughter's dilemma is too specific, which causes further distancing from her cultural/generational conflicts. Healthy trim required.

72
During previews
Quirky, Entertaining, Uneven

See it if See a family that one is not used to see mixing realistic and surreal elements.

Don't see it if A bit disjointed in the real and unreal elements don't mesh together. A couple of very stereotypical characters.

71
During previews
Absorbing, Clever, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great staging

See it if you enjoy a show about the conflicts between family, culture and the will to be independent of both. Very touching at times. Nice staging.

Don't see it if you do not like stories about conflicts between family members due to ethnic and cultural differences.

71
During previews
Great acting, Confusing

See it if You want to see a play about an Indian family..however it gets confusing because of a secondary plot.

Don't see it if You want a straightforward narrative.


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