Invincible
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Invincible
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Invincible NYC Reviews and Tickets

78%
(120 Ratings)
Positive
82%
Mixed
17%
Negative
1%
Members say
Funny, Great acting, Entertaining, Absorbing, Relevant

About the Show

The Original Theatre Company and Ghost Light Theatre Productions present this madcap comedy of manners in which class and culture collide in small-town England. Part of the annual Brits Off Broadway festival.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (120)

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394 Reviews | 34 Followers
95
Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny

See it if you like amusing, somewhat farcical humor, but also has perceptive, serious insights into human nature that is extremely well acted.

Don't see it if you dislike farce and "in you face" humor.

Also The play was an excellent production with superb direction.

475 Reviews | 59 Followers
95
Absorbing, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting

See it if you want to be thoroughly entertained by an outstanding, funny play.

Don't see it if if you have a hard time with the British accent.

Also I missed a lot of the funny lines because I couldn't understand the British accent. However, I loved the play. I especially loved Graeme Brookes who played Alan. He was hilarious.

442 Reviews | 127 Followers
88
Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Great writing

See it if you enjoy British dramedy, characters, and situations. This is not so far from our own society. Comedy turns quickly dark and insightful.

Don't see it if you have any difficulty with English accents, (these are not heavy), don't like comic shows that turn dark; drunken scenes; stereotypes.

Also This was a wonderful show. Just when one felt that it was going nowhere, the tide turns and it becomes another thing entirely. Well worth seeing.

700 Reviews | 129 Followers
86
Refreshing, Must see, Intelligent, Great writing

See it if you want to laugh your ass off while being moved at the same time.

Don't see it if you are just expecting a fluffy comedy. This is way more than that but in a very good way

Also I was expecting to see a British comedy with no substance. This was way more than that. It's very rare that you see a play that is so funny and so deeply moving at the same time. All four actors do a great job. The only bad thing I can say about it is that the male neighbor part is written to make the audience fall in love with him. I wish it could have been a bit more neutral. you will know what I mean if you see this. Great play, go and see it.

120 Reviews | 40 Followers
85
Relevant, Funny, Great acting

See it if you are interested in Class divide between two couples.Political & personal creating a very well acted emotional rollercoaster

Don't see it if you have difficult with British accent.

273 Reviews | 41 Followers
85
Entertaining

See it if you like fun dialog and interaction between characters. Kept my interest through out. Easy to watch.

Don't see it if don't like plays in English accent or plays about family interactions.

260 Reviews | 87 Followers
83
Sufficiently risible

See it if Great act one farcical laugh machine. Plenty of drama emerges in act two. Something for everyone in a rich stew. Cast is very cohesive.

Don't see it if Playwright misdirects audience with vast tonal shift. Set with no chairs is pointless and unrealistic.

Also Theater's elderly audience is distracting, so obtaining a great seat is even more important. Great use of music.

520 Reviews | 71 Followers
82
Entertaining, Relevant, Funny, Quirky

See it if you enjoy a British comedy that reflects the internationally relevant issues of class and politics with a bit of silliness and slapstick.

Don't see it if you only appreciate high brow humor.

Critic Reviews (27)

The New York Times
June 18th, 2017

"A caustic comedy about country and class...Had it been staged a few years ago, it might have felt timely. Now its arguments are obvious at best...Despite a vein of Ayckbourn-esque melancholy and a nod toward state-of-the-nation seriousness, Betts and director Darcy keep surging past naturalism toward strident farce, then stumbling into tragedy. The production spells out what was already pretty intelligible and which recent elections have made glaringly evident."
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Time Out New York
June 13th, 2017

"Under Darcy's sluggish direction, the ostensibly comedic first act mostly fizzles—despite strenuous efforts by the cast, especially Brookes as a garrulous oaf—and the much darker second act, which hinges on absent kids and a missing cat, is an overwrought bust. The characters reveal fears and disappointments that eat away at their souls, but it's hard to care about people who have been written as stereotypes. At the end one couple is completely broken, but the audience is merely bored."
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Theatermania
June 13th, 2017

“The only thing playwright Torben Betts forgot to include is humor. Neither director Stephen Darcy nor the cast supply it either…The problem with Betts's script isn't the presence of complications; it's their number and treatment…Darcy's direction does nothing to clarify matters…This inconsistency does the actors no favors. They play their parts with energy, but the result is an amplification of the script's contradictions and inanities.”
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BroadwayWorld
June 14th, 2017

“This superbly written play has splendid direction by Stephen Darcy and features a stellar cast. ‘Invincible’ is a wholly entertaining yet emotive show that reminds us of why we love the theatre. Don't miss it…The cast of 'Invincible' delivers Torben Bett's wonderfully crafted dialogue with impeccable timing. There are laugh-out-loud scenes and some that are completely heartrending…This show should absolutely be on your summer must-see list.”
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Lighting & Sound America
June 14th, 2017

“Betts understands what ails his country, but his point is so broadly argued, and so stylistically wobbly, that it fails to land…The actors score intermittently…If Betts had worked more felicitously, ‘Invincible’ might have done for the English class divide what Lynn Nottage's 'Sweat' has done for the current state of American politics. Instead, it's all over the place, a stew of comedy, drama, and editorial commentary that never really coheres.”
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Talkin' Broadway
June 13th, 2017

“The play does a fine job of shedding light on how difficult it is for members of the middle class and the working class to find common ground…If there is one problem with the play, it is the abruptness of the transition from the silliness of Act I to the more complex character development that takes place in the second half. But the four cast members are pitch-perfect under Stephen Darcy's direction."
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TheaterScene.net
June 23rd, 2017

“Betts' ‘Invincible’ has been compared to Alan Ayckbourn's work. Although there are similarities, particularly in Betts' ear for capturing the jargon of his characters and his feel for social class distinctions, Ayckbourn's plays are more delicately constructed and make their points - whether social or emotional - more cleverly than Betts. Even so, ‘Invincible’ - the title a football reference - is satisfying as both a comedy and a drama, breaking more than a few hearts.”
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Theatre is Easy
June 16th, 2017

"This clever, laugh-inducing play provides plenty of comedic relief along with some deeper thoughts regarding class...The characters themselves are stereotypes...However, these stereotypes become more complex and the sitcom humor widens and deepens into something far more thought-provoking...Each of the actors succeeds in transitioning their character from a superficial comedic sketch to a more complex and emotionally dramatic performance."
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