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Invincible

From 119 member  reviews
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. More…

With the recession biting hard, Emily and Oliver have decided to downsize and shift their middle-class London lifestyle to a small town in the north of England. One night they invite next door neighbors, Dawn and Alan, into their home. What follows is a disastrous evening of olives, anchovies, Karl Marx, and abstract art, with consequences as tragic as they are hilarious. 


Member Reviews (119)

MEMBERS SAY:

Funny, Great acting, Entertaining, Absorbing, Relevant
78
Avg Score

80
Clever, Funny, Relevant, Edgy, Raunchy

See it if Bickering middle class couple meets lower class couple and surprises ensue. Class evil + human foibles + farce. Some very funny moments.

Don't see it if A bit disjointed and confusing. It took some effort to figure out the significance of the neighbor's cat and the play's title.

73
Vividly shows that bernie vs. hillary vs. trump political/class divide pervades the uk as well

See it if fine ensemble shows in hilarious 1st act and moving 2nd act corrosive nature of class divide

Don't see it if tonal differences btwn broad comedic 1st act & contrived 2nd act psychological drama so stark feel as if seeing 2 different plays

67
Well intended, Great acting, Disappointing, Repetitive, Slow

See it if English class distinctions amuse you.

Don't see it if you are expecting an American style comedy. There are some funny moments but overall this is a depressing experience.

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 nowher... Read more Read less

75
Absorbing, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Edgy

See it if you enjoy dark comedies with British humor and themes of class and privilege. You like new British plays that are socially relevant .

Don't see it if you don't like a ridiculously funny act 1 turn into a more serious and dramatic act 2 (but this shift is well done).

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 wa... Read more Read less

81
Entertaining, Funny, Slow, Underwhelming, Great set

See it if you like British humor.Acting is fine, but characters are all 1-dimensional, writing is preachy.

Don't see it if you want well rounded characters.2nd Act had too much about British politics that was impossible for me to follow, however relevant it is!

74
Topnotch acting, Dated material, British class conflict, Well-paced

See it if An edgy piece wherein the first act action & characterizations don't quite match with the second, but interesting & powerful themes are re-

Don't see it if ...vealed. Every surface can obscure a secret. Wonderful performances of stock characters but we've seen this clash of class before.

80
Funny, Great acting, Entertaining, Relevant

See it if English humor, satire of social classes & cultures; relationships; very funny parts & then some (in Act 2) that are touching & tragic

Don't see it if long even tho funny; some exaggerated behavior by characters - so that they become caricatures; contrived plots involving misunderstandings

Also Graeme Brookes was very funny

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.

80
Excellent acting, Relevant, Very entertaining, Intelligent, Farcical start / serious end

See it if British humor is your thing. Except for Benny Hill (whose theme song is used here) it's not MY thing. Yet, I thoroughly enjoyed this show.

Don't see it if straight-up comedy is what you want. Act I's humor is like a bandaid-prep that's ripped off in Act II. It totally works. Cast is EXCELLENT.

Also Was really hesitant to see it, as I don't get/or like British sarcasm.... Read more Read less

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 Br... Read more Read less

80
Funny, Clever, Comedic, good acting

See it if you want 2 C a pleasant British show that has clever & funny performances, & becomes dramatic about new neighbors of different classes

Don't see it if you are not a fan of British style humor about the differences of class society & how it affects new neighbors in Northern England.

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.

73
Clever, Cliched, Great acting, Funny, Relevant

See it if Good acting. Social satire , it is enjoyable enough but a bit frustrating that the characters and plots aren't able to be developed

Don't see it if Class issues and social welfare push your buttons. The Plethora of themes and twists are interesting but lack depth

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.

80
Ambitious, Edgy

See it if A treat for those that love British theatre. A comedy that is given a chance to be seen here.

Don't see it if You have limited interest in seeing a British import that is off broadway.

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 i... Read more Read less

75
Ambitious, Great acting, Disappointing, Relevant, Indulgent

See it if exaggerated communication between different classes would humor you

Don't see it if a more fine-tuned depiction of these issues instead of excessive caricatures would be preferred

75
Intelligent, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Quirky, Funny

See it if You enjoy shows like "Good Neighbors," plus added drama. Well done,

Don't see it if You don't like war of the classes dramedy.

75
Funny, Entertaining, Slow, Farcical, Hackneyed

See it if u want a funny, well acted play that's like 5 episodes of a comedy drama series all in 1. Some clever moments leaning towards the pedestrian

Don't see it if u want cutting edge, masterful theater. All actors do well but my mind wandered a bit & I didn't feel totally moved at the end. Kinda cliche

72
Ambitious, Cliched, Predictable

See it if you enjoy comedies of manners, i.e. city folk meet country folk. But story is predictable, which made it feel long..

Don't see it if Emily's Act 1 constant hysteria got on my nerves. It should be toned down a bit.

74
Clever, Entertaining, Funny

See it if you are interested in plays about the difference between economic classes.

Don't see it if you find the unreconciled juxtaposition of farce in one act with serious business in the second to be too great a failing.

Also The issues around class differences—education, financial well-being, s... Read more Read less

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.

20
Cliched, Disappointing, Flawed script, Flawed direction/staging!, Offensive!

See it if U want to see banal senseless uncreative story that seems to contradict the writer's intentions to satirize values of different classes.

Don't see it if U are bothered by depraved perverted use of animal cruelty/abusive killing as the denominator for a sick so-called dark comedy that is cheap

Also Torben Betts wrote an unimaginative script that is flawed, troubling &... Read more Read less


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 t...
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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 di...
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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 inconsistenc...
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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 impec...
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