Invincible
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Invincible
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Invincible NYC Reviews and Tickets

78%
(119 Reviews)
Positive
81%
Mixed
18%
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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Member Reviews (119)

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706 Reviews | 214 Followers
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.

746 Reviews | 124 Followers
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.

618 Reviews | 274 Followers
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

501 Reviews | 103 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 Read more

471 Reviews | 74 Followers
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!

432 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. Read more

414 Reviews | 74 Followers
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 Read more

402 Reviews | 86 Followers
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).

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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