Iowa NYC Reviews and Tickets

36%
(8 Reviews)
Positive
13%
Mixed
0%
Negative
87%
Members say
Excruciating, Disappointing, Indulgent, Quirky, Confusing

About the Show

A new musical about a mother and her teenage daughter uprooting their lives and moving to Iowa.

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Member Reviews (8)

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962 Reviews | 339 Followers
30
Incoherent, Excrutiating, Indulgent, Insipid, Quirky

See it if you have no choice. This was one of the worst productions I've seen in my life...and that includes school plays. I found it truly awful.

Don't see it if you can avoid it. I have to say it again: truly awful. Read more

850 Reviews | 896 Followers
20
Excruciating, Disappointing, Indulgent, Banal

See it if you're a masochist.

Don't see it if you have any taste. Nothing worked here. From the writing to the singing.

507 Reviews | 1868 Followers
27
Disappointing, Excruciating

See it if you want to leave right away.

Don't see it if you want to save some $.

235 Reviews | 230 Followers
17
Disappointing, Excruciating, Slow

See it if Uh.. bad.

Don't see it if Left at intermission.

156 Reviews | 204 Followers
42
Confusing, Dizzying, Indulgent, Overrated, Disappointing

See it if don't

Don't see it if you value your time

108 Reviews | 169 Followers
75
Quirky, Original, Indulgent

See it if you like really, really experimental musicals.

Don't see it if you don't have patience for absurdity or zaniness.

77 Reviews | 37 Followers
30
Excruciating, No intermission to avoid stampede, Banal, Cliched

See it if You have nothing to do, to read, to think about, have no TV, no friends.

Don't see it if You want want to be entertained or engaged

35 Reviews | 7 Followers
45
Confusing, Ambitious, Quirky, Original, Slow

See it if you like eccentric, nonsensical meditations on how technology has transformed modern society.

Don't see it if you like clear-cut, straightforward, logical theatre.

Critic Reviews (13)

The New York Times
April 13th, 2015

"Aiming for the endearingly zany, the new musical 'Iowa' overshoots the runway, landing somewhere in the vicinity of complete inanity. This oppressively antic show plays like a series of songs, scenes and sketches with little connecting tissue...this show is so besotted with its self-conscious absurdity that it frustrates any real emotional engagement. “Oklahom@” this ain’t."
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Time Out New York
April 13th, 2015

"Iowa’s satirical cartoonishness is captured splendidly in Ken Rus Schmoll’s staging, and the cast of eight sustains a remarkable tone of committed absurdism. Smart, off-angle pop art songs add to the abundance of pleasures. 'Heaven and earth do not touch one another,' sings a new mother in a lullaby. 'But jump, jump, jump, jump up and try.' 'Iowa' delights in taking just such leaps."
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New York Post
April 14th, 2015

"'I thought I had something to say, but I don’t,' says a character in “Iowa.” The same could be said of Jenny Schwartz’s new play with music, which strains so hard for whimsy, it practically gives itself a hernia.. The game cast goes through their wacky paces with admirable conviction. Even so, a winter in Iowa the state would be preferable to sitting through 'Iowa' the show."
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New York Daily News
April 13th, 2015

"'Iowa' is like spaghetti. Throwing everything against the wall to see what sticks seems to be the approach in this abstract play with music. Unfortunately, little sticks...One hundred minutes later, 'Iowa' just seems weird for weirdness’ sake."
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Theatermania
April 13th, 2015

"At its core, Schwartz and Almond have a touching coming-of-age story that gets lost in a whirlwind of nonsense. The nonsense is not without thought or purpose, but there is nothing in Iowa that draws a clear (or even hazy) line from the inanity to the sincere...Without a focused voice, there can be no confidence in the journey at hand — even as Schwartz and Almond fervently assert that we really ought to give 'Iowa' a try."
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Talkin' Broadway
April 13th, 2015

"The Wikipedia whirlpool: Look up one minor thing and before you know it you’ve strayed about as far away as possible, drowning in a sea of too much information. If you thought this phenomenon could not possibly have a theatrical equivalent, Jenny Schwartz and Todd Almond are determined to prove you wrong...Through their entropy-embracing lack of clarity that makes a Wikipedia whirlpool look well ordered, they have all but ensured the necessary solace is unlikely to be found."
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Theater Pizzazz
April 13th, 2015

"If Schwartz, Almond, and director Ken Rus Schmoll are aiming at anarchy, they’ve hit the bull’s eye. And, if they’re aiming for laughs, they haven’t done so badly either. But not every narrative ploy pays off...Occasionally 'Iowa' loses its direction, but the detours tend to be short-lived...Mostly it’s just fun: a carnival of free association frivolity of the highest order."
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Broadway Blog
April 13th, 2015

"'Iow@' — which I’d like to retitle “Why? Oh! Ugh”...There’s not a light bulb in the socket of this play...Almond’s score is dismally droll, dragging the show’s pace through the mud and rarely offering the actors a heightened sense of emotion or deliverability to further the story. They give it a champion effort...Unfortunately none of these efforts can salvage a score in search of a melody nor a plot truncated by its own flailing appendages."
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