Iowa NYC Reviews and Tickets

(9 Ratings)
Members say
Disappointing, Indulgent, Excruciating, Quirky, Slow

About the Show

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

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Show-Score Member Reviews (9)

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129 Reviews | 26 Followers
Delightful, Clever

See it if You appreciate a delightful, original musical with wonderful performances

Don't see it if You don’t like musicals Read more

124 Reviews | 173 Followers
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.

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

See it if don't

Don't see it if you value your time

1107 Reviews | 377 Followers
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

87 Reviews | 37 Followers
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

548 Reviews | 1899 Followers
Disappointing, Excruciating

See it if you want to leave right away.

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

995 Reviews | 946 Followers
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.

235 Reviews | 232 Followers
Disappointing, Excruciating, Slow

See it if Uh.. bad.

Don't see it if Left at intermission.

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 Theatre Guide
April 14th, 2015

"Complete with stylized modern song and dance, prancing pony-men, and text that goes so fast that you feel like you're at the Daytona 500 of the theatre, this play is a mental exercise that leaves the audience nothing but speechless and loving every second of it...It is refreshing, entertaining and constantly presents the audience with moments that literally made multiple audience members simultaneously say aloud 'What?!'...GO SEE THIS. Words cannot capture this gem to society, but seeing it can."
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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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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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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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