Already closed | 1h 30m | Upper E Side

Joe's NYC Bar

From 37 member  reviews
Members say: Clever, Entertaining, Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Relevant

About the show

In this interactive, immersive, improvised show, the audience is invited to join the cast in seeking to build a global conversation about the world we live in. More…

Originally created for the 2001 Orlando International Fringe Festival, 'Joe's' has enjoyed various iterations over the years, and now makes its NYC debut. Performed in an actual Upper East Side Bar, the show offers a safe and intimate space for audiences to interact with a diverse cast of colorful and opinionated barflies about the issues plaguing our society in the days leading up to the inauguration of President-Elect Donald Trump. In addition to drinks, there is a different live musical act every night.

1h 30m | Already closed | Ryan's Daughter (Upper E Side)

Member Reviews (37)


Clever, Entertaining, Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Relevant
Avg Score

Entertaining, Interesting, Different

See it if You want to be a part of a lively conversation at a bar. Not a show really, more a platform for improv and audience engagement.

Don't see it if You want a narrative or don;t like bar settings.

Ambitious, Disappointing, Excruciating, Indulgent, Quirky

See it if You enjoy talking politics in a bar setting. There weren't "actors" there were facilitators, there to get the conversation flowing.

Don't see it if If you go to the theater to escape the current insanity of the world. I don't want to pay to drink in a bar and talk politics.

Clever, Ambitious, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if You want to engage in lively conversation, hate the 4th wall, and are up for some heated and relevant discourse

Don't see it if You like your theatre to happen on a stage. This is entirely immersive and much improvised. But hey, there's a bar!

Also Super interesting and enjoyable. An introvert like me even spoke up. A... Read more Read less

Relevant, Entertaining, Clever, Ambitious

See it if You enjoy less structured theater, improvised dialogue, topical discussions, and unusual performance spaces

Don't see it if You don't want to see a show about current events or sit in a bar for the entire show

Ambitious, Disappointing, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to sit, drink, and listen to strangers meander through hot-button issues. You miss a neighborhood watering hole.

Don't see it if You live on internet forums or want something plotted or immersive but non-participatory.

Also I had very high hopes for the concept, but the execution was ultimatel... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Ambitious, Funny, Intelligent, Refreshing

See it if You want to vent

Don't see it if You're uncomfortable expressing yourself in a group of strangers

Cathartic, Great acting, Intense, Riveting

See it if You are interested in a participative experience where you may not know the actors from the audience.

Don't see it if You don't like conversations in a bar.

Also Excellent! It's like a bar experience to the nth degree, where you can... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Intelligent

See it if You want to be part of an interactive, immersive evening that changes every night, you want a platform to vent or speak out.

Don't see it if You don't need to vent, rather see a show than an interaction, or you don't want to possibly hear about politics.

Absorbing, Edgy, Entertaining, Immersive, Profound

See it if you want to live something very interactive, personal and interesting.

Don't see it if you don't want to share your personal life with an audience.

Also The show is in a second floor of a restaurant bar. It is a big bar. Th... Read more Read less

Clever, Relevant, Resonant, Intelligent, Ambitious

See it if Its different, & not quite a play-more of a guided discussion. Characters challenge the bar patrons to discuss issues & themselves. Was fun~

Don't see it if Night I was there discussion went dark & angry a few times leaving me w/a sour taste. I understand most nights were much more encouraging.

Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Resonant, Relevant

See it if You like to be immersed in interactive conversations. I have no idea if this is really a "show," but let's see.

Don't see it if You don't like bar talking, which can sometimes be superficial & boring.

Overrated, Relevant, Cliched, Disappointing

See it if You want to talk politics with a bunch of white liberals at a bar, your individual life is not affected by the current political atmosphere.

Don't see it if You want actual theater and not "actors" instigating cliched and overly done conversations about the election

Disappointing, Confusing, Banal, Indulgent

See it if Sitting in a bar drinking and discussing politics mostly entertains you It is much more seat of the pants than improv-one mans opinion

Don't see it if No script, no storyline and little or no continuity disappoints you - If you don't care for drinking and arguing in a bar don't go

Unique, Indulgent, Thought-provoking, Conversational, Involving

See it if you appreciate interactive relaxed conversation with audience. Hindrance free participation. Actors and audience blend in spontaneously.

Don't see it if you don't like unstructured shows. Don't like audience participation and adlib conversation with strangers.

Also At the same time it is nice to enjoy (inexpensive) drink or two. Or fe... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Clever, Relevant, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to go into "the bar of our collective imaginations" and have a god-honest conversation with people.

Don't see it if You want to see a story be told; this play has no traditional narrative/throughline.

Ambitious, Clever, Entertaining, Thought-provoking

See it if You enjoy political convos (and being part of them), you enjoy the immersive experience. Funny at times, deep at others. If you like beer

Don't see it if You dislike debates, you prefer more story driven plays, you don't like the cramped feeling of a bar

Also This was the heightened experience of being at Cheers. Everyone in a c... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Resonant

See it if you want to engage in a thoughtful entertaining discussion about relationships, life, and NYC. Performances were uncannily naturalistic

Don't see it if you feel uncomfortable in immersive settings where actors try to engage you directly

Clever, Entertaining, Quirky, Thought-provoking

See it if If you are open to a couple of hours of interactive conversation with regulars at a bar.

Don't see it if You are not willing to participate in intimate conversation

Entertaining, Intelligent, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Ingenious

See it if You want an incredibly clever spin on immersive theatre and like the idea of participating along with the cast in thoughtful discussion

Don't see it if You're really wanting something more traditional/scripted. If you're on the fence, I'd say give it a go -- it was really a neat experience!

Entertaining, Funny, Relevant, Refreshing, Thought-provoking

See it if You like a completely immersive experience and enjoy discussions about current events.

Don't see it if You want to know for sure actors from attendees or are expecting a "show".

Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to have a great night out seeing something completely unique, entertaining and engrossing! MUST-SEE!

Don't see it if You do not like an immersive experience, improv, or you are not open-minded/willing to hear the opinions of others.

Also I am a HUGE theater geek and this was by far one of the most unique an... Read more Read less

Disappointing, Dated, Slow, Banal, Quirky

See it if you want to support the actors and crew in their efforts.

Don't see it if you expect real improv. Too much is staged and the topics of conversation are far from thought provoking.


See it if you want to be involved in a good conversation in a bar without loud music in the background, or like to watch others have interesting ones.

Don't see it if you don't want to have a conversation or will get bored of others having a conversation, which could be about anything.

Also This show is entirely improvised, the actors are playing characters of... Read more Read less

Clever, Thought-provoking, Quirky, Confusing, Relevant

See it if Like improvisational theater with audience participation

Don't see it if Like to sit in a theater and be entertained conventionally

Funny, Indulgent, Great acting, Great singing, Thought-provoking

See it if you like to engage or watch an interesting conversation unfold

Don't see it if you are sensitive about certain topics. anything can come up and my show got dark & deep with talk about depression. may not be for everyone

Also there is no plot so there's nothing to follow. it is improve and rando... Read more Read less

August 7th, 2016
for a previous production "Utterly engrossing...The characters are pure Americana and feel like they've come straight out of a Paul Auster novel and feel familiar to every local bar in the world...The actors inhabit their parts so well that it starts to become difficult to separate reality from the fantasy. There is no pl...
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August 13th, 2016
for a previous production "A funny and flawlessly executed show, where the barrier between the spectator and the spectated is removed...The success of the complete immersion is also due to the incredible realistic acting that is sustained throughout the entire show...With a refreshing format, relevant topic and exceptiona...
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August 8th, 2016
for a previous production "This is immersive and interactive theatre at its best, a two-way conversation between audience and cast where invisible barriers are free to be broken down. The genius of 'Joe’s NYC Bar' is the ability of the cast to make their audience forget that they are watching a production...A unique cast ...
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August 8th, 2016
for a previous production "A tricky and difficult discussion to have to manage as a cast, yet the production team highlighted the importance of actually discussing these issues in a safe and mature environment...The production is not so much an immersive drama but rather a dissection of the audience’s thoughts and beliefs...
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