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Joe's NYC Bar

Members say: Clever, Thought-provoking, Entertaining, Absorbing, Relevant
79
Critics
85
5 reviews
Members
79
34 reviews
 

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.

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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.

 

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Reviews (39)

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Avg Score

85
Broadway Baby

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 plot: it’s just people sharing jokes, telling stories and coming to personal realizations. It’s the sort of show that you’ll get more out, the more you put in." Full Review

85
British Theatre Guide

for a previous production "Between Gabriel, the owner, and Piper, bouncer, they keep everything moving and just civilized enough to be fun for everyone; whether you’re participating or watching. There’s a wild cabaret artist and band and drinks served throughout...This is incredibly well-conceived and executed by Christian Kelty and friends. If there is any weakness at all it would be that the 'story' plot of the evening seems just a little too contrived to finish the evening and probably not needed." Full Review

90
TV Bomb

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 exceptional acting, 'Joe’s NYC Bar' is an equally enjoyable and interesting experience. It doesn’t feel like you’re watching a play, but taking part in both a night out and a debate." Full Review

85
edfringe review

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 of characters keep the pace going throughout, pulling the discussion in new directions...Intriguing, amusing and utterly absorbing, this show will leave you wanting to stay for one more drink." Full Review

80
edfringe review

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...A hugely entertaining and thought-provoking production definitely worth seeing and getting involved with, just be prepared for some hard truths and lots of cheeky banter with the bouncer." Full Review

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79
Avg Score

80
Ambitious, Clever, Relevant, Entertaining

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

92
Great acting, Intense, Riveting, Cathartic

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

79
Absorbing, Clever, Intelligent, Entertaining

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.

78
Interesting, Entertaining, 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.

42
Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Disappointing

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

57
Relevant, Disappointing, Cliched, Overrated

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

87
Funny, Absorbing, Ambitious, Intelligent, Refreshing

See it if You want to vent

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

45
Ambitious, Quirky, Indulgent, Disappointing, Excruciating

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.

48
Indulgent, Banal, Confusing, Disappointing

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

83
Ambitious, Clever, 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

85
Ambitious, Clever, Intelligent, Relevant, Resonant

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.

80
Absorbing, Clever, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Resonant

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.

85
Absorbing, Clever, Relevant, Resonant, Entertaining

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.

82
Funny, Absorbing, Great acting, Resonant, Entertaining

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

75
Ambitious, Clever, Thought-provoking, Entertaining

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

83
Thought-provoking, Indulgent, Unique, Involving, Conversational

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

70
Funny, Thought-provoking, Refreshing, Relevant, Entertaining

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".

90
Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Entertaining, 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!

95
Funny, Absorbing, Clever, Thought-provoking, Entertaining

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

85
Entertaining

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

84
Clever, Thought-provoking, Quirky, Entertaining

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

100
Ambitious, Edgy, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Must see

See it if This is a show that breaks boundaries but builds communities, discovers issues and promotes conversations. Immerse yourself in the right now

Don't see it if You don't want to challenged and engaged, inspired and educated, questioned and entertained.

88
Funny, Clever, Entertaining

See it if You like interactive theater and want the chance to participate.

Don't see it if If you want a break from political chat.

75
Clever, Thought-provoking, Quirky, Relevant, Confusing

See it if Like improvisational theater with audience participation

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

100
Funny, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if You like improv and shows that make you think

Don't see it if You don't like unconventional theater or audience participation