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Laugh It Up, Stare It Down

From 14 member  reviews
Members say: Slow, Confusing, Quirky, Disappointing, Fluffy

About the show

Cherry Lane Theatre presents this new comedy about a couple that builds their entire relationship on the idea that opposites attract...until one day they are tested by a single decision. More…

This is the story of Cleo and Joe — the meeting of their minds, the entwining of their hearts, and their life-long search for a meaningful point in a universe too random to have one. It’s a journey marked by a missing baby, a forged painting, a house invader, a tidal wave, and frozen pistou. Will they rise above their outrageous fortune and find ecstatic love?

Member Reviews (14)


Slow, Confusing, Quirky, Disappointing, Fluffy
Avg Score

Confusing, Excruciating, Slow

See it if you want quirky comedies that just are not funny.

Don't see it if want to see anything else instead.

Confusing, Disappointing, Insipid, Romantic, Slow

See it if you like stories about relationships.

Don't see it if you're looking for something memorable.

Entertaining, Not memorable, Slow

See it if you want something light.

Don't see it if you are expecting a play with substance.

Clever, Enchanting, Funny, Refreshing, Slow

See it if You like quirky, original plot lines and a good laugh.

Don't see it if You're looking for something super dramatic or with more realistic acting

Disappointing, Slow, Confusing, Not interesting

See it if you enjoy shows that kind of leave you confused

Don't see it if you don't enjoy shows that attempt to have a message and then fall flat.

Quirky, Fluffy, Disappointing, Slow, Cliched

See it if you have nothing better to do. it was just ok.

Don't see it if you want to see a show with substance. Wasn't very interesting.

Bad all around

See it if You know someone in the show.

Don't see it if You respect yourself. This was unfortunately poorly written, directed, and performed.

Entertaining, Great staging, Relevant

See it if ...your partner absolutely wants to go see it. It won't kill you. The supporting roles are acted out well enough.

Don't see it if demand absolute excellence in casting.

Thought-provoking, Quirky, Relevant, Great staging, Great acting

See it if ... you like inventive staging, good writing, and good acting.

Don't see it if ... you do not enjoy comedy.

Confusing, Quirky, Slow

See it if You are offered free tickets.

Don't see it if You actually have to pay for tickets.

Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Funny

See it if You like light entertainment

Don't see it if You're a tourist looking for a Broadway experience

Confusing, Disappointing

See it if You want to be confused about what you are watching

Don't see it if You want to be entertained

Insipid, Slow, Indulgent, Fluffy

See it if You like fluff

Don't see it if You want to see a show with a point

During previews
Fluffy, Intelligent, Banal, Quirky

See it if A cross between "I Do, I Do" and "Waiting for Godot" reminds you that, "Nothing is funnier than unhappiness." Attractive cast works hard.

Don't see it if Philosophical New Yorker cartoon posturing feels dramatically deficient and it's only occasionally worthy of a smile.

September 10th, 2015
"If an existentialist philosopher ever attempted a light romantic comedy, it might sound a little like 'Laugh It Up, Stare It Down,' Alan Hruska’s quaintly absurdist play. An amiable, if surface-skimming approach to love, marriage, and all that sort of thing...There’s a lot of whimsy here and it ...
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September 9th, 2015
"Though they build complex characters in their four roles apiece, the play's three-act structure feels overambitious for a 95-minute piece (interrupted by an unnecessary 15-minute intermission) that encompasses 20 years of a quirky marriage...'Laugh It Up, Stare It Down' rests squarely in the mod...
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September 10th, 2015
'Laugh It Up, Stare it Down' combines a banal portrait of a marriage with an even more banal discussion of the meaning of life, featuring plotting that is alternately clichéd and wildly maladroit...Overall, this is a pale and wandering effort, marked by some surprisingly amateurish touches."
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September 10th, 2015
"The ensemble of four work hard and although director Chris Eigeman tries to move this comedy along at rapid pace (it’s listed as 95 minutes, with one intermission – but seems longer), there’s too much squeezed into the writing that should have concentrated more heavily on less ultimately giving ...
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