Laugh It Up, Stare It Down
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Laugh It Up, Stare It Down
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Laugh It Up, Stare It Down NYC Reviews and Tickets

54%
(14 Reviews)
Positive
29%
Mixed
28%
Negative
43%
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.

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Member Reviews (14)

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539 Reviews | 1873 Followers
33
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.

480 Reviews | 714 Followers
50
Confusing, Disappointing, Insipid, Romantic, Slow

See it if you like stories about relationships.

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

146 Reviews | 18 Followers
70
Entertaining, Not memorable, Slow

See it if you want something light.

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

90 Reviews | 15 Followers
85
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

63 Reviews | 21 Followers
49
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.

55 Reviews | 19 Followers
55
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.

53 Reviews | 5 Followers
16
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.

23 Reviews | 14 Followers
52
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 ...you demand absolute excellence in casting.

Critic Reviews (13)

The New York Times
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 would grow more wearing if not for the extravagant pace of Chris Eigeman’s direction and the brisk brightness of the performances."
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Theatermania
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 modern absurdist tradition, but one wishes, while watching Joe and Cleo floating on their buoy, that the play's humor didn't seem equally adrift."
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Lighting & Sound America
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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Theater Pizzazz
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 us more."
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Stage Buddy
September 10th, 2015

"Hruska is interested in capturing the moments that make life worthy. Those looking for answers to life’s troubles will undoubtedly find the play unfulfilling, but those aware of theatre’s ability to act as a mirror will not only be entertained, but will also be left empowered, knowing that once they leave the show, they have the choice to decide whether they will let the handsome stranger waiting somewhere out there, to sweep them off their feet, or not."
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T
September 10th, 2015

"Playwright Alan Hruska has concocted an engaging and zany fable-like play...Under Chris Eigeman’s careful and intelligent direction, Mr. Bartok and Ms. Campbell navigate the terrain of fable and absurdity without becoming cartoons...'Laugh It Up, Stare It Down' is engaging, entertaining, and existentially satisfying."
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T
September 10th, 2015

"Playwright Alan Hruska has concocted an engaging and zany fable-like play...Perhaps 'Laugh It Up, Stare It Down' does not fully answer the question of the attainability of ecstatic love but I am not sure that was the point of Mr. Hruska’s script...'Laugh It Up, Stare It Down' is engaging, entertaining, and existentially satisfying and well worth the visit to the iconic Cherry Lane Theatre."
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New York Theater
September 9th, 2015

"The scenes come off as a jumble of incomplete sketches – neither funny nor fresh nor especially thought provoking; just odd...Watching 'Laugh It Up, Stare It Down' winds up offering a lesson in the Theater of the Absurd, but not one the creative team intended; it’s a realization of what the absurdist classics do right that this new play does wrong."
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