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Less Than 50%

From 42 member  reviews
Members say: Funny, Clever, Entertaining, Confusing, Ambitious

About the show

Actor and stand-up comedian Gianmarco Soresi stars in this witty unromantic comedy at 59E59. More…

Based on true events about marriage, millennials, and navigating through it all, 'Less Than 50%' is armed with a shifting fourth wall and stand-up comedy which could change at a moment's notice  However, underneath the humor lies a serious issue. How do children of divorce find their way to love and commitment?


Member Reviews (42)

MEMBERS SAY:

Funny, Clever, Entertaining, Confusing, Ambitious
77
Avg Score

72
Clever, Funny, Fluffy, Disappointing

See it if A wounded ex-lover gets a redo on his romance when he shares the stage with his ex. Some jokes and hearfelt displays of emotion. META!

Don't see it if Tracks way too closely to the ending of "Annie Hall" or any Allen comedy. In the sharing, the fourth wall is up and then down and back.

75
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Refreshing, Quirky

See it if you enjoy an unusual comedy. Very witty writing and staging. Really fitted for a small venue. A story about relationships, funny, touching.

Don't see it if you like a straightforward comedy. The action goes back and forth, sometimes off the stage or into the audience.

Also The ending needs more work and was a bit confusing but on the whole th... Read more Read less

79
Clever, Funny, Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if you enjoy a combination of stand up comedy and an experiment in metatheatrics. The comedy is genuinely funny and some interesting twists.

Don't see it if you're easily confused by breaking of fourth wall and unconventional play structuring. Play still needed some fine tuning/cuts when I saw it

73
Ambitious, Funny, Great acting, Indulgent, Meta

See it if You like fast paced theater with smart dialogue, funny and talented actors. Intimate venue and a great use of space

Don't see it if You don't like fourth wall breaking or plays within plays within... A little confusing at times don't expect clear answers.

69
If it had ended 20 minutes earlier it would have got an 85., Ambitious, Disappointing

See it if You want to see a manic depiction of the clash of a relationship cynic vs a romantic. The play w/in a play, w/in a play is a play too far.

Don't see it if You need greater motivation for being a commitmentphobe di*k than ones parents' serial marriages and an apocryphal email.

Also The characters were approachable and attractive and played with energy... Read more Read less

76
Clever, Funny, Play-in-a-play, Raunchy

See it if you like play-within-a-play(-within-a-play, etc). Part stand-up comedy, part written play, part real-life, it's funny and clever.

Don't see it if you want a linear play. Some raunchy/edgy jokes. The play follows a story, but cuts between the play itself and the creation of the play.

Also The play was great - funny, clever, cool twisting of a play and the wr... Read more Read less

73
Lacking heart

See it if Soresi is a talented comic and there are some funny moments but not enough meat to justify a play.

Don't see it if Typical commitment-phobe v marriage minded woman BS.Plot seems to be an excuse to tell a bunch of jokes.Laura just serves as straight man.

Also Seems like Soresi thought he had enough material for a captivating sto... Read more Read less

84
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Edgy, Confusing

See it if you enjoy relationship plays and stand up comedy, a play within a play

Don't see it if you want a linear play w/o raunchy jokes & don't enjoy unhappy relationship stories

Also The Sunday afternoon I saw it, there was a surprise twist of an ending... Read more Read less

90
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting

See it if You're looking for an incredibly clever, layered, meta show that is well acted across the board and consistently entertaining.

Don't see it if You get confused easily or are bothered by bits that occasionally are stretched too long.

66
Confusing, Cliched, Dizzying

See it if If you like watching two talented young actors you can see them here albeit in a play thst needs work. Some good standup comedy though.

Don't see it if It is very confusing and much too long. If you like a logical play with a beginning, middle and end this is not for you.

60
Confusing, Disappointing, Great acting, Funny, Indulgent

See it if Gianmarco Soresi portrays himself as a standup comedian and also as the character of this autobiographical play.

Don't see it if if you expect a full-blown comedy

Also The juxtapositions of the two modes of expressions were not well blend... Read more Read less

76
Intelligent, Relevant, Resonant, Quirky, Intense

See it if You like character neurotic driven plays.

Don't see it if You are looking for a linear plot.

70
Ambitious, Clever, Indulgent, Romantic

See it if You’d enjoy the energy and humor of a Fringe-Festival production that has made it to Theatre 59E59. Very well produced. Good directing.

Don't see it if A show tells you what is going to happen then shows you what did happen then tells you what you just saw and heard over and over for 90 min.

Also Too bad there’s a lack of chemistry between the lead actors who mainta... Read more Read less

76
Funny, Entertaining, Clever, Great acting, Delightful

See it if You like a slightly different romantic comedy tugs at your heart strings:

Don't see it if You don’t care for a relationship play that can be a bit confusing and is a little too long.

70
Disoriented, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Disappointing

See it if you like above average, modern not-so-romantic comedies.

Don't see it if you're looking for the next bit hit.

70
Absorbing, Ambitious, Confusing, Clever, Dizzying

See it if You want a unique approach to modern romance.

Don't see it if A play that is easy to follow.

92
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Great writing

See it if If you really enjoy being treated to an exquisite surprise in an intimate theater. Great play within a play within a play.

Don't see it if There is no reason not to see this play. It is delightful, funny, and absolutely absorbing.

Also We went on a recommendation of a friend and we loved it. My wife and I... Read more Read less

75
Clever

See it if This show was clever in its structure and conceit. I give it big props for its execution.

Don't see it if you're expecting to be blown away by the protagonist and his journey. While it's well done, I didn't care about him.

80
Absorbing, Funny, Ambitious, Edgy

See it if you enjoy smart stand up and complicated emotional resolutions.

Don't see it if if you can't stand to hear undeleted expletives.

80
Clever, Funny, Great acting, Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if you like meta and self-referential humor, Seinfeld references, and surprises.

Don't see it if you dislike meta comedy, or if you want things to be wrapped up neatly.

Also I loved this show! The story was hilarious yet touching and the acting... Read more Read less

91
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Hilarious

See it if You want an upbeat, fun night at the theatre. The play appeals to a wide audience, so could be a fun date with a partner, parent or friend!

Don't see it if You don’t like funny plays?

During previews
80
Clever, Funny, Edgy, Needs cuts, Meta!

See it if you'd like a rom-com turned on its head. 4th wall is destroyed often! Line bet reality/theatricality is blurred. Dizzying in a good way.

Don't see it if you lose patience w/a bumpy narrative. Lots of starts-and-stops; hard to be fully absorbed. Seems ready to end a few times...then continues.

Also I liked LTFP quite a lot. It's smart and funny; an engaging twist on t... Read more Read less

During previews
75
Dizzying, Funny, Entertaining, Clever

See it if You want to see a funny show, good small effective staging. Very up beat and quick moving.

Don't see it if If you like a more polished, more linear play. Thoughts are often changed quickly.if you like a slower show that is more laid out.

During previews
83
Intelligent, Funny, Clever, Self-referential

See it if you'd like a very meta play-w/in-a-play that pays homage to Woody Allen, Seinfeld & Charlie Kaufman & is much more than 50% funny & clever.

Don't see it if you don't care for NY Jewish humor or can't relate to a millennial rom-com; you need a linear narrative & the confinement of a fourth wall.

Also This is more like a play-within-a-play-within-a-play-within-a-play-wit... Read more Read less

During previews
75
Meta, Funny/serious, Confusing, Overlong, We'll acted

See it if Interested in some insightful observations about theater, love, marriage & divorce told with humor & at times seriousness.

Don't see it if you object to sudden changes in tone & a not always plausible dialogue. Can be confusing at times and overlong even at 90 minutes.


August 12th, 2018
"This show has a great deal of comic appeal but it also smacks of reality. The unique two-hander uses a clever combination of storytelling, stand-up comedy, and a play within a play...'Less Than 50%' is a contemporary show that will appeal to a vast audience. Whether you're in love, longing for t...
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August 13th, 2018
"The play's now-we-mean-it-now-we-don't structure has a wearying effect...Everything in 'Less Than 50%' sounds like it could use a laugh track. When his character isn't acting like a jackass, Soresi is an appealing performer...Jen Wineman's direction proves helpful in terms of pacing the action a...
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August 17th, 2018
"'Less Than 50%' is a play that, unfortunately, lives up to--or rather, down to--its title. Though it tries to be many things--and most prominently a recollection of a relationship gone wrong--it keeps on retelling and undermining itself, becoming incoherent and nonsensical. A 'disclaimer' at the...
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August 8th, 2018
"Gianmarco says he’s a triple threat and, in this case, he does cover the gamut from comic to actor to storyteller, and is a good stand up comic...Yes, some silly, funny stuff going on that will get a response from the younger folks in the audience. Beyond that, this is a sad commentary on the fr...
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