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Like Money in the Bank

Members say: Funny, Clever, Great acting, Original, Ambitious
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Critics
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4 reviews
Members
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22 reviews
 

Radical Gags Theatrics presents the world premiere of the first-ever romantic comedy about the founding of the Federal Reserve Bank.

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It's 1910 in Chicago, and a suffragist social reformer asks an immigrant mechanic to install a steam boiler. But before they have a chance to turn up the heat, the pair get embroiled in the most romantic issue of the early 20th century: the establishment of the Federal Reserve System.

 

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Reviews (26)

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63
Avg Score

30
Theater In The Now

"With a tinge of theatrical storytelling and just a series of madcap conversations, 'Like Money in the Bank' has the makings of an important and relevant piece but sadly comes across as too teachy and preachy and just plain ol’ plain. Polner knows his history. His dialogue reads like a textbook rather than a character-driven play. And his characters suffer for it. As does his plot...Director Shana Solomon’s approach was like a generic comedy. There was no flash or panache." Full Review

80
Let's Talk Off-Broadway

"The play takes us back to the early years of the 20th century and styles itself like a silent movie (though with talking). Quick scenes are separated by actors who parade the time and place of the next scene on a board. The style is wittily carried out–it’s fun...The performers, most of whom take on multiple rolls, are polished, talented, witty, and brightly paced by the director Shana Solomon...The play is provocative but doesn’t clarify anything about the bank." Full Review

85
Quick Theatre

"This historical play, with a dash of romance and a whole lot of heart, is charming and earnest to the core. Polner’s cleverly constructed script draws the audience into a story some might call dry and boring...surrounding this story of the founding of the federal reserve with an understated love story, more quips than can be found on 'Brooklyn 99,' and the inclusion of the beginnings of the progressive movement...The cast is made up of bold, brassy actors, perfectly suited to a period piece." Full Review

70
Woman Around Town

"Though it is well written by Jerry Polner, skillfully directed by Shana Solomon and performed by a talented group of actors, it is too much of a good thing...The audience has a feeling it is being prepped for a mid-term exam...Fortunately, despite this, the show fulfills its designated category of romantic comedy...There is so much good to be said for the production of 'Like Money in the Bank' that one can only wish it hadn’t taken on quite so much history." Full Review

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66
Avg Score

49
Quirky, Indulgent, Cliched, Slow

See it if You enjoy historical comedies that move slowly but with decent acting.

Don't see it if You prefer a faster moving plot with non-cliche endings and a more original topic.

70
Funny, Entertaining

See it if You want a night out with a show you can just sit back and watch.

Don't see it if You are looking for a deep and profound experience.

60
Funny, Great acting, Dated

See it if You don't mind seeing a show that is not the best, but it's cute and you won't have to do any real thinking. Just sit back and relax.

Don't see it if You want a thought-provoking play with some real substance.

72
Original, Ambitious, Clever, Relevant, Great staging

See it if you want a fun relevant well acted funny history lesson.

Don't see it if you can't sit still for over 1.5 hours in not very comfortable seats.

59
Reminded me a little of those "school house rock" segments that used to be on tv between cartoons, and explained elements of government

See it if If you were a fan of those School House Rock segments..( ex: "How a Bill becomes a Law")-though this is NOT nearly as clever or entertaining

Don't see it if Unless you are dying to understand how the Federal Reserve Bank came to be in the early 1900's, reenacted in a low budg & teachy production.

30
Banal, Not funny, Stupid, Uninteresting

See it if You are really into the financial of America, and don't mind bad acting or stupid jokes. See it if you'll see anything.

Don't see it if You enjoy good acting, smart humor, and original content. A boring, lame show.

76
Funny, Great acting

See it if historical comedy is your cup of tea, & are interested in seeing a strong ensemble of actors.

Don't see it if historical comedy is not your cup of tea, or if you need a strong plot to keep you engaged.

80
Funny, Clever, Entertaining

See it if watching a fictionalized and condensed version of historical/economic development is appealing to you. Very clever and amusing show.

Don't see it if lack of production values are not your thing. Characters play multiple parts and the show might feel like an educational cartoon to you.

80
Intelligent, Great writing, Great staging, Esoteric, Outstanding actors

See it if you're wicked smart. You don't have to be an economist, but it helps. Actually made economic theory entertaining. Outstanding performances.

Don't see it if topic too deeply intellectual for the average audience. Post-show symposium was almost as entertaining (Prof.Livingston) & clarified a lot.

49
Disappointing, Excruciating, Cliched

See it if You promised someone in the cast - they did well with poor directing and bad writing. You like cliche-unnecessary-shoehorned in "romance."

Don't see it if You can't stand arguments - every scene is a rapid-fire repetitive argument, the writer jammed in 2+ hours of facts in 90 min of fighting.

60
Funny, Great writing, Historical, Lead actor was great, Some stand-out moments

See it if You appreciate theatre made on a budget. These guys did a pretty good job with a tiny space and the bare minimum. Lead actor was phenomenal!

Don't see it if You are easily bored, or bad accents make you twitch. Some interesting history etc, and some fun moments, but also some dull periods.

49
Quirky, Excruciating, Slow

See it if Heavy exposition. Felt like a HS project where students had to present their knowledge of the Progressive Movement. I wanted to leave. Sorry

Don't see it if Story lines written for porn are more compelling than this attempt to force a romance inside a lecture about the Fed Reserve Bank.

50
Funny, Ambitious, Clever, Banal, Slow

See it if You enjoy dialogue driven and historical pieces. There is some humor to be found here.

Don't see it if If you're looking for a story. The scenes are clumsily held together. While scenes were somewhat amusing, as a whole it was a chore

80
Funny, Ambitious, Clever

See it if i saw the awhile back, pretty funny premise, unique, i like subject matter that is not often explored

Don't see it if you don't like slapstick

69
Original, Clever, Dated

See it if You enjoy America's finance history or simple old school shows

Don't see it if You are interested in extravagant sets and moving parts. Or if you find it hard to follow actors playing multiple characters

65
During previews
Funny, Ambitious, Quirky, Disappointing, Cliched

See it if you like old school agitprop plays, you're interested in learning about the history/formation of the Federal Reserve Bank, you like improv

Don't see it if you want a play with good writing, compelling characters/relationships. The actors try their best, but the material is clunky & falls flat

77
During previews
Great acting, Intelligent, Quirky

See it if You like history plays. This is the rare history play that is a comedy -- though the comedy tends to be a bit dry and academic.

Don't see it if You like mindless entertainment. This is theater for and by intelligent folks.

78
During previews
Funny, Original, Clever, Intelligent, Entertaining

See it if you are interested in history presented in an easy-to-digest manner, and are not bored by intelligent dialogue about economics and labor.

Don't see it if you hate history, can't comprehend principles of economics, and want to be mindlessly entertained.

76
During previews
Original, Ambitious, Intelligent, Relevant, Entertaining

See it if You enjoy plays that tell a story about an historic event in American history.The actors are refreshingly enthusiastic and casting is fine.

Don't see it if You don't like plays that are based on American history and have a didactic style. This is not a B'way perfectly polished play . Think small

79
During previews
Funny, Original, Clever, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if You like period pieces and history told through humor!

Don't see it if Don't like history, period pieces and comedies.

85
During previews
Funny, Original, Clever, Great acting, Must see

See it if Like new stories that teach about America in a fun uplifting way.

Don't see it if You dint like fid acting and history.

67
During previews
Great acting, Indulgent, Confusing, Excruciating, Slow

See it if You want to support the competent actors featured in the show who try their darned best to be funny, larger than life and in the moment.

Don't see it if You don't find this particular period in American history interesting and you are not into dialogue-dependent plays.