Miles for Mary
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Miles for Mary

Miles for Mary NYC Reviews and Tickets

(114 Reviews)
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Great acting, Clever, Funny, Absorbing, Great writing

About the Show

After a hit run at The Bushwick Starr, The Mad Ones' bittersweet missive about endurance and surrender in a late '80s American high school transfers to Playwrights Horizons.

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965 Reviews | 339 Followers
Funny, Repetitive, Trivial, Strong acting, Slow

See it if you're into group dynamics with 80s methods used in endless meetings. Impressive ensemble, but material wears thin. Some laughs/insights.

Don't see it if you want action, not a table convo. Play re: insipidity/tedium of meetings, sometimes succumbs to same. Best at end when gloves come off.

687 Reviews | 114 Followers
Ambitious, Great acting, Great staging, Intelligent, Refreshing

See it if It's back to the late 80's with the Mad One's funny, poignant & stinging ensemble theatre piece about a fundraiser led by the Phys Ed Dept

Don't see it if The start up's a little slow but with the superb acting of the ensemble & razor-sharp direction the payoff is big A devised theatre triumph

668 Reviews | 155 Followers
Great acting, Great writing, Hilarious, Intelligent, Resonant

See it if you'd like to see a play that probes the dynamics of workplace meetings -- & what they have to tell us about people & their interactions.

Don't see it if you can't see yourself sitting still through a workplace meeting, not just once, but several times over -- even if they're very funny. Read more

506 Reviews | 1002 Followers
Clever, Delightful, Intelligent, Relevant

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602 Reviews | 225 Followers
Clever, Funny, Great acting, Overrated, Indulgent

See it if You can imagine SNL doing a two-hour skit about planning a small telethon in the 1980s — and you’d like something like that.

Don't see it if You dislike “cute but stupid” plays. There’s not much to this but a group of good actors having fun chewing the scenery.

510 Reviews | 130 Followers
Humorous, Clever, Disappointing, Relatable, Good ensemble

See it if you can relate to time being wasted in work meetings; you enjoy stories with characters that have distinctively different personalities.

Don't see it if you would like to forget all the time you've wasted in meetings; want to see the story produce changes in the group's interactions.

469 Reviews | 258 Followers
An extended (and endless) 10 minute snl skit, Boring, Overlong, Performances are very good; wish that the script was better, Disappointing

See it if you enjoy overlong, repetitive plays. This is an overlong skit. The performances are all very good—that is the best thing that can be said.

Don't see it if you appreciate fine theatre. This isn't it.

470 Reviews | 71 Followers
Great acting, Cliched, Disappointing, Great staging, Overrated

See it if you like ensemble pieces with good acting and a great set. It runs 2 hours and should really be a 60 minute 1-act.

Don't see it if you are looking for insights, meaning or real entertainment.It desperately needs cutting.Drags long after it's made its point.

Critic Reviews (23)

The New York Times
January 22nd, 2018

"Passive aggression, as a sly and infuriating art, has surely never been practiced as entertainingly...Both a happy product of and a ruthless portrait of the collaborative process. It also turns out to present a most ingenious acting challenge, in which rage and resentment may be expressed only indirectly...This production slides from surface comedy into an unexpected realm of emotional substance, where laughter increasingly comes with a catch in its throat."
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New York Magazine / Vulture
January 22nd, 2018

"A meticulously observed, virtuosically performed ode to miscommunication...Director Lila Neugebauer excels at drawing nuanced, sensitive work out of her ensembles, and under her guidance all six actors turn in performances as meticulous as the set on which they move...It’s smart, it’s barbed, it revels in the wince-worthy, helplessly funny observation of human idiocy...I also left feeling wrung out."
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January 22nd, 2018

"The hottest comedy in New York this winter. Anyone who has ever suffered through a staff meeting will immediately recognize the passive-aggression and petty slights that dot this 110-minute howler...The troupe benefits from the leadership of Lila Neugebauer, the most skilled director of ensembles working in New York today. The complexity that she and the company bring to every moment makes this rather bland high school office a treat to behold."
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Lighting & Sound America
January 24th, 2018

"Comedy gold in the least likely of situations...As 'Miles for Mary' finds hilarity in these petty bureaucrats and the mind-numbing minutiae of their plans, it finds a certain sympathy for them...The cast seems to know everything about these characters...Sometimes seems like the greatest Nichols and May sketch. But everything about it has been executed with an astonishing precision, and it all contributes to the overall effect...Funniest new show in town."
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Talkin' Broadway
January 22nd, 2018

"What I see is a slender premise, funny in spots and consistently well-played, but stretched out beyond its comfort zone, to almost two intermissionless hours, and lacking a certain eccentricity that might light a fire under it. For what's on stage here is a bloated ensemble effort...The Mad Ones are being a little condescending to this bunch...Neugebauer directs the intricate interplay persuasively, and the actors fit comfortably into the faculty's insecure skins."
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February 9th, 2018

“First up is ‘Miles for Mary,’ a company project from The Mad Ones, a New York City-based troupe dedicated to creating ‘ensemble-driven highly detailed theatrical experiences that examine and illuminate American nostalgia.’ Seen previously at The Bushwick Starr during the 2016-17 season, ‘Miles for Mary’ is a brilliant satire on group dynamics in an ongoing school fundraising committee told in real time.”
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Theater Pizzazz
January 22nd, 2018

"The winning play fulfills the company’s mission with little fanfare and much affection...Truly a case of creation by committee, rather than being pulled in different directions, it is amazingly cohesive. Director and cast are one. It’s hard to single anyone out because they’re so enmeshed with each other...Devoid of bells and whistles, 'Miles for Mary' celebrates the truly mundane with an eye for detail and an ear for humor."
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January 22nd, 2018

"The main comedic element lies in our pleasure of watching grownups behave like children and intelligent grownups behave like fools. The main dramatic element is anticipation of the blowup we are sure will eventually occur. Certainly, under the capable direction of Lila Neugebauer, this is ensemble acting at its best...The problem is that with nothing really at stake...The fact that many in the audience did find the play entertaining is the triumph of style over substance."
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