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Miles for Mary

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Members say: 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. More…

It's 1988 and the planning committee for Garrison High School's ninth annual 'Miles For Mary' Telethon is fired up and ready to go. Across subcommittee sessions in the phys-ed teachers' lounge, Drama Desk-nominated The Mad Ones assemble an analog elegy to the camcorder 1980s, girls' track and field, and the consecrated American high school.

Member Reviews (114)


Great acting, Clever, Funny, Absorbing, Great writing
Avg Score

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.

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

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.

Also Thanks to Playwrights Horizons for bringing to a wider audience a piec... Read more Read less

Clever, Delightful, Intelligent, Relevant

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Also An average of a 90 and an 85. Wonderful for anyone who has ever attend... Read more Read less

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.

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.

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.

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.

Delightful, Funny, Great acting, Great writing, Refreshing

See it if you enjoy clever humor in a typically mundane situation. The cast is on fire and deliver on the laughs. Also a poignant message illustrated.

Don't see it if you don’t like dry humor or are looking for something that doesn’t take place in the same setting and situation. You prefer big staging.

Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Great writing, Riveting

See it if you enjoy a well written and performed piece that translates into a stage version of an excellent Seinfeld episode

Don't see it if do not enjoy comedy

Crisp, Satirical with a heart, Nicely constructed, Great ensemble

See it if You've ever been part of a group intent on doing good. Filled with the banalities we tell ourselves & foist on others & so revelatory of...

Don't see it if the undercurrents in any group endeavor. Funny, focussed, sharply observed but never mean or patronizing. Engaging actors, as well.

Great acting, Resonant, Slow, The comedy is in the characters

See it if you want to see great ensemble of characters that are right on the money. Had it's charm in the characters. Many archetypes I've met. Funny.

Don't see it if You don't want a comic reflection of those long winded, nothing happens meetings, where everyone is well intentioned, but ineffectual.

Also I loved the characters. The writer nailed both the spirit and speech -... Read more Read less

Clever, Great acting, Funny, Great writing, Quirky

See it if you've ever attended a committee meeting, faculty or otherwise, and listened incredulously as the participants revealed themselves.

Don't see it if you need an action-packed script; this is all dialogue, much of it very funny

Also My only quibble is that it does go on a bit too long -- almost two hou... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Clever, Intelligent, Refreshing, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to spend time in a committee meeting at a high school, eavesdropping on some interesting characters

Don't see it if If meetings make you cringe , this is too spot on.

Clever, Delightful, Funny

See it if You enjoy natural dialogue and exploring the silliness of office/teacher culture.

Don't see it if You want something with consistently fast pacing.

Clever, Dated, Exquisite, Hilarious, Intense

See it if you value fresh, vibrant theater; talky plays; were working in the 80s; can handle tense emotions burbling under the surface of pleasantries

Don't see it if you don't like naturalistic plays that bore into the excruciating minutiae of the mundane. Overlapping talking confuses you.

Also It's hard to describe this spectacular show, because it's less about t... Read more Read less

Great acting, Slow, Indulgent

See it if You like your slice of life plays to be overdone, i.e. inauthentic, not life, with the writing very exaggerated. Does no one value subtle?

Don't see it if You would prefer to see the good acting better served.

Excruciating, Slow, Overrated, Indulgent, Cliched

See it if 2hours of meaningless banter is your thing although it might have been clever for 15 minutes

Don't see it if You get irritated by PC office meetings infused with massive amounts of pettiness

Entertaining, Clever, Great acting, Intense, Refreshing

See it if you work/ed in an office setting or get a kick out of the passive aggressive things that take place there.

Don't see it if high tension and rage bother you, even if briefly.

Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Refreshing, Quirky

See it if you're willing to forgive some flaws for something that feels fresh and honest

Don't see it if you need a really tight plot, or you don't have patience for hipsters who wanted to play 80s dress-up.

Disappointing, Slow, Repetitive, Banal, Indulgent

See it if You enjoy watching people who don’t listen to others miscommunicate. Also there are times when it is difficult to hear the conversations

Don't see it if You have other options.

Cliched, Slow, Indulgent, Clever

See it if to see a tight ensemble doing a mild satire of group dynamics.

Don't see it if Too long and overplays its points. Characters are so limited & annoying that the audience's initial interest in the play evaporates.

Great acting, Great staging, Hilarious, Must see, Quirky

See it if you like character driven plays and have ever experienced the horrors of endless staff meetings.

Don't see it if you want a strong plot or if you have a committed belief in the value of staff meetings.

Warning - could trigger work related anxiety, Clever - yes but meant for theater people who enjoy the craft with out regard to the content

See it if You are more interested in the way plays make you feel then in the content matter // If you are ok with hating just about all the characters

Don't see it if You need plot / or If you are overcoming some work meeting related trauma

Also So I was literally sick at the end of this play - not because it was b... Read more Read less

Intriguing premise, Group portrait, through a series of dull meetings, of hs teacher/fundraisers, Fine ensemble work, Deliberately banal

See it if meticulously recreated 80s high school administration types and milieu appeal to you; group dynamics and the jargon that shapes them appeals

Don't see it if you have enough of the alternately boring, passive/aggressive drama and dynamics of official meetings in your life; dislike 80s nostalgia

Also What little dramatic arc there is to the evening--beyond the somewhat ... Read more Read less

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 i...
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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...
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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 ensemble...
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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 ...
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