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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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