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Miss You Like Hell

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Members say: Relevant, Great singing, Entertaining, Absorbing, Great acting

About the show

The Public's new musical from Tony award-winning playwright Quiara Alegría Hudes ('In the Heights') and genre-breaking songwriter Erin McKeown, centers around an undocumented immigrant and her daughter. More…

Two-time Tony nominee Daphne Rubin-Vega is Beatriz, flawed mom to 16 year-old Olivia, and on the verge of deportation. After living estranged from each other for years, a mother and daughter embark on a road trip that crosses state lines. Together they meet Americans of different backgrounds, shared dreams, and complicated truths.

Member Reviews (149)


Relevant, Great singing, Entertaining, Absorbing, Great acting
Avg Score

Relevant, Clunky, Entertaining, Confusing

See it if Good music. Great singing from Gimenez. Relevant moving story at the core.

Don't see it if The heart of the play gets muddled by baffling unnecessary go-nowhere-unexplainably subplots. Really sucked the life out of the story.

Also A lot of the songs are great. Especially the melodies. It just got rea... Read more Read less

Disappointing, Cliched, Reductive, Overly ambitious, Banal

See it if you want to go on a musical road trip w/an unmarried migrant mom & her obstinate daughter while they hit lots of clichéd bumps along the way

Don't see it if you expect anything profound, deep or meaningful from a writer (Quiara Alegría Hudes) who's usually much more thought-provoking & innovative

Also This forgettable musical, with middling music and an overstuffed book ... Read more Read less

Banal, Disappointing, Great acting, Resonant, Relevant

See it if Timely subject matter & ace acting & singing from Rubin-Vega & Jimenez keep this maudlin musical soap opera afloat Misdirected by deBessonet

Don't see it if Unlike the boldness of the leads, Hudes' book & McKeown's music/lyrics refuse to take chances thus landing in limbo w/ empathy rarely earned

Disappointing, Cliched, Ambitious, Banal, Quirky

See it if you like discovering new musicals, a fan of Daphne Ruben-Vega, enjoy small-scale shows, simple characters, & politically-relevant situations

Don't see it if Not a fan of intimate musicals, uncomfortable with immigration issues, don't like overuse of coincidence & too nice to be real characters

Great singing, Relevant, Resonant

See it if Rubin-Vega brings her quirky vocals to a mother-daughter roadtrip musical ripped from the headlines. Is she right or wrong? Sing out, Louise

Don't see it if Odd staging is distracting and disappointing. See it only for the pop/rock vocals of Daphne Rubin-Vega.

Almost but not quite together

See it if You want to see a musical about the ubject of immigration

Don't see it if You like more traditional musicals.

Ambitious, Disappointing, Indulgent, Intense, Relevant

See it if You like intimate stories about mother/daughter pairs that strive to find common ground.

Don't see it if You want smooth transitions. Though I saw it during previews so I hope it smooths out. Occasionally heavy handed.

Entertaining, Relevant, Refreshing, Absorbing

See it if you like shows about mother-daughter relationships, immigration issues and coming of age. The lead performances were great.

Don't see it if you want to hear an exciting musical score. The performances were great, but a lot of the music was rather dull.

Great singing, Great acting, Relevant, Entertaining, Intelligent

See it if Good take on the immigration crisis and its effect on families. Very enjoyable. The leads were wonderful. LaToya Edwards is a new star.

Don't see it if The ending didn’t make sense to me.

Ambitious, Great singing, Overrated, Relevant

See it if see notes

Don't see it if see notes

Also This show has great potential but it is so uneven that it is hard to c... Read more Read less

Great talent, Uneven, Lovely music, banal lyrics, Relevant story

See it if Central mother-daughter story is touching & should be further developed in often appealing musical but other characters seem extraneous & do

Don't see it if not add depth to a play not quite ready for full staging. Remarkable Gizel Jimenez - someone to watch- & Daphne Rubin Vega

Ambitious, Entertaining, Great acting, Great writing, Refreshing

See it if you enjoy a great and relevant story with a high energy cast; creative and diverse music and touching story

Don't see it if you want a polished, large production. This is emotional, painful, and touching.


See it if Daughter drowning in blogs/books because of loneliness learns life lessons from her freespirit imperfect mom who's threatened by deportation

Don't see it if watching a police / ICE officer arrest is triggering. Don't like crying over mother-daughter stories. Don't like musicals.

Also Ticket from online rush for $27.50.

Ambitious, Cliched, Great singing, Relevant, Slow

See it if You want to see a musical about a strained mother-daughter relationship amid very difficult immigration issues.

Don't see it if You don’t like to see cliches of their problems and side plots that are not relevant.

Also I wanted to like this play. The singing by the two female leads was so... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Great singing, Relevant, Unfocused, Ambitious

See it if You like stories about mothers and daughters and the complications of that relationship. You care about the effects of immigration policy.

Don't see it if This one still needs to cook a little longer. It feels a bit unfocused. If you don't like that, this isn't for you.

Cliched, Disappointing, Slow, Great music, incoherent

See it if you want to see a musical about a mother-daughter road trip to reconnect them after years apart that doesn't quite hit the intended target

Don't see it if you don't enjoy mother-daughter reunions told through a road trip with a cast of weird characters that leaves you so-so at the end.

Relevant, Great staging, Mostly strong singing, Cliched, Moving

See it if you are touched by shows that explore mother-daughter relationships and/or immigration issues today.

Don't see it if you cannot tolerate some unevenness in the score.

Also Nice staging for a small space, particularly the Greek chorus singing ... Read more Read less

Relevant, Resonant, Great singing

See it if Daphne Rubin-Vega. Show wears heart on sleeve.

Don't see it if Not perfect.

Relevant, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Entertaining

See it if You enjoy original music & a compelling mother/daughter story

Don't see it if If you are a fan of spliting families with deportation over trivial offenses.

Powerful, Timely, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Gritty

See it if stories of mothers and daughters interest you. To see Gizel Jimenez--what a performance from this young actress. Strong supporting cast.

Don't see it if you want elaborate sets--staging is fairly minimalist but effective. If you aren't interested in themes of immigration.

Thought-provoking, Great acting, Great singing, Profound, Relevant

See it if You are interested in undocumented persons' rights. You like contemporary/R&B/folk/indie musicals. You want to see a show with your mom.

Don't see it if You prefer legit musicals. don't like shows where not all the music moves the story forward. are very conservative and close-minded.

Also I've never seen a show that I thought was more important for Americans... Read more Read less

Great acting, Great staging, Relevant, Ambitious

See it if you are looking for an intense evening of theatre. The concept was brilliant and the two female leads are wonderful.

Don't see it if you are looking for a put together musical. This needs work. The score was very un-even and a lot did not work. However, lots of potential.

Great singing, Relevant, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Entertaining

See it if You can forgive a few missteps and enjoy the many fine aspects of this small scale musical which features a beautiful score.

Don't see it if You heartlessly approve of Donald Trump’s humane immigration policies.

Entertaining, Great singing, Intelligent, Relevant, Resonant

See it if Terrific ensemble exploring weighty mother daughter issues magnified by undocumented immigration issues; feels slight compared to themes

Don't see it if You can’t deal with the difficulty of the subject matter and need lighter fare

Absorbing, Great singing, Relevant, Refreshing, Resonant

See it if you like performers with outstanding voices, good songs that enhance the story, and an absorbing atypical story.

Don't see it if you like predictable plots, you need a full orchestra, you don't like a theater that plays to an audience on three sides of the stage

April 10th, 2018
"As long as it sticks to the story of a mother-daughter is a powerful example of what musicals do best: explore the unprotected border where individual needs and social issues intermix...Too often falls short of its own ambitions...Too much time is turned over to diversions appa...
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April 10th, 2018
"The show is quite a tearjerker when it sticks to the fraught mother-daughter relationship at its core, with tuneful folk-rock songs that touch on depression, heritage and family. But after hitting a few bumps on the highway, Hudes’s book loses focus and crashes into cliché...It’s a treat to spen...
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April 10th, 2018
"Smart, if a bit on the nose, and with a less generic score and more trenchant direction, 'Miss You Like Hell' might really start to flex its muscles. But McKeown's songs evaporate from the brain pretty quickly, and deBessonet is so invested in the poignancy of the story that she never really fin...
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April 10th, 2018
"This timely show addresses such hot-button societal issues...But in an effort to be as entertaining as impactful, it does so in a cutesy, cloying manner that undercuts the important messages being imparted...Hudes' episodic book shifts wildly in tone, consistent only in its inconsistency and lac...
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