Miss You Like Hell
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Miss You Like Hell
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Miss You Like Hell NYC Reviews and Tickets

78%
(149 Reviews)
Positive
84%
Mixed
15%
Negative
1%
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.

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Member Reviews (149)

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876 Reviews | 906 Followers
70
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. Read more

692 Reviews | 152 Followers
71
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

567 Reviews | 146 Followers
84
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.

399 Reviews | 202 Followers
75
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.

428 Reviews | 62 Followers
80
Absorbing

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. Read more

402 Reviews | 86 Followers
75
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.

362 Reviews | 89 Followers
92
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. Read more

349 Reviews | 58 Followers
70
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

Critic Reviews (31)

The New York Times
April 10th, 2018

"As long as it sticks to the story of a mother-daughter relationship...it 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 apparently meant to be distracting or, worse, heartwarming...Rubin-Vega, with her rough charisma, and Jiménez, with her blue-sky voice, generally make you forget all that."
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Time Out New York
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 spend time with complex Latinx characters who buck stereotypes. But although 'Miss You Like Hell' takes us on a resonant journey, its trajectory needs adjusting."
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New York Magazine / Vulture
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 finds its edges...There's power to its central plot, and to Rubin-Vega's and Jiménez's performances...But this car trip sticks to such well-worn emotional terrain, it loses its sense of adventure."
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The Hollywood Reporter
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 lack of credibility, while McKeown's pop-rock score features unmemorable ditties...The 10-person ensemble works hard to bring heart to the material, and they often succeed."
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Variety
April 10th, 2018

"An earnest show that too often gets stuck in a traffic jam of multiple themes, characters and storylines...Overstuffed with ideas and incidents that don't add up to a sweeping, satisfying whole...The human touches of the mother-daughter dynamic are the most appealing part of the show...Low-tech to a fault...However, McKeown makes an impressive stage debut with music that is eclectic and appealing, though the lyrics are too often an odd mix of fleeting grace and awkwardness."
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The Wall Street Journal
April 11th, 2018

""Has a timely political edge, an ethnically diverse cast and a score by a singer-songwriter who knows how to rock. What's more, it's good-really good...Steers a bit erratically between sentiment and sentimentality, but it scarcely ever descends to outright tearjerking and Ms. McKeown’s score heightens every emotion so skillfully that you’d think this was her third or fourth show instead of her theatrical debut."
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New York Daily News
April 10th, 2018

"The socially aware but awkward musical traces a road trip and reminds that traveling and theater share some rules for success. Don't overpack. Do choose good company...Hudes, McKeown, and deBessonet get the latter one right. Otherwise, the show is overstuffed and overstated...Songs are mostly so-so, and sometimes better, but the production is too much and too little at the same time. On the plus side, there are richly emotional performances all around."
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Theatermania
April 10th, 2018

"Hudes and McKeown admirably attempt to put a human face on cold statistics, but they are too often thwarted by a lack of faith in their central story...deBessonet falls into the trap of delivering a workshop production in lieu of a full one...Frustratingly, it often feels like 'Miss You Like Hell' is more interested in broadcasting its woke intersectional bona fides than actually telling the story at hand...It's not hell to sit through, but you certainly won't miss it once it's gone."
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