Miss You Like Hell
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Miss You Like Hell

Miss You Like Hell NYC Reviews and Tickets

(149 Reviews)
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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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876 Reviews | 904 Followers
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

689 Reviews | 152 Followers
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

677 Reviews | 188 Followers
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 Read more

687 Reviews | 114 Followers
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

567 Reviews | 146 Followers
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.

504 Reviews | 56 Followers
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.

432 Reviews | 93 Followers
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.

399 Reviews | 202 Followers
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.

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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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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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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