Mr. Toole
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Mr. Toole NYC Reviews and Tickets

68%
(10 Reviews)
Positive
70%
Mixed
20%
Negative
10%
Members say
Great acting, Disappointing, Ambitious, Absorbing, Slow

About the Show

Vivian Neuwirth's new drama creates a deeply personal reflection on the life of John Kennedy Toole, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, "A Confederacy of Dunces. "

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Relevant, Slow, Disappointing, Ambitious, Intelligent

See it if you are interested in Mr Toole and his history, (though too drawn out).

Don't see it if you can't tolerate poorly done southern accents, excessive loud nagging and shrieking by the mother, vague hints of other issues. Read more

76
Literary, Clever staging on what must be no budget, Sag in the middle, Southern emotion, Great acting

See it if you are a fan of Confederacy of Dunces, interested in overbearing mothers, or have sympathy for the pain of rejection on the creative spirit

Don't see it if you have little patience for low-budget productions or a script that could probably benefit from an edit or two. Read more

Critic Reviews (7)

The New York Times
March 5th, 2020

"Trying to Remember Teacher: Vivian Neuwirth’s play is a fictionalized recollection of the life of the novelist John Kennedy Toole, who died before his Pulitzer-Prize winning classic 'A Confederacy of Dunces' was published."
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BroadwayWorld
March 6th, 2020

"'MR. TOOLE' at 59E59 Theaters Depicts a Captivating Backstory of John Kennedy Toole"
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Lighting & Sound America
March 5th, 2020

"An irritating and unfocused work dominated by two highly unpleasant characters whose professions of adoration are really smoke screens for their narcissism."
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New York Stage Review
March 4th, 2020

4/5 Stars. "A new play about 'Confederacy of Dunces' author John Kennedy Toole reflects on the toll and rewards of inspiration, with intensity and subtle wit."
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TheaterScene.net
March 10th, 2020

"Vivian Neuwirth's biographical tribute, Mr. Toole, is a fascinating but cluttered account of this story. However, without program notes or previous knowledge, the play will leave many theatergoers at sea as the novel is not mentioned until at least halfway through the play."
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Theater Pizzazz
March 5th, 2020

"A riveting memory play about John Kennedy Toole...A story of an overbearing mother dedicated only to her son and his success. Stars Ryan Spahn as low-key Ken with an outstanding performance."
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CurtainUp
March 5th, 2020

"The life story of writer John Kennedy Toole is the classic tragedy of an artistic genius."
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