Ars Nova presents The Mad Ones new work in which the creators of a 1970s children’s television program have commissioned a focus group to probe the parents of the show’s target audience. More…
Over stale coffee and donuts, a group of strangers navigates the murky waters of American belief and perception.
See it if you're looking for a delightful, modern play with hilarious characters and insightful reflections on how people behave in a group.
Don't see it if you're looking for a spectacular script that can stand alone without great performances.
See it if you enjoy quick, somewhat witty dialogue.
Don't see it if if you want a play that builds and has a conclusion or resolution. There's a certain evenness with no change in tone or development.
See it if you want a mediocre episode of television put on stage.
Don't see it if you expect a little more for your money when you go to the theater.
See it if You like strong performances, time specific settings, and gorgeous set design.
Don't see it if You generally appreciate theater with plot, theme, or any semblance of illumination...this has none of that.
See it if You enjoy profound commentary in nuanced conversation. If you like the style of The Mad Ones’ other work, you’ll enjoy this one.
Don't see it if You are unable to understand or pick up the subtleties of human relationships.
See it if I wouldn’t recommend this play. Slightly amusing at times but the story is so boring and repetitive.
Don't see it if I had loved this group’s previous show Miles For Mary but this did not live up to that. Missing something. Not funny. Story went nowhere.
See it if you want to be as perplexed as I am as to why this play even exists. Given a few good performances, there is nothing to recommend this play.
Don't see it if you don't like plays in which the characters do not have an arc. Much of the dialogue is repetitive. Nothing much happens during the play.
See it if you are a people watcher and enjoy seeing them reveal themselves in an unusual format; surprisingly realistic focus group of many personalit
Don't see it if you prefer plays with a plot driven format, physical action and drama. This piece is more of a slice of life situation.
See it if you like people watching & look out for telling behavior/remarks. Opposite of melodrama. Observant, exact, controlled, understated.
Don't see it if you don’t read the micro as well as the macro. Not a high energy show. As well done as it is, the ordinary can be only so compelling.
See it if you enjoy plays that are more about keenly-observed characters and small moments than a driving plot or big overarching themes
Don't see it if you need plays to be "about" something other than shared human experience
See it if You’d like a very realistic slice of life with characters you’ll recognize. Many laugh-out-loud moments. Great dialogue.But no real ending.
Don't see it if The play steadily establishes its characters, building tension like Wolves & Miles for Mary, then fizzles out. Truly a lost opportunity
See it if You want a night out and get the $5 tickets. You want to see something new - and understand that it may not be good.
Don't see it if You want something of any substance - it has none. You expect something of the caliber of Comet of 1812 or Rags Parkland from Ars Nova
See it if you love the Mad Ones and want to see these great actors work or if you want to see a work in progress and get a glimpes into the process.
Don't see it if you want a clear plot or dramatic tension. Nothing much happens. There are funny moments but a lot of missed opportunities. It gets tedious.