Must NYC Reviews and Tickets

53%
(47 Reviews)
Positive
17%
Mixed
45%
Negative
38%
Members say
Slow, Disappointing, Confusing, Great acting, Great staging

About the Show

Film star Bruce Willis presents this new drama, where legendary outlaw Billy the Kid reflects upon the relationships that have informed his life on the night before his murder.

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Member Reviews (47)

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61
Clever, Disappointing, Great staging

See it if you like an interesting staging of someone's life. The acting except for role of sheriff was good. Some moving moments with parents.

Don't see it if you want a fully developed story about Billy's life. Program says 90 minutes but show under an hour. Read more

63
Short, Intense, Well acted

See it if like a well-acted play, short in duration. Or a historical piece with only a vague connection to actual events. It is an introspective piece

Don't see it if you need action. This is an introspective piece and not meant to be taken on any realistic plane. Read more

Critic Reviews (7)

November 6th, 2017

“'Must' never provides any specific insights into the life of the person or the legend...An under-researched evening of theater, with the dialogue, characters, and psychological underpinnings acting more as generalizations than specific and rich elements that add to the overall storytelling. The vagueness is so glaring that despite sharing the names of historical figures like Billy the Kid and Pat Garrett, it might as well not be about them at all, making this production far from a must-see.”
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November 15th, 2017

"Purports to excavate the background of Billy The Kid but buries the lede beneath lackluster dialogue that mistakes clichés for insight...Encumbered by Charles Cissel's flat prose, these actors fail to register as anything other than cinematic stand ins. In fact they look as if they are marking time along with the rest of us until curtain falls. In lieu of direction, Gabriel Vega Weissman has the actors yell their lines as if increased volume will summon greater lucidity. "
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November 7th, 2017

“Pretty much dead on arrival. Billy isn't much of an outlaw...Instead, he comes off as a modern misunderstood adolescent, largely passive and given to nursing old wounds. This is surely the least interesting choice...'Must' has zero dramatic tension...Under the sluggish direction of Gabriel Vega Weissman, there's nothing the cast can do about these sleepy proceedings...’Must’ is visually arresting even when dramatically numb."
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November 7th, 2017

“Droning on for an hour, ‘Must’ is playwright Cissel’s stupefying ‘unearthing of Billy The Kid.’ It’s like Arthur Miller took a break from completing 'After the Fall' to write an episode of Gunsmoke...Mr. Cissel’s treatment is a turgid exercise with little action and lots of leaden talk...’Must’ freshly takes a potentially compelling cerebral and psychological approach in depicting the tale but is decidedly unsatisfying.”
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November 6th, 2017

"For a Wild West play, there is little in the way of excitement or action. Playwright Charles Cissel deserves some credit for taking a risk and writing a reflective play about the famous outlaw Billy the Kid, rather than an action adventure...It can be hard to follow these scenes. At times, it feels like Cissel used magnetic poetry to write the script, stringing words together without creating a narrative."
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November 6th, 2017

“The big question raised by 'Must'…is why Bruce Willis chose to moonlight from his busy acting career to serve as its lead producer…A lugubrious, nonlinear, plotless series of talky, pretentious, mostly two-character, dream-like scenes…While the conversations occasionally reveal friction between Billy and the others, the bleak, non-humorous dialogue is so artificial, elliptical, and metaphorical…that Billy can't meet his maker fast enough despite the show's only one-hour running time.”
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November 6th, 2017

“Stewart as Pat Garrett manages to inject some life into his lines, but due to the static, measured nature of their recitations it’s hard to tell about the other, no doubt fine, Equity actors. While the slow formality of Weissman’s direction honors the show’s intentions, the pacing proves too deadly even for dead people...Charles Cissel, as evidenced by the sad, staged poetics of Billy the Kid, is much more likely a poet than a playwright.”
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