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From 47 member  reviews
Members say: Slow, Disappointing, Confusing, Great acting, Excruciating

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. More…

​In the New Mexican desert, Billy the Kid is restless and alone. He conjures his mother, his lover, Sheriff Pat Garrett, and the man he thinks might be his father. Through memories, visions, and feverish dreams, he confronts each of them. As he gains real insight into their lives and struggles, he discovers how he went from being a normal kid in New York City to the notorious gunfighter Billy The Kid. At sunrise, he 'Must' face Garrett with this newfound understanding of life, purpose, and infamy.

Member Reviews (47)


Slow, Disappointing, Confusing, Great acting, Excruciating
Avg Score

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.

Also I liked the staging and the idea of going back and forth in Billy's li... Read more Read less

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.

Also If you wanted a drinking game, where you would end up HAMMERED at the ... Read more Read less


See it if You want to know how generous Bruce Willis is to put his money in a really bad show. Good set and good lighting

Don't see it if You want something good and or entertaining.

Disappointing, Slow, Confusing, Epic fail, Promising staging

See it if you have time to kill ...& willing to sit on a slow play that can put you to sleep - as the dialogues & sunset stage lights set that mood.

Don't see it if you actually want to enjoy and learn more about Billy in an interesting way. The staging, lighting, costume and cast were promising though.

Confusing, Slow, Quirky, Perseverative

See it if the writer is your friend or husband.

Don't see it if you have something better to do with two hours.

Confusing, Dizzying, Excruciating, Overrated, Thought-provoking

See it if Like plays without a purpose.

Don't see it if Don't like plays without a purpose .

Ambitious, Intelligent, Quirky

See it if You're looking to see something new, avant garde, and with a fresh take on a well known subject.

Don't see it if You want something more conventional; the play is a little confusing.

Disappointing, Overrated

See it if you want to see a short play that seems too long.

Don't see it if you want to see good actors working with a poor script.

Also Repetitious, redundant, superfluous...... Read more Read less

Confusing, Great acting, Slow, Disappointing, Boring

See it if you are really into Billy the Kid.

Don't see it if you like high energy shows.

Clever, Great staging, Great writing, Masterful, Profound

See it if Fan of Billy the Kid.

Don't see it if Your not open minded to someone else's thoughts and demons.

Hard-to-follow, Slow, Disappointing, About history, Some good parts

See it if you like the topic of Billy the Kid and want to see a story showing different aspects of this historic time.

Don't see it if you prefer modern or linear stories.

Great acting

See it if you like great acting.

Don't see it if you cannot follow different story lines at the same time.

Also story is clever.

During previews
Disappointing, Indulgent, Slow, Confusing, Insipid

See it if you have to see every play ever written about Billy the Kid, curious about how the church will have an easy time using this set for service

Don't see it if you don't like repetitive dialogue with little actual & often contradictory content, want to learn about the outlaw, need action & character

Also Despite the play's nebulousness, it does boast a nice piece of eye can... Read more Read less

During previews
Cliched, Confusing, Excruciating, Generic, Bad writing

See it if You know someone associated w/the production. You're fascinated by Billy the Kid & want to see everything about him.

Don't see it if You want any illumination of Billy. You want life-lile characters that go beyond cliche. You value quality playwriting.

During previews
Good actors labor under a script that does not make much sense

See it if Plodding fantasy of Billy the Kid with the ghosts of his parents and a made-up friendship with Sheriff Pat Garrett. Good acting, though.

Don't see it if First preview -- the actors expertly delivered some good dialogue that -- strung together -- did not make a play.

During previews
Confusing, Ambitious, Slow

See it if you are a fan of Billy the kid or enjoy philosophical and confusing explorations of life's relationships.

Don't see it if you are not particularly interested in Billy the kid or would prefer an engaging examination of life.

During previews
Thought-provoking, Resonant, Poor stage directions, poor direction

See it if You want to see a new play with the substance of a very good play. It had all the elements I hoped for when I read the description.

Don't see it if Poor stage instructions by the author and poor direction make the production difficult to enjoy. Dooling is less than than engaging

Also The play has very good potential. The author has combined a "Christmas... Read more Read less

During previews
Confusing, Great staging, Slow

See it if you want to see a show about what someone could have thought.

Don't see it if you want interactions that don't feel like 2 monologues. Maybe that was the point, but the "conversations" were overlong for me.

During previews
Confusing, Disappointing, Great acting, Slow, Ambitious

See it if You're if you can enjoy wandering plays. I enjoyed the actors and the set.

Don't see it if If you like plays that tell a story with a clear plot.

During previews
Confusing, Banal, Indulgent, Weird

See it if you are interested in Billy the Kid and the memory of the people in his life and the effect they had on him.

Don't see it if you don't like memory plays with actual living characters that are distorted or drawn from the author's imagination.

During previews
Cliched, Confusing, Disappointing, Slow, Good acting

See it if you'd enjoy seeing some good young actors perform on an interesting set.

Don't see it if you know anything at all about the life of Billy the Kid; dislike "talky" plays; like realistic dialogue; like some semblance of a plot.

Also If you see this, do not think this is an accurate story of Billy the K... Read more Read less

During previews
Banal, Disappointing, Insipid, Great acting, Slow

See it if You would like to see a "Waiting for Godot" without the laughs. Only the great acting barely made this almost tolerable.

Don't see it if You want to have any respect for Bruce Willis or bartenders

During previews
Talky!, Ambitious, Disappointing, Indulgent, Slow

See it if you want one hour to feel like three. Perhaps I just didn't get it, but Billy the Kid philosophizing with ghosts just didn't work for me.

Don't see it if You want a play with an understandable plot. I got where it ended up, but it took a very convoluted and incomprehensible path to get there.

During previews
Disappointing, Confusing, Banal, Great staging, Excruciating

See it if you Must! From the title to the end the show was just slow and boring. Some actors were good, but their lines were just bad. Don't see it!

Don't see it if you have respect for Bruce Willis. He must of lost of bet or was drunk when he read the script. This was not a good show.

Also I hate giving bad reviews but this show really has nothing it can rede... Read more Read less

During previews
Confusing, Disappointing, Slow

See it if The show was a cute concept, but falls short of being entertaining. Show about 1 hour.

Don't see it if If you like a show that is easy to follow.

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 ...
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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 t...
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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 ...
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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’ ...
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