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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

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 .

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
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
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
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
Cliched, Disappointing, Great staging, Hilarious

See it if This one-hour play feels like three hours and some. The writing is riddled with clichés, for instance, "you are your own hostage".

Don't see it if The desert wind blowing, Billy, the Kid, gets his own version of "This is Your Life", the night before he bites the bullet. Must find exit.

During previews
Excruciating, Slow, Disappointing, Soporific, Directionless

See it if you must see anything to do with Billy the Kid.

Don't see it if You are looking for a play

During previews
Ambitious, Banal, Disappointing, Slow, Excruciating

See it if can't really say there is much to recommend this show but as it appears to be a new writer you at least can get a look at that work.

Don't see it if aimless dialogue, overheated theaters, characters who elicit no real emotions all turn you off or disappoint you

During previews
Great acting, Confusing, Slow, Bizarre

See it if You enjoy non-linear shows based on historical characters that I magazine their interactions with other both living and dead.

Don't see it if You want to see a coherent show that paints a clear picture of who Billy the Kid was, or like good scripts. You don’t want to be bored.

Also This show was really confusing and odd. The acting was actually decent... Read more Read less

During previews
Confusing, Disappointing, Excruciating, Great acting

See it if You want a dark place to take a nap.

Don't see it if If you like a well-written script & good direction.

During previews
Disappointing, Slow, Excruciating, Banal, Cliched

See it if You like Roy Rogers aka cheesy westerns that have zero substance

Don't see it if You don’t want to go insane, this is not worth seeing at all. I was tempted to walk out honestly.

During previews
Excruciating, Slow

See it if You like short shows with no easily followable plot or you like to see actors make the best of bad material.

Don't see it if You want an engaging plot that makes sense.

Also Show was confusing and didn’t make much sense since there was no backs... Read more Read less

During previews
Banal, Disappointing, Slow

See it if You believe in theatrical penance: Do U deserve worthwhile theatre? No, seriously, "why'd you trust Bruce Willis"; I keep asking myself⁉️😢

Don't see it if You want to respect yourself in the morning⁉️

During previews
Disappointing, Excruciating, Slow

See it if If you want to support a member of your family who is in the play.

Don't see it if Just do not see it otherwise. The actor who plays Billy the Kid seems untrained in acting and in voice. He makes it an awful play.

During previews
Disappointing, Insipid, Slow, Fluffy

See it if You want to see actors trying to show how good they are when they cry or yell, if you want to see a wonderful light design,

Don't see it if If you're looking for a good tempo, a good story and interesting characters, if you love western plays/movies

During previews
As already said: banal, confusing, disappointing, excruciating, great staging

See it if Felt sorry for the actors who did well with the awful dialogue. John Clarence Stewart especially stood out as Pat Garrett. Nice set.

Don't see it if You want to enjoy your evening.

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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