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Must

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)

MEMBERS SAY:

Slow, Disappointing, Confusing, Great acting, Excruciating
53
Avg Score

During previews
24
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
65
Disappointing, Great acting, Indulgent

See it if good acting; nice staging; good premise

Don't see it if too talky; not as coherent as it could be

During previews
59
Indulgent, Slow, Quirky, Great lighting, Great sound effects

See it if you like experimental western historical fiction dramas in a historical off Broadway space.

Don't see it if you are looking for an entertaining evening with a linear plot.

During previews
50
Slow, Non-linear, Disappointing, Confusing, Banal

See it if You like a slower, less interesting Waiting For Godot.

Don't see it if you're hoping for a plot.

During previews
36
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
48
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
49
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
60
Very good acting, Nice staging, Disappointing, Confusing, Slow

See it if You want to know more about the personal life and family of Billy the Kid in a show performed by a very good cast with a nice stage setting.

Don't see it if You're expecting a play with a good plot. This show is slow moving, excessively talky, and confusing. It's difficult to sustain interest.

Also "60" may be a generous rating for "Must" but the cast is very good, th... Read more Read less

During previews
47
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
60
Great staging, Great acting, Slow, Disappointing, Confusing

See it if You like shows with a historical basis, nonlinear script, committed acting

Don't see it if Like linear stories, need big sets, are unfamiliar with the Billy the Kid history

Also I was a little confused throughout, knowing nothing about Billy the Ki... Read more Read less

During previews
15
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
70
Great acting, Slow, Clever

See it if You are interested in Billy the kid. Like plays that are slow and not quite linear. An interesting semi historical story

Don't see it if You prefer something linear or fast paced and a bigger production. Have no interest in Billy the kid or philosophical takes on history

During previews
40
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
49
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
51
Confusing, Disappointing, Indulgent, Slow

See it if you enjoy stylized theater

Don't see it if you're expecting realistic dialogue, want spot on stylized conceptualization and delivery, are hoping for the next WAITING FOR GODOT.

During previews
68
Slow, Great staging, Intense, Confusing, Dated

See it if you know story of Billy Kid or enjoy plays with ghosts.

Don't see it if you are expecting conventional historical play or are unfamiliar with this figure.

During previews
28
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
50
Ambitious, Disappointing, Thought-provoking, Quirky, Bad script

See it if you want proof that Bruce Willis supports the work of his friends regardless of the quality of that work

Don't see it if you value a fully thought-out script and story line

Also I wanted to like this, but it was just bad

During previews
40
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
10
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.

During previews
70
Intense, Great acting, Great staging, Slow, Confusing

See it if You like rustic western background mixed with highbrow philosophical metaphors and great acting. Finding story behind confusing dialogues.

Don't see it if You're looking for a light, relaxing and entertaining show that doesn't need much thinking. This show is a lot of work to perform and follow

During previews
78
Epic, Thought-provoking, Great staging, Great writing, Ambitious

See it if You like poetic historical fiction with beautiful costumes, sounds, and lights.

Don't see it if You don't like very theatrical, creative work that's under an hour.

Also It was just a really nice way to spend an 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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