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Muswell Hill

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Members say: Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Absorbing, Great staging

About the show

The Barrow Group and The Pond Theatre Company present this black comedy about friends discussing their day-to-day worries while a natural disaster is occurring halfway around the world. More…

One night in January 2010, an earthquake in Haiti leaves around a 100,000 people dead and almost two million homeless. Meanwhile, somewhere in a leafy North London suburb, a group of six individuals convene over avocado and prawns, followed by a monkfish stew. They struggle with worries over their mortgages, their mobile phone fees, their Facebook friends, their careers, their love lives, their diets, their alcohol intake, their holiday plans, and whether or not any of them will be able to make any lasting impression on history.

Member Reviews (74)


Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Absorbing, Great staging

Banal, Cliched, Disappointing, Indulgent, Insipid

See it if A group of ego centered and emotionally damaged parade around while Rome is burning....never truly engaging.

Don't see it if Do not see if you perfer musicals or light dramas.

Cliched, Dated, Slow, Intense

See it if You like combative dinner parties with rather stereotypical combatants who are somewhat overdrawn. Some dialogue is quite funny/embarrasing

Don't see it if You don't like 'kitchen sink' type drama with strange characters who don't seem to fit together in the same place

Insipid, Overrated, Great acting

See it if You get a kick out of British accents.

Don't see it if you enjoy the "dinner play" subgenre. This slow-cooker was a bit on the underdone side.

Entertaining, Banal, Cliched, Confusing, Dated

See it if you like contemporary English domestic/social drama

Don't see it if you want excitement or fireworks on stage

Resonant, Slow, Thought-provoking, Disappointing, Indulgent

See it if you like theater and dinner parties with socializing with a lot of "characters"

Don't see it if you don't enjoy cliched, slow, "verbal diarrhea" exposition, and have an urge to run away from a dinner party

During previews
Insipid, Edgy, Disappointing

See it if you like Seinfeld with a British accent and no real likeable characters. Watch a story about nothing, with people complaining and ranting.

Don't see it if you like a show where something happens. The ending was interesting but should have been the beginning of the play.

Also There is heavy British accent and many British slang terms and when ch... Read more Read less

During previews
Ambitious, Disappointing, Great staging, Fluffy, Quirky

See it if You really enjoy slow roll plays that meander along, at times frenetically and at times inexhaustibly slowly

Don't see it if You don't like plays that don't REALLY go anywhere. While some characters have interesting arcs, most don't change from beginning to end.

Also This show was at times very smart and funny. The humor was overshadowe... Read more Read less

During previews
Delightful, Entertaining, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing

See it if Everything about this show was done professionally, to very high standards. If you love British sensibilities you'll love it.

Don't see it if If you want a play where the characters are required to change - either through self-realization or outside forces.

Also My lower rating was because the play is just not my cup of tea. It is ... Read more Read less

During previews
It's like spending time with people you can't stand, At least a half-hour too long, Excellent performances, Overall not a satisfying experience

See it if You love English drama and enjoy seeing dysfunctional relationships.

Don't see it if You lose patience when characters blather on.

During previews
Cliche-ridden, Self-conscious

See it if Was there a point? I don't know. I stopped looking for one pretty early on. Performers were all good and tried hard.

Don't see it if You could just go hang out with a bunch of friends and listen to their boring, inane banter for free instead.

Also Re: my first comment - I think the playwright forgot that he was going... Read more Read less

During previews
Disappointing, Excruciating, Disfunctional types behaving badly; meant to be satirically amusing but irritating and boring to me.

See it if You automatically like anything done with English accents and would enjoy the subtle ridicule of characters you can feel superior to.

Don't see it if Like me, you find screwed up self involved people at their worst NOT satirically amusing but an irritating bore.

During previews
Entertaining, Cliched, Fluffy, Quirky

See it if You like character driven play w/decent ensemble, some funny exchanges, some quirky characters, slow start, 2nd half better

Don't see it if You get bored with a lot of dialogue and little action, characters and their dysfunctional lives not terribly interesting

During previews
Entertaining, Great acting, Slow, Quirky, Disappointing

See it if you like wild dinner party comedies with fun quirky characters.

Don't see it if you expect to make a deep emotional connection to the drama.

Also This cast is marvelous and the characters are each unique and interest... Read more Read less

During previews
Quirky, Slow, Great acting

See it if You like small British plays with a story that goes no where.

Don't see it if You are looking for a show with activity and action. This show was mostly talking. Characters were forgetful, although acting was good.

November 20th, 2017
“An old-fashioned drinking-and-fighting play…Playwright Betts interprets this tried-and-true genre better than most, while a top-notch production sends it over the top. The result is a night of laughter through clenched jaws, the kind that could only come from the recognition of something that hi...
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November 22nd, 2017
"If ‘Muswell Hill’ tends to lecture rather than entertain, there is pleasure to be had in the crack ensemble, who mine every bit of the script's humor…Betts is clearly a talented writer. But this effort isn't sufficiently satirical or mordant to indict a way of life. It's just a really bad night ...
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November 21st, 2017
“The play's central purpose is to expose the hypocrisy of the presumably charitable liberal upper-middle class...Patterson does a generally good job balancing the play's twists and turns with the larger social themes. The cast is overall quite strong, and the actors push the characters to the bri...
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November 24th, 2017
“A play with interesting, well-played characters and a well-structured plot that holds your attention throughout but still doesn't seem to have or make its point with clarity...There is never a dull moment...All the actors have carved out distinct images of very real, if conflicted, people under ...
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