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Muswell Hill

From 74 member  reviews
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)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Absorbing, Great staging

86
Edgy, Great acting

See it if If you want to see a great play about really really bad people

Don't see it if If you need to have a good person to win in the end

Also This play was really good. Acting was great. The set and the direction... Read more Read less

89
Great acting, Intelligent, Must see, Cliched, Great writing

See it if for its fantastic acting ensemble and intelligent writing and direction.

Don't see it if you're looking for a play with dramatic narrative.

85
Absorbing, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Great staging

See it if you enjoy an in depth character study of some flawed people. You won't like them, but they are complex & interesting in their selfishness.

Don't see it if you want a play with likable characters.

75
Uninteresting, Banal, Cliched, Disappointing, Slow

See it if you haven't seen or know enough self-absorbed people who are so obsessed with their own navels they don't see the world around them.

Don't see it if you're looking for something fresh and new or something that will justify the time you spend in the theatre.

76
Clever, Great acting, Fun set

See it if You like awkward dinner party plays. I do. Narcissistic characters but fun to watch. Jess had acting chops and good kitchen skills.

Don't see it if You have no patience for characters behaving badly or professor types overacting. I liked the set but my husband was thrown seeing backstage

93
Absorbing, Great acting, staging, direction, Intelligent, Must see

See it if Flawless characterizations, performances. Crackling dialogue, Intelligent, stinging, adult drama, and surprisingly funny. The real thing.

Don't see it if You want sitcom humor, nudity, foul language or violence. This is engaging, uncomfortable interaction, and the talent to cut deep.

75
Funny, Absorbing, Entertaining

See it if You like contemporary comedy/drama ala the Mike Leigh school of drama.

Don't see it if You need to see strikingly original theater, or don't want to be right in the actors' faces.

81
Great acting, Entertaining, Superficial, Engaging

See it if you want to see 6 extremely narcissistic characters battle it out.

Don't see it if expect the character development that you see in an Arthur Miller play

Also The 6 characters in the play have no compassion, understanding or empa... Read more Read less

70
Funny, Great acting, Banal, Disappointing

See it if you enjoy good, detailed performances and direction.

Don't see it if you are not interested in slow, repetitious scenes in the lives of some selfish, unlikeable characters.

Also An interesting evening of very good direction and terrific work by the... Read more Read less

75
Great acting, Thought-provoking

See it if you like small theaters and great acting

Don't see it if are only into musicals

Also It did not wow me but was nice to see. Actors are great and every seat... Read more Read less

90
Intimate staging with fine acting, Funny, clever and ambitious

See it if you like British plays like "Abigail's Party"

Don't see it if you don't want to have to think a little and just want to be purely entertained

70
Cliched, Funny, Enchanting, Quirky, Insipid

See it if You like good dialogue.,You like to see the excellent acting of Colleen Clinton as the main character Jess,.You like food double dipping.

Don't see it if You don't like a character (Annie) that looks older than her role in the play. You don't like a character (Tony) that is not believable.

80
Confusing, Great acting

See it if you want to see realism and a slice of life.

Don't see it if you want theatricality, action, or dramatic twists and turns.

87
Funny, Great acting, Great staging, Resonant, Entertaining

See it if Great staging and direction, fantastic acting.

Don't see it if You have a hard time with British accents don't love feeling like a fly on the wall of someone's dinner party

97
Entertaining, Delightful, Clever

See it if You enjoy plays full of witty banter, interruptions, and conversations with accidental ease dropping.

Don't see it if You don’t enjoy theatre that makes you consider your own life problems and how they are relative to the rest of the world’s.

Also Muswell Hill is a relavent, contemporary play that is unapologetic in ... Read more Read less

During previews
75
As sleek as the kitchen it's set in, Not much depth, Well acted, Engaging, Character-driven

See it if you'd like a talky upper-MC British Friends. Quirky characters are broadly-drawn/deeply-flawed. Contrast of 1st world probs/Haiti disaster.

Don't see it if you want real depth; MH is a dramedy, w/soap opera twists. Many clunky plot devices (overhearing). Still I admired the acting/direction.

Also In the background of the play is the idea that: the problems of three ... Read more Read less

During previews
73
Indulgent, Slow, Banal, Well acted, Resonant

See it if Spiffy set & top notch performances helps ease the unpleasant entitlement of well-off Brits behaving badly Author Betts never finds his tone

Don't see it if Unsure of being a dark satire or just condemning, drama misses its targets Lacking the acidity of Leigh or morality of Hare it sits in limbo

During previews
90
Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Great writing, Relevant

See it if You are a fan of Alan Ayckbourn and/or Mike Leigh. You like slice of life dramas. It’squite realistic, literally a British kitchen sink play

Don't see it if You can’t deal with heavy British accents. You are looking for something unusual or unbelievable. Realism is a theme throughout.

During previews
78
Entertaining, Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant, Indulgent

See it if you enjoy British drama about contemporary people and problems; you prefer dialogue to action; you don't mind the mash-up of faux accents

Don't see it if you want something with action that doesn't remind you of every boring dinner party you may have attended.

Also In spite of the problems of accents and likability of the characters, ... Read more Read less

During previews
87
Kitchen sink dramedy, Lovechild of ayckbourn & leigh, Great writing, Quirky, White people's problems

See it if well acted/designed/directed dramedy of BritManners that literally uses functioning kitchen sink & stove & middle class characters pleases u

Don't see it if small, ensemble, Brit accent, confined space, show with running water, flawed characters, onstage omelette making are not in your wheelhouse

During previews
80
Great acting, Funny, Engaging

See it if you enjoy stories about dysfunctional relationships of all kinds: marital, familial, or with friends. Read the English to US vocabulary.

Don't see it if you are uncomfortable with unusual, unhappy or difficult relationship portrayals.

During previews
85
Absorbing, Funny, Great acting, Relevant

See it if the "funniest most awkward dinner party ever" intrigues you. Great comedic acting. Great ensemble piece.

Don't see it if strange stagings is not your thing. It's quite funky, with two "center" rows and large side sections. That was my only dislike of the show

Also There was a cast talkback after the show (11/12) which gave us more in... Read more Read less

During previews
85
Solid performances, Well-written serio-comedy, Excellent set (for small stage), Intelligent & entertaining, Well-directed

See it if you find black comedy and/or British humor entertaining. Really well done, w/strong connected actors. Great set w/working sink and stove.

Don't see it if you're not cool w/poking fun at serious subject-matter. Bit slow at first but then grows continuously humorous AND serious at the same time.

Also Both Richard Hollis (Simon) and Colleen Clinton (Jess) SLAY.... Read more Read less

During previews
75
Great writing, Great staging, Funny

See it if You enjoy lightly cringey British comedy (a la Channel Four's "Friday Night Dinner")

Don't see it if You want something that moves at a clip. You dislike empty stage time or slightly unnecessary transitions.

During previews
85
Ambitious, Very good acting, Good dialogue, Intelligent

See it if you''ll enjoy a show with a good script, especially intelligent, believable dialogue, which is,for the most part, very well acted.

Don't see it if you dislike "talky" plays and/or plays about disfunctional people, marital/relationship discord.

Also I saw this on the first night of previews. One minor quibble--the acce... Read more Read less


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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