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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)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Absorbing, Great staging
78
Avg Score

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
65
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
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
68
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
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

During previews
83
Clever, Absorbing, Funny, Great acting, Masterful

See it if You want to be at that weird party with strange guests. Well acted.

Don't see it if You want more than a slice of life show. No epiphanies here.

During previews
50
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
74
Enchanting, Entertaining, Edgy, Dated

See it if You like British comedy and drama content. You like real life scenarios in plays

Don't see it if You like story lines that are focused. This play needs some focus to get to the next level of precision.

During previews
70
Banal, Cliched, Disappointing, Great acting, Slow

See it if You enjoy disfunctional dinner parties that go no where

Don't see it if You want diverse complicated characters and a plot that develops intensity and depth

During previews
87
Intense, Intelligent, Great acting, Humorous, Great staging

See it if You're looking for a candid look at contemporary life with slightly larger-than-life characters

Don't see it if You don't like actors speaking with accents

During previews
68
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
73
Cliched, Great acting, Fluffy, Resonant

See it if You are interested in how bourgie Brits are like Bourgie Americans and how they differ from us. Amusingly exaggerated irritating characters.

Don't see it if You want to like the characters onstage. These people are tiresome.

Also It was only the first preview. I had a couple laughs but my mind wande... Read more Read less

During previews
74
Clever, Ambitious

See it if Live goes on as a global disaster occurred might be the play's theme ? The cast makes the characters interesting despite a rather odd dinner

Don't see it if A couple invites over some odd friends and family. Everyone comes with their own personal luggage while drifting in & out of the kitchen.

During previews
85
Absorbing, Great acting, Funny, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if you like naturalistic slice-of-life comedies with dramatic underpinnings performed expertly by a finely tuned ensemble. Intimate theatre!

Don't see it if you like broad and fast comedy. This thoughtful show unspools at its own pace and relies on your own perceptions to parcel its subtleties.

During previews
90
Absorbing, Great acting, Edgy, Thought-provoking, Must see

See it if In the midst of human tragedy, small talk in a kitchen bubbles over when the pot is stirred too quickly. Edgy, relevant, thought provoking

Don't see it if You get easily on edge when secrets, lies and raw truth are exposed. Intense

During previews
73
Quirky, Edgy, Absorbing, Funny, Great staging

See it if for contrasting characters, their views and social deterioration as the evening wears on

Don't see it if you'd like more depth; it covers the superficial layer of the arguments; depending on seat location, dialogues are difficult to hear

During previews
70
Ehh, Unoriginal, Ambitious

See it if You like ensemble casts and like similar shows with dinner parties and unexpected occurrences

Don't see it if You want something more subtle and well written. The playwright screams his political thoughts through a drunken character close to the end

Also I normally would be interested in a play that puts the wealthy in thei... Read more Read less

During previews
70
Great staging, Great acting, Intense at times, Mostly bland, Feel-bad party

See it if you like to eavesdrop on British conversations in vignettes- among troubled adults in a private party in a nicely put on stage apt. kitchen.

Don't see it if you want a feel good experience. This is like coming to a party you want to get out of asap - as the company is more pressure than pleasure.

During previews
78
Clever, Funny, Relevant, Quirky, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to listen closely to hear many divergent ideas

Don't see it if You are seeking light entertainment and find English accents difficult

During previews
69
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
75
Ambitious, Great acting, Quirky

See it if You like British dramas and good acting!

Don't see it if You need a well crafted drama as this wanders a bit


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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