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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
78
Avg Score

During previews
62
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
69
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.

During previews
85
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Entertaining, Funny

See it if you enjoy terrific overall productions- good writing, excellent acting, terrific production values (sets, lighting & costumes)

Don't see it if you are impatient with slow starting shows and prefer lots of action.

During previews
75
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Edgy

See it if like clever dialogue and great acting.

Don't see it if if you like lots of action or activity. very dialogue based.

During previews
84
Great acting, Great staging, Thought-provoking

See it if I found the characters 3-D & the theme of "how can we be enthralled by petty problems when so much suffering in the world" to be compelling.

Don't see it if you would be bothered that the same plot device, people accidentally eavesdropping on others' conversations, is used at least three times

Also Colleen Clinton as Jessica and Richard Hollis as Simon were excellent!

During previews
77
Great acting, Banal, Disappointing

See it if You want to see what's happening in the kitchen before/during/after the dinner party from hell. You enjoyed Torben Betts "Invincible."

Don't see it if you need a play with an arc. You don't want to watch insufferable people who you don't care about saying insipid things.

During previews
93
Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if You agree that people get wrapped up in their own world and fail to connect with the rest of the humanity. We know this, but it's a reminder

Don't see it if You think that you already care enough about what's going on in the world or if you're not up for a drama with moments of comedy interlaced.

During previews
73
Entertaining, Funny, Great acting

See it if you love contemporary plays dealing with social and political issues

Don't see it if you dislike plays that address political subjects.

During previews
88
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Great writing, Thought-provoking

See it if You enjoy domestic dramas that are true to life.

Don't see it if You don't like heavy dialogue and single-setting plays.

During previews
93
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Funny, Masterful, Resonant

See it if Up-close, small theatre productions with excellent actors and a very timely, thought-provoking plot.

Don't see it if You only like fluffy musicals.

During previews
90
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if you like British Drama, gossip, and cheeky characters.

Don't see it if you're not a fan of the English, get stressed easily, or are squeamish about broken relationships.

During previews
95
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if You enjoy theatre that doesn’t explore romanticized ideas but rather the mundane reality that we all face and how willing we are to not care

Don't see it if You want a plot that is stuffed with perfect characters in an unrealistic setting. See this to see relevant problems in modern relationships

Also A very well done play with excellent actors and a well crafted script.... Read more Read less

During previews
82
Intelligent, Entertaining

See it if you want to see excellent acting, writing and staging and solid ensemble.

Don't see it if you are in the mood for something lighter or don’t like plays about complicated characters and relationships.

Also I thoroughly enjoyed this play and thought it was top notch. This is s... Read more Read less

During previews
74
Entertaining but not profound

See it if You want to be amused and enjoy British subject matters.

Don't see it if You're looking for a deep intellectual vein or deep character development.

During previews
81
Beautiful sets, Great lighting, Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing

See it if You want to be apart of what's playing in the theatre community. Want to see an excellent cast. You want to see something smart!

Don't see it if You're looking for a big splashy production. You don’t want to think about what’s being said.

Also I saw this during previews and was disappointed. Seeing it tonight Dec... Read more Read less

During previews
96
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Must see

See it if you like Alan Ayckbourn, Mike Leigh; you like truthful acting & directing; you like exploring human relationships

Don't see it if you prefer entertainment that doesn't make you "think"; you only like musicals

During previews
95
Funny, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great staging

See it if You want to see some of the best acting in New York. You like realistic plays. You are interested in some of the "big" issues of the day.

Don't see it if You're not a fan of realistic plays. You prefer exciting or more action-driven plots.

During previews
100
Entertaining, Great acting, Hilarious, Delightful, Must see

See it if You want to be entertained. The cast is phenomenal. They are so natural that it feels as though you have been transported into their world.

Don't see it if See it!

During previews
98
Entertaining, Delightful, Clever, Ambitious

See it if you love off Broadway theatre that takes risks and brings you something new and refreshing. the performances are remarkable and very real.

Don't see it if no reply

During previews
94
Great acting, Profound, Relevant, Intense, Exquisite

See it if You want to see a timely play with excellent acting! The comedy is perfectly peppered across these sad lives in London and disaster in Haiti

Don't see it if .

During previews
84
Clever, Great acting, Great staging, Relevant, Quirky

See it if you're in need of being in the middle of an awkwardly hysterical dinner party ....this is the play for you! Don't miss it!

Don't see it if well, just see it and judge for yourself!

During previews
96
Relevant, Must see, Intelligent, Hilarious, Great acting

See it if Great cast and direction. Timeless themes, relevant, dramatic, witty, sarcastic! Intimate setting. Highly recommended.

Don't see it if If you like plays.... you should probably see it... just saying.

During previews
100
Great staging, Intelligent, Funny, Relevant, Must see

See it if you like dark comedy

Don't see it if you don't have a sense of humor

During previews
100
Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Must see

See it if It was Amazing. So entertaining. Funny you just wanted to go again. Great Acting. Wow.

Don't see it if A must see.These actors are so Amazing. Leaving us wanting more and more. Wow A must see.


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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