Napoli, Brooklyn
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Napoli, Brooklyn
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Napoli, Brooklyn NYC Reviews and Tickets

76%
(277 Ratings)
Positive
80%
Mixed
16%
Negative
4%
Members say
Great acting, Absorbing, Intense, Thought-provoking, Intelligent

About the Show

The Roundabout Theatre Company presents a new play about sisterhood, freedom, and forgiveness set in 1960s Brooklyn.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (277)

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50 Reviews | 11 Followers
95
Absorbing, Great acting, Feminist, Resonant, Great design

See it if you want to see brilliant performers working with a moving script in a powerful production.

Don't see it if you are prone to describing stories about women as "precious".

87 Reviews | 20 Followers
90
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Great staging, Riveting

See it if you appreciate a family story that is gripping, intriguing, emotionally raw, and with unexpected twists.

Don't see it if you are disturbed by violence or by loud noises.

570 Reviews | 87 Followers
89
Absorbing, Entertaining, Thought-provoking

See it if you like shows about families.I loved the relationships, the acting and the set. Most of the relationships felt real.It was a bit pat.

Don't see it if you are looking for something that is experimental.This is a standard family drama, set in Brooklyn in 1960.Believable characters.

268 Reviews | 36 Followers
89
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great staging, Riveting, Intelligent

See it if you enjoy a real-life story involving a real tragedy, and family issues in a 1960s NY Italian household, and how families deal with them

Don't see it if you don't want to see a story involving family violence and personal trageries

401 Reviews | 65 Followers
88
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting

See it if you want to see a moving play that tells a human side of the Italian-American experience in the early 60's along with forbidden love.

Don't see it if you have no heart or (in all seriousness) you can't deal with loud noises.

50 Reviews | 14 Followers
88
Intense, Intelligent, Absorbing, Funny, Thought-provoking

See it if You're Italian. You enjoy period pieces that intertwine fiction with historical fiction. The young woman who plays the middle dtr is great!

Don't see it if You don't like dramas with an ethic twist.

1122 Reviews | 324 Followers
88
Clever, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great writing, Delightful

See it if you want to sit at the dinner table of an Italian family in the 1960's to ride the highs and lows they face in our ever-changing world.

Don't see it if you are bothered by family squabbles, cultural differences and unexpected loud shattering moments.

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506 Reviews | 1005 Followers
88
Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Great acting

See it if Great combination of script and reality. (I remember it well) Reminds one of A View From the Bridge. Acting very good.. A 90 and an 85

Don't see it if see it

Critic Reviews (26)

The New York Times
June 27th, 2017

“Eventful, often sweet but ultimately overwrought…Almost everything that happens after the disaster feels even falser than the onion…None of these changes have been justified in terms of character, only calamity. The story thus ends up shrinking…If there are stumbles along the way, there are also many felicities…The acting is terrific across the board, but you can probably sense the way Ms. Kennedy has overentangled her characters, like an anxious sailor making redundant knots."
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Time Out New York
June 27th, 2017

“The prose is sometimes purple and the exposition is sometimes bald. Yet thanks to sensitive performances, Kennedy’s mechanics frequently work as designed, cranking up the stakes and delivering vivid emotional moments on cue…Kennedy is good at sensation scenes…The rest of the text is weaker, but director Gordon Edelstein is blessed with a cast that evokes authentic feeling. They dance us around in that old melodrama two-step: They cry, we cry, and we all feel a little better.”
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The Hollywood Reporter
June 27th, 2017

"Feels both thematically overstuffed and undernourished. The playwright seems to be straining too hard for effect here...The drama creaks under the weight of too many machinations...The play benefits from a strong sense of atmosphere provided by director Gordon Edelstein...The performances are largely first-rate…For all its seeming authenticity—the play was inspired by events in the life of the playwright's mother—the evening feels as ersatz as today's tourist-clogged Little Italy.”
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Theatermania
June 27th, 2017

“An earnest, somewhat boring slice of life…Then a shocking event closes the first act and completely changes everything…Injecting the play with a shot of adrenaline that carries it through to the end…This first-rate cast does its best with the sleepy, somewhat clichéd writing…If Edelstein's staging occasionally seems clunky...it is only because he is saving up his magic for the best part. That deus ex machina is really the most compelling reason to see the show. Seriously, it's incredible."
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Lighting & Sound America
July 5th, 2017

"‘Napoli, Brooklyn’ is, for much of its running time, a remarkably sluggish drama built around a first-act curtain so shocking that I'm a little surprised it doesn't nightly inspire an audience panic attack...Sadly, it also casts a stark light on the weaknesses of a script that is overburdened with simmering plot lines that never quite come to a boil...Making something compelling of this messy, ambitious work somehow eludes Kennedy's grasp."
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Talkin' Broadway
June 27th, 2017

“There is too much going on, too much stereotyping, and too many characters who exist solely to make a thematic point…The cast members make the most of their roles and frequently manage to breathe authentic life into their characters. Truly, there are emotionally gripping moments...For some, this will be enough, but anyone looking for complex character development and a compelling plot are likely to be left feeling unsatisfied."
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TheaterScene.net
July 14th, 2017

"The short scenes each taking place in a different part of Park Slope are part of the problem with the new play. Told in a great many vignettes used to establish various pieces of information, the play's seven sets are all depicted on stage simultaneously. Not only does the stage seem cluttered even in Eugene Lee's skeletal set design, but 'Napoli, Brooklyn' plays like a movie script and will probably make a much better film."
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CurtainUp
June 27th, 2017

“Edelstein draws excellent performances from all…The script is still overstuffed with issues represented by less than fully realized characters…The problem is that there's no real thread to forcefully connect all these small scenes. Consequently, 'Napoli, Brooklyn' remains a diffuse, episodic work that lacks a clear, central line of development…Unfortunately despite the exciting way the literally explosive disaster is staged the second act reverts back to stereotypical predictability.”
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