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

76%
(277 Reviews)
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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Member Reviews (277)

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1048 Reviews | 254 Followers
71
Clever, Ambitious, Relevant

See it if you like a period piece with a message. Decent acting.

Don't see it if slow at some points, if you have a heart condition, at one point you will be scared out of your wits!

870 Reviews | 248 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.

712 Reviews | 215 Followers
75
Intense, Quirky, Indulgent, Cliched, Epic

See it if Daughters and wife struggle to cope with violent repressive father. Period setting is well done. Big surprise at the end of act one.

Don't see it if There is no subtlety. Characters are one dimensional. Themes are preached. Father is mean. Women learn to assert themselves.

708 Reviews | 155 Followers
82
Ambitious, Great staging, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Resonant

See it if you like sagas with violent fathers, daughters finding themselves, mothers trying to make sense of a changing world & a historical event

Don't see it if you find family stories from the early '60's to be predictable, subtle depictions of lesbianism and interracial friendships disturb you Read more

643 Reviews | 279 Followers
71
Formula for rich italian sauce/take mixture of ingredients & stir/not enough to turn this italian-american play into a rich theatrical vehicle

See it if slice of life dysfunctional first gen Italian-American family in 1960 brought to life by some lovely performances

Don't see it if play's ingredients/abusive old world father, suffering mother/kids not cohere theatrically; pales vs. View from Bridge Ital'n-Amer'n tragedy

688 Reviews | 116 Followers
74
Disappointing, Slow, Absorbing, Good acting, Ambitious

See it if Kennedy's dysfunctional Brooklyn family, Italian style. Furious but unharnessed talent on display Overall good acting helps smooth edges

Don't see it if A mid-play calamity does little to ease Kennedy's operatic mis-en-scene; actually almost sinking it under all the "kitchen-sinkness"

641 Reviews | 127 Followers
70
Funny, Slow, Feel like something was missing

See it if It about a family living going thru problems of day to day living. Parts are funny.

Don't see it if Not a musical, no dancing. Normal stage, like bedroom, kitchen.

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506 Reviews | 1001 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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Theater Pizzazz
June 27th, 2017

“An intense new play...Kennedy, an ambitious playwright, is tackling a number of themes…The cast does valiantly in this action-packed melodrama that tackles so much – family, marital abuse, immigration, feminism, same-sex love, and unanticipated catastrophe. Central to it all is Luda, played with passion and conviction by Alyssa Bresnahan – a woman who becomes the feminist mouthpiece of a beleaguered generation.”
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