"In the summer doldrums, in what movie buffs call the silly season, it is a pleasure to come across a witty, clever new musical with a relatable theme. 'Neurosis,' with a smart book including an inventive twist by Rice, witty lyrics by Edwards, bouncy, catchy music by Green and snappy direction by Sandberg, is a vastly entertaining show about two losers in love, Abby (Jennifer Blood), a successful but workaholic marketing executive who has a penchant for inappropriate guys." Full Review
"Despite being essentially a conventional rom-com, with stereotypical characters, it survives…without a nervous breakdown. 'Neurosis' may not be as funny as it should be, but it's animated, polished, and more consistently diverting than many similar Off-Broadway novelties…Rice's book handles its subject with sensitivity and wit; Edwards's lyrics support the story with clever rhymes and insights; and Green's music…has a generic but consistently entertaining show biz aura that gets the job done." Full Review
"On the surface, it's a rather familiar story with a few oddball twists...A highlight of director Andy Sandberg's bubbly production, and especially Shea Sullivan's snazzy choreography, is how Zak and Caldwell interact with each other with the brisk physicality of a well-oiled vaudeville team...While 'Neurosis' is decidedly not the musical to see for a serious exploration of the human psyche, it's extremely enjoyable fluff, featuring a fun score, solid laughs and a terrific company." Full Review
“The writing is never less than accessibly entertaining. Green’s music is tuneful and jaunty, while Edwards’ lyrics are bright and astute without being condescending...As for Rice’s good natured book, it’s tightly structured if a tad limited in scope. Even if ‘Neurosis’ doesn’t quite delve into the more complicated aspects and dark underbelly of the neurotic condition, I didn’t really mind...’Neurosis’ knows exactly what it wants to be, and it executes wonderfully on its promise." Full Review
“Though the show has a sitcom feel and could use a dose of depth, it is breezy and entertaining with some delightful songs and lively staging that highlight both the excellent voices and comedic physicality of the hardworking cast...The winning cast makes the most of the lightweight material." Full Review
“A light-hearted but unsurprisingly sitcom-like book, catchy music, and enjoyable but obvious lyrics that highlight every stereotype you can imagine...The setups and songs are playful, humorous, and almost witty enough to draw us in, with music director Aaron doing a great job enlarging the sound as he conducts and plays keyboards alongside three other talented musicians, but the lasting effect of ‘Neurosis’ is superficial, requiring a bit more treatment to become something more sustainable.” Full Review
"Full of small pleasures. It’s the kind of show that doesn’t 'kill' but supplies grins and smiles generously...It’s a pleasant surprise, too, to find that lyricist Greg Edwards can write clean, intelligent rhymes, and Ben Green’s music is tuneful...Despite the use of tried-and-true plot devices, Rice’s book has many original moments beyond the idea of tag-along neuroses...Although the pleasures of 'Neurosis' are modest, they are solid, and elevated by the extraordinary talents of a hard-worki... Full Review
“A musical comedy that only half-fulfills the promise of its inventive concept...Purely as musical theater, though, ‘Neurosis’ does have its charms...Edwards's lyrics and Rice's book are filled with quick-witted jokes and wordplay, and Green's music abounds in buoyant energy...This conceptually intriguing but disappointingly skin-deep show proves too committed to its crowd-pleasing ways to be both diverting and profound.” Full Review
See it if you want to site back and laugh continuously in a small theater that lets you see the details and hear the asides.
Don't see it if you don't like breezy, contemporary comedy whose writer plays deliciously with the language and the talented actors keep you riveted.
See it if you enjoy witty musicals, strictly for laughs, w/strong singing. Mercifully seamless scene-changes. Even the cutesy choreography worked.
Don't see it if you don't like anything lite. Despite the title, if you don't find this show upbeat & humorous, you need a serious funny-bone-ectomy. STAT.
See it if You like a fun musical comedy with romance that makes light of common anxieties that many people feel.
Don't see it if You are sensitive about anxiety or do not like musicals.
See it if you want to see a musical with a simple yet funny plot. The embodiment of the alter egos of the two lead characters was a nice touch.
Don't see it if you want to see a hard hitting emotional musical. Everything is very light. Beware - some questionable Jewish jokes.
See it if Original 2-hr (w/ break} musical. Romantic gods bring boy/girl together and their neuroses, shadowed in human form, hope to tear them apart.
Don't see it if Ethnic cultural stereotyping. One-sided bias of romance. Doubtful that the other sex had any say whatever in this production. Limited set.
See it if You are in the mood for a solid rom-com. Want to see some great comedic performances.
Don't see it if You are assuming that because of the title or that Allan Rice, the book-writer, studied clinical physiology that the piece explores neurosis
See it if You like trad rom-com musicals with a decent cast, some inspired lyrics, and earnest, servicable staging.
Don't see it if Want something less predictable, tho the premise here is reasonably interesting. It’s cute w some funny bits & in the end, just fine.
See it if You like lighthearted theater that is a bit silly despite a slightly serious theme.
Don't see it if You don't like haphazard scores and slightly confusing characterizations of Neurosis.
See it if Clever interpretation of neurosis as sidekicks! Double casting for main roles: character and neurosis too. Morgan Weed was a standout!
Don't see it if so many stereotypes and cliches. The music was too loud for the small theater.
See it if You like formulaic nearly 2 hour shows with a gentile woman and Jewish boy together with their alter-egos. Good acting and singing
Don't see it if You don't like trite, overlong and complex plots performed by enthusiastic actors/singers.
See it if you like romcoms and smart musicals. It's tons of fun and it feels breezy, but it's also clever how it's put together, made me think!
Don't see it if You want big sets and fancy production - this is a small theater and a simple production, but really well staged and top notch actors
See it if You enjoy stupid shows and dont care about singing voices
Don't see it if You enjoy having a lead who can sing and not have the only person in the show who can sing be the shrink who is only in a few scenes
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