Out of the Mouths of Babes
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Out of the Mouths of Babes
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Out of the Mouths of Babes NYC Reviews and Tickets

82%
(61 Reviews)
Positive
89%
Mixed
11%
Negative
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Funny, Great acting, Entertaining, Clever, Delightful

About the Show

Cherry Lane Theatre presents the world premiere of Israel Horovitz's comedy about four women and the 100-year-old man who loved them. Starring Judith Ivey and Estelle Parsons.

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Member Reviews (61)

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677 Reviews | 150 Followers
69
Cliched, Banal, Confusing, Disappointing, Excruciating

See it if you're a fan of the stars,like meaningless comedies with no character development or real plot, unbelievable situations, nonsense

Don't see it if you go for intelligent comedies in which characters behave believably & whose issues come naturally from the plot, or hate easy, cheap jokes

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506 Reviews | 1001 Followers
85
Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Fluffy, Raunchy

See it if you want see Judith Ivey and Estelle Parsons at the top of their game. The other two actresses do themselves proud as well.

Don't see it if you are not ready for some old time humor. It is not quite thought provoking but a welcome 2 hours of even treating suicide with a dash...

470 Reviews | 112 Followers
99
Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Hilarious

See it if You love great acting by powerhouse actresses, a funny sitcom plot, and laugh-out loud scenarios.

Don't see it if You're looking for something serious or if you don't like to laugh.

449 Reviews | 115 Followers
65
Entertaining, Disappointing, Fluffy, Insipid, Raunchy

See it if you want to see Estelle Parsons and Judith Ivey in action on a spectacular set and if you enjoy really light summer entertainment

Don't see it if you expect some substance along with your fluff or if your tolerance for cunnilingus jokes has already been reached.

430 Reviews | 127 Followers
88
Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Great writing, Great acting

See it if you enjoy comedy that is a bit over-the-top, acerbic old ladies, good acting, amusing plot; and, of course, Estelle Parsons and Judith Ivey!

Don't see it if you are very young and can't appreciate what it means to have lived a long and interesting life; no other reason to not see it.

401 Reviews | 61 Followers
85
Delightful, Entertaining, Great acting, Funny, Hilarious

See it if you want a very good laugh delivered by 2 pros - Ivey and Parsons.

Don't see it if you want a sensible story. The plot is unbelievable but hysterical.

WH
352 Reviews | 60 Followers
78
Clever, Fun cast, Fluffy, Funny, Entertaining

See it if Are a fan of the one and only Estelle Parsons!

Don't see it if Are unwilling to go in a fun, lightweight ride.

302 Reviews | 101 Followers
70
Funny, Great acting

See it if you want to see some of our greatest actresses having a great time together

Don't see it if you are looking for great writing, this is just a fun piece without much substance

Critic Reviews (25)

The New York Times
June 19th, 2016

"An improbable and eventually even fantastical comedy, enlivened by an excellent cast…Mr. Horovitz has written more than 70 plays…'Out of the Mouths of Babes' is not among the most substantial, though it offers roles that snugly fit all four actors…Although the acting keeps things lively, and the growing camaraderie of the women suffuses the stage with a mild congeniality, 'Out of the Mouths of Babes' lacks dramatic drive and has only an intermittent comic bite."
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Time Out New York
June 21st, 2016

"A lightweight comedy about seriously dark subjects...Tales of multiple suicides (and some hilarious attempts), deep depression and overlapping adultery abound…and then the late lover boy’s final wife shows up, and things really get complicated. But that’s also, unfortunately, when the dramatic fizz goes flat...Parsons and Ivey's spiky, sharp-tongued characters are tremendous gifts. Too bad they’re stuck in a sloppy, sitcom-level story that most certainly doesn’t pass the Bechdel test."
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The Hollywood Reporter
June 19th, 2016

"Pure theatrical sitcom, albeit an amusing one. The play is also very well performed, no surprise considering that its cast includes two of our finest stage actresses, Estelle Parsons and Judith Ivey…It's all as supremely silly as it sounds, but under the expert direction of Barnet Kellman the play generates plenty of laughs. It's the sort of farce that decades ago would have enjoyed a nice Broadway run...Now it feels like summer stock in the heart of the city."
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The Observer
June 23rd, 2016

"There are two hardy reasons to shuffle to see 'Out of the Mouths of Babes.' One is the four accomplished actresses. The other is the playwright himself, who still knows how to write a solid comic line that works...The actresses work as an ensemble, playing off each other with skill, and director Barnet Kellman moves them around like chess pieces...It’s a delightful recipe for fluff, bordering on farce and as easy to take as seven-minute frosting."
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New York Daily News
June 19th, 2016

"Windows in Patel’s fine set play a key role in getting laughs. So do the ace actresses Parsons, who’s delightfully nasty as Evelyn, and Ivey, who makes the most of Evvie, who’s got a bottomless appetite for married men. Fiordellisi and Choy-Kee are less successful mining humor, but that owes more to an uneven script...Kelman directs with broad strokes. At times it works, but on other occasions what comes out of these mouths is noisy and artificial."
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Lighting & Sound America
June 21st, 2016

"The kind of 'naughty' boulevard comedy that, in the 1960s, would have closed on Broadway after two weeks, 'Out of the Mouths of Babes' is lucky to be in such overqualified hands. The director, Barnet Kellman, brings his extensive resume in television comedy to give the production a polish it doesn't really deserve…A pretty trashy play...If it hardly represents the best use of their time, I suspect it will be a guilty pleasure for fans of Ivey and Parsons."
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TheaterScene.net
July 7th, 2016

“A stale, overdone and mildly amusing comedy...Mr. Horovitz does have a command of playwriting and affection for his characters, but even with these attributes it all often becomes tedious when used on such a tired scenario...Director Kellman brings his considerable expertise to this production…‘Mouths’ is essentially hollow and inconsequential but due to the professionalism of all those involved it does have a minimum of entertainment value.”
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Theater Pizzazz
June 21st, 2016

"Seeing Estelle Parsons and Judith Ivey on stage is—no questions asked—reason alone to get to the Cherry Lane Theatre...Horowitz’s witty dialogue and his ability to use his laser focus make each character more than a comic riff...Director Barnet Kellman never lets the pacing flag without getting frenetic. He understands these actresses completely. The four women are splendidly funny without descending to shtick. Their timing is perfect."
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