Members say: Funny, Entertaining, Great acting, Disappointing, Cliched

About the show

This bitingly honest Irish comedy about the lengths we go to convince people we’ve got it all together, makes its US premiere at City Center in a production starring Hayley Mills ('Pollyanna,' 'The Parent Trap').

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You're invited to a party that’s full of surprises. Watch as careful plans are upended when a young woman's mother brings her own food to her daughter's party—and also the “right” person to be her daughter's new best friend. They put on their "party faces" and hope for the best, but when facades crack, secrets spill. Tears sprinkle and laughter roars as their revelry leads to revelations.

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Center Seating: $59.00 (Reg. Price $89.00)
Side Seating: $45.00 (Reg. Price $59.00)
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Tickets regularly $59 to $129.00. Prices include facilities fee per ticket purchased. Standard service fees for each ticket applicable to online or phone orders. Discounts not applicable to facility fee or service fees. Offer not valid on prior purchased tickets and may not be combined with any other discounts or promotions. ALL SALES FINAL. No refunds or exchanges. Offer valid for all performances through 4/8/18. Additional blackout dates may apply. Offer may be revoked without notice at any time. Schedule and casting subject to change. Limit 8 tickets per order.

$44 - $58
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$45 - $59
through 4/08


$59 Center Seating
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Tickets regularly $59 to $129.00. Prices include facilities fee per ticket purchased. Standard service fees for each ticket applicable to online or phone orders. Discounts not applicable to facility fee or service fees. Offer not valid on prior purchased tickets and may not be combined with any other discounts or promotions. ALL SALES FINAL. No refunds or exchanges. Offer valid for all performances through 4/8/18. Additional blackout dates may apply. Offer may be revoked without notice at any time. Schedule and casting subject to change. Limit 8 tickets per order.

$45 - $59
through 4/08


Center Seating: $59 (reg. $89)
Side Seating: $45 (reg. $59)


Tickets regularly $59 to $129.00. Prices include facilities fee per ticket purchased. Standard service fees for each ticket applicable to online or phone orders. Discounts not applicable to facility fee or service fees. Offer not valid on prior purchased tickets and may not be combined with any other discounts or promotions. ALL SALES FINAL. No refunds or exchanges. Offer valid for all performances through 4/8/18. Additional blackout dates may apply. Offer may be revoked without notice at any time. Schedule and casting subject to change. Limit 8 tickets per order.

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See: Critics' Reviews | Members' Reviews


"Despite taking place in present-day Dublin, 'Party Face' feels out of touch with contemporary sensibilities and seems to be on the wrong side the ongoing conversation about women's rights. Mahon traffics in stereotypes...That Bearse has directed television is very apparent throughout. The character work is broad and unnatural, and perhaps a director with more stage experience could have coaxed performances that were more multifaceted out of this company." Full Review

Lighting & Sound America

"Mills is a delight...The girl of your youthful moviegoing has matured into a fine high-comedy technician...However, she is starring in a vulgar sitcom that is inferior to much of what one can currently find on network television...The cast works hard, trying to enliven characters who, stylistically, are all over the map...Maybe this familiar laughter-and-tears cocktail and the presence of Mills will be enough...Personally, however, I think Mollie's husband was smart to flee this party." Full Review

The New York Times

"An unlikely comedy...What's strange about the play, which is written in a realistic style, is how implausible it all seems...Each character is made to move and speak in ways that contradict even a passing knowledge of human behavior and reap only sporadic laughs...There are glimmers of a state-of-the-nation play here, in which shiny surfaces mask the dissatisfaction underneath...The actresses appear to be enjoying themselves...At least someone is having a good time." Full Review

Broadway Blog

“Amanda Bearse…provides the appropriate sitcom pacing and physical shtick while drawing suitably comic performances from her well-oiled ensemble. The laughs aren't as frequent as you'd hear on TV but, given the familiarity of the material, there are enough (mostly he-he's, with several ha-ha's, but too few ho-ho's) to satisfy high-tolerance playgoers. The play chugs along on track until it eventually runs out of steam; the trouble is there are still 15 minutes to go.” Full Review

New York Daily News

"As a Bechdel test case, it comes up short. But as a comedy, the Off-Broadway production squeaks by...Another big plus: It’s a treat seeing Hayley Mills...The cast does a good job navigating the script’s whiplash tonal shifts from goofy and raunchy to tender and stone-cold sober...It’s also odd that topics are broached but left unexplored, such as Carmel’s fading memory. But in the end, it's a modest but fun 'Party.'" Full Review

Front Row Center

"The actors are pitch perfect. The characters all hiding secrets and truths that make their way to the light by desire or force and most definitely humor...Mae is a vision to behold...Blackhurst as Bernie is rock steady hilarity...White turns the Chloe character into an interesting person and not a stock character...Mills is bloody grand...Some of the slapstick felt staged and pushed, but a minor detail to an evening of darn good theatre. Go and laugh and listen and enjoy." Full Review


“The best reason to see Isobel Mahon's ‘Party Face’ is to see the ever-lovely Hayley Mills who used to play mischievous teens and now is playing busy-body mothers. The play is diverting though it has nothing new to say about women and their contemporary roles. Under Amanda Bearse's direction, the play also gives Klea Blackhurst another off-beat comic role in which she shines.” Full Review

Talkin' Broadway

"Unfortunately, there is little more to commend this feather-light play that only rarely moves beyond insipid sitcom mode even when, upon occasion, it attempts to deal with serious domestic issues...The cast members embrace their sketchy roles with all the style and grace they can muster...But what the production sorely needs is to find a balance between a tone of dark (not silly) humor and its potentially insightful examination of the conflicts that have shaped these women's lives." Full Review

Theater Pizzazz

"Plays out more like a very special episode of some TV sitcom than any sort of truly illuminating family drama. But it’s equally inarguable that the work provides some good laughs, relatable situations, and, above all, the chance for five actresses – led by the still-radiant Hayley Mills – to dig their teeth into this so-so material, all of which adds up to a watchable evening of theater." Full Review

Woman Around Town

"Mahon’s play is fast, fierce, and entertaining even though less than 'new' and sometimes unbelievable...Mills is svelte, sharp, and immensely appealing. Character is recognizable from speech and expression through movement...Bearse knows how to punctuate emotion, integrate comedy (both verbal and physical) and stage her players. There are as many clever moments as eruptions. Tears feel less real. Pacing is excellent." Full Review

Wolf Entertainment Guide

"Colorful acting makes Mahon's play more watchable than one might expect from the work itself and the author's set-up...The play has its serious side...But the author also tries to turn the play into a comedy...The mix is odd and shallow, leaving it to cast members to bear the burden of providing amusement via their acting. The venerable Ms. Mills does very well in this respect...She can be very effective now at the age of 71. Mills earns her hearty welcome." Full Review


"In her clever play Mahon examines how women’s dissimulations most often self-destruct with humorous results...The result is equally acerbic and identifiable...Director Bearse has successfully corralled her actors to seamlessly work this ensemble piece with joy and verve...Isobel Mahon’s comedy, fired up by an excellent cast, well directed by Amanda Bearse, leaves the audience rollicking with laughter. But for the enunciation issues, the must-see production delights." Full Review


"The play Hayley's headlining in is a rather wan affair...One-liners that don't quite land, and zingers that don't zing...Bearse gets the actors through their paces in brisk fashion to the play's somewhat upbeat conclusion about self-acceptance, but she also seems to have pushed them - or let them slip -- into occasional caricatures, losing any sense of reality and dimming the intended fun...As Pollyanna might say, better luck next time, Ms. Mills." Full Review

Daily Beast

"Slight but charming...The play errs on the side of mild rather than biting; it feels a gentle, rather than searing, deconstruction of a family crisis...Costigan’s excellent performance is the layered heart of the play...Meaney is also great as the protective Maeve...By the end, everyone’s 'party faces' turn out to be the most unnecessary masks, and that missing chunk of kitchen, expensive as it was, begins to look like the best kind of design trend." Full Review

This Week in New York Blog

"There’s a good amount of fun to be had...But there’s also something just a little bit off, detracting from the overall impact of the play...Bearse keeps all the characters busy, although some of the slapstick is too forced...Several of the late revelations come out of thin air, attempting to explain some of the interactions between Carmel and her daughters, but it reduces the energy, which is perhaps most evident in the ever-present chunk missing from Mollie’s marble kitchen island." Full Review

Epoch Times

"Played almost entirely for laughs, the play's dialogue is peppered with backhanded compliments...Unfortunately, the play remains at the level of a television sitcom, with little opportunity for the audience to understand the characters...'Party Face' reminds me of a frothy desert. It tastes good initially, but by end, I found myself wishing for something more substantial. Cute and funny, with elements of something serious underneath, the work never rises to its full potential." Full Review

The Observer

"Collapses quickly into a pile of soggy canapés along with the five poorly-written but gamely-acted women guests...One hour and 50 minutes of meaningless babble while everyone pours wine and nibbles olives, stringing words together just so the audience won’t feel alone...One waits tiresomely for a shred of insight or some ray of revelation, but the characters remain stubbornly superficial...The cast is fine, even if nothing any of the women do feels real or remotely believable." Full Review

Theatre Reviews Limited

"Unfortunately this party is too predictable and plays more like a simple sitcom sans substance or stability...The script undermines the important relevant core issue of survival and diminishes significant topics with contrived absurd humor. Bearse moves the action along at a steady clip but can do little to overcome the pedestrian script which deteriorates quickly...What should have been a play that embraced the power and courage of women dwindles to a light fluffy comedy." Full Review

Stage Buddy

"A clever, astute new play...A strong, insightful play about who women are behind their party faces, even while other women are encouraging them to keep that party face front and center...The cast is all women...This keeps the focus on women's relationships to each other...This is one show for which everyone should put on their party face and immediately buy a ticket for themselves and a friend." Full Review


"Mills stars in Mahon's Irish comedy about a festivity that's full of surprises...While critical, controlling Connie holds center-stage throughout most of the forced gaiety that includes a conga line, the guest mix and mingle, trading barbs about men, marriage, mental health…and an unusual topiary...Now almost 72 years old, beguiling Ms. Mills deserves a better vehicle than this trifling two-act, occasionally clever cluster of clichéd canapes." Full Review

See: Critics' Reviews | Members' Reviews

Funny, Great acting, Quirky, Resonant, Disappointing

See it if You want to catch Hayley Mills in a rare New York Performance. Or, if a female ensemble cast is meaningful to you. The set is good, too.

Don't see it if You want even writing and insight.

Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant, Great writing

See it if You like slow, but relevant theater

Don't see it if You like light comedies, this is more of a dramedy

Funny, Absorbing, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if you're a fan of Hayley Mills and want to see an enjoyable dramedy.

Don't see it if you have trouble understanding accents.If it were a movie, I'd describe it as a chick flick so not sure men would enjoy it as much as women.

Entertaining, Fluffy, Shallow, Fine acting

See it if you seek an easy, feel-good (& sober, at times) sitcom-on-stage, featuring nice performances, especially from the ever-charming Hayley Mills

Don't see it if you expect a laugh-a-minute comedy or you expect any heft from this rather predictable, broad, run-of-the-mill family dramedy.

Predictable, Mundane, Some funny moments, "sit-com"

See it if you like 'chick-flick'-type sit-coms with all stock characters and nothing to challenge your brain; are curious to see Hayley Mills on stage

Don't see it if you have no patience for outdated, female stereotypes, babbling, bantering & battling

Also Klea Blackhurst & Brenda Meaney each had a few snarky one-liners that ... Read more Read less

Funny, Absorbing, Great acting, Riveting, Entertaining

See it if You like well acted, honest plays around the faces we put on and what it takes to get real. Intimate setting and very well

Don't see it if You don’t like stories that touch on mental illness. This is very well done.

Funny, Dizzying, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if You want to see and are a fan of Hayley Mills. You enjoy plays dealing with family drama, from a woman's viewpoint.

Don't see it if The above isn't your thing. The performances are good but Hayley Mills carries it. Writing is so-so. A bit predictable.

Funny, Entertaining, Fluffy, Nice set, Well paced

See it if You like television sitcoms. This is just believable enough to be a fun bit of fluff to escape in for a bit that ends up with some depth.

Don't see it if You’re looking for a show with great meaning or that will change your life.

Funny, Clever, Entertaining, Fluffy

See it if you want to keep up with current comedies--they're few and far between--or if you love Hayley Mills

Don't see it if you only like plays with substance or perfect, accomplished comedy

Also Klea Blackhurst is hilarious and it's worth it to see Mills--she looks... Read more Read less

Clever, Entertaining

See it if First: Haley Mills! As for the rest, it’s like an episode of Real Housewives of Someplace; fun, crazies, wine, fights, hugs, etc. Haley!

Don't see it if You don’t like feather-light comedies. It’s a ladies night with nibbles, wines and whines. And Haley Mills! That’s it! Lighten up!

Funny, Dated, Entertaining, Well-acted, Unadventurous

See it if you are a boomer & as a kid Hayley Mills was your fantasy British big sister.

Don't see it if you can take a pass on seeing an agreeable play that goes down as smooth as a sit-com (albeit one with a serious subject).

Also For every grade-school kid of my birth year cohort (1951), Haley Mills... Read more Read less

Disappointing, Excruciating, Cliched

See it if This is a painfully underwritten play with two-dimensional characters. The acting ain't bad but the story feels just contrived and forced.

Don't see it if With every cliché in the theater play book at hand, "Party Face" is dull and lifeless. A very few chuckles do emerge. The key word is few.

Sad, Funny, Great acting, Disappointing, Insipid

See it if you want to see Hayley Mills as a 21st century dysfunctional mother with dysfunctional children and their friends. It's funny and sad.

Don't see it if you equate theater with girls night out and can't stop talking, tweeting and taking pictures during the show.

Funny, Entertaining, Fun, Enjoyable, Comedic

See it if If you want to see Hayley Mills. This is one party " that went wrong".

Don't see it if This might appeal to women more than men--my husband's opinion.

Funny, Clever, Great acting, Indulgent

See it if You want a wonderfully comic and nuanced performance by Hayley Mills and an truly outrageously funny turn by Klea Blackhurst!

Don't see it if You want insightful, imaginative writing. Pretty predictable plot and slightly uneven writing.

Hilarious, Entertaining

See it if want an old fashioned comedy that feels more like a classic sitcom

Don't see it if want any substance

Great acting, Disappointing, Fluffy

See it if You want to see Haley Mills. She still has it. Otherwise a few good laughs in a sitcom like plot.

Don't see it if You want anything more than light weight entertainment.

Funny, Great acting, Quirky, Entertaining, Silly

See it if you want to laugh at funny characters doing silly things. Not much substance but a fun evening.

Don't see it if you want to challenge your intellect.

Delightful, Great acting, Quirky, Intimate, Relatable

See it if you enjoy Hayley Mills' work, you like plays with a small cast in an intimate space.

Don't see it if you are expecting a roaring good time. This is a quieter comedy, more about finding the humor in everyday family situations.

Also It's a little slow-moving and there isn't much in the way of plot.

Funny, Delightful, Refreshing, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if With all female cast & director.Irish comedy set in Dublin. Family drama at its best with not stop funniness. Cast excellent. Edgy & kooky

Don't see it if You don't like profanity

Also Tonite was FAN nite. I bought a shirt and entire cast + director signe... Read more Read less

Funny, Confusing, Overrated, Slow, Fluffy

See it if you enjoy an all female cast with family problems, mainly revolving around a controlling mother, and lots of girl talk

Don't see it if you want a show with more depth, don't enjoy a chick-show with lots of family drama

Also Even though there was some action, and featured a former star, the sho... Read more Read less


See it if If you want to sit through 2 hours of lame girl talk with no real plot points

Don't see it if If you have your own friends to attend a boring party with in real life.. do that and skip this

Great acting, Great writing, Disappointing, Overrated, Entertaining

See it if An all female production displaying all of the stereotypes—gossipy and caddy, all trying to impress one another. Truths are uncovered.

Don't see it if If you want real substance in a play. Interesting, well executed, and entertaining, but no real story.

Great acting, Insipid, Overrated, Slow, Entertaining

See it if you like crazy family dynamic plays.

Don't see it if you are looking for a unique crazy family dynamic play.

Delightful, Great acting, Great writing, Hilarious, Entertaining

See it if You have a dysfunctional family--or part of your family is dysfunctional--or you know a controlling mother.

Don't see it if You don't like shows about family dynamics.

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