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Permission

From 11 member  reviews
Members say: Funny, Quirky, Raunchy, Entertaining, Relevant

About the show

MCC Theater presents Robert Askin's ('Hand to God') new comedy about our all-too-human impulse to make order out of the chaos of modern relationships. More…

Eric and Cyndy are looking for some direction. They’ve decided to follow the lead of their friends Zach and Shelley and make the real life practice of Christian Domestic Discipline the foundation of their marriage. But restructuring their lives and their union according to role play and a new moral code upends everything they knew - and took for granted - about one another, their friends, and more importantly, who really holds the power.


Member Reviews (11)

MEMBERS SAY:

Funny, Quirky, Raunchy, Entertaining, Relevant
69
Avg Score

60
This one about spanking didn't sit well with me (pun intended)

See it if you're ok w having Christian spousal discipline (husband of wife) treated as good. Male dominance, using degrading violence, isn't funny.

Don't see it if you find the premise fundamentally flawed. It may be a brand-spankin' new play, but promotes the old specter of males controlling females.

Also I know there was a twist which was supposed to make the control accept... Read more Read less

70
Interesting, Entertaining, Funny, Insipid, Middling writing

See it if you are interested in a funny take on this sexual niche.

Don't see it if are offended by sexual humor

77
Hilarious, Entertaining, Raunchy, Silly, Irreverent

See it if You enjoy raunchy silly over the top comedies and like to laugh.

Don't see it if You don't like adult comedies or don't like when plays make a statement about religion.

70
Funny, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Half-baked, Wacky

See it if an exploration of the roles of men and women in relationships and in religion appeals to you even if the show feels like a first draft.

Don't see it if you'd rather not see people being spanked, or you'd be bothered by a show not quite living up to its potential.

50
Banal, Cliched, Funny, Insipid, Raunchy

See it if You're interested in watching two couples indulging in S&M disguised as Christian marriage.

Don't see it if The story was pretty banal, and didn't really have anything important to say.

78
Offbeat, Quirky, Thought-provoking

See it if you enjoy relationship dramedies and sub-cultural exploration

Don't see it if are easily offended by mocking portrayals of religion's many absurdities and excesses

69
Quirky, Inconsistent, Promising, Flawed, Satirical

See it if you want to see what naughtiness writer Robert Askins (Hand to God) & director Alex Timbers (Here Lies Love) have come up with next.

Don't see it if you think flawed work with a promising premise shouldn't be permitted to move on to full production until it's been fully developed.

65
Funny, Entertaining, Quirky, Offbeat, Cliched

See it if you're interested in a quirky take on relationships.

Don't see it if improbable plots don't do it for you.

73
Clever, Intelligent, Hilarious, Original, Interesting

See it if you're open minded on male/female topics you have an interest in relationships and how they change over time

Don't see it if you prefer more conservative topics

65
Quirky, Raunchy, Funny

See it if plays that are humorously critical of religious rules appeal to you.

Don't see it if you need a piece as laugh-out-loud funny as Hand to God.

90
Absorbing, Invigorating, Relevant, Original

See it if You have a good sense of humor about religion, relationships and S&M

Don't see it if You take your beliefs, your marriage or Fifty Shades of Grey too seriously


May 20th, 2015
"The sex farce has all but disappeared from the contemporary stage, and those of you mourning its demise may want to check out 'Permission...' The play never digs deeply into the psyches of its characters, remaining content to exploit its gimmick for raucous, mildly raunchy comedy...Once the prov...
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May 20th, 2015
"'Permission' doesn’t quite come together; the exposition often seems explanatory, and the second act doesn’t generate the momentum to put across the frantic, farcical finale. With a run time of just 100 minutes, including intermission, the play doesn’t feel full enough. With a bit more padding, ...
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May 20th, 2015
"The cast’s padded undergarments are indeed worthy of notice. Or at least they are more worthy of notice than the rest of the play, which in trying to bridge incompatible genres — you’ll forgive my saying — falls between the cracks...Perhaps further work on the play will prove that a better union...
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May 20th, 2015
"Under the fast-paced direction of Alex Timbers, the ensemble delivers amusing performances...But despite their best efforts, 'Permission' doesn't live up to its potential. Those looking for real laughs from the subject matter would be advised instead to check out the website christiandomesticdis...
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