Already closed | 1h 20m | Midtown W

Permission to Speak with Paul Mercurio

From 38 member  reviews
Members say: Funny, Entertaining, Clever, Absorbing, Refreshing

About the show

In his new Off-Broadway show, Emmy and Peabody Award-winning comedian Paul Mecurio improvises with audience members by randomly bringing them on stage and talking with them about their beliefs. More…

In this one-man comedy show with a twist, Mecurio improvises with selected audience members, and talks to them about who they are, their lives, interests, personal experiences and what they honestly think, without feeling boxed in by the confines of contrived political correctness or fear of offending.

1h 20m | Already closed | Actors Temple Theater (Midtown W)

Member Reviews (38)


Funny, Entertaining, Clever, Absorbing, Refreshing
Avg Score

Absorbing, Ambitious, Refreshing, Intelligent, Funny

See it if You enjoy smart, quick witted stand up. Also if you like people watching, this show takes that silent pastime to the next level. Well done.

Don't see it if You’re looking for a show with a plot or a traditional storyline. Paul does a great job of coaxing information out of the audience gently.

Also I usually HATE audience participation shows but this was different. Ve... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Entertaining, Funny, Banal, Intelligent

See it if Quick-witted comedian enlivens random stories from audience. Mission is apparent to provide more than just comedy with connectedness plan.

Don't see it if Like therapy or watching a podcast or eavesdropping on a partyline.Success rates vary dependent upon audience participation.Prepare to share

Clever, Ambitious, Funny, Thought-provoking, Entertaining

See it if you want to see a skilled interviewer get audience members to spill their guts on stage.

Don't see it if you want a plot or music.

Also After the show, there was someone from the theater giving out little g... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Clever, Must see, Thought-provoking, Refreshing

See it if You want to be part of a once in a life time experience created by Paul and each audience. Wonderful way to connect and touch people. Bravo

Don't see it if If want to see a play that’s doesn’t depend on the audiences involvement. This is a fresh theatrical format.

Entertaining, Intelligent, Must see, Refreshing, Absorbing

See it if you are looking for something that will make you think. This is not a broadway show, but a life lesson. Walk out learning something! See it.

Don't see it if you are looking for a musical, or play. This is an unscripted discussion with the audience members. Every show will be different. See It.

Also I walked in very hesitant due to the reviews I read, and also how I do... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Entertaining, Edgy, Fluffy, Thought-provoking

See it if You like experimental shows with a high level of consistency. Enjoy watching people tell stories while a comedian finds punchlines in them

Don't see it if you want structure and for a show to be consistent. Some of the interviews are not interesting and it can become a test.

Also This is an interesting concept. Mercurio is a good mc and is willing t... Read more Read less

Entertaining, Funny, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Clever

See it if You enjoy comedy and a different theater experience. I think it achieves what the show intended, people meeting & learning about each other.

Don't see it if You like musicals and dramas

Ambitious, Banal, Disappointing

See it if If you want to get to know more about your fellow audience members and you are not expecting a play.

Don't see it if You want to see a scripted show that may be either comic, tragic or musical.

Banal, Disappointing, Indulgent, Overrated, Slow

See it if You love to talk and tell stories about yourself and your life. You enjoy being interviewed by a funny stranger. You enjoy watching and

Don't see it if You want to see a show not interviews of tourists from the Midwest. You prefer shows that do not start 20 minutes late with no explanation.

Also listening to people doing the aforementioned. You like the idea of fre... Read more Read less

Clever, Entertaining, Refreshing

See it if You enjoy comedy and audience participation.

Don't see it if You like only to experience a show from your seat (not on stage) or need a scripted show.

Entertaining, Clever

See it if You like hearing about other people's lives.

Don't see it if You are worried about being pulled from the audience to participate.

Absorbing, Edgy, Thought-provoking, Unique, Funny

See it if You love an immersive experience, conversations with strangers, something completely different, have a keen sense of curiosity

Don't see it if You need a plot, only like to listen to conversations with celebrities, dislike strangers, are easily offended


See it if You enjoy improv from audience participation.

Don't see it if You want to see something scripted and not off the cuff.

Entertaining, Funny, Fluffy, Banal, Dated

See it if You like audience participation - audience was much better than comedian.

Don't see it if You're expecting to really laugh at clever material.

Absorbing, Intelligent, Refreshing, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if you'd like to witness an awesomely "in progress" host interact with audience members as seriously as he does ridiculously. It's about us.

Don't see it if you want a narrative or very structured experience. You're going for the sake of seeing design or production values. You're easily offended.

Also While he'd worked to make the entire "interview the audience" idea fai... Read more Read less

Banal, Cliched, Entertaining, Insipid, Hilarious

See it if you like interactive shows with lots of audience participation

Don't see it if you love musicals, traditional linear genres, etc.

Also Mecurio promises “no barriers” “revealing and fascinating” show but th... Read more Read less

Clever, Funny, Refreshing

See it if You heavy audience interaction that leads to a different show every performance

Don't see it if You are afraid of participating in this interactive show

Clever, Funny, Thought-provoking, Ambitious, Indulgent

See it if You want to feel you are in a social anonymous circle. You are ok to go on stage and answer questions elaborating. U enjoy one man show.

Don't see it if Audience chat on stage with showman mediating conversation is not your thing. You want a traditional show with no audience interaction.

Also Having read the reviews I went in with no expectation. My friend and I... Read more Read less

Disappointing, Overrated, Thought-provoking, Cliched, Ambitious

See it if You like comedy that pokes fun of the audience. There were some funny parts but overall a bit uncomfortable

Don't see it if You don't like comedy that pokes fun at audience members.

Clever, Entertaining, Funny

See it if Paul Mercurio knows how to entertain and his stand up routine is great. He takes people from the audience and uses them for improv.

Don't see it if you want a big, splashy musical. This is stand up comedy and he does it very well.

Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Intelligent, Must see

See it if Paul’s respectful & brilliant interaction w audience real personal stories make 4 hilariously entertaining & intelligent theater.

Don't see it if If you want to see a play or musical don’t go because every performance is shaped by the audience’s own stories: brilliantly guided by Paul.

Ambitious, Absorbing, Entertaining, Funny, Refreshing

See it if You want to see the best hat trick currently onstage: taking the thing we loathe most-audience participation-and making it fun and engaging.

Don't see it if Your stagefright makes the leap from neurotic to psychotic because you will be summoned to the stage. You can decline, but we'll judge you.

Confusing, Indulgent, Overrated

See it if you aren't very smart

Don't see it if you like good theater

Funny, Thought-provoking, Intense

See it if You want a memorable night. Instead of a just a comedy show or one man's story, Mercurio is wants to open communication between people.

Don't see it if You don't like being an intimate space where Mercurio may ask to talk to you and bring you up on stage.

Intense, Delightful, Absorbing

See it if If you want to feel a connection with total strangers.

Don't see it if If you want to see a show instead of being the show.

“Permission to Speak with Paul Mercurio” hasn't been reviewed by any Critics (yet!)

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