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Popcorn Falls

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Members say: Clever, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Delightful

About the show

In this new Off-Broadway comedy, a small town's survival depends on producing a play in a week. One big problem: no playhouse. Another problem: no play. More…

Welcome to Popcorn Falls, a small American town whose only claim to fame – their namesake waterfall – has dried up. Now bankrupt, their last chance is a large grant that can only be used if the town produces a play in a week. Led by the Mayor and the local handyman, the enterprising townsfolk try to rise to the challenge and prove that art can save the world.

The production will be directed by two-time Tony winner Christian Borle in his New York directorial debut. 


Member Reviews (152)

MEMBERS SAY:

Clever, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Delightful
79
Avg Score

65
Disappointing, Cliched, Unenaging, Frantic, Pointless

See it if you loved The 39 Steps. 2 actors play many male/female parts. "Come on, town, let's put on a show." I didn't laugh. All male prodn. Nice set

Don't see it if you want comedy to be intelligent. I found PF charmless. Constant movt. Women are stereotypes. Played broadly. Tired jokes. Obvious ending.

73
Entertaining, Great acting

See it if Great acting. Cute and entertaining story. Fast-paced. Funny.

Don't see it if You don't like actors playing multiples roles nor farcical​ stories. Small production.

68
Disappointing, Monotonous, Great acting, Clever

See it if Clever concept. Both actors do a great job at playing multiple roles.

Don't see it if You dislike 2 person shows where the actors play handfuls of characters. Simple staging w/ little costumes/props.

Also This is a well done show, if the concept sounds enjoyable to you, you ... Read more Read less

89
Clever, Quirky, Refreshing, Funny, Great acting

See it if Story is funny, two actors playing more than one part. It's alot of Fun.

Don't see it if If you want a serious play.

Also Enjoyed have alot of laughs. Two gifted actors doing this story of saf... Read more Read less

81
Enchanting, Clever, Great writing, Great acting, Quirky

See it if A mayor and a handyman are forced to put on a show w/o any actors. Very clever circuitous plot. Inside all the bluster is a dramatic element

Don't see it if Not slapstick or vaudeville, just two game actors with good material. At a brief 75 min., there's room for more development.

78
Clever, Enchanting, Funny, Entertaining, Great writing

See it if you like a heartwarming and upbeat story about 2 people who help save a small town. These two actors take over 24 roles very cleverly.

Don't see it if you like serious drama, sophisticated comedy or lavish sets.

Also The use of the stage is very effective to the changing of the roles. N... Read more Read less

75
Farcical fun, Frothy with dark undertones, Delightful acting/skilled performers

See it if Well, you have to like farce, 2 people playing multi-characters (but these 2 are great) & clever premise that waits 'til end to be revealed

Don't see it if Scatalogical humor, broad comedy, goofy story, & purposely amateurish-style (wait, you'll see) turns you off. Skillful direction by Borle.

Also I was pretty judgmental in the first 20 mins, but when I let myself re... Read more Read less

78
Hilarious, Great comic acting, Outrageous slapstick

See it if Comedy reminiscent of Greater Tuna where two men play all the roles of the people in town – men, women, and children.

Don't see it if You want something serious or fully costumed and staged. You don’t find it funny when everything goes wildly out of hand.

75
Funny, Entertaining, Clever, Great acting

See it if you like silly comedies, calamity, farce, or light entertainment. It's a small production, but well done.

Don't see it if you don't like two actors playing many characters or are looking for something more serious and relevant.

70
Banal, Dumb, Slapstick

See it if you like over the top silliness and physical humor and an involved implausible plot.

Don't see it if you're annoyed by broad humor that often misses the mark, and low production values.

52
Safe and cute

See it if you want to see a play with absolutely no risk and you will be rewarded equally

Don't see it if You are expecting anything outside of the box

Also I was actually pleasantly surprised by this production. Going in I had... Read more Read less

70
Cute but very slight.

See it if You like shows with two good actors playing lots of different roles.

Don't see it if You don't like two characters playing a. whole town.

79
Engaging, Funny, Great acting

See it if You enjoy quirky funny plays and actors playing several parts quite well.

Don't see it if You prefer more serious and elaborate shows or do kot enjoy light comedies.

75
Dizzying, Clever, Quirky, Fluffy, Overwrought

See it if I wish I had realized it was a 2 hander. It was fast paced, predictable but felt fulfilling nonetheless.

Don't see it if You dont want to watch constant motion, swinging doors. "A play full of sound and fury signifying nothing".

69
Ambitious, Confusing, Excruciating, Indulgent, Overrated

See it if you enjoy slapstick comedy without the slap. Situational humor, exhaustive performances.

Don't see it if you like good comedy

75
Clever, Ambitious, Dizzying, Great acting, Quirky

See it if A two man show playing multiple characters in the town of popcorn falls. Good acting , a silly fun time.

Don't see it if Do you not see if you prefer dramas or musicals.

77
Tedious, Great acting, Cliched, Slow, Pointless

See it if you want to see two insanely talented actors breathlessly inhabit multiple characters with ease. This is useful as an acting master class.

Don't see it if you need more than a trite, bland save-the-town trope in your theater-going narrative. Borle’s direction is strong, but the material is not.

Also Apart from a vehicle for two fine actors to display their considerable... Read more Read less

85
Clever, Delightful, Funny, Great acting, Quirky

See it if you want to see 2 very talented actors portray more than a dozen characters with seamless precision in a humorous and entertaining way.

Don't see it if you only enjoy shows performed in typical manner.

70
Great acting, Great direction, Entertaining, Delightful, Disappointing

See it if you just want to have 75 minutes of light fun with two great actors and a great director making the very most of the material they have.

Don't see it if you only want to see shows that you might want to see again in the future. The script is not engaging enough to cause that.

Also There are several times in this show when you expect the show to get s... Read more Read less

53
Banal, Tepid, Confusing, Cliched, Ambitious

See it if You are looking for a rather wholesome play to bring the family to. Enjoy two-handers. You enjoy humor that pokes fun at show-biz types.

Don't see it if You have already hear all the variations of "let's put on a play" jokes. The show is made up largely of stock jokes about show-biz.

Also "Save our town!" -Selfie Squirrel ... Read more Read less

61
Cliched, Great staging, Quirky, Fast, "lesser" tuna

See it if you're a big fan of "Greater Tuna"-type shows with actors playing multiple varied characters.

Don't see it if you're expecting something serious or need different actors in every part.

70
Well acted

See it if you like madcap humor. Two actors do a great job playing multiple characters. The plot is a little weak, but the acting makes up for it.

Don't see it if you don't like physical humor.

81
Clever, Hilarious, Fluffy, Masterful, Refreshing

See it if You want to see a small town parody. The two actors were way into it and talented. A cleaner version of South Park. Find the squirrel too!

Don't see it if You do not like parodies. You need multiple ensemble for voices.

77
Clever, Entertaining, Ambitious, Fluffy, Great concept

See it if you like the nifty premise - how to save a dying town by putting on a show; you want to see two actors playing multiple characters

Don't see it if you want something profound; you expect a laugh a minute

78
Entertaining, Funny, Strong performances, Clever, Uninspired direction

See it if you like farces ala Greater Tuna and Murder for Two. Strong performances make the most of material and direction that's not up to the genre.

Don't see it if you want razor sharp wit and a creative production needed to make "two-hander" farce really pop. It's not bad, just falls short.


October 11th, 2018
"Not so much a laugh riot as a laugh scuffle. It’s rare that a play manages to be both predictable and confusing...But as directed by the Tony-winning actor Christian Borle — maybe a bet was lost? — 'Popcorn Falls' is also almost charming...The actors are enjoying the material and enjoying each o...
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October 8th, 2018
"The most entertaining, and awe-inspiring, parts of this play were during the 'play practice' where Souhrada takes on all of his roles...These scenes are when Souhrada's genius shows through the most...The rest of the plot is pretty straightforward...For a directorial debut, Christian Borle took ...
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October 8th, 2018
"Heller also has to play the straight man in a story that flirts with sentimentality from time to time, but happily never strays too far off its fundamentally farcical course. Borle keeps the pace brisk and the tone playful...It’s not hard to root for them; at about 80 minutes long, 'Popcorn Fall...
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October 17th, 2018
“With Adam Heller and Tom Souhrada, ‘Popcorn Falls’ works valiantly to create a multitude of characters in a very far-fetched story. Unfortunately this is not ‘The Mystery of Irma Vep’ where the quick changes take your breath away. Mildly amusing, ‘Popcorn Falls’ was not even serving popcorn in t...
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