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Pucker Up and Blow (FringeNYC)

Members say: Edgy, Great acting, Funny, Raunchy, Entertaining
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Members
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61 reviews
 

A FringeNYC Encore: In Daniel Reitz's new outrageous comedy, an actor gets a chance to be on Broadway. But is it worth the sacrifice? 

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David, a young actor with only children's theater credits, is making his Broadway debut in a play by New York's "most inflammatory” playwright—but it means nudity and performing a lewd sex act. What's more important? Dignity or career?

 

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77
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80
Time Out New York

for a previous production "Reitz spends much of his dark showbiz comedy slicing into the Bradshaw mystique...and his spoof of Bradshaw’s work is razor-sharp. The rest of 'Pucker Up and Blow' doesn’t rise to the same level. Most of the characters are ciphers or devices...and the play’s final quarter is noticeably rushed. But Dagger is exceptional: funny, sweet, frustrated and frustrating. He breathes enough life into every scene to keep the whole play afloat." Full Review

75
Theater In The Now

for a previous production "Where does shock value end and message begin?...Being as theatrical referential as it is, those not in the know may not grasp the message Reitz is trying to convey...Director Schnee allowed Reitz's comedy to shine through. Schnee assisted the company in finding the conviction within the characters without making them cartoons. Though the staging was occasional flat, there was a good sense of variety in stage pictures...An insider play that tackles sex and race within the industry." Full Review

80
Theatre is Easy

for a previous production “Rather than either a purely uplifting finale or a bitterly dark one, we get a narrative arc - good guy put through emotional meat grinder who doesn't emerge without some lasting scabs - that feels inevitable. But perhaps for an actor chasing the big Broadway dream, it’s the most honest. Reitz and Schnee have crafted a thought-provoking, funny, and sometimes shocking production, which is exactly what you look for in the Fringe. “ Full Review

55
Theatre Reviews Limited

for a previous production “Really nothing fresh...The subplots of deception, infidelity, power, racism and revenge, are valid but are insipid...Kudos to the nudity scene which is not gratuitous...and is pivotal to the script, mostly resulting from the brilliant performance by Dagger as David...Reitz has penned a provocative script, but when considering our country’s present turbulent state of affairs, it comes to mind that this production may fuel the fires of desensitization rather than assist in extinguishing them." Full Review

90
Applause! Applause!

for a previous production "An extremely well-written, thought-provoking play that is absolutely hilarious at times…Asa James handled all his scenes with aplomb and was the anchor who held this play together. Daniel Reitz is a playwright you should keep your eye on. He shows extraordinary promise and is willing to tackle subjects others wouldn't think of touching. I highly recommend 'Pucker Up & Blow.' It takes you on a journey to the mountaintop and then shows you what is on the other side." Full Review

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CurtainUp

for a previous production "'Pucker' wins points for its skillful cast: Dagger's sincerity in his discomfort elicits a satisfying mixture of laughter and sympathy, while James comfortably revels in his character's pomposity...But the play encounters a pitfall when it pursues shock value too aggressively, especially when it's dealing with race...It turns what could be, with greater discretion a ripe source of satire, into something tiring...Those moments end up undercutting the effective ones." Full Review

80
Nitelife Exchange

for a previous production "Daniel Reitz’s often on-target satire skewers the egos in show business…The actual playwright of 'Pucker' has muchos funny ideas for characters…The show was 100 minutes with no intermission, but did not feel too long, as there was tonal variety and strong performances, with director Paul Schnee remarkably finding a balance between absurdity and believability so it did not become a cartoon, did not get preachy much in its ultimate point, and was not predictable." Full Review

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HY on the Fringe

for a previous production "'Pucker Up and Blow' is a brilliantly funny exploration of power dynamics in show business—and, at least so far, my pick for finest play of the festival. Penned with exceptional comedic skill by screenwriter Daniel Reitz and starring delightfully nuanced actor Will Dagger, who I expect has a stellar career ahead of him, this show is virtually ready for a commercial run as is. As long as you're not offended by political incorrectness this is a must see." Full Review

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82
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70
Funny, Quirky, Raunchy, Fluffy

See it if you are fine with a night of lightly written theatre. It meanders on long past it's welcome. Funny, but overwritten.

Don't see it if you enjoy fringe theatre. It is fully THAT. The actors were good - but had to contend with rather thinly written, un-natural dialogue.

90
Ambitious, Edgy, Great acting, Great writing, Entertaining

See it if You love experimental and edgy theatre. You like pieces that show behind-the-scenes of the makings of a show.. This is NOT for the sensitive

Don't see it if You are opposed to rape, sodomy, victimizing the disabled, satire, cussing, the "N" word, the "F" word, rap music during scene changes, etc

75
Quirky, Raunchy, Banal

See it if The arc of an actor interests you

Don't see it if Disappointing lead performance

86
Funny, Edgy, Quirky, Raunchy, Entertaining

See it if Like edgy new work and very funny dialogue dealing with race, sexual situations and actors trying to get to bway stage

Don't see it if Don't handle nudity or rough language.

35
Edgy, Raunchy, Indulgent, Insipid, Overrated

See it if you can laugh at pedophilia and rape

Don't see it if you want a less satirical puff piece

85
Funny, Ambitious, Edgy, Great acting

See it if you like backstage drama of a very controversial theater and not offended easily with nudity or profanity.

Don't see it if you're offended by nudity or profanity or the idea of rape scene being enacted on a stage.

80
Quirky, Raunchy

See it if you are okay with sensitive subject matter.

Don't see it if you can't handle brief male nudity, pedophilia, and other sensitive subject matter.

40
Raunchy, Disappointing, Excruciating, Immoral

See it if If you want to try to laugh at white supremacy, pedophiles, and rape

Don't see it if You dont want to hear graphic descriptions of pedophiles actions

71
Clever, Great acting, Quirky, Entertaining, Underrealized

See it if you are familiar with the playwright satirized and want to see a very fine performance from the lead actor.

Don't see it if you are fed up with plays about plays.

71
Original, Edgy, Quirky, Entertaining, Has ups & downs

See it if you want to hear the voice of an up & coming playwright.

Don't see it if Profanity offends you.

75
Funny, Edgy, Raunchy, Confusing, Entertaining

See it if If you like raunchy edgy humor dealing with race, sexuality, someone trying to get a break in the theater with graphic dramatization -nudity

Don't see it if If you are offended by nudity, Offensive language, want to bring the family.

78
Funny, Edgy, Quirky, Raunchy, Uneven

See it if you like outrageous comedies that also attempt to address serious issues

Don't see it if you're put off by adult language, sexual situations, and nudity (though very brief)

80
Funny, Edgy, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Quirky

See it if you like edgy, funny plays that deal with sexuality, race, and what it's like to be an actor trying to make it in theater.

Don't see it if you're looking for something light and fluffy, you want to see something with your family, and it's probably not great for a date either.

92
Funny, Great acting, Raunchy

See it if especially if you're in the entertainment industry. A scathing satire. And a compelling plot.

Don't see it if You're the type who puts the outraged in outrageous. Shocking language and scenarios are NOT gratuitous or used as substitutes for story.

90
Funny, Absorbing, Clever, Great acting

See it if You enjoy great acting, funny dialogue, and are not offended by nudity, obscenities, or graphic sexual dramatizations.

Don't see it if You will be offended by the above.

85
Original, Absorbing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Raunchy

See it if You want to see a play that deals w/issues of art, integrity & ambition. You're OK w/raunchy subject matter & nudity.

Don't see it if You don't want raunchy subject matter or nudity. You want big production elements.

87
Thought-provoking, Raunchy, Refreshing, Relevant, Hilarious

See it if you enjoy smart comedies that actually have something to say (and say it in the most hilariously boundary-pushing way).

Don't see it if you're easily offended.

86
Just about as good as the fringe gets

See it if Will Dagger is quite adorable as the nerdy children's theater actor who gets cast in an edgy play. Probably a take-off of Thomas Bradshaw

Don't see it if you get squeamish at a Bradshaw play. I've seen them all and find Pucker Up to be a hilarious.send-up.

90
Ambitious, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Raunchy, Relevant

See it if you remember how edgy & outrageous the Fringe used to be; appreciate scalding black humor to mock social conventions

Don't see it if you are a politically correct scold; easily offended by morally dubious themes & situations

88
Funny, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Must see, Great writing

See it if like challenge of character driven story line & conflicts pushing all buttons of 21st century life. Will Dagger = sterling performance

Don't see it if you can't take a moment of male nudity. & highly "inflammatory" subject matter

82
Funny, sad, how often does it happen in real life

See it if you want to get a projected insider scoop of how to make it in the theater; At time it feels like a sex comedy; at times it is serious drama

Don't see it if you are easily offended by full frontal male nudity; if you want a happy ending

75
Ambitious, Edgy, Thought-provoking, Raunchy, Entertaining

See it if You don't mind actors and acting better than the script they were given. You are not offended by politically incorrect dialogue.

Don't see it if You are offended by the use of the "n" word. If you don't want to see a play about a porno like play tending to be on Broadway.

78
Funny, Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Relevant

See it if you enjoy shows that poke fun at what sells on Broadway.

Don't see it if you are bothered by sexual content.

78
Funny, Clever, Quirky, Entertaining, Fluffy

See it if fun show - wish one of the other guys was the naked one

Don't see it if you do not like profanity and nudity

88
Original, Clever, Edgy, Raunchy, Entertaining

See it if You are someone who appreciates the darker side of entertainment. If you rooting for the little guy. If you like a little shock value.

Don't see it if You are offended by profanity. If you would be bothered by simulated sex. If seeing a man's penis would be too much for you.