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Pucker Up and Blow (FringeNYC)

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

About the show

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?  More…

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?

Member Reviews (61)


Great acting, Edgy, Funny, Raunchy, Entertaining
Avg Score

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

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

Absorbing, Intelligent, Raunchy, Thought-provoking, Original

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.

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

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

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.

Quirky, Original, Edgy, 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.

Banal, Quirky, Raunchy

See it if The arc of an actor interests you

Don't see it if Disappointing lead performance

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.

Entertaining, Ambitious, Edgy, Great writing, Great acting

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

Disappointing, Excruciating, Raunchy, 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

Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Quirky, 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.

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

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.

Edgy, Indulgent, Insipid, Raunchy, Overrated

See it if you can laugh at pedophilia and rape

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

Funny, Edgy, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent

See it if human. This was the most "all there" show I saw this festival, not shying from being overtly sexual, consistently entertaining.

Don't see it if non-vanilla sex is offensive to you.

Absorbing, Clever, Funny, 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.

Hilarious, Raunchy, Refreshing, Relevant, Thought-provoking

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.

Entertaining, Edgy, Quirky, Raunchy, Funny

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.

Ambitious, Funny, Great acting, Edgy

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.

Absorbing, Funny, Edgy, Great writing, Thought-provoking

See it if you appreciate great writing and acting!

Don't see it if you're timid.

Funny, Raunchy, Quirky, Uneven, Edgy

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)

Funny, Fluffy, Quirky, Raunchy

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.

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.

Confusing, Entertaining, Funny, Edgy, Raunchy

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.

Absorbing, Edgy, Intelligent, Relevant, Clever

See it if Want something with more of an edge

Don't see it if If sex and nudity are taboo to you

Clever, Funny, Quirky, Fluffy, Entertaining

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

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

August 19th, 2016
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. B...
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August 18th, 2016
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 an...
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August 20th, 2016
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...
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August 18th, 2016
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 provocati...
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