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Puffs, or: Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic and Magic

Members say: Clever, Funny, Entertaining, Hilarious, Quirky
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For years a certain boy wizard went to Wizard School. This, however, is not his story. This is the story of the Puffs...who just happened to be there too. A play for anyone who has never been destined to save the world.

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'Puffs, or: Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic & Magic' is a Potter-inspired comedy for anyone who has ever felt like a secondary character in someone else’s story. The play gives you a fresh look at a familiar adventure from the perspective of three new heroes just trying to make it through magic school. Alongside them are the Puffs, a group of well-meaning, loyal rejects with a thing for badgers. Their epic journey takes the classic story to new places and reimagines what a boy wizard hero can be.

 
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Talkin' Broadway

"Most of the time, it's a pure, and purely enjoyable, lark...Cox's treatment is dispensed with respect, admiration, and even love for the originals, which makes the jokes funnier and the production even more endearing...The cast is all pitched at just the right level of confused caffeination, and give in to neither pure mimicry nor the inclination to blaze their own original trails. Moon and Belton are dynamic comic leads that wring every laugh from their fish-out-of-water characters." Full Review

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Front Row Center

"A way for fans of the books and movies to revisit their favorite place from a new perspective. And it can be appreciated on both a macro and a micro level...The writing by Matt Cox is crisp, funny and on point, director Kristin McCarthy Parker keeps the pace rolling along at a good clip, and the cast is uniformly excellent. If you’re a fan on any level, go and enjoy...If you don’t know from the magical world of 'Harry Potter,' you’re probably going to want to skip it." Full Review

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TheaterScene.net

“How much you enjoy Matt Cox's ‘Puffs, or: Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic and Magic’ may depend on how well you know the Harry Potter books and the movies that followed. This mild satire tells an alternate but parallel story of the famous wizarding school for the members of the fourth house called The Puffs. The show attempts to cover many of the same events of all seven years in the 1990's when Harry, Hermione and Ron attended the school.” Full Review

80
CitiTour

"If you have little or no familiarity with the books and movies devoted to Harry Potter, you can still find enough to laugh at here, thanks primarily to a smart script and an expert and committed cast. If, however, you can name all seven books or seen their film versions, you will likely be laughing uproariously at the endless in-jokes...There isn’t a weak link in the cast...The kind of lightweight entertainment that blows into the night." Full Review

85
Time Out New York

" A funny and affectionate homage to J.K. Rowling’s world of wiz kids...Some of the jokes will be lost on those with no knowledge of the films or books. But even 'Potter' virgins will enjoy the show’s witty wordplay and well-executed physical comedy. At times, the pacing is so frenetic that jokes can’t find a place to land, but there’s heart as well as humor here...Like its main characters, 'Puffs' illustrates the heights to which underdogs can soar." Full Review

85
Theatre is Easy

"In order to get through seven years in '90-ish' minutes, the action must move quickly, and thanks to Kristin McCarthy Parker’s seamless direction, it does. But 'Puffs' is more than just non-stop crazy action with a bunch of jokes for 'Potter' fans. Cox and Parker understand that sometimes comedy takes time, and they make smart choices about when to speed through the story, and when to slow down and build a joke for a better payoff. The action is never muddy or confusing." Full Review

70
scribicide

"I don't doubt an encyclopedic knowledge of Rowling's novels would enhance the experience, but I don't think it's necessary, either. This is a group of talented clowns goofing off - and who doesn't like that?" Full Review

85
Stage Buddy

"The play squeezes all seven years/books/movies into an uproarious parody that largely makes fun of Harry Potter and his friends...'Puffs,' so densely packed with 'Potter' references, is a must-see for any fan of the popular wizard series. It’s laugh-out-loud funny, whip-smart, and a lot of fun to watch. While the 'Puffs' as a house may never come out on top, 'Puffs' the play just might." Full Review

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ZEALnyc

"'Puffs' was just about one of the best parodies I’ve come across in a long time. The story may not be about Harry, but it was easy to catch little details that Cox threw in just to see if anyone was paying attention...And lucky for Cox, he has assembled a fantastic cast to play this hilarious story out...Hats must go off to these emerging comedians who make those quick changes look effortless and really do make the audiences laugh uncontrollably!" Full Review

75
Theater Pizzazz

"Cox’s script pummels with multiple gags a minute, which can be exhausting in a show that runs just over ninety minutes...The story barely has room to breathe as jokes and physical comedy bits are thrown to the back of the house with abandon...Shaky moments and some jokes that don’t land aside, it concludes with a mixture and cynicism and warmth that sells the concept. Here is a work of underground theater that often beautifully complements its mainstream counterpart." Full Review

80
Theater Pizzazz

"Bigger sets and impressive puppets add some flair but the joy of revisiting the well-loved 'Puffs' is what is sure to keep the show going for some time...Cox’s script is mostly the same from the previous production and sports the same weaknesses and strengths...Parker continues to run a tight ship with a production that mostly moves rapidly but also takes time to breathe...It is worth noting that the cast’s increased familiarity with their roles has made them even more memorable." Full Review

85
Broadway Showbiz

"If you are a 'Harry Potter' book and movie fan, this hilarious and twisted Off-Broadway play will make you laugh out loud. It spoofs the series but Harry is not the focus; this time the smaller characters are the center and it is very funny...It is a must for 'Harry Potter' fans...Take your kids to this family-friendly and very funny show, you will be entertained...It is a roller coaster of laughter and I didn’t want the fun to end." Full Review

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Entertainment Weekly

"'Puffs' zips through the highlights of all seven books...'Puffs' feels engineered specifically to delight 'Harry Potter' diehards, and for the most part it succeeds—not every joke lands, but it makes up for it any misses with its high level of reverence for the Potter-verse...Even if this venture is not the bravest or the smartest, it’s got its heart is firmly in the right place, and audiences will likely leave charmed." Full Review

90
Exeunt Magazine

"In Matt Cox’s superb tribute to the house, Hufflepuff is rendered a plucky, peppy underdog whose extraordinary averageness is worth cheering...What 'Wicked' did for 'The Wizard of Oz,' 'Puffs' does brilliantly for 'Harry Potter'...'Puffs' succeeds above all else as an ensemble piece...Under Kristin McCarthy Parker’s expert direction, the fast-paced action...proceeds flawlessly. At just the right moments, miraculously, she’s able to slow things down for moments of unexpected poignancy." Full Review

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Edge New York

"A lightning-fast, sketch-style comedy, but with the underpinnings of Cox's excellent script...It charms the audience with just the right skewering send-up, or affectionately touched nerve...The breakneck speed makes for ample high-voltage humor which drove the full house of 'Potter' fans to numerous outbursts of applause...Overall, this merry cast of twelve repeatedly enchants us, broadcasting a true pride in ownership that only hit shows have." Full Review

85
Edge New York

"This is one of those plays that has truly come into its own, and 'Puffs' is not just a hit, it's now a long-running hit. The cast exudes it, and the production projects it...Never a parody but, rather, an affectionate, razor-witted response to one mother-behemoth of a franchise...'Puff's' biggest asset is the entire twelve-member ensemble, a gilded Pandora's comedy jack-in-the-box of solid performers as good as the best of any Broadway season." Full Review

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Center on the Aisle

"'Harry Potter' fans will appreciate the many references to the films and novels that both poke fun at, and remind you of why you love the series so much. Cox stays true to the original plot and to the new characters, providing a fun, energetic retelling of a story we think we already know...Parker has created a show that utilizes great comedic timing. Her cast is the perfect ensemble, resulting in many, many moments to capture a laugh from the audience." Full Review

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Off Off Online

"'Puffs' offers a plethora of quick-witted references to everything within the fantasy universe that inspired it...The effect is nothing short of delightful, thanks to the incredible chemistry of director Kristin McCarthy Parker’s entire cast, many of whom take on various roles, and their improvisational skills...All in all, 'Puffs' proves to be a winning combination of hilarity and heart. For anyone who loved the original adventures of the Wizarding World, this play hits all the right points." Full Review

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Nerdist

"It never goes more than a minute without a laugh, mining its humor from meta jokes, impressive physical gags, and its characters’ charming ineptitude... All three of 'Puffs’ main players commit more than you’ll expect to its delivery of heart...As surprised as I was by how much I laughed at 'Puffs,' I was all the more surprised at how it actually moved me. Unlike most pieces of pop culture that avow devotion to the average Joe, the little guy, the nobody, 'Puffs' never undercuts its message." Full Review

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Riveted

"The play is exceptionally clever, poking fun at many of the issues with 'Harry Potter,' and particularly with the movies, that die-hard fans often raise...What stands out most about this production is the very small cast’s ability to play multiple characters so convincingly...While the dynamics of the group serve to progress the story line and bring us through seven years, I found myself wishing the story would hurry up a bit and get back to the scenes that have to do with canon." Full Review

90
Hollywood Life

"Laughs will be had by any true 'Potter' fan as the play both celebrates and mocks keys moments from all seven stories...But by play's end, you’ll find yourself caring much more for Wayne and his friends than you thought you would. Maybe you didn’t grow up with them like Harry, but the Puffs are so lovable and relatable, you’ll leave the theater wishing they were in the stories all along. I laughed, I wept, and I wanted to watch it again and again like it was an 'HP' film marathon on Freeform!" Full Review

85
Woman Around Town

“Fast-moving, colorful and very funny…The jokes are fast-paced, and if you’re not up on your ‘Harry Potter,’ a good portion of the jokes will, like magic, go over your head…But it doesn’t take anything away from the joy of the story which all boils down to good vs. evil, and the victory by ones least expected to do so. The actors have a great time playing these wacky students...If we had a wand, and could conjure magic, we’d say in our best Hermione impersonation, 'Goeth toeth Puffeths.'" Full Review

75
Times Square Chronicles

"While some bits went a little long, or could be cut entirely...Cox’s script is overflowing with jokes and allusions that will leave you laughing until you cry...Credit must go to Zac Moon. Perfectly cast as Wayne...His skill, combined with Kristin McCarthy Parker’s direction, creates an atmosphere that allows the audience to get lost in this world...While every cast member gets a multitude of laughs throughout the show, I wished for more diversity and dimensionality among them." Full Review

80
Mommy Poppins

"'Puffs' is charming, entertaining, and fast-paced...The dialogue moves quickly, too—the characters speak at a pace that makes the cast of 'Gilmore Girls' look under-caffeinated. If you don’t have a pretty good grasp of the plot and characters, you will probably be confused. All of this isn’t helped by the fact that the references to 'Harry Potter' are sometimes oblique...The success of this piece hinges on the talent of the ensemble, and the actors deliver." Full Review

80
Red Tricycle

"The belly laughs come when the 'Potter' story we already know surfaces in the lives of Wayne and his friends, although kids will love some of the physical and visual comedy...A series of lightning quick on- and off-stage costume changes enable the 11 cast members to play the full range of students, teachers, beasts, ghosts, and baddies from JK Rowling’s imagination and with a fast-paced wit bring to life seven years of being an underdog Puff while the overachievers win the prizes." Full Review

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82
Funny, Clever, Quirky, Entertaining, Fluffy

See it if You are a fan of Harry Potter and want to have a light-hearted and entertaining night out. Very funny and cute.

Don't see it if You want it to be a story like the books. It's obviously fan-fiction and has some small flaws, but is overall enjoyable.

85
Clever, Delightful, Epic, Hilarious, Entertaining

See it if You love Harry Potter and can’t afford tix to The Cursed Child

Don't see it if You don’t want to laugh gleefully all night and feel light and jubilant when leaving the theatre

80
Funny, Clever, Intelligent, Masterful, Niche

See it if you understand all Harry Potter references both movies and books

Don't see it if you have not read or see Harry Potter in its entirety

70
Ok

See it if you are a Harry Potter fan. Lively cast create a lot of mirth and merriment. Knowing the books is a must.

Don't see it if you don't know anything about Harry Potter. Much of show only works if you do.

100
Clever, Delightful, Quirky, Refreshing, Hilarious

See it if you want to see a Dynamite young cast lovingly spoof the world of HP. This ensemble cast of rock stars make every moment an utter delight!

Don't see it if you've never seen/read HP (altho a vast knowledge is not required). It was the most FUN I've had in the theatre. GO SEE THIS SHOW!!!

Also Between the 2 performances I've seen I got to see the entire cast as w... Read more Read less

90
Clever, Delightful, Hilarious, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if you're a fan of Harry Potter or Harry Potter parodies, or if you've ever questioned why Hufflepuffs exist

Don't see it if You know absolutely nothing about Harry Potter, you hate joy

85
Hilarious, Better than it has any right to be

See it if you dig Potter and want to enjoy a great riff on the franchise

Don't see it if you don't like Harry Potter (you heathen)

95
Funny, Clever, Delightful, Quirky, Great staging

See it if you love Harry Potter. It's full of insider jokes that had me cracking up. It's fun, silly, and this cast is doing an incredible job.

Don't see it if you don't like camp or Harry Potter. You won't understand the humor. Instead go read all HP books :) and then see it!

78
Quirky, Confusing, Entertaining

See it if You're a Harry Potter fan.

Don't see it if you don't know anything about Harry Potter. You won't get it.

80
Funny, Clever, Delightful, Great writing, Hilarious

See it if If you love Harry Potter you will love this show told from the view of a Hufflepuff. It is very clever.

Don't see it if you are not a fan of Harry Potter and camp.

75
Funny, Quirky, Entertaining, Silly, Parody

See it if you like the Harry Potter books/movies and enjoy oddball parodies, you can look past some amateur elements in favor of well-timed comedy

Don't see it if you have no knowledge of Harry Potter or lived under a rock during the 90s-00s (lots of random pop culture references from that era)

70
Entertaining, Ridiculously goofy

See it if you love Harry Potter, ridiculously over the top parodies, and quirky off-Broadway gems.

Don't see it if you hate Harry Potter or want something profound or life changing.

69
Funny, Clever, Quirky, Indulgent, Confusing

See it if You've read all the Harry Potter books multiple times and seen the film.

Don't see it if You're not a Harry Potter fan, think this is a musical, or don't like farce and satire.

Also It felt like a fun, off-off-Broadway amateurish production, but the jo... Read more Read less

75
Funny, Delightful, Enchanting, Quirky, Overrated

See it if You want to re-enter the world of Harry Potter, but from a loving parody perspective. Some surprise heart in there too!

Don't see it if You are not a Harry Potter fan, it will all be lost on you! Fans, it's enjoyable, but go in expecting titters rather than full laughs

Also I think there is still room for improvement since they changed venues ... Read more Read less

88
Funny, Clever, Delightful, Cliched, Entertaining

See it if you are a Harry Potter die-hard fan!

Don't see it if you don't know anything about Harry Potter.

Also $27 side mezz seats at new world stages are hit or miss. If possible t... Read more Read less

85
Clever, Delightful, Great acting, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if You love Harry Potter - the inside jokes are really cute. Great cast!

Don't see it if If you are not a Potter fan, you will probably find this boring.

80
Ambitious, Entertaining, Great staging, Fast paced

See it if you are a real fan of Harry Potter & can get the inside jokes as told by members of one of the other wizard school groups cleverly executed

Don't see it if you are totally unfamiliar with the Harry Potter characters and story line.

88
Funny, Clever

See it if you LOVE Harry Potter.

Don't see it if If you did not read the Harry Potter books or did not see the movies. You will not understand the references.

72
Funny, Clever, Entertaining, Good acting, Good staging

See it if you love Harry Potter and you want to see a very funny show.

Don't see it if you don't like Harry Potter or fantasy or shows that are not strictly based in the actual world we live in ori if you don't like spoofs.

79
Funny, Dizzying, Quirky, Confusing, Entertaining

See it if you are a Harry Potter fan and into the wizardry of the time, enjoy fast-paced craziness & mayhem

Don't see it if if you aren't familiar with Harry Potter, want a slower, easier to follow show

Also The audience seemed to be full of Harry Potter groupies who thoroughly... Read more Read less

77
Funny, Clever, Refreshing, Entertaining

See it if you're a fan of Harry Potter and satire.

Don't see it if you'll get confused by the same actor playing multiple characters.

87
Delightful, Great acting, Must see, Great singing, Great staging

See it if You enjoyed reading Harry Potter and would like to see it told in a new and refreshing way.

Don't see it if Your not a Harry Potter fan and you don't go for parody.

75
Funny, Clever, Quirky, Confusing, Entertaining

See it if You love all things Harry Potter and want to see an over-the-top depiction of a different wizard-school story packed with inside jokes.

Don't see it if You haven't read/seen HP and aren't interested in the content. There is not much here for people who don't get the continual HP references.

Also A definite must for Potterheads over 12 or so. My 13-year-old absolute... Read more Read less

75
Delightful

See it if you would like to take a virtual field trip to Hogwarts and root for the outcasts.Engaging spoof with laughter,adventure and conquest.Funny!

Don't see it if you are not familiar with the Harry Potter books,or if you do not enjoy a good parody

81
Quirky, Indulgent, Entertaining, Nostalgic, Amusing

See it if you're a Harry Potter fan looking for a few hours of cheesy and light entertainment or a trip down memory lane. A feel-good romp.

Don't see it if you've never read Harry Potter, or don't like professional shows that feel only a step or two up from an enthusiastic student production.