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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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Potter changed the world forever. The Puffs were also there. 'Puffs" gives you a front-row seat to the sidelines of the world’s most famous magical journey.

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Some people are born to do great things. Some people change the world. Some people rise from humble beginnings to beat back the forces of darkness in the face of insurmountable odds. 'Puffs' is the story of the people who sit in class next to those people. And badgers. Wayne Hopkins, a boy from New Mexico, finds out he's a wizard. Upon arrival at a certain school of magic, he's placed into the Puffs: a group of well meaning, loyal rejects. Over seven increasingly eventful years, he'll learn magic, get out of the shadow of his world-famous nemesis, and try not to get hurt in what is actually a very dangerous place for unsupervised children. This Off-Broadway comedy transferred from its initial hit run at the People's Improv Theater.

 
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Reviews (216)

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82
Avg Score

80
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

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

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

85
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
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
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
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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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

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The New York Times

for a previous production "The fun of 'Puffs' is in its intersections with the story we know from J. K. Rowling’s books and the movie adaptations...Directed by Kristin McCarthy Parker in loopy, sketch comedy style, 'Puffs' is not as smartly scripted as Mr. Cox’s rollicking serial adventure 'Kapow-i GoGo'...But 'Puffs' exudes a jovial, winking fondness for all things Harry. For Potterphiliacs eager to revisit that world, that’s enticement enough." Full Review

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Pataphysical Science Blogspot

for a previous production "Cox parodied anime with the three-part epic 'Kapow-i GoGo' and again he sets himself apart from other parody writers by writing funny jokes for the fans while creating three-dimensional characters that you can care about despite your level of fandom...Those who have read the books and seen the movies will find the most to laugh at, but anyone can relate to these characters who don't get any breaks and aren't worshipped as heroes." Full Review

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Theatre is Easy

for a previous production "Director Kristin McCarthy Parker’s exuberant pace rockets the ensemble through all the books and films in just '80-ish' minutes. Matt Cox’s script is blissfully hysterical, brimming with nods to the novels’ unforgettable moments...Replete with hilarious catch phrases, Cox and Parker bring their Potterverse to life as only two real fans could." Full Review

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CHARGED.fm

for a previous production "Condensed into such a short performance time, the play oftentimes feels more like a montage than a true story... This piece of theater is hardly a Broadway masterpiece, but its scrappy thrown-together attitude is just as endearing to its audience as the Puffs themselves. Also if you come to this show, you can watch a certain Potions professor give the wizard sex talk." Full Review

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On Stage Blog

for a previous production "Put simply, the cast are great, and they do Cox’s script a great service...I watched this play and I laughed, and laughed, and laughed. My favorite kind of evening at the theatre...You can’t pay $10 bucks to see a show this funny anywhere else in New York. Anywhere. Do yourself a favor and head on down to the PIT. Like the play that came before it, ‘Puffs’ is a must-see." Full Review

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New York Theatre Review

for a previous production "Performed by a marvelous ensemble, this piece mischievously parodies a certain very popular school for magic while telling the unknown story of a not-so-famous boy wizard...While this is a tremendous comedic feast for anyone familiar with the Potter franchise, most of the humor will be lost on anyone who abstains from the franchise. But 'Puffs' is more than just silly fluff. It includes heartfelt message in the piece about the nature of failure and loyalty." Full Review

80
Culture Catch

for a previous production "'Puffs' transcends mere parody and develops its own narrative and thematic arc about growth, friendship, and self-worth, the cornerstones of Rowling’s House of Hedgehogs. Its underdog story succeeds in getting the audience invested in these characters...The cast is impressive and engaging, and almost everyone plays multiple parts...Even a passing knowledge of Rowling’s wizarding world will be more than enough to thoroughly enjoy this funny, charming production." Full Review

85
Quick Theatre

for a previous production "'Puffs' is one of your best bets for comedy in the new year...For someone 'in the Harry Potter know', 'Puffs' will charm your socks off, in equal amounts of gentle parody and true love for their subject. If you’re not in the know, some of the jokes may not make their landing, but the enjoyment of the audience and the pure enthusiasm of the performers will ease over any uncomfortable feelings." Full Review

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250 Word Reviews

for a previous production "'Puffs' transcends parody and fan service to create a three-dimensional world populated by believable characters whose tragedies resonate as strongly as their triumphs. There’s a lot of story to get through in 80ish minutes, but director Kristin McCarthy Parker’s sure hand keeps the story clear even as the pace gets frenetic." Full Review

85
James Armstrong, Playwright

for a previous production "This hilarious spoof of the 'Harry Potter' series, told from the point of view of the school's least talented students, is oddly affecting, and definitely worth going to see…With a cast of eleven actors performing multiple roles, 'Puffs' gives everyone a chance to shine...Kristin McCarthy Parker does a wonderful job directing the production, which includes some effective use of puppets to create a magical world within a bare-bones theater." Full Review

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hypable

for a previous production "NYC has a brand new Harry Potter play about Hufflepuffs, and it’s totally awesome!...Avoiding spoilers, we can say that the play’s interpretation of the Battle of Hogwarts got really dark and really emotional...the production values here are practically nonexistent...There is no set, pretty much no costumes, and very minimal props. A hard-working cast of eleven portrays nearly thirty characters...The script here is good enough that we would buy a copy." Full Review

95
Pop City Life

for a previous production "This show was terrific...The ensemble cast takes the setup’s bare-bones format (a red mop is Ron Weasley) and runs with it, delivering a laugh-out-loud production perfect for any fan of this magical world…I’m sitting here trying to think of any negative things to bring up – any cons to balance out this long list of pros…I left not feeling at all cheated – the 90-ish minutes were a perfect fit. Oh, well. I guess a glowing review isn’t a bad thing. Sometimes, magic just happens." Full Review

70
My Entertainment World

for a previous production "A fast-paced 90-minute play, densely packed with jokes, one-liners, and references to all things Harry Potter...The biggest flaw in the show is its overuse of references to well-known events from the books...However, halfway through the performance, the show begins to find its own legs as it breaks free from its reliance on reference humor... 'Puffs' is a successful romp. It may not win the house cup, but it certainly does not come in last place." Full Review

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Avg Score

96
Funny, Clever, Quirky, Entertaining, Fluffy

See it if you're a Potter fanatic who devoured "Very Potter Musical"

Don't see it if you've never read a Potter book - you won't get the jokes

84
Funny, Clever, Entertaining, Fun

See it if you love the Harry Potter franchise (whether books, movies, or both). It's a cute and engaging perspective of the events at Hogwarts.

Don't see it if you don't know or don't like anything about the world of Harry Potter, you won't get any of the references/jokes.

71
Funny, Creative, Entertaining, Cute

See it if you must be familiar with Harry Potter lore to understand this very funny parody. Creative & fast paced.

Don't see it if if you didn't read or seen Harry Potter, this will make no sense to you.

89
Funny, Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Entertaining

See it if you want to see a comedic show

Don't see it if you don't like comedies

70
Funny, Entertaining, Over the top, Silly

See it if You are a fan of Harry Potter and enjoy spoofy/satire shows. It's very over the top, silly and fun.

Don't see it if If you aren't a fan or haven't seen the Harry Potter films it would be pointless to see this as all the references and jokes would be lost

77
Funny, Charming, Fun

See it if You're a Harry Potter fan; you're looking for low budget, light hearted frivolity. The ensemble cast seems very invested in making it fun.

Don't see it if You want the deeper life lessons and more serious side of the Potter world; you find it confusing when actors play multiple roles.

86
Funny, Ambitious, Clever, Raunchy, Entertaining

See it if Your a Potter fan & have a sense of humor then its a don't you miss it and it gets an 86, references to other pop culture shows added to it

Don't see it if you don't know anything/much about Potter, then its a 50 as it would be hard to understand much that is going on, see something you will get

90
Funny, Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Entertaining

See it if you've seen all the Harry Potter movies.

Don't see it if you haven't seen any of the Harry Potter movies. Many of the in-jokes require more than just having read the books.

77
Funny, Clever, Refreshing, Hilarious, Silly

See it if You are a potterhead and know the books by heart.

Don't see it if You barely know the books, you will miss most of the jokes. The acting is ok but the production looks ( maybe intentionally ? ) "amateurish"

75
Funny, Delightful, Confusing, Entertaining

See it if you're a big Harry Potter fan. You will appreciate the sarcastic wit and get a kick when you identify exactly what scene they're referencing

Don't see it if you didn't read the Harry Potter books. You'd get lost in all the references, and the transition of some of the characters will be confusing

90
Funny, Clever, Delightful, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if You are a PUFF, duh! But in all honesty if you enjoy comedy and are a huge HP fan you will love this. Minimal but effective.

Don't see it if You are a brave, a snake, or brain, or you are expecting a big NY production.

83
Funny, Clever, Entertaining, Fluffy, A little too long

See it if You love the Harry Potter series. You enjoy parodies. You want to see a well-known story told from a different angle.

Don't see it if You either don't like or haven't read/seen the Harry Potter series. You don't like parody.You want a tight parody:it could use some editing

90
Clever, Delightful, Great acting, Hilarious, Fluffy

See it if Sets em up and knocks em down. Giddy and sweet with winning performances. If you love the books or movies, you'll love it.

Don't see it if Harry Potter fans will get a lot more out of it than novices. It's good for kids except for a few f-bombs

93
Funny, Clever, Delightful, Great writing

See it if you are a Harry Potter fan. Unlike "Potted Potter" - this is truly a spoof of all the books. Clever and fun for JK Rowling fans.

Don't see it if don't have knowledge of the series. References both the films and the books. - otherwise it would just be a good but silly genre parody.

Also I saw this based on the Show-Score reviews and I'm very glad I did.... Read more Read less

88
Funny, Clever, Delightful, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if You are a Harry Potter fan and want to see a show full of inside jokes with an audience full of likeminded fans. The cast is amazing!

Don't see it if You've never seen a Harry Potter movie nor read the books. You'll be left out.

100
Funny, Original, Great acting

See it if You want to see a funny, light-hearted, yet warm story where one doesn't take him/herself too seriously.

Don't see it if You've never read it watched Harry Potter series, as it would be hard to get all the references.

86
Funny, Clever, Hilarious

See it if A quality Potter world spoof for sure. Very funny. non-stop.

Don't see it if If you don't know or like all things Potter... you won't get it.

86
Funny, Delightful, Refreshing, Hilarious, Entertaining

See it if you are a fan of harry potter or are a hufflepuff at heart. you are looking for a good laugh

Don't see it if you need a serious piece of theater about the hp universe. this is silly and fun and light

80
Funny, Clever, Quirky, Entertaining, Fun

See it if you're a Harry Potter fan, especially if you identify with the Hufflepuffs (we're all a little bit Hufflepuff, aren't we?)

Don't see it if you're not a Harry Potter fan or you haven't read the books//seen the movie. It's very reference-heavy and you won't get it.

Also Puffs toes the line extremely well between being overly campy and refe... Read more Read less

75
Funny, Clever, Entertaining, Fluffy, Energetic

See it if you love Harry Potter. If not, you'll be lost. Very broad and hammy, but it works. Modest production values, but inventive staging.

Don't see it if you want depth. This is purely for fun; a clever send-up. Could use some trimming; it was almost two hours with no intermission.

Also Like Stoppard's R&G, Puffs tells the hero's story through minor charac... Read more Read less

89
Funny, Clever, Enchanting, Hilarious, Entertaining

See it if you are Harry Potter fan, this is a must see parody on the Hufflepuffs. Laughing till the end.. Actors and subtle jokes were great.

Don't see it if not familiar with all 7 books of Harry Potter or the movies. I did see it with 2 people that never saw Harry Potter and they did enjoy it.

81
Clever, Quirky, Refreshing, Hilarious

See it if Are a Harry Potter fan & want a different take on lesser known characters.The insights were spot on & although it helps to know the stpry.

Don't see it if Know nothing about Harry Potter - you may be lost, but will still laugh at the antics.

86
Clever, Quirky, Refreshing, Great writing, Hilarious

See it if You're a Harry Potter fan that wants to spend an evening laughing. Want to see some pretty funny acting & actors playing multiple parts well

Don't see it if You hate Harry Potter (or can't laugh at it). You can't do a show that go on after 9 pm.

Also This was a loving and hilarious tribute to a "school of magic and magi... Read more Read less

100
Clever, Intelligent, Quirky, Hilarious, Entertaining

See it if you love all things Harry Potter + love live theater. It was a really fun time...my face hurt from smiling + laughing so much! going again!

Don't see it if you don't have an open mind + are not into parodies and not very fond of Harry Potter.

92
Funny, Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Fluffy

See it if you like Harry Potter but don't take it too seriously.

Don't see it if you don't like parodies or HP.