Puffs, or: Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic and Magic (NYC)
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Puffs, or: Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic and Magic (NYC)
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Puffs, or: Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic and Magic (NYC) NYC Reviews and Tickets

84%
(619 Reviews)
Positive
92%
Mixed
6%
Negative
2%
Members say
Clever, Funny, Entertaining, Hilarious, Delightful

About the Show

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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Member Reviews (619)

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906 Reviews | 924 Followers
71
Cute, Entertaining, Funny, Creative

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.

880 Reviews | 1014 Followers
70
Entertaining, Funny, Silly, Over the top

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

972 Reviews | 341 Followers
75
Clever, Entertaining, Energetic, Fluffy, Funny

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. Read more

1040 Reviews | 251 Followers
85
Ambitious, Great staging, Hilarious

See it if If your a Harry Potter fan. If you like to laugh.

Don't see it if If you don't know the Harry Potter books or if you know them and did not like either books or Movies.

546 Reviews | 1881 Followers
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.

712 Reviews | 215 Followers
75
Cute, Funny, Clever

See it if Great for Potter super-fans, who attended in abundance. Young-adult story. Good staging. Best scene was the soliloquy about throw pillows.

Don't see it if Despite having read all the books, I didn’t get all the jokes.

754 Reviews | 124 Followers
75
Silly, Busy, Funny, Imaginatively minimal, Indulgent

See it if you are mad about Harry! While he is not the star, his world is depicted by a large, talented and flexible cast with imaginative staging

Don't see it if you do not know the Harry Potter stories and characters. Quick and constant action means missing out if you are not knowledgable.

639 Reviews | 127 Followers
86
Funny, Clever, Entertaining, Quirky

See it if If you like Harry Potter and cannot get to tickets to the see the Harry on Broadway.

Don't see it if Some parts are not for young kids.

Critic Reviews (40)

Time Out New York
July 24th, 2017

" 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."
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Entertainment Weekly
October 20th, 2016

"'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."
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Talkin' Broadway
October 21st, 2016

"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."
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TheaterScene.net
October 4th, 2017

“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.”
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Theatre is Easy
April 6th, 2017

"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."
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Theater Pizzazz
October 20th, 2016

"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."
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Theater Pizzazz
July 21st, 2017

"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."
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Front Row Center
July 21st, 2017

"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."
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