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Shows For Days

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Members say: Great acting, Entertaining, Funny, Clever, Delightful

About the show

Lincoln Center Theater presents playwright Douglas Carter Beane's fond remembrance of his immersion into a life in the theater. More…

"Shows for Days" is a comedy set in Reading, Pennsylvania, in 1973. 14-year old Car, the play's narrator and the author's alter ego, is introduced to the world of theatre when he meets the devoted cast and crew of the Prometheus Theatre, led by Irene, an indomitable force of nature whose life is dedicated to putting on productions she directs, designs, and stars in.

Member Reviews (23)


Great acting, Entertaining, Funny, Clever, Delightful
Avg Score

Disappointing, Banal, Another play about the theater, Mediocre coming of age, Great urie!!

See it if you can't get enuf of theater about theater. SFD has some charm (Urie and Lupone!) but not much insight. Yes, it's tough to grow up.

Don't see it if you want something memorable. Both the script and the production seem tired. Nothing new under the spotlight.

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Entertaining, Great acting, Dated, Insipid, Slow

See it if you're a Patty Lupone fan. Great cast! Overall good story.

Don't see it if you can't stand endless ultra highfalutin quotes from obscures 1950's plays.

Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Fun, Nice

See it if You like Patti LuPone or Michael Urie and enjoy behind the scenes stories of the theater

Don't see it if You're not interested in shows about the theater

Slow, Excruciating, Disappointing

See it if You want to see Michael Urie (I did) but the play just wasn't worth it. Forgettable.

Don't see it if Despite the wonderful cast it just wasn't that entertaining or interesting s show.

Delightful, Entertaining, Great acting, Funny, Cliched

See it if You work in or just generally love the theatre and backstage humor.

Don't see it if You don't like coming-of-age stories.

Clever, Enchanting, Delightful, Funny, Great writing

See it if Patti Lupone was of course great. It's a touching story that resonated with this theatre geek.

Don't see it if It's a bit inside baseball for those unfamiliar with the ins and outs of community theatre.

Entertaining, Indulgent, Funny, Insignificant, Original

See it if you grew up in or around a community theater, or if you love coming of age tales.

Don't see it if you're looking for something really meaningful. This is a very autobiographical show that's not always relatable. The end is very indulgent.

Delightful, Funny, Heartfelt, Great acting, Great staging

See it if you're a fan of the cast or creative team. They all deliver! I had a wonderful time!

Don't see it if you plan to text during the show. Patti's got her eye on you...

Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting

See it if You are a Patti Lupone fan and enjoy theatre about theatre.

Don't see it if You are expecting a big Broadway musical.

Cliched, Disappointing, Great acting, Quirky

See it if you will see anything with Patti Lupone

Don't see it if you prefer more original stories and smarter, wittier comedy.

Great acting, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if you want to get up close and personal with Patti; you don't own a mobile phone (or if you do, you're willing to have it taken away by Patti)

Don't see it if you do not like plays about community theater; you are looking for anything too deep in the writing

Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Funny, Original

See it if you love great acting (especially Patti Lupone), and interesting, funny script

Don't see it if you don't like Patti Lupone. Who doesn't like Patti Lupone????

Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Hilarious, Great acting

See it if you love LuPone, you love shows about shows, you love historical, coming of age stories, you love coming out stories.

Don't see it if you hate LuPone, you want to use your phone during the show.

Clever, Great staging, Great acting, Original, Great writing

See it if you enjoy a show about the inner workings of a theatre company. This show also includes drama and comedy.

Don't see it if you prefer a more elaborate show, because this one is very minimalistic

Thought-provoking, Slow, Dated, Entertaining, Resonant

See it if you are interested in seeing Patti LuPone perform! Great culmination.

Don't see it if you aren't a fan of slow-moving plays with cliched, over the top characters.

Clever, Funny, Quirky

See it if You're looking for a pleasant and entertaining new play. There isn't a lot of depth but LUPONE!

Don't see it if You're looking for a drama, don't like cliche characters and simple sets.

Entertaining, Confusing, Funny, Great writing

See it if You want Patti being Patti or want a personal community theatre story to resonate with you.

Don't see it if You want Patti in a musical

Clever, Cliched, Disappointing, Banal, Indulgent

See it if you just want a chuckle. Or you want to see la Lupone. In a bad play.

Don't see it if you want any nuance or truth or... well, anything. So many super-talented people went so wrong with this one.

Great acting, Excruciating, Intense, Profound, Original

See it if you love Patti LuPone and a very contemporary acting feel.

Don't see it if you are easily bored, or cannot follow multiple timelines.

Banal, Cliched, Dated, Disappointing, Insipid

See it if you love patti lupone and enjoy watching her slay.

Don't see it if you prefer non-stereotypical portrayals of anyone who isn't a white man.

Ambitious, Clever, Confusing, Great acting, Overrated

See it if You are fans of Patti Lupone and like Douglas Carter Beane's writing.

Don't see it if You don't like long-winded speeches and acting.

Cliched, Disappointing, Great acting, Slow, Hilarious

See it if you want to see Patti LuPone and can get cheap tickets

Don't see it if you want to see something original

Banal, Great acting, Entertaining, Slow, Original

See it if you've ever been involved in community theatre--it hit home for me because it was all so familiar.

Don't see it if you're looking for a musical.

June 29th, 2015
"Something went awry in this particular journey from truth to fiction, as if the play had become stuck in midmetamorphosis, like some mutant fairy-tale character frozen in an incomplete spell. 'Shows for Days' wants to be both harshly realistic and charmingly sentimental. And these disparate side...
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June 29th, 2015
"Few playwrights hone quips as sharply as Beane does, and LuPone is frequently hilarious. Thanks to them, 'Shows for Days' goes by speedily—sometimes too speedily. The uneven cast of six often seems to be rushing; important plot beats are blurry and confusing...Diverting and touching as it often ...
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June 29th, 2015
"In 'Shows for Days,' he’s written not merely a vehicle for Patti LuPone but a glossy,curve-hugging Ferrari of a comedy...So yes, a star vehicle. But whether it can be steered is a different matter; neither Beane, nor the director, nor anyone else seems to have found a way to keep it from veering...
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June 29th, 2015
"'Shows for Days' is another prickly valentine to the theater, in a semi-fictionalized recollection of the playwright's simultaneous discovery of his vocation and his sexuality. The personal investment is dulled by characters that too rarely escape stereotype, and by writing that's not short on h...
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