Shows For Days
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Shows For Days

Shows For Days NYC Reviews and Tickets

(23 Reviews)
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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.

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Member Reviews (23)

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913 Reviews | 928 Followers
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.

888 Reviews | 1017 Followers
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

982 Reviews | 343 Followers
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. Read more

635 Reviews | 237 Followers
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.

488 Reviews | 316 Followers
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.

399 Reviews | 203 Followers
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.

187 Reviews | 119 Followers
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.

109 Reviews | 340 Followers
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...

Critic Reviews (20)

The New York Times
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 sides never entirely connect."
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Time Out New York
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 is, there’s not much meat in this pottage."
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New York Magazine / Vulture
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 all over the place."
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The Hollywood Reporter
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 humor, but sacrifices poignancy through lack of focus."
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Entertainment Weekly
June 29th, 2015

"'Shows for Days' is the author Douglas Carter Beane’s muddled, tonally wonky ode to growing up during a Pennsylvania stage troupe’s salad days in the early ‘70s. This memory play aims to be Beane’s own 'Glass Menagerie' via Borscht Belt, but what results here attempts to rise but does not shine."
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June 29th, 2015

"Bor-ring. Douglas Carter Beane tries to minimize the ho-hum factor by setting this play in a 1970s community theater troupe ruled by a diva played by Patti LuPone. Shrewd move, but the scribe neglects to fortify his spirited star and the boychick apprentice with a lucid plot, a coherent structure or even believable supporting roles."
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The Wall Street Journal
July 2nd, 2015

"While 'Shows for Days' is no masterpiece, it’s unfailingly funny and disarmingly sweet, and if you’ve ever had anything to do with amateur theater, it will fill you with memories of the way you were once upon a time...'Shows for Days' has a loosely knit, Kleenex-thin plot that makes an unconvincing swerve into melodrama after intermission. But the six actors, Ms. LuPone above all, squeeze every drop of comic juice from their campy zingers,"
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June 30th, 2015

"Delicious and toothsome as each of these characters is, 'Shows For Days' comes with an outer costume more like the hard armor of situation comedy. The wise-crackling zingers prevail, and our own laughter, some forced, some guilty, prevents us from getting inside the Prometheus players in any meaningful way. And so 'Shows For Days' dissolves in the ether before we’ve even left the theater."
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