Small World (59E59 Theaters)
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Small World (59E59 Theaters)

Small World (59E59 Theaters) NYC Reviews and Tickets

(101 Ratings)
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Great acting, Entertaining, Intelligent, Clever, Absorbing

About the Show

Penguin Rep Theatre brings its 2015 comedy about the creation of Disney's classic movie 'Fantasia' to 59E59.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (101)

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71 Reviews | 28 Followers
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Enchanting

See it if You enjoy great acting and writing, or if you are interested in Walt Disney or Stravinsky.

Don't see it if ... Not sure. Just go see it, it's wonderful!

435 Reviews | 60 Followers
Absorbing, Clever, Intelligent, Resonant, Great writing

See it if No ifs, see it!

Don't see it if You're looking for a musical

146 Reviews | 28 Followers
Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Great acting, Great writing

See it if You like to know how Fantasia came about. You're curious about Disney and Stravinsky and music and dinosaurs! You love animation and fantasy

Don't see it if You don't care about Disney or Fantasia

179 Reviews | 29 Followers
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Profound

See it if This is a play of opposite artistic values of two geniuses who have something in common “The Rite of Spring.” and apparently nothing else.

Don't see it if If you think that this play is about a children’ movie and it does not have any substance Read more

108 Reviews | 59 Followers
Great acting, Delightful, Entertaining

See it if An accessible and good use of 75 minutes -- absorbing dialogue on defining art and success in the context of Disney animation.

Don't see it if you're not looking for a short, fun excurson and want a more serious evening of theater.

563 Reviews | 193 Followers
Great acting, Great writing, Delightful, Intelligent, Must see

See it if You're familiar w/Disney, Stravinsky & Fantasia. You want a play about the function of art presented in an accessible & entertaining manner.

Don't see it if You have no idea or don't care about the figures above. You don't want a play about art. You don't like intimate theatre spaces.

286 Reviews | 23 Followers
Enchanting, Entertaining, Great acting

See it if You want to see an adorable little play that is well paced and beautifully acted.

Don't see it if You're looking for something a little more powerful for emotional. But it's a really fun night at the theater!!

257 Reviews | 26 Followers
Absorbing, Clever, Ambitious, Intelligent, Refreshing

See it if you like 2 character plays with the subject matter based on reality; you remember Fantasia and want to know what Stravinsky thought about it

Don't see it if you don't enjoy wordy plays; you need action when you see a play

Critic Reviews (18)

September 18th, 2017

"Whatever drama there may have been between these men in real life, none of it carries over in this Penguin Rep production...At times, 'Small World' has a certain amount of potential...But overall, the piece lacks the deep psychological underpinnings and tension to communicate both men's individual struggles. The discussions of art and commerce are unoriginal, and the humor stays at this easy, low-ball level throughout. Still, the performances are charming."
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September 21st, 2017

"'Small World' is an insightful and appealing play, one that will challenge your ideas about art in its different forms...This two-hander is an absorbing, entertaining, and informative show...This behind-the-scenes look at the work and attitudes of two renowned geniuses will captivate you from the first moment to the last. The two characters in 'Small World' are so genuine, you will think that you are in the room with Walt Disney and Igor Stravinsky."
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Lighting & Sound America
September 19th, 2017

"Brief, barbed, often very funny...A premise this slender could easily wear out its welcome, even with a running time of only 75 minutes, but Stroppel makes sure that both characters are never at a loss for a clever, pertinent comeback...Brancato's direction maintains the rat-a-tat pace and vigor of a film by Billy Wilder or Howard Hawks, with fine work from the two-man cast...Even if his characters are eternally locked in the same argument, they never wear out their welcome."
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Talkin' Broadway
September 17th, 2017

"A lightweight yet often surprisingly perceptive comedy...It does remind us that both men had a dark side, something that deepens things beyond the earlier bantering tone...Even with its short running time, 'Small World' would benefit from some editing by dropping the after life section and a few of the too-easy jokes referencing other Disney films. Nevertheless, it generally makes for an entertaining evening, with excellent contrasting performances by its co-stars."
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September 20th, 2017

"For most of the 90-minute play, especially the first of its three scenes, Stroppel's concept works pretty well....Under Brancato's fluid direction that opening makes for a nice move into the men's interaction...Both actors bring their characters to vivid and watchable life...Unfortunately, the promising start and mostly entertaining middle end with a too-easy otherworldly finale."
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September 23rd, 2017

"Under Joe Brancato's direction, 'Small World' has been staged with an unobtrusive directness and simplicity. Though they seem, at times, to be giving lectures, both D'Ambrose, with his thick Russian accent, and Shanahan, with the tougher role of going from arrogant to vulnerable, shine."
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Theater Pizzazz
September 20th, 2017

"In the excellent 'Small World' written by Frederick Stroppel, superbly directed by Joe Brancato, we are given a delicious view of how such a marriage of ideas and personalities between two innovators of the twentieth century might have evolved...An enjoyable evening of fun...Actors Shanahan and D’Ambrose are fine accomplices who adroitly manifest Stoppel’s conflicts...Kudos goes to the creative and production teams who made this production a memorable entertainment."
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Theatre Reviews Limited
September 25th, 2017

"Despite the commendable efforts of Stephen D’Ambrose as Igor Stravinsky and Mark Shanahan Walt Disney, Mr. Stroppel’s play lacks the necessary character development and focus to convince the audience of any consistent thematic strand...The conversation in the second act about the retelling of 'Faust' is perhaps the highlight of the play...One wishes for more of this level of discourse...Mr. Brancato’s direction is serviceable but lacks subtlety."
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