Southern Comfort
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Southern Comfort

Southern Comfort NYC Reviews and Tickets

(54 Ratings)
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Relevant, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Original, Resonant

About the Show

The Public Theater presents a new musical based on Kate Davis’ 2001 Sundance Award-winning documentary about transgender friends in rural Georgia.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (54)

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106 Reviews | 14 Followers
Absorbing, Great acting, Edgy, Great writing, Must see

See it if everyone

Don't see it if you are racist,sexist,homophobic

135 Reviews | 15 Followers
Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Profound, Original

See it if you Love Original Musicals with an important message while also being incredibly entertaining, inventive, and superb on all levels.

Don't see it if you only like the same kind of thing that's been done a million times....this show will make you think and feel while it entertains you.

82 Reviews | 29 Followers
Contemporary, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great acting, Great staging

See it if you love bluegrass music and want to be challenged both emotionally and mentally.

Don't see it if you are closed-minded.

261 Reviews | 70 Followers
Absorbing, Clever, Intense

See it if you want an exceptional experience with an interesting diverse cast of straight and trans people and great bluegrass score

Don't see it if if you cant open your mind

79 Reviews | 25 Followers
Absorbing, Delightful, Original, Relevant, Romantic

See it if you want to enjoy a warm-hearted communion with a group of Southern transgender folk and their loved ones.

Don't see it if you've never been in love or felt like an outsider.

112 Reviews | 11 Followers
Absorbing, Ambitious, Entertaining, Great writing, Great acting

See it if want to learn more about transgender people (who doesn't?).

Don't see it if you're too phobic to be open to a story about transgender people.

79 Reviews | 20 Followers
Absorbing, Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Intense

See it if You like music with strong country and folk influences, non traditional families, stories about real life,or the rural south

Don't see it if You don't want to have to question traditional definitions of sex and gender identity, you find southern accents are hard to understand

207 Reviews | 34 Followers
Ambitious, Great acting, Original, Refreshing, Thought-provoking

See it if you are LGBTQ. I enjoyed the innovative use of the band. Annette O'Toole is stunning - as is the rest of the cast. Creative adaptation.

Don't see it if you like your musicals on the traditional side. If you aren't open to LGBTQ issues.

Critic Reviews (36)

The New York Times
March 13th, 2016

"It’s the spirited, tuneful country score and the colorful characters that draw us close to the emotional ups and downs of Robert’s family. This cast is entirely winning...As sung by characters who would likely not be welcomed at the Grand Ole Opry anytime soon, the songs take on an almost radical charge...For the most part this musical avoids the trap of sentimentality. And it’s fitting that the show errs on the side of largess, granting characters their full, complicated humanity."
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Time Out New York
March 14th, 2016

"This heartfelt, well-meaning production seems like a dated period piece...Its characters' journeys of self-discovery and love moved me to tears...However I was acutely aware of just how repetitive, traditional and safe the show is...There's still beauty here...Robert's budding romance with the transitioning Lola is the heart of the story. Watching him gleefully court her, political notions of gender and identity fall away and the show's finely tuned message translates into explosive emotions."
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New York Magazine / Vulture
March 13th, 2016

"The book succumbs to a tone of sentimentality and special pleading; the songs are pretty but mostly monochromatic. Oddly enough, they are also too generic. (They are filled with snorey clichés.) This leaves the cast working hard — too hard — under Thomas Caruso’s stiff direction...If worthiness were the same as stageworthiness, 'Southern Comfort' would be as effective as its source. But this is material that, however much it cries out for justice, simply doesn’t sing."
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March 13th, 2016

"The Public’s Anspacher Theater, with its steeply raked audience that focuses the audience up close and personal on the action unfolding on the stage, is the perfect setting for this beautiful and heartfelt show...The book and lyrics by Dan Collins and music by Julianne Wick Davis are of a piece with the story and include several gems...It’s a beautiful show; bring the family."
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March 13th, 2016

"As a piece of theater, the show rolls over and plays dead. The only unqualified successes in this inert production at the Public Theater are the stunning set and lighting design...The talky lyrics prove to be too much of a mouthful. And director Thomas Caruso seems to have let everyone more or less make it up as they go along."
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The Hollywood Reporter
March 13th, 2016

"'Southern Comfort' suffers at times from its lack of narrative momentum and languorous pace, and the bluegrass/country flavored musical score does little to enliven it, with far too many emotive ballads of self-empowerment in the mix. Still, there are some lovely songs and it's performed well...This is a show that clearly has its heart in the right place, displaying a compassion toward its well-etched characters that is impossible not to share."
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Entertainment Weekly
March 13th, 2016

"It is important to see transgender people as people, to see their lives and struggles depicted in art. But what’s on stage here is admirable, worthy, and almost painfully dull...It is possible, in a world of 'Transparent' and Laverne Cox, that the culture simply has bypassed 'Southern Comfort' while the musical was busy gestating...There is something inspiring, yes, in seeing this story told on a major New York stage. But it’s a shame that it’s told so uncompellingly."
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March 13th, 2016

"With an engaging bluegrass score, a particularly lovely company, and wrenching honesty, this production really sings...'Southern Comfort' does have a tendency to feel like a simplified and somewhat preachy primer on trans issues. And the casting of only two trans actors still isn't enough. However, the piece treats its subjects with a great deal of respect and humanity...With issues of trans identity coming to the fore, 'Southern Comfort' is a beautiful entry into an important conversation."
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