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Southern Comfort

From 54 member  reviews
Members say: 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. More…

'Southern Comfort' tells the true story of a group of transgender friends living life on their own terms in the back hills of rural Georgia. Winner of the prestigious Jonathan Larson Award, this folk and bluegrass-infused musical celebrates redefining family and choosing love over every obstacle.

Member Reviews (54)


Relevant, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Original, Resonant
Avg Score

Cliched, Ambitious, Slow, Disappointing, Unmemorable

See it if you feel it's important to support a show about transgendered couples. They handle the subject respectfully.

Don't see it if you are looking for another ground-breaking musical from The Public. (This isn't it!)

Thoughtful explication of indignities of being transgender and movement infighting but not altogether convincing theatrically

See it if you enjoy clever use of backup country & western band as singers/characters in cast; lays bare visceral parent rejection

Don't see it if similar country & western songs bore you; production blunts impact by checking off too many transgender issues

Cliched, Disappointing, Slow, Banal, Unengaging

See it if You especially enjoy plays about transgender folks trying to keep their identity.

Don't see it if You are looking for a well-written play with relatable characters and absorbing plot lines. You want to see the best of the new.

Ambitious, Great acting, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Slow

See it if you want to learn about people coping with the complexities of gender identity. It helps if you like country music.

Don't see it if your tolerance for country music is limited.

Original, Thought-provoking, Relevent, Slow, Moving

See it if Unique musical about a trans community in rural Georgia, and the notion of creating a family of choice; was moving but ran too long.

Don't see it if You don't like bluegrass music - it was integral to the rural theme and well done, but got repetitive; if you're not open to LGBT issues.

Poor job of presenting the issues, Story line is unclear, No character development, Unremarkable music, Disappointing

See it if Big opportunity to introduce audiences to issues of the trans community wasted. The characters were not clearly drawn, difficult to connect

Don't see it if The Public Theater is a wellspring of great musical theater. Do not expect much from this show. It is really in workshop stage.

Original, Miscast

See it if you have an interest in the trans community, as it is well done in that regard.

Don't see it if trans issues make you uncomfortable, you need to see people cast correctly.

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

Poignant, Great acting, Great music, Resonant, Absorbing

See it if you're looking for a touching show about chosen families & transgender relationships, well-acted with a poignant non-conventional score.

Don't see it if you're averse to the transgender community, don't like bluegrass music, or don't have a heart.

Original, Relevant, Well-intentioned, Disappointing

See it if You're interested in LGBT subject matter.

Don't see it if You are looking for compelling musical theater, i.e. another Fun Home - this show felt VERY bland.

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.

Ambitious, Original, Refreshing, Thought-provoking, Resonant

See it if you enjoy new work with subject matter that is often overlooked, especially in the musical theatre world.

Don't see it if you are looking for a light hearted and traditional musical.

Intelligent, Relevant, Enchanting, Original

See it if a music about a chosen family with transgender members. this is well acted, well written.. its is not heavy handed with "theory" about trans

Don't see it if if you are not interested in innovative musicals.

Entertaining, Quirky, Thought-provoking, Cliched, Ambitious

See it if You would like to gain some insight into the transgender community and issues; if you like bluegrass music.

Don't see it if If you don't like bluegrass music; if you don't want to see a play about transgender issues.

Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if You want to be engaged with the idea of gender identity and are willing to explore your own attitudes and feelings

Don't see it if You're looking for fluff or the "typical" musical

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.

Original, Resonant, Intense, Interesting

See it if you want to see a show about trans issues, even if it does seem a bit outdated.

Don't see it if you are hoping for a show that really delves into trans issues as opposed to just scraping the surface.

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.

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

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.

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.

Absorbing, Great acting, Edgy, Great writing, Must see

See it if everyone

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

Ambitious, Great acting, Original, Relevant, Resonant

See it if You are interested in a bluegrass musical about the transgender community.

Don't see it if You are looking for a really well-written/well-developed new musical or are averse to the transgendered or lgbt community.

Ambitious, Slow, Indulgent, Poorly written

See it if You wanna see another victim play. Although the performances rise above the lame ass writing and you find yourself touched by some moments.

Don't see it if Well, it closed today, so this is moot.

Thought-provoking, Resonant, Relevant

See it if Thoughtful, intense, sad, music lively, very current

Don't see it if An old fashioned, critical religious narrow minded type.

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 radica...
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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 t...
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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 ...
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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......
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