Steve NYC Reviews and Tickets

75%
(45 Reviews)
Positive
76%
Mixed
20%
Negative
4%
Members say
Clever, Funny, Entertaining, Great acting, Cliched

About the Show

The New Group presents a sad and funny portrait of a group of longtime, theater-loving friends navigating midlife and mortality.

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Member Reviews (45)

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876 Reviews | 906 Followers
60
Disappointing, Middling, Uneven, Cliched, Passable

See it if the writing and acting are all over the place. It's entertaining enough but it's not good. Ashley is the best part of the show giving some..

Don't see it if realism to an otherwise over cliched script. Many plot points are not explained, digested nor resolved.

851 Reviews | 1007 Followers
62
Mediocre, Average, Disappointing, Cliched, Uneven

See it if You enjoy watching unlikable gay characters deliver not so great dialog. However, Ashley Atkinson does a nice job as Carrie.

Don't see it if You're expecting lots of laughs or be fully entertained. Steve has a couple of nice moments but they are few and far between.

965 Reviews | 339 Followers
75
Absorbing, Resonant, Quirky, Touching, Clever

See it if you like a play that goes-down-easy. Not challenging, but fun use of songs and clever imagined scenes. Strong performances, well staged

Don't see it if you want a plot that rises beyond soap opera. Nothing new here, but still likable. Only one woman in the cast (4 men); female director. Read more

618 Reviews | 274 Followers
71
Hilariously stuffed with references to theater and pop culture, but not altogether satisfying theatrically

See it if you think Steven Sondheim is a god and like to see bitchy-funny dialogue delivered expertly by ensemble

Don't see it if you don't like cliche-ridden presentation of gay culture, play that is more intent on being clever than true

481 Reviews | 315 Followers
90
Clever, Delightful, Funny, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if You enjoy a well acted entertaining ensemble piece.

Don't see it if You prefer action packed plays or musicals.

449 Reviews | 116 Followers
60
Banal, Cliched, Disappointing, Raunchy, Indulgent

See it if you feel obligated to keep up with the latest gay plays.

Don't see it if you expect more than camp and raunch.

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256 Reviews | 197 Followers
78
Banal, Cliched, Indulgent

See it if Loud, self satisfied, not very interesting characters. Not my favorite show

Don't see it if You like something with substance.

216 Reviews | 222 Followers
84
Clever, Entertaining, Edgy, Original

See it if You'd to see a tight group of friends share deep secrets and encounter an unexpected confidant in a hard working waiter.

Don't see it if You are uncomfortable in seeing a group of close friends who are members of the lgbt community.

Critic Reviews (31)

The New York Times
November 18th, 2015

"This deliciously well-acted New Group production, which opened under Cynthia Nixon’s assured direction, portrays a group of middle-aged gay New Yorkers...'Steve' also happens to have some of the funniest dialogue in town...But the jokes and the digs always seem to emanate impromptu from clever characters, rather than from a careful and clever playwright...'Steve' earns both its laughs and its tears with uncommon honesty."
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Time Out New York
November 18th, 2015

"More dramaturgical swerves of that kind would be welcome in 'Steve,' which is mostly less surprising. It is strikingly similar, to Peter Parnell’s 'Dada Woof Papa Hot'...Generally, however, 'Steve' is jokier and that’s a mixed blessing...The play winds up relying heavily on comic charm... But there are far too many citations; they start to seem like a mask—not for the characters’ feelings but for the play’s unsteadiness in dramatizing them, especially as plot contrivances pile up."
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New York Magazine / Vulture
November 18th, 2015

"Gerrard gets a little hysterical, trying every distracting trick he can think of...They are all neatly done, both in the writing and in performance; Nixon gets lovely, layered work from the cast...The play doesn’t really hang together...As solid as Nixon’s work with the actors is, her staging has a slightly awkward, throw-everything-up-there-and-see-what-sticks quality...That relentlessness, and the narrow scope of the characters’ concerns, does get claustrophobic, even at 90 minutes."
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The Hollywood Reporter
November 18th, 2015

"The saving grace, to some extent, is that Gerrard and his likeable ensemble, under Cynthia Nixon's direction, do succeed in etching the indelible bonds that are the play's real subject. That's no small feat given that 'Steve' substitutes dialogue for drama and parts for actual characters, coasting by on the writer's facility for humorous banter and clever pop-cultural references. If 'Name That Show' is your idea of a fun party game, you'll find much cause for merriment."
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Entertainment Weekly
November 20th, 2015

"'Steve' is an inferior play. It’s an enjoyable 90 minutes, with laugh-out-loud moments, but it’s also mostly meaningless. Funny, but glib…Despite all that drama, it’s nearly impossible to become emotionally invested in any of it, because the tone remains so consistently light. It’s a musicals-loving gay teenager’s fantasy of how actual, adult gay men speak and interact. The cast is strong, but the script is so superficial, that there’s not much they can do with their characters."
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AM New York
November 19th, 2015

"Neither particularly compelling nor memorable in terms of its storytelling...Great ensemble cast and smooth direction. 'Steve' has flash and humor, not to mention a cabaret-style preshow where the actors gather around a piano and sing classic show tunes."
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Theatermania
November 18th, 2015

"Witty, intelligent, and accessibly experimental...there's something queerly absurdist about this play. We recognize elements of our own lives, but everything is heightened in an almost operatic way...Midlife ennui has never been so simultaneously hilarious and dramatic...All of the performances are excellent...'Steve' is charming, heartfelt, and insightful in its own quirky way...Everything a play should be: entertaining, thematically daring, and fearlessly innovative."
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BroadwayWorld
November 19th, 2015

"An earnest effort that runs on its scattered charms in lieu of a plot…The only time 'Steve' seems to be awake is when the characters banter about Audra McDonald, 'Pacific Overtures,' Kristin Chenoweth and whatnot. The cast is very strong, especially in the dexterity with which McGrath and Cantone realistically play different degrees of flamboyant gay characters without slipping into stereotypes, but while the score is a classic, 'Steve' has book problems."
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