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Steve

Members say: Clever, Funny, Great acting, Entertaining, Cliched
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Critics
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31 reviews
Members
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45 reviews
 

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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As Steven, a failed Broadway chorus boy turned stay-at-home dad, celebrates yet another birthday, he finds himself filled with fear and uncertainty. Is Stephen, his partner of 14 years, cheating on him? Why is one of his best friends dying of cancer? And what, exactly, has he done with his life? 'Steve' is a biting and bittersweet comedy about relationships, the unavoidable consequences of aging, and the passage of time.

 

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Reviews (76)

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70
Avg Score

85
The New York Times

"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." Full Review

85
Theatermania

"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." Full Review

55
BroadwayWorld

"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." Full Review

55
Time Out New York

"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." Full Review

55
New York Magazine / Vulture

"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." Full Review

80
The Huffington Post

"Gerrard gives us what we might call a show tune approach, which is at once less realistic and more rambunctiously funny...A musical-comedy-stuffed contemporary comedy might sound as if it's going to be precious or forced, or both. Not 'Steve,' which above all is wickedly funny." Full Review

70
New York Theater

"Equal parts funny and sad, and so steeped in musical theater references that one could be forgiven for suspecting that the title is in part in homage to Stephen Sondheim…'Steve' doesn’t blaze new ground; it can be seen as 'Love! Valour! Compassion!: The Next Generation…' The banter is entertaining, even when it’s a tad too good to be true-to-life." Full Review

80
Lighting & Sound America

"What happens when the marriage battle is won, and gays and lesbians get to deal with ordinary unhappiness. If that sounds like a depressing prospect, it isn't, at least in the case of 'Steve,' which explores such questions with considerable sparkle and hilarity...The entire cast performs expertly under the crack direction of Cynthia Nixon, who once again dazzles with the same mastery of comic timing that she demonstrated last season with 'Rasheeda Speaking.'" Full Review

90
New York Theatre Guide

"The dialogue, as I said, is deceptive in its depth. The performances are seamless. Cynthia Nixon‘s direction is every bit a match for Gerrard’s slight of hand. She directs our attention and our eye with the delicate touch of a brain surgeon...It is productions like this that remind you why you go to the theatre. When all the pistons are firing, it is a magic act of the First Order. Bravo all around." Full Review

65
Theatre's Leiter Side

"First, the good news...It’s funny, sweet, sentimental, likable, charming, and touching. It’s also wonderfully performed by a terrific ensemble, musically appealing, and delightfully directed by Cynthia Nixon. The bad news is that it’s clichéd, thinly and unoriginally plotted, and its characters egregiously stereotypical." Full Review

60
The Hollywood Reporter

"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." Full Review

65
AM New York

"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." Full Review

80
Talkin' Broadway

"When the comedy all but fades away, there is sincere heart to be found beneath the thick armor that's been chipped away...Nixon has coaxed impressive performances out of all of her actors, wisely playing up the personalities for which many of them are already known...everyone will find something to relate to in 'Steve,' as learning the boundaries of our imaginations is a universal experience." Full Review

60
CurtainUp

"Gerrard's not-so-rosy picture of gay men finally being able to have it all is certainly timely. But his characters are rather stereotypical and tend to make 'Steve' come off as something of a wannabe update of 'Boys In the Band'...Though I was underwhelmed by the over-reliance on trendy technology, I found the performances excellent." Full Review

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Theatre Reviews Limited

“The ensemble cast of 'Steve' explores with remarkable distinction and dignity the vicissitudes in the lives of an extended family…Nixon successfully teases every nuance out of Mark Gerrard’s script…'Steve' is a must see and is a play one could see and appreciate more than once. Mr. Gerrard’s play raises important questions that are enduring and rich in nature and deserve to be 'answered' by everyone interested in significant and rewarding relationships." Full Review

85
Newsday

"'Steve' may be the ultimate theater-geek’s tragicomedy. It is written by gifted New York newcomer Mark Gerrard, with an outstanding cast directed with enormous joy, verbal virtuosity and emotional understanding...Buoyant and sad, stylized and real, this is a find." Full Review

60
Bob's Theater Blog

"The play wore out its welcome long before its 90 minutes had passed…Any attempt at meaningful communication is short-circuited by turning either to show-queen bitchiness or raunch...The capable cast does their best to animate characters that aren’t well-developed…Director Cynthia Nixon plays a weak hand well." Full Review

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The Wrap

“It’s only the beginning of some very tedious playwriting...'Steve' makes a not-profound statement about communication in the age of iPhones and texting...The acting suits the sitcom situations...In 'Steve,' since the stage is already filled with gay male characters, that sidekick role has been assigned to a wisecracking lesbian dying of cancer. She doesn’t make it to the final bathetic scene. Nowadays, lesbians have the best timing." Full Review

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The Associated Press

"'Steve' contains entertaining if generally predictable situations… An accomplished cast plows through snappy, sitcom-like dialogue and familiar scenes, creating characters we may like but don't necessarily believe in…Despite the feeling that we've seen a lot of this before, there are plenty of laughs in 'Steve' along with a few genuinely poignant moments." Full Review

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NorthJersey.com

"The rickety 'Steve' feels stale, a 'gay play' from another era…Minimal attention seems to have been given to plot and structure, leaving the director, actress Cynthia Nixon, pretty much adrift…The actors in 'Steve' are appealing and they work hard. If only what they'd been given to say and do were more interesting." Full Review

70
Broadway & Me

"Gerrard's take on the gay dads story is generally playful, with all of the characters making unabashedly campy references that wouldn't have been out of place in the uber-gay play 'Boys in the Band' and punctuating their remarks with show tunes. In fact, the cast is onstage singing when the audience enters the theater. It's as though Gerrard wants to make it clear that gay men don't have to give up all the things that were a part of their old pre-marriage culture." Full Review

60
Theatre is Easy

"It's exciting that we live in a time when plays about gay people don't have to deal with homophobia and AIDS and can depict the same (boring) problems as straight people, but it's hard to feel that sorry for the characters and their cushy lives and their self-inflicted problems…Even when it's difficult to feel emotionally invested, it's always entertaining to watch the members of the cast interact with each other and interpret Mark Gerrard's snappy dialogue." Full Review

85
Theater Pizzazz

"Mark Gerrard’s smartly written, fast-paced, comedy-drama about gay couples facing life issues like domesticity, cheating, betrayal, and friendship in a rousing and raunchy peek into a world that feels a little frayed at times...Matters rise to a fever pitch, with lots of theater jokes and lines splayed throughout…Applause to Cynthia Nixon who does a fine job directing this uber-talented cast. You’ll laugh, you’ll tear up and I won’t spoil the clever bows!" Full Review

80
TheaterScene.net

"The writing is full of offhand quips, bitchy comebacks and many, many, many quotes from musicals and plays, with Sondheim coming in as the clear winner...Directed at breakneck speed, the wry comments, clever references to the entire Sondheim oeuvre and the underlying pathos of these men who know, to quote Elaine Stritch, 'everybody dies,' registers a heartbeat late, but nevertheless, registers deeply." Full Review

75
Towleroad

"Mark Gerrard’s campy and thoughtful new comedy...The play’s plot points are not quite highly original, nor do they yield many surprises— then again, neither does life much of the time...Gerrard excels at capturing intimacy among friends: the jokes, slights, shared histories, and secret languages…Under the direction of Cynthia Nixon the banter proceeds at a steady clip and the tenderness and frustrations of kinship are deeply felt." Full Review

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Avg Score

75
Absorbing, Clever, Quirky, Resonant, Touching

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.

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87
Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Hilarious, Tear jerker

See it if you want to see a breathtakingly beautiful and hilarious story

Don't see it if you hate stories about gay people and don't like crying

83
Clever, Great acting, Quirky, Great writing, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy ensemble dramedies laden with theater references -- the Evita fan in me was enamored by the Argentine subplot!

Don't see it if queer culture ain't your theatrical jam.

78
Indulgent, Banal, Cliched

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

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

84
Original, Clever, Edgy, Entertaining

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.

75
Clever, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if You are into relationship commentary type shows

Don't see it if If lgbt themes are not interesting or offensive to you

90
Funny, Clever, Delightful, 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.

32
Banal, Insipid, Slow, Dated, Fluffy

See it if you think the question of "can gays have it all" is even remotely new or relevant or are amused by musical references masquerading as jokes.

Don't see it if you demand actual thought-provoking content or fleshed-out characters who act in realistic ways.

90
Funny, Clever, Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to see something different on stage. The use of show tunes in the dialogue is a nice touch and the fact is, it is a great cast.

Don't see it if are not interested in relevant topics being brought in new ways to theater.

87
Clever, Delightful, Great acting, Hilarious, Heartfelt

See it if You love Paul Rudnick and have been missing a comedy about gays today.

Don't see it if ...you don't like showtunes or references.

60
Disappointing, Cliched, Uneven, Passable, Middling

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.

62
Disappointing, Cliched, Mediocre, Uneven, Average

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.

79
Great acting, Cliched, Entertaining, Funny/sad

See it if You like to pick up musical lyrics references. You find life to be sweet/funny/sad in a Sondheim kind of way.

Don't see it if You're put off by slightly cliched gay characters.

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

73
Funny, Relevant, Disappointing, Entertaining

See it if like touching relationship plays - friends and partners. Musical comedy references throughout make it fun. More character development please

Don't see it if you don't like 'theater person' personalities. If you can't relate to attraction, insecurity, and loss of relationships.

65
Funny, Clever, Cliched, Insipid, Fluffy

See it if Three little maids from old school gay theater named Stephen constantly referencing their God, Stephen, are acerbic good Company.

Don't see it if You'll be left out of half of the humor because you didn't memorize every musical comedy lyric since Adam and Steve saw "The Apple Tree."

79
Great acting, Must see, Refreshing, Romantic, Hilarious

See it if u love laughter & B'way. Hilarious show queens, I mean hilarious, w/ substance & heart. I laughed out loud and was moved, plus show tunes ++

Don't see it if if u don't like life, to laugh & have a great time in the theater. Come on...it's really good, Matt McGrath does it again, cast tops, do!

60
Raunchy, Indulgent, Banal, Disappointing, Cliched

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.

70
Funny, Great acting, Relevant, Indulgent, Cliched

See it if you love theatre in-jokes and great acting (courtesey matt mcgrath who recently gave a genius performance in 'the legend of georgia mcbride)

Don't see it if you like your plays dramatic and deep

90
Clever, Great acting, Intelligent, Quirky, Hilarious

See it if you love theatre! it references many MANY musicals throughout the play

Don't see it if you dont like comedy! its so funny you will cry!

74
Funny, Great acting, Cliched, Entertaining, Fluffy

See it if you're a theater person who likes shows about theater people

Don't see it if you are looking for a profound, life-changing theatrical experience

70
Funny, Delightful, Entertaining

See it if You enjoy upbeat songs and humor.

Don't see it if You're not gay-friendly.

80
Funny, Delightful, Entertaining

See it if What a wonderful, funny new play about being gay in the 21st century. Great inside theatre jokes.

Don't see it if You don't like inside jokes.

80
Great acting, Thought-provoking, Great staging

See it if you want an entertaining evening starring top notch actors.

Don't see it if want to be challenged.

73
Clever, Raunchy, Relevant, Banal, Entertaining

See it if you like show tunes and the same gender.

Don't see it if you're looking for something heady.