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Sunday

From 100 member  reviews
Members say: Disappointing, Indulgent, Slow, Confusing, Banal

About the show

In this new play by Tony winner Jack Thorne, friends gather for a book group, anxious to prove their intellectual worth, but that anxiety gets the better of any actual discussion as emotional truths come pouring out. More…

From the show:

There is a moment when you want to look ahead to the future, but the past is eating you whole. In Sunday, friends gather for a book group, anxious to prove their intellectual worth, but that anxiety gets the better of any actual discussion as emotional truths come pouring out.


Member Reviews (100)

MEMBERS SAY:

Disappointing, Indulgent, Slow, Confusing, Banal
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Avg Score

50
Indulgent, Confusing, Disappointing, Cliched, Ambitious

See it if You're interested in young adults revealing personal history & talking about social issues through their discussion in a book club.

Don't see it if You would like histories & social issues discussed in depth or in a way that goes beyond cliche & presents them as real people & not types.

60
Awkward set, Dated, Indulgent, Disappointing, Hard working actors

See it if you want to support young actors.

Don't see it if you're bothered by performers suddenly dashing around the stage without explanation, illogical plot development or gratuitous public peeing

82
Quirky, Clever, Intelligent, Great staging, Great acting

See it if A life unlived, a roommate's suicide,and cleverly choreographed interstitial calisthenics,derail an intern's bookclub's focus on Anne Tyler.

Don't see it if Vodka-infused fourth-wall onstage narration: "Book Club started as a post-ironic joke.". The reasons for the malaise are quickly revealed.

Also "You keep talking like it's some kind of interesting truth."

37
Indulgent, Confusing, Intelligent, Self-important, Obnoxious

See it if Don’t

Don't see it if you’re annoyed by a bunch of unlikeable, young adults indulging in intelligent conversation that doesn’t feel true to life.

Also Every character but one is scum to some degree—and none are terribly i... Read more Read less

34
Quirky, Dismal, Slow, Banal, Pretentious

See it if You have read Ann Tyler’s novel Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant and remember details.

Don't see it if No reason to see this unless you are a subscriber of Atlantic Theatre Co. and have already paid to see this drivel !

58
Good for millennials, Banal, Slow, Disappointing

See it if A play about millennial’s and their problems. Lots of dialogue interspersed with strange dance moves. I found it very slow moving.

Don't see it if You are over the age of 30, and don’t care about millennial problems. Lots of drinking, and some drug use included. I prayed for the end.

Also No intermission and no way to escape during the 90 minutes.... Read more Read less

50
Banal, Excruciating, Indulgent, Insipid, Slow

See it if you have little else to do. This was really a bore

Don't see it if if you value your theater time,

36
Slow, Excruciating, Disappointing, Cliched, Confusing

See it if You want to see a bunch of pseudo-intellectual kids pretentiously abusing booze and their obnoxious behavior .

Don't see it if You’re looking for a pleasant evening at the theatre.

69
Some great acting, Slow, Cliched, Wordy, Intelligent

See it if like wordy, discussion-based stories of 20-somethings, like having a narrator filling in past & future events & commenting on current ones,

Don't see it if you want to like or empathize with the characters, don't want scene broken up with dance sequences (at least it makes it less wordy)

Also The narrator was excellent especially as one of the characters in this... Read more Read less

45
Pointless nonsensical boring

See it if You are twenty or younger.

Don't see it if You are over twenty or if you are a smart under twenty. Poor acting, bad writing, hard to hear, “actors” don’t project. Amateurish.

68
Boring & slow, Difficult to like these characters, Intermittent dance & movement, Very few sparkling moments, Angsty & ponderous

See it if Want a wordy character study of millenials. Have patience -- the first half is tough to get through. A later 2-character scene delivers.

Don't see it if You need a cogent, full-baked play. Are offended by raunchy language or frank talk of sex.

54
Indulgent, Confusing, Intense, Quirky, Banal

See it if you want to see cringey, mean, annoying millennials talk in-depth about a random book (Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant).

Don't see it if you don't like talky, plotless plays; uncomfortable sexual overtones; or incomprehensible dance breakdowns mid-scene.

Also There are some good points to this play. It's broadly well-acted; ther... Read more Read less

63
Quirky, Indulgent, Edgy, Confusing, Ambitious

See it if and ONLY if a play about damaged millennial friendships interest you. The best thing about the play it is only 90 minutes long.

Don't see it if a play about damaged millennial friendships doesn't interest you. Initially, I was interested until I became bored by ALL the characters.

Also WTF was the purpose for the cast to break into dance in the middle of ... Read more Read less

60
Excruciating, Great acting, Cliched, Banal, Ambitious

See it if you want to see what a non-Millennial thinks Millennials are like.

Don't see it if you are interested in a realistic ideation of the life of an actual young person in NYC or if you hate awkward scene transitions

37
Insipid, Confusing, Cliched

See it if The acting is uneven to bad. The first hour is just talking heads and the last 30 minutes the most interesting character shows up..too late.

Don't see it if The writing & development of the characters are, at best, ambitious but border more on awful. Young folks figuring out their ways is not new

68
Uneven, Quirky, Indulgent, Absorbing

See it if you're interested in an examination of a quirky group of friends during a snapshot in time, brought together on this night by a book club.

Don't see it if you have a low tolerance for awkwardness. Ultimately, very little truly happens, and we get a flash forward to their adult lives at the end.

72
Disappointing, Confusing, Intelligent, Great acting

See it if You enjoy seeing new works and good actors

Don't see it if You aren’t patient. It needs editing.

47
Disappointing, Confusing, Banal

See it if you like sets with lots of books (which are climbed on)

Don't see it if you prefer an understandable plot

39
Slow, Great staging, Disappointing, Confusing, Banal

See it if you're under 30 and can figure out what this is about.

Don't see it if unless you want to be tortured and trapped in your seat for 90 minutes

62
Quirky, Disappointing, Confusing

See it if you already have tickets.

Don't see it if you want a piece that's fully cooked. It feels like the playwright stopped working it before it was completed.

64
Disappointing, Overrated, Quirky

See it if you enjoy plays about millennials and their problems and situations.

Don't see it if you dislike plays that need further development

69
Thought-provoking, Slow, Drifts, At-times boring, At-times interesting

See it if 20-somethings gather for one reason, obviously becomes something else with a narrator to clarify more-or-less. Plus there's a guy downstairs

Don't see it if Want to care about characters. Was not drawn in or curious as to where writer was going. Felt as detached as characters. Maybe the idea?

75
Thought-provoking, Slow

See it if You don’t mind sitting through a lot of meandering scenes to get to one truly engaging scene between 2 characters

Don't see it if You are not a fan of twenty- something angst.

70
Entertaining, Confusing, Quirky

See it if you enjoy new works about young people struggling with purpose and depression and dependence with some good acting and interesting staging.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy plays about 20-somethings trying to find meaning in life, who drink a lot and break into interesting yet confusing dance.

48
Awkward, Unsuccessful, Pretentious, Disappointing, Ambitious

See it if you are interested in exploring millennial angst

Don't see it if you prefer a play in which the characters present the essentials, rather than a narrator

Also What would have been a good short story is is shoehorned into a play t... Read more Read less


September 23rd, 2019
"Being Young and Bored in a Book Club on ‘Sunday’: In Jack Thorne’s listless new play, a group of feckless friends gather to discuss Anne Tyler and share their self-consciousness."
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September 23rd, 2019
2/5 Stars "Sunday is listless and out of joint, full of redundant arguments and, when it wants to make points with crashing clarity, third-person narration."
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September 23rd, 2019
"Unmagical Realism in 'Runboyrun,' 'In Old Age,' and 'Sunday.'"
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September 23rd, 2019
"The twentysomething members of a book club reveal their thoughts and insecurities in the new play by Jack Thorne, the Tony-winning author of 'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.'"
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